This fables instructional unit includes the following lessons:
Introducing The Elements Of A Fable: What is the difference between a folk tale and a fable – Through a shared reading activity students analyze a folktale and a fable to explore how a fable is different from other genre and to learn the elements of a fable. During this experience, students discuss and collaborate to create a chart showing the discovered elements of a fable.
Story Element Charts
Goldilocks and The Three Bears
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
How Can I Use The Plot’s Main Idea To Determine The Central Message Or Moral Of A Fable – Through a variety of activities and readings students analyze the plot to determine the central message of a fable by using the plot and main idea.
Copies of The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse
Copies of The Grasshopper and The Ant
Copies of The Crow and The Pitcher
The Fox and The Grapes and The Milkmaid And Her Pail (without the morals written at the bottom of the fable)
Central Message Graphic Organizers
Central Message Posters and sticky notes
Comparing fables and Characters In Fables – Students examine fables for the wise and foolish character archetypes while comparing and contrasting two or more fables by examining the plot, fable elements, and central message. This scaffolded activity progresses from whole group, to partner/small group, to an independent task.
Copy of The Tortoise And The Hare
Copy of The Antelope and The Tortoise (from Africa)
Fable Comparing Chart
Copy of The Lion And The Mouse and The Lion And The Gnat
Copy of Mister Rabbit Finds His Match At Last (optional)
Copy of Why Does the Buffalo Walk Slowly and Tread Gently? The Race of the Buffalo and the Hare (optional)
Copy of The Fox And The Snail (optional
Writing A Fable – Students think about what they have learned about fables to write their own fable.