Creating Your Own Fable



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Creating Your Own Fable:
We are going to write our fables backwards! We will start with the moral of the story, and work backward to the introduction.
Here are some of the most famous morals from Aesop’s fables. Read through them and come up with one of your own.


  • "Appearances often are deceiving." - The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

  • "Familiarity breeds contempt." - The Fox and the Lion

  • "Slow and steady wins the race." - The Hare and the Tortoise

  • "One person's meat is another's poison." - The Ass and the Grasshopper

  • "Things are not always what they seem." - Bee-Keeper and the Bees

  • "Never trust a flatterer."- Fox and the Crow

  • "Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing." - The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

  • "Little friends may become great friends." - Lion and the Mouse




  1. What is the moral or lesson that you want your fable to teach:


  1. Who will your two main animal characters be?


  1. Come up with a personality trait for each character (strong, brave, sneaky, lazy).


  1. What problem will the two animals solve, or conflict will they overcome?


  1. Connect each character to the moral (for instance, in The Tortoise and the Hare, the tortoise is slow and the moral is “slow and steady wins the race”).


Now on a separate sheet of lined paper, write your fable! Be sure to include dialogue between the characters. When you are done, bring it to Ms. Van Hof to edit. Meanwhile, look at the four art panels on the website that illustrate “Ten Ways to Count to Ten” and on the back of this sheet, sketch out the four scenes from your fable that you will illustrate.




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