Injoy, Inc. Summer Writing Program Week 1; How To Read A Fable
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So glad you are joining us for our Summer Writing Program! The entire lesson is included in this email, however there are several ways you can use these free resources:
  • You can click on this link to go to the website to access the lesson from there (the links to the printables are there, too).
  • You can print out the level/age/grade appropriate worksheets/printables so that you can complete the lesson away from your computer, or hand the assignment to your student. I'd suggest printing out the helpful teacher lesson plan by clicking here.
  • Complete any or all of these ideas throughout the week, or at any time during our Summer Writing Program. There's no pressure! Just use whatever works for you and your students and enjoy this process!
  • Do try to find a book of fables to add to your home library, or check one out at the library. Read these throughout the summer during lunch time, or waiting in the car, or when you have a couple minutes to spare. They are great to share during nap time; the fables are short and sweet, and you could read several, or stop and talk about one until the subject (and the child) is exhausted!
If you have any questions, please email me at


Shari Popejoy

How to Read a Fable Lesson 1

A fable is a short tale that teaches a moral lesson; it often uses animals or inanimate objects as characters.

Fables are often less than 200 words, making them easy for young children to read and listen to.

Reading fables to children is fun because they can relate to the fun animal characters and interesting plot!

Click here for the online version of this lesson.

Parents and Teachers, download a helpful teacher lesson plan by clicking here.

Our Write Now! Online Writing Class is currently doing a companion class to the FREE Summer Writing Program on How To Write A Fable. In this optional class, students will write several fables, submit them for critique and analysis, and participate in live chats and other writing activities. Students who participate in this 8-week online writing workshop will be well prepared to enter several of their fables in the Injoy, Inc. Fable Contest

Sign up here for the additional class for the Write Now! student rate of $7.95 per month for the current class: How to write a Fable: Exploring characters, plot and theme -- with a moral.

Please note: The Injoy, Inc. Summer Writing Program is FREE. It is a weekly online class that is emailed to you (like the email you are reading now). If your student would benefit from more individualized instruction like is described above, you may want to add the Write Now! option for a lesson fee. If you have any questions, please email us at

Writers are so much fun, and we enjoy talking with you about your writing projects. Be sure to like the facebook page and read Injoy Ink for information about ways we can connect online!

Fox and Grapes

Mister Fox was just about famished, and thirsty too, when he stole into a vineyard where the sun-ripened grapes were hanging up on a trellis in a tempting show, but too high for him to reach. He took a run and a jump, snapping at the nearest bunch, but missed. Again and again he jumped, only to miss the luscious prize. At last, worn out with his efforts, he retreated, muttering: "Well, I never really wanted those grapes anyway. I am sure they are sour, and perhaps wormy in the bargain."

Moral: Any fool can despise what he cannot get.

From Aesop's Fables, Grosset & Dunlap

Across the Curriculum Activities and More Ways to Explore Fable Fun:

Check out a book of fables from the library, or find some online by googling Aesop's Fables; you can read several fables here.

  • When you read a fable, consider the characters and the character traits they represent.
  • When the main character of a fable is an animal, the animal often keeps its animal traits so that  a fox is wily and a turtle is slow.
  • Discuss with your child the character of the characters--the moral character. Identify positive and negative character traits, and discuss how the characters could have made better choices.
  • Identify the lesson or moral of the story. Even young children can find the wisdom in The Boy Who Cried Wolf or the Tortoise and the Hare!

More Activities For Students of All Ages


Pre-Writers: (print a worksheet for pre-kindergarten students here or for early elementary students here.)

  • Draw a picture of the action of a favorite fable.
  • Encourage young children to give an oral recitation of the story using their picture to retell the story.
  • Prompt children to identify the beginning sounds they hear in the characters and objects they've drawn.

Multi-Level Learning: (print a worksheet for elementary students here.)

Act out a fable together. Encourage the children to add interesting dialogue and expression to their voice to portray the emotion or the characteristics of the animals (snakes hisssssss, turtles talk really slow, an owl might sound very intelligent and professor-y!).

Reluctant Writers:

  • Draw a picture of the character trait exhibited in the story. i.e. how do you draw the frustration of the fox? Write the word or a sentence about the character trait.
  • While preparing for a family dramatization of the fable, encourage the reluctant writer to write the names of the animal, subjects, actors on placards.
  • Direct a video production; encourage student to write stage directions or cue cards, put together a simple script.

Older Students: (print a worksheet for middle school through high school students here.)

  • Check out a book of fables from the library and let the older children read (and reread over and over again) the stories to the younger children.
  • Select a favorite fable and write an essay describing the moral and the message of the fable.
  • Write an essay describing how the characteristics of the characters match their personification.

Injoy, Inc. is offering a Flash Fiction Writing Contest!

We'll be selecting about 50 winners to be published in a compilation book, so if you've never been published, this is a great opportunity! Mark your calendar for October 18, 2013, the deadline to enter, and be sure to follow us on Facebook to get all the info on the contest as it is announced.


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