What a Whopper!
Start by reading and sharing Joe’s Boat to get students in the mood.
Next share some fishing stories. You won’t need to prompt students much, especially the boys. (Is it a ‘y’ chromosome thing?!)
You might like to question the students if their stories start to sound a little fanciful. A few comments like, ‘No! Surely it wasn’t that big!’
will help guide the conversation. (Not that it will need much guiding, trust me.)
When you decide there has been enough talk tell the students you think they are all very good liars, (and then correct yourself to ‘story tellers’ if you must.) Tell them you think it is a talent to be able to spin a really good yarn and propose they now try writing their biggest whopper, their most fishy fishy story, their tallest fish ‘tail’ ever!!!!
This activity is brilliant for teaching the language of persuasive arguments. The children will go overboard using personal pronouns. They’ll exaggerate, repeat themselves, ask rhetorical questions and appeal directly to your emotions. What more could you want?!