Adapting WHOPPERS to speech:
Since anecdotes and illustrations offer excellent supporting details in speeches, I asked students to create a whopper and to share their tall tales with the class. What a great success. Labron James figured prominently in several of the boys’ stories. Of course, in their WHOPPERS, L J failed to outscore my students. We had shark tales, stories about hanging out with celebrities in Hawaii, and a story about a road made out of Pop Rocks that Elmo tinkled on. Hey, boys like bathroom humor, and the story amused us all.
I haven’t assigned WHOPPERS in many years, but as we watched an animated version of three Canterbury Tales in my senior English classes, I recalled a time I assigned whoppers in conjunction with the C Ts. After all, the pilgrims’ stories, in their imagination and in their telling, constitute WHOPPERS, with each pilgrim attempting to out-tell the others. Remember, the Summoner responds to the Friar’s tale by having a host of Friars fly out of the devil’s booty when the devil lifts his tell.