Wheel of Fantasy: Game on Language in The Jack Tales 

by Rebecca Woodrun

In 1988-89 Rebecca Woodrun was a librarian at Edgemont Elementary School in Covington, VA. The game Woodrun created is reprinted with permission from Journey Through Fantasy Literature: A Resource Guide for Teachers. Vol. I.  Ed. Roberta T. Herrin. Developed during a Teachers Institute sponsored by East Tennessee State University and the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1988-89. For questions or comments on this page, or to submit additional ideas or examples from your classes, contact Tina L. Hanlon.

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The object of this game is to help students recognize the meanings of colloquial language through context clues from The Jack Tales by Richard Chase. Students guess consonant letters to earn points for their team. They may guess vowels, but do not receive points for them.

Make a circle covered with freezer paper, waxed side out. Divide the circle into twelve sections, numbering points in each section. Cut a point counter from heavy cardboard and attach to wheel with a large rivet. Use chalkboard to draw in blanks representing letters. Spin the counter to assign points for each correct answer.

Answers are given below the following 10 clues. Select other expressions from the folktales if you need more clues.

CLUE:  Jack is standing on earth that has never been plowed.

1. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

CLUE:  A large valley situated between two large mountains.

2. _ _ _ _ _ _

CLUE:  Jack got mad at the giant. (3 words)

3. _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _      _ _ _ _ _ _ _

CLUE:  Jack visited a young lady. (2 words)

4. _ _ _ _      _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

CLUE:  Jack's answer to "How are you doing?" (3 words)

5. _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _      _ _ _ _ _ _

CLUE:  A piece of bread baked in the coals of a fireplace. (2 words)

6. _ _ _     _ _ _ _   

CLUE: What the witch cats said to Jack while he was cooking dinner. (2 words)

7. _ _ _     _ _ _ _

CLUE:  Jack visited his uncle several miles away. How far did it seem? (3 words)

8. _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _          _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

CLUE:  Jack has eaten too much. (2 words)

9. _ _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

CLUE:  A small depression in the side of the mountain.

10. _ _ _ _

Answers

1.  newground

2.  hollow

3.  raised his hackles

4.  went courting

5.  about like common

6.  ash cake

7.  sop doll

8.  right smart distance

9.  plumb foundered

10.  swag


See also 

Resources on Appalachian Dialects

Complete List of AppLit Pages on Folklore

Teaching Four "Jack" Books

Exercise on Appalachian Language in Jack and the Three Sillies

Study Guides for Jack Tale Players

Jack Tale Players Web Site


This page's last update: 12/5/03

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