Close Study: Fables
Fables: An imagined story that features characters and events that could not
exist in the real world. Brief and moralistic and primarily meant to instruct.
Story Mapping: Identifying the events that come together to create a story.
Story Mapping includes the following elements: introduction, initiating event,
climax, resolution, and conclusion. It also identifies author’s theme.
Fountas and Pinnell, Genre Study.
Hoyt, Interactive Read-Aloud.
Noticings: Students were read three fables as an interactive read-aloud.
Teacher scribed student noticings of fable characteristics. After reading three,
the students and teachers put some of the characteristics in an always column
and other characteristics were identified as often present in a fable.
Story Mapping: Interactive Read-Aloud Structural Elements lesson using the
fable The Tortoise or the Hare by Toni Morrison.
Student Application: Students were put into collaborative groups of about 4-5
students. Teachers loaded five Aesop’s Fables into eBackpack for students to
access. Each group was assigned a fable in eBackpack. Groups were provided
a story mapping graphic.
Assignment: Groups were to read their fable and fill in their story map together.
Groups were to write their own fable and make a Puppet Pal presentation on
one group members iPad using the same moral of their assigned fable but
using different characters, setting, and events. They then presented to the
Presentations: Students were graded on group participation, group story map,
and final Puppet Pal presentation.
(3) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Theme and Genre. Students analyze, make inferences and draw
conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence
from the text to support their understanding.
(A) compare and contrast the themes or moral lessons of several works of fiction from various cultures;
(6) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions
about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.
(A) write imaginative stories that include:
(i) a clearly defined focus, plot, and point of view;
(1) Creativity and innovation. The student uses creative thinking and innovative processes to construct knowledge and
develop digital products. The student is expected to:
(A) create original products using a variety of resources;