Feathers: A Fable about Learning for Life is a PowerPoint presentation with the illustrations only. The story text is included in the Notes. [See instructions for printing notes below]
I wrote this fable for a 7th Grade Writer's Camp after years of observing students go through school seemingly unaware that school was preparing them for life. They had learned to 'make the grade' by any means possible, but for many, little learning had taken place, much less retained. I told my students that the habits they develop in school--good or bad--are the habits they take with them into life.
Feathers is about learning for life, not just temporarily for a grade and then forgotten. In this fable, for every lesson learned, a feather is given to each young bird to attach to their wings. Some birds see little value in a single feather, so they don't bother to keep up with them. When the time came to leave the nest, they finally realize they can't fly and a big cat (life) is waiting to eat them up. Second chances come through the help of a wise owl, but they find out that everything is much harder the second time around.
The preview includes half of the story’s pictures and their text, but in the actual PPT, only the illustrations are shown, and the story only appears in the PowerPoint notes. Feathers is also available in a pdf format, which includes the text on each page. This fable can apply to students at any age, but it's primarily aimed at second grade through eighth grade. Questions and answers at the end discuss the symbolism in the story.
The whimsical illustrations are by artist Vanessa Roeder, who also goes by the name of Nessa Dee. You can find more of her beautiful work at www.nessadeeart.com.
Instructions for printing PowerPoint presentation notes:
The presentation notes show up in the preview for your information, but they are not visible in the slide presentation. Only the illustrations are shown while the educator reads the text, which is in the PowerPoint notes. If you’d like to print out a paper copy of the notes along with their respective slides, do the following:
• On the File menu, click “Print Preview” [or on a Mac, click “Print”]
• Under the Print Preview toolbar, in the “Print What” box, click “Note Pages” [on a Mac, click “Notes” & it will print each illustration with the text]
• Under Orientation, specify “Portrait” or “Landscape” [on a Mac, its default is “Portrait,” and that will work fine]
• Click Print