Enjoy teaching RL.3.7, RL.4.7, and RL.5.7 with “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Students explore connections between text, illustrations, and video.
• Lesson plans with directions and discussion questions
• One-page text of “The Tortoise and the Hare” with no illustration
• One-page text of “The Tortoise and the Hare” with life-like illustration
• One-page text of “The Tortoise and the Hare” with cartoon illustration
• Video link for Disney’s Silly Symphony version of “The Tortoise and the Hare” (8 minutes)
• Table for comparing characters, setting, plot, and theme of the text and video
• “Mark it up!” page with smaller version of text and plenty of margin space (students underline/highlight descriptions in text and explain how they are reflected in the video)
• Students read text with no illustration. They take notes on their impressions of the characters, setting, plot, and theme.
• Teacher displays text with life-like illustration. The class discusses how impressions of the story elements shift.
• Teacher displays text with cartoon illustration. The class again discusses how impressions of the story change.
• Students watch the Disney Silly Symphony video and take notes on their impressions of the characters, setting, plot and theme.
• Students underline or highlight descriptions in the text that were reflected in the video and explain.
• The class discusses how multimedia (sights and sounds) contributed to (or altered) the meaning, tone, and beauty of the text.
• Reading Aesop's Fables
• Writing Fables
• Summarizing Fables
• Finding a Theme
• Aesop's Fables
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Common Core State Standard Reading: Literature 3.7, 4.7, 5.7 (CCSS RL.3.7, RL.4.7, RL.5.7)
Text was adapted from The Aesop for Children with illustration by Milo Winter. Published in 1919, the book is now in the public domain.
Video link was shared using Safeshare.tv. No advertisements will be shown. The movie was produced by Walt Disney and released by United Artists in 1935. Disney released this and other videos to the public in 2001.