Fables - Bundle - Reading, Analyzing, Writing

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    Easily meet critical standards for ELA instruction with this Fables Bundle. Filled with two fable units, students will be able to read, analyze, compare, contrast, and write fables. In the Fable Study Unit students will read three versions of the fable “Ant and Grasshopper.” They’ll analyze the fable in poetry, prose, and drama form and develop a deep understanding of each genre while noting critical components of a fable. (You’ll also be able to meet drama standards with this unit.) Then, students will be able to write their own fable and turn it into a children’s book in the Fable Writing Unit. This fables bundle is 17+ days of instruction that will have your students engaged in their learning every step of the way!

    This 7-day unit is designed around Aesop’s fable “Ant and Grasshopper,” and in it students will read three different versions of the fable. After building background on each form, they'll have the opportunity to critically read and respond to the fable in prose, verse, and drama form. With a strong focus on the play (included in the resource), students are also able to learn about and identify the critical components of a drama. Through small group work, independent studies, and class discussions students will not only understand and appreciate the elements of a fable and each form of literature, but they’ll also develop a deep understanding of each text. There’s also a final assessment included in the unit. The end result is a fun, engaging, and CCSS-aligned unit!

    The Drama and Fable Study includes all the resources you’ll need to teach this unit in your classroom tomorrow.

    In this unit, students will…
    • Build background on fables, prose, verse, drama, and critical elements of a drama
    • Understand and appreciate elements of drama
    • Determine themes conveyed in various texts
    • Describe how the fable, poem, and play’s plot unfolds as well as how characters respond as the plot moves towards a resolution
    • Determine the meaning of words and phrases used in the text
    • Explore how character choices affect the plot and build on the theme of the story
    • Engage in collaborative discussions
    • Draw inferences and summarize the text
    • Compare and contrast all forms of the text

    ”Ant and Grasshopper Texts Included...
    • “Ant and Grasshopper” - Aesop’s fable retold in prose
    • “ The Ant and the Grasshopper” - Aesop’s fable retold in verse by Ennis Rees
    • “The Ant and the Grasshopper” - A play adapted from Aesop’s fable

    Common Core State Standards:
    • RL.1, RL.2, RL.3, RL.4, RL.5, RL.6, RL.10
    • W.10, SL.1, L.4, L.6

    This Interactive Reading Unit includes…
    • Unit Overview
    • Detailed activity plans (8)
    • Building Background Posters - Fables, Prose and Verse, Drama, Elements of Drama (4)
    • Student Packet: Building Background, Connect to Your Life, Vocabulary, Active Reading Response (3), Responding to the Literature (3), Venn Diagram
    • Test - Multiple-Choice, Matching, and Short Answer
    • All Texts - prose, verse, and play version of the fable
    • All Instructional and Test Keys

    In this 10-day unit students will study mentor texts to become experts on the characteristics of fables and children’s books. Then, they will write their own fable in the form of a children’s book. After reading and studying mentor texts, students will begin writing their fables. During the pre-writing phase students will select a moral, plan their fable, develop their characters, and establish the setting for their story. Students will develop their plot with plot development tools including brainstorming the conflict, outlining the plot sequence, creating a storyboard, and a plot pitch exercise with peers. After writing their first draft, students will revise their fables with revision guides on dialogue, showing rather than telling, adding sensory details, peer editing, and self-editing. Finally, after planning out the text and illustrations in their children’s book, students will produce a children’s book. Completed children’s books are perfect for sharing! Students can share their books with the entire class, small groups, partners, or even read them to younger students. This unit is fun, engaging, and a definite student-favorite!

    This detailed Fable Writing Unit includes:

    Teacher Resources:
    • Detailed Unit/Lesson Plans (10)
    • Student Grade Sheet
    • Fable Rubric

    The Student Fable Writing Packet Includes:
    • Children’s Book Review Guide (3)
    • Favorite Children’s Book Reflection
    • Guided Notes - Children’s Books and Fables
    • Fable Lesson Brainstorm
    • Pre-Write - Planning
    • Pre-Write - Character Brainstorm
    • Pre-Write - Setting
    • Pre-Write - Brainstorming the Conflict
    • Pre-Write - Plot
    • Pre-Write - Storyboard
    • Plot Pitch Activity
    • Revising - Dialogue
    • Revising - Showing Rather Than Telling
    • Revising - Sensory Details
    • Illustration Brainstorm
    • Text and Illustration Storyboard
    • Peer Conference Guide
    • Editing Checklist

    Keys: (13 keys total)
    • Guided Notes Keys
    • Sample keys for all pre-writing and revising activities (10)

    Common Core State Standards addressed in this unit:

    - W.3A, W.3B, W.3C, W.3D, W.3E, W.4, W.5, W.10
    - SL.1.A, SL.1.B, SL.1.C, SL.1.D
    - L.1, L.2, L.3, L.5, L.6
    - RL.2, RL.3, RL.4, RL.6, RL.10

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    Total Pages
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    Teaching Duration
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