The Fox Without a Tail

Can you trust advice from a person who has something to gain? Aesop's fable "The Fox Without a Tail" depicts the skepticism of a fox community when one of their fellow foxes, having lost his tail in a tap, tries to talk them into removing their tails as well. After listening to the audio passage, pupils complete a graphic organizer with character traits of the fox.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Build off the activity by having your class provide textual evidence to support their descriptions
  • Compare/contrast the fox to another character in Aesop's fables
Classroom Considerations

  • Flesch-Kincaid readability score is 7.7
  • Audio recording is just over one minute 

  • Provides both audio and text versions of the story
  • Great use of graphic organizer within activity to make sense of the information

  • None
Common Core