Unit 5 Lesson 3: The Moral of the Story

Essential Question/s(Specific to Lesson)
 How do lessons learned from folktales and fables relate to life?
 Why do people use stories to explain life’s wonders?
 How do writers use language and information to make a story come alive?
 How do folktales/tall tales give readers a sense of place and time of a culture?
 What patterns of character traits are found in folktales/tall tales?
 How is my life similar/unlike the character in the story or book I am reading?


A fable is a short story, with a moral, that warns against a bad characteristic, like lying, stealing, greed, or laziness. The characters are usually animals that speak and act like humans.

A moral is a set of rules we use to judge if something is right or wrong.

    1. Is it alright to take something that is not yours?
    2. If someone were real hungry, would it be okay then to take apples ? Why/why not?
 Country and Town Mouse- Audio
 City Mouse and Country Mouse
 City Mouse and Country Mouse 2 *
 Tortoise and Hare
 The Ant and the Chrysalis
 The Ant and The Dove
 The Father and 2 Daughters
 The Four Oxen and the Lion
 The Fox and the Goat
 Mercury and the Woodman
 The Serpent and the Eagle
 Ant & Grasshopper
 Boy & the Filberts
 Crow & the Pitcher
 Eagle & Fox
 Farmer & the stork
 Hare & Tortoise
 Lion & Mouse

Lesson Plan:
1. Review Anticipation Guide: Why do you agree? Disagree? Why?
2. Display a double bubble map of country and city.
3. TTW read the fable: The Country Mouse and the City Mouse. TLW  complete the fable chart.
4. TTW provide copies of fables to partners. The fables will not have the moral printed on them. The groups will write their own moral.
** Differentiation: Advanced group will write their own fables given the moral from these stories. They will type them and present them to the class. Their fables will be included in the center or may be uploaded to the Internet.