Wacky Web Tales are a favorite with students of all ages. They are a fun way to teach parts of speech. With this activity students should be able to write their own Wacky Web Tales after completing several online.
The teacher should teach the different parts of speech in conjunction with this activity. Read the students a Wacky Web Tale. Ask the class if that story was fiction or nonfiction (Make sure the know the difference). Ask why they think they story is silly and what makes it silly. Ask them if they ever heard any other silly stories. What made it funny or silly? Tell the students what they will be learning in this lesson and what activities they will do. After a parts of speech review, have the students go to the Wacky Web Tale site. They can choose from a variety of titles. Once they have chosen a title, just follow the directions on the screen for typing in words. After all the words have been entered, the computer program will create a web tale for the students.
Students should complete several Wacky Web Tales from the internet sites provided. Students can write their own Wacky Tales. After writing their own tales they should go back and remove some of the words from the tale and insert a blank. Under the blank the student should write what part of speech should be used in its place. Each student should use a word processor to finish their project by keyboarding their tales with blanks inserted along with what part of speech is to be used in each space. Printed copies of the student tales can be used for sharing with others by having others provide words of the various parts of speech to complete the tales.
Share your Wacky Tales with other classes. Make up different Wacky Tales of special days or themes, like Halloween, St.Patrick's Day, etc. Use Inspiration to map out the Wacky Web Tale. Require the students to have required number of verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc missing from their Tales.