Sometimes having a lesson plan to see how the instructional process works, from beginning to end, can be helpful. This particular plan takes students beyond the classroom and into print media to find authentic examples of exaggeration.
Use this resource to teach caricatures (see p. 31), the ultimate physical exaggeration. Students enjoy visualizing characters’ physical description and enjoy the chance to practice their exaggeration skills through exaggeration. Best of all, this lesson works with any tall tale you are using in class, so you are not bound to a particular piece of literature.
I like this resource because the worksheets are visually pleasing and contain excellent tall tales that kids will enjoy; sometimes this is a difficult combination to find! Use these worksheets as a supplement to lessons about using exaggeration.
This resource works well for older students, especially if they are working art the 3rd, 4th, or 5th-grade levels, giving a couple example of poems with hyperbole. I like the idea of getting students involved in creating their own examples of hyperbole, and what better way than to play with hyperbole?
Use this short, funny video to further the use of hyperbole and exaggeration. The computer generated voices add to the humor. While there are considerable examples of exaggeration, this video can also be used to teach about bullying.
This list of sixteen more picture book tales of exaggeration is a good resource for creating a thematic reading center or providing more examples of exaggeration. Although some of the titles were published long ago, they never go out of favor with students.
Beginning a lesson with a children’s picture book is one of my favorite ways to get students involved in the lesson right away, and this book provides the right kind of exaggeration and hyperbole to get kids thinking and laughing as you begin a powerful unit with strong implications for learning language.
Examples, the introduction to hyperbole, and specific classroom activities can be found in this one article. Author Janovsky recommends showing examples of hyperbole or exaggeration and discussing them before having students create their own.