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English - Fantastic Fables

 

Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be revisiting the topic of fables, which was one of the first topics that we looked at when I met you all back in October. 

 

I want to see how much we have learnt since then!

 

This week, we are going to become familiar with a range of different fables, and understand the different features that we might include within a fable.

 

But first, a reminder of what a fable is.

 

A fable is a story that features animals, plants or forces of nature which are anthropomorphised (given human qualities). 

 

A fable always ends with a ‘moral’. This is the lesson that is intended to be learnt through reading the story. 

 

Most of our best known fables were thought to have been written by a man named Aesop, who was believed to have been a slave in Ancient Greece at around 550BC.

English - What are we going to do?

 

This week, I would like you to complete the following tasks.

 

Monday

 

During todays lesson I would like you to look at the different examples of Fables that I have put on our home learning page. Can you look at the checklist of features below and find examples of these different features within the fables?

 

I would like you to write these down in the table that I have created. (Please feel free to draw your own if you cannot print).

 

Key features of fables are:

 

  • A moral: a good lesson for us to learn from;
  • Benefits of following the moral;
  • Consequences of not following the moral;
  • A good, wise character, who follows the moral;
  • A lazy, or foolish character who does not follow the moral;
  • Animals as main characters;
  • An outdoor, countryside setting.

 

Tuesday

 

During todays lesson we are going to be looking at morals.

 

A moral is the lesson that the fable is trying to teach you.

 

During todays lesson, I would like you to look at 4 new fables that I have attached. You will notice that none of these fables will have a moral at the bottom of them. 

 

Your task for todays lesson is to read the fables, then look at the table of morals that is included. Can you match the fable with the correct moral?

 

Wednesday

 

During todays lesson we are going to be looking at the different characters that we might read about within a fable.

 

Most fables will have animals as the main characters who have human characteristics.

 

One of the characters within this fable might be an animal who is a good, wise and courageous who follows the moral that the fable is trying to teach. 

 

Your task for today is to create a character description of your wise and courageous animal. How will you describe this animal? What features or characteristics will you give them?

 

Thursday

 

During todays lesson we are going to be continuing to look at the different characters that we might read about within a fable.

 

Most fables will have animals as the main characters who have human characteristics.

 

Yesterday we thought about an animal who is a good, wise and courageous who follows the moral that the fable is trying to teach. 

 

Today we are going to think about a character who is lazy, foolish or cunning, who does not follow the moral of the fable.

 

Your task for today is to create a character description of your lazy and foolish animal. How will you describe this animal? What features or characteristics will you give them? Which animal will you choose?

 

Friday

 

During todays lesson we are going to think about the structure of a fable and how key events are sequenced.

 

I will be showing you one of the fables we have looked at previously this week. I will then show you how the different events that occur within the fable are in a sequence.

 

Your task for today is to choose 2 or 3 of the different fables we have looked at and write down the different events that occur in a sequence.

 

Tuesday: WALT: understand morals by exploring a fable

Wednesday: WALT: explore the characters of a fable using adjectives

 

For todays lesson, there is no worksheet to print, can you instead complete your work on lined or plain paper.

Thursday: WALT: explore the characters of a fable using adjectives

 

For todays lesson, there is no worksheet to print, can you instead complete your work on lined or plain paper.

Friday: WALT: understand the structure of a fable by constructing a sequence of events

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