Lesson: 1: Identifying the Theme of a Fable

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to use the plot and main idea of a fable to identify the theme.

Lesson Plan

 
(I)         will explain that “theme” is the underlying meaning or lesson of a story that the author is trying to convey to the reader. I will also explain that good readers use the plot and main idea of a story to identify the theme. I will read “The Boasting Traveler” (p. 76) from Aesop’s Fables by Jerry Pinkney aloud. I will chart the plot and main idea in a graphic organizer and then identify the theme of the story. (Example Theme Graphic Organizer A is provided.) Based on the plot of the story and the main idea, I think the author is trying to tell me that actions speak louder than words. 
 
(We)           will read “The Travelers and the Gold Coins” (p. 75) from Aesop’s Fables, chart the plot and main idea in a graphic organizer (example Theme Graphic Organizer B is provided), and identify the theme of the story: “If you don’t share your good luck, don’t expect to share your bad.”
 
(You)          will read “The Fox and the Crow” (p. 68) from Aesop’s Fables, chart the plot and the main idea, and identify the theme of the story. (Independent Practice is provided.)
 
Note: You will need to provide your students with the story for Independent Practice.


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Lesson Resources

Direct Teaching Teacher Example Graphic Organizer   Notes
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Guided Practice Student Worksheet  
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Guided Practice Teacher Answer Key  
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Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Classwork
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