Finding the Moral
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Students will be able to recount fables and folktales and determine the moral or lesson, explaining how it is conveyed through key details or ideas in the text.
- Tell students that today they will be learning about folktales and fables.
- Ask students if they know the meaning of the terms folktale and fable.
- Define the terms on the chart paper for student reference.
- Explain that a fable is a short story that usually is about animals and is intended to teach a lesson, and a folktale is a traditional story.
- Explain that while folktales can teach a lesson, fables always teach a lesson. Define moral as a lesson that can be learned from a story or experience.
- Ask students if they can name any folktales or fables. Challenge them to describe some key details or ideas in familiar fables and folktales.
- Record their examples on the board or chart paper.
- Give students an example of a moral from a book already familiar to them.
- Have students turn to a partner and explain what you will be discussing, either in English or their home language (L1).
- Present a book already familiar to them and have students tell their seat partners their best guess of the moral of the story.
- Have students rephrase what you will be studying today. Explain that rephrasing means to use your own words.