Aesop's Fables: Close Reading and Literacy Activities for the Common Core
Filled with rich vocabulary and meaningful life lessons, Aesop’s Fables have been enjoyed by children for centuries. Reading, discussing, and writing about fables encourages students to think deeply and connect actions with their consequences.
This pack includes everything you need to teach Aesop's Fables for understanding. It has:
• Notes and suggestions for close reading • A 27 page PowerPoint briefly introducing Aesop, filled with questions for close reading and responding to six of Aesop's best known fables • Character trait maps and writing prompts for each fable's main characters • Story maps for each fable • Compare and contrast writing prompts with graphic organizers • Opinion writing prompts with differentiated graphic organizers • Aesop-themed parts of speech and sentence editing literacy centers
The activities in this pack can be completed using any version of six of Aesop’s most popular fables: • The Ants & The Grasshopper • The Town Mouse & The Country Mouse • The Hare & The Tortoise • The Lion & The Mouse • The Shepherd Boy & The Wolf • The Ant & The Dove
In my own classroom, I used the versions retold in Aesop for Children by Milo Winter, which is available from the Library of Congress free of charge. Visit http://read.gov/aesop/ to print the fables you wish to use.
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 2: *RF.2.4a: Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding. *RL.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. *RL.2.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot. *Rl.2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral. *W.2.1: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section. *W.2.2 :Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section. *L.2.1e: Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified. *L.2.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 3: *RF.3.4a: Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding. *RL.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. *RL.3.2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. *RL.3.3: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events *W.3.1.A: Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons. *W.3.1.B: Provide reasons that support the opinion. *W.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. *L.3.1a: Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences. *L.3.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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I have been teaching elementary school in an urban district in Massachusetts for six years. I began my career teaching in first grade and have now transitioned into second grade. I especially enjoy creating engaging book studies and center activities for my students.
I believe in providing my students with plenty of positive reinforcement and a variety of ways to access any and all academic content. My lessons incorporate authentic, hands-on, and cooperative learning experiences whenever possible, and I provide many opportunities to build reading and writing skills across all content areas.
I hold a bachelor's degree from Clark University where I majored in Psychology and minored in Education and Sociology. My master's degree is in Teaching and is also from Clark University.