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KLR students research the tall tales of the Wild WestKLR Wild West

March 7, 2013

As part of an English language arts learning unit, Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School second-graders studied tall tales and the Wild West. As they learned about Davy Crocket and Annie Oakley and the conditions of life in the American West, students began to understand how writers became fascinated with the West’s many characters. This fascination is why so many stories emerged with larger-than-life details about people such as Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Sally Ann Thunder, Calamity Jane, Johnny Appleseed, Annie Oakley and Ann Whirlwind.

Students began their projects by researching people from the Wild West. After choosing a character, they wrote a biography detailing fact from fiction, whenever possible. Some students also created murals and wrote poetry about the information they learned. For their final project, students performed a knee-slapping, foot-tapping version of the song “Cotton-eye Joe” for their schoolmates at the monthly Fun Friday assembly.

The class projects and research were included in the students’ International Baccalaureate (IB) planners.

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