The Tortoise and the Eagle

Part of a set of fables, Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Eagle" is all about a tortoise that fulfills his dreams and dies in the process of completing them. The activity after the passage asks readers to write an argumentative response defending or challenging the tortoise's decisions within the fable.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Expand the activity into a debate: Was the turtle right in to take the risk to fly?
Classroom Considerations
  • If lacking Internet access, download and make copies of the passage PDF and activity
  • Have writers work together in groups to promote collaboration for the activity
  • 1:08 audiobook recording differentiates the passage for all readers
  • Online format makes for great flipped lessons or station rotations
  • None