“The Hare and the Tortoise” is a favorite Aesop’s fable. The moral of this fable is usually said to be: “Slow and steady wins the race.” In this retelling, Tortoise says: “Even one as small as I can try to do big things.” So the moral might also be: “Even small things (or people) can make a big difference.” Also, the boastfulness of Hare has been emphasized, so the moral might be something like: “Don’t brag until you know you’ve won”, or “Don’t count your chickens until they hatch.”
**The script does not have the moral stated, so students can discuss and figure out the message for themselves.
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Students become excited about reading in readers’ theater. Help your students develop fluency while meeting CCSS by allowing multiple readings of the script. This tale is also great for character education! Encourage students to use expressiveness, intonation, and inflection when rehearsing the text.
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