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Read-Aloud: The Tale of John Henry

Read-Aloud: The Tale of John Henry



You may have heard the saying "John Henry was a steel drivin' man," but have you ever heard the actual story of John Henry?

John Henry was a slave from West Virginia who ended up becoming one of the strongest steel drivers on the railroad.

While John Henry was a real person, his story is often told as a tall tale. A tall tale is a story that exaggerates the truth. As you read the story about John Henry, think about what parts might be true and what parts might be exaggerated.





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