Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Comparing Fables from Different Countries - Section 2: Guiding the Learning


These are both long fables to read so I was glad that I did the first with students. I projected it on the board and then added notes outlining the events next to it as we went along because I didn't get a really strong response to my first questions on the initial paragraph. I really think it was just because they were tired today - first day back after the long weekend. The notes helped them follow along with events better and get to the moral of the story.

I took responses from different students about the moral (yes, it was the same students raising their hands each time) and wrote them wrote them on the board. To wake up the crowd I had them pair share and decide with their partners which moral was the correct lesson. We narrowed it down and then I had a whole class vote to decide on the best one (they got it!).

When I revealed the "answer" and they saw that they got it - it woke up the excitement to do the second. Today I felt like I was pulling out all the tricks just to wake them up!      

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Comparing Fables from Different Countries

Unit 10: FABLE-olous lessons learned from stories
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT...chart and analyze similarities and differences between the Native American fable "How Fox Stole Fire", the African fable "Tortoise and the Baboon" and the India fable "The Fox in the Well".

Big Idea: Fables around the world use animals to explain and teach.

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