Ask anyone you know to name some of our American Folk Heroes and you’re sure to hear the name Davy Crockett mentioned time and time again. A famous early American marksman, storyteller, Congressman, and hero of the Alamo, Davy Crockett often seems larger than life thanks to tall tales told about him and BY him!
To help you learn more about David Crockett, the man behind the legend, we’ve pulled together some excellent resources and developed a week of free lesson plans for your use alone or to accompany our September Heritage Letter from David Crockett. You can view the lesson plans below and snatch up a copy of the free lesson plans plus our activities about Crockett in our free downloads here!
"Not Yours to Give" Davy Crockett's Speech before the House
David Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone, TN
The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas
Learn the Davy Crockett Song!
Based on a True Story Podcast: Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier with Michael Wallis—this is a great one for parents or older students!
Books & More
Supertoob USA--includes 12 US Landmarks including the Alamo
A Picture Book of Davy Crockett by David A. Adler
Who Was Davy Crockett? by Gail Herman
David Crockett: The Lion of the West by Michael Wallis
American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne
American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenberg
Tall Tale America: A Legendary History of our Humorous Heroes by Walter Blair
One Week with David Crockett
Below you'll find all you'll need for a one week study of David Crockett using our David Crockett Heritage Letter, any books you have on him, and your imagination! You'll find the free downloads for our David Crockett letter helpful in using these lesson plans. You can snatch them up HERE!
Day 1: Meet the Real David Crockett
Read the Heritage Letter from David Crockett
*As you go through the week, add in reading any books you have about Davy Crockett.
Day 2: Sing about Davy!
If you don’t know it already, now is the perfect time to learn to sing the Davy
Day 3: David vs Davy, The Man vs The Legend
Use the Venn Diagram worksheet to compare David Crockett the man to Davy Crockett the legend.
Day 4: Davy Crockett Tall Tale
Use the Davy Crockett Tall Tale worksheet to discover the elements of the tall tale included in the next to last paragraph of our David Crockett Heritage Letter.
Day 5: Create Your Own Tall Tale
Use the Create Your Own Tall Tale worksheet to help you come up with ideas for your own tall tale starring yourself!
Bonus: Movie Day!
Watch Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier!
Primary Sources for David Crocket Heritage Letter
David Crockett Letter to John H. Bryan, May 26, 1829
History Channel’s 10 Things You May Not Know about Davy Crockett
David Crockett's "Garden Spot of the World" Letter, Period Manuscript Copy Descended Directly in the Crockett Family
Bear Hunting in Tennessee
Davy Crockett’s January 9, 1836 Letter to His Daughter
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