Learning Objective: I can state what a fable is. I can compare two versions of the same fable by looking a specific criteria I can select a fable to study independently
Fable - A short story with a moral lesson or warning at the end. Version - A different form of the same story. Comparison - Examining two or more things to point out their similarities and differences.
Concepts for this lesson:
Like all traditional tales, fables were originally told orally. This meant that depending on who was telling the story and how they remembered it, it might be different each time it was told. A person's beliefs, feelings, past experiences and culture, often change how they tell stories which creates different versions of the same story. What usually stays the same is the general plot.
Today we will be learning to: Explore how the same fable can be told differently depending on the culture and time period. Compare the structure, characters, setting, and themes of various versions of the same fable. Discover which elements are the same and which are different in different versions.
Comparing Different Versions of the Same Fable
Many versions of the same fable have different endings. Aesop's fable 'The Fox and The Grapes' is a classic example. In one version, the fox gets to eat the grapes, while in another version, the fox is unable to reach them. The same fable may be told using different characters, such as animals or people. For example, Aesop's fable 'The Ant and The Grasshopper' is also known as 'The Lazier Brother' in some versions.
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Now we are going to read two versions of 'The Ant and the Grasshopper. Both versions are posted on the English Channel of Teams for you to read.
What similarities can you identify between the two versions of the fable?
What differences do you notice in the plot, writing style, and word choice between the two versions?
What would 1-3 things would you change to improve the story?
In version A of the Ant and the Grasshopper and version B, the is an ant and a grasshopper. However, in version A it is a family of ants and one grasshopper but in version B there is only one ant and one grasshopper. I do not think that this affects the story very much. In both versions, the grasshopper plays the fiddle and is described as being carefree and not prepared for the winter while the ant is hard working and well-prepared for winter. I feel that these things are the same because they are important to the message or moral of the fable. Another difference between to the two versions is that in one version the grasshopper is already full from eating grass and in the other version the grasshopper is very hungry. I feel that this changes the mood of the story and how we picture the grasshopper and ants. In both stories, …..
Example of a comparison
With a partner, use the ideas that the class has shared to write a comparison of the 2 versions of 'The Ant and the Grasshopper'. Clues: • Look for differences in the characters, setting, and plot. • Compare the word choice used in each story. • Think about how the changes might affect the message of the fable. * Which version do you prefer and why.
Brain break: Draw a unicorn skiing down a rainbow
Go to the 'Datei' section of the English Channel on TEAMS. 2. Open the file called 'Fables' and you will see 5 popular fables. 3. Open the file for the fable which you want to read and read 'Version A' of a fable of your choice. 4. Keep reading the 'Version A' fables until you find one you like.
Learning Objective: Adopt a viewpoint as a writer, expressing opinions about choices regarding characters, setting and plot. Choose and compare words to strengthen the impact of writing, including some powerful verbs. Compare and contrast stories and investigate their writing style, voice and ideas.
Review: What are some things that you might write about when comparing two versions of the same fable?
Go to the 'Datei' section of the English Channel on TEAMS. Open the file called 'Fables' and you will see 5 popular fables. Open the file for the fable which you want to read and read 'Version A' of a fable of your choice. If you like it, read 'Version B' If you don't like the fable you chose, select another fable to read. Keep reading the Version As until you find one you like. Once you have found the fable that you like, read both Version A and Version B. While you read take note on similarities and difference in the comparison chart.
Make sure you always write in full sentences and always explain your answers.
Activity: Compare different versions of the same fable. Clues: • Look for differences in the characters, setting, and plot • Compare the word choice used in each story. • Think about how the changes might affect the message of the fable. * Which version do you prefer and why.
Why are there different versions of the same fable?
- Because it is passed down orally and changed over time
- Because authors like to create variations of popular stories
What can you learn from comparing different versions of the same fable?
- How storytelling changes over time
- How authors use creativity in their writing
Compare your comparison to someone else's. What are some similarities and differences between the two versions of the fable you read?