Use this fable lesson and writing form to inspire students to write their own fables. It's a great beginning of the school year writing assigment because fables are short stories. This lesson gives a definition of fables, examples of fables, as well as a writing template. A great way to introduce this lesson would be with a video, tape, of DVD of a fable or by reading several to the class. A good way to assign this writing activity is to have students work backwards by selecting a moral first. Use this with my "Can You Cliche?" activity. Cliches introduce students to some common expressions which can be used as morals. When completed, students can read them to the class to see if their classmates can guess their morals. They also make a terrific bulletin display.