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Character Traits in Fables
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this lesson is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without.
2nd - 5th Language Arts 106 Views 742 Downloads
Those Fabulous Fables
A video leads off this activity on fables, introducing the class to this important form of traditional storytelling. The group defines fable and hears an explanation of the origin of this type of folk tale. They summarize the story they watch, state the moral, and relate the moral to their own experiences.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 37 Views 421 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Critical Thinking With Fables New and Old
Explore the fables of today along with Aesop's ancient fables. Learners will understand the structure of a fable, critically think about the fable's message, and create a lesson that they would like to teach through a fable. Suggested fables are included along with follow-up activities.
3rd - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 300 Downloads
Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales
Students complete compare and contrast activities dealing with fables and trickster tales to determine how each uses animals to portray human characteristics, specifically strengths and weaknesses, as well as pass wisdom from one generation to the next.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 31 Views 130 Downloads
Morality "Tails" East and West: European Fables and Buddhist Jataka Tales
Have your class explore Buddhist Jataka Tales to compare and contrast them to European fables. After defining fables, Jataka tales, and the elements of each, learners identify themes and patterns for both types of narratives and the moral lessons in each.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 11 Views 40 Downloads
Learn about Fables
Expose young readers to a new genre of fiction with a short reading passage. After learning about fables, children identify the main idea and supporting details in preparation for writing a short summary. Read the text as a class, discussing the main idea and supporting details as a whole group, or have learners work independently.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 16 Views 17 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Acting Like a Bunch of Animals: Fables and Human
The video "The Tales of Aesop" traces for viewers the history of fables and identifies their characteristics. The class then goes to the web site "The Fisherman and the Little Fish" where they examine the classic and a modern version of the fable before selecting a fable to modernize.
9th - 11th Language Arts 13 Views 68 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
What Lies Beneath: A Strategy for Introducing Literary Symbolism
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” You’re never too old for Dr. Seuss and using The Sneetches and The Lorax is a great way to introduce readers to allegories, parables, and literary symbolism. The lessons included in this richly detailed resource use such diverse tales as James Aggrey’s “The Parable of The Eagle,” James Thurber’s “The Moth and the Star,” and William Faulkner’s “The Bear” to model how to uncover the levels of meaning in symbolic stories.
9th - 12th Language Arts 48 Views 37 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Regale your class with renditions of Aesop's fables from the engaging, and beautifully illustrated book by Jerry Pinkney. Guide discussion to practice prediction, compare and contrast various stories, explore the connections between the visual representations and text.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 23 Views 243 Downloads
Audio Aesop: Listen to the Lesson!
Aesop's Fables are the focus of this language arts lesson. Young philosophers study and discuss the morals found in the most famous of Aesop's Fables. They write an original fable that teaches a common moral. A "Fable Listening Library" is made by all of the students, who each contribute an audio recording of their original fable using the GarageBand program.
1st - 8th Language Arts 15 Views 47 Downloads
The Coin and the Fable: Alaska quarter reverse
An Alaskan quarter and a book of fables is what you'll need to start this activity. Learners will use the image of the bear and the salmon found on the reverse side of the Alaskan quarter as inspiration. They will compose a fable about the two animals, carefully including all the elements of a fable.
4th Language Arts 3 Views 9 Downloads
Time for a story! Learners of all ages enjoy listening to stories, so read them some common fables and have them work cooperatively to create a fable. Differentiate for varying ability levels by providing sentence frames, graphic organizers, or strategic pairing of your learners.
7th - 8th English Language Development 7 Views 38 Downloads
Masks and Aesop's Fables
Students study and perform Aesop's fables. In this Aesop's fables lesson plan, students read and/or listen to a number of the famous fables. They make masks based on the characters and perform a fable using the masks. They write about the character depicted by the mask.
K - 4th Language Arts 27 Views 43 Downloads
Introduction to Myths, Fables, and Legends
Middle schoolers identify elements of myths, fables, and legends as they read an example of each. After reading an example of each type of story, they list elements from each. They compare and contrast these features by completing a graphic organizer on the differences.
7th - 9th Language Arts 9 Views 151 Downloads
Introduce: Summarizing Narrative Text with the Fable the Tortoise and the Eagle
There is a valuable lesson revealed in the fable The Tortoise and the Eagle, and scholars examine it as they learn about theme, summarizing, and main ideas. The text is included here; read it once for learners to understand the whole story before demonstrating summary through a think aloud.
K - 3rd Language Arts 52 Views 398 Downloads
Catching the Sun: Tales from Asia
Explore the folklore of Asia and the South Pacific with this language arts lesson series. Complementing a reading of Catching the Sun: Tales from Asia by Jan M. Mike, this resource supports learners with understanding cause and effect relationships and identifying the moral or theme in each of the book's four stories.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 31 Views 24 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable