Outcomes/Indicators/ Introduction/ Background on Aesop/ Reading a Fable/ Conclusion

(Fable Fun Organizer) PDF file

Essential Understanding
Fables represent genre that tell stories that reveal a culture's past.

Program Outcome:  Students will demonstrate the ability to read for a variety of purposes.

Indicator:  Students will restate or paraphrase information.
Indicator:  Students will identify story schema and story moral.

Technology indicator:  Students will gather information and conduct research using electronic sources.(5)


Your best friend has written you a letter to say he is studying fables.  He tells you that fables are very long stories written a long time ago by a man named Aesop.  He wants to know if you have read any fables.

You decide to gather some information about fables before answering his letter.

Follow the directions to help you learn about fables.

Background on Aesop

Before you read any fables, you want to know who Aesop is!
Click on the picture below to find out about Aesop.  (You will need to scroll down to the paragraphs about Aesop!)  Then answer question #1 on the graphic organizer "Fable Fun".

Reading a Fable

Now that you know who Aesop is, you want to read one of his fables.  Click on the picture below to go to one of Aesop's fables.  Read the fable and use text from the fable to complete the graphic organizer.


Now that you have learned about Aesop and read a fable, you are ready to answer your friend's letter.  Think about what you now know about Aesop and his fables before you write your letter. Write the letter to your friend. Remember to include information from your graphic organizer.

Created by Penny Good, Donna Resnick, August  2000
Recommended for Grade 4 - Language Arts 1st grading period