Injoy, Inc. Summer Writing Program Week 4, printable worksheets, lapbook activities, FREE planner info, and more.
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Just Joining the Summer Writing Program?

Thanks for joining the Summer Writing Program! Even if this is your first week, you can go back and review the lessons and complete any of the optional activities at your convenience--or just jump in with Lesson 4!

For Lesson 1, How to Read a Fable, click here.
For Lesson 2, Elements of a Fable click here.
For Lesson 3 Characters of a Fable, click here.

If you lapbook, here is a printable activity for week 1 and week 2. and week 3, and week 4.

Congratulations to the winner of this FREE curriculum!

Thank you to all who entered the drawing for a free copy of Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales!

Hillary M. won a copy of the Institute for Excellence in Writing curriculum, Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales.

Learn more about this curriculum here.

Q. What if my child doesn't like to write?

A. Are you sure? :)

There are at least three different kinds of writing: handwriting, writing for structure (grammar, essay, paragraphs) and my favorite: creative writing, which includes storytelling and pretend play.

Four important steps of the writing process and learning to write right:
  1. Brainstorming, imagining, and pre-writing/telling the story.
  2. Encourage your child to tell you about their story--especially at bedtime, when kids are particularly creative!
  3. Encourage non-writers, or students who have difficulty writing sentences to tell you their story. Write it down for them as they dictate.
  4. If a reluctant writer has to struggle to write down their story, it will thwart their creativity. Encourage creativity, and sentence writing will come in time.

Teacher Planning Ideas for How To Write a Fable Lessons

The entire lesson is included in this email; you can opt to use these resources several ways:
  • Complete the lesson ideas right from your computer.
  • Print out the teacher lesson sheet  here for your lesson plan book for later.
  • Print out optional age/grade appropriate worksheets/printables listed below.
  • 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!
  • Check out my Oh Joy! blog for fun ideas, and be sure to like and follow the Injoy, Inc. Facebook page for important announcements about contests, giveaways, and additional fun!
If you have any questions, please email me at Now on to this week's lesson!


Shari Popejoy

How to Write a Fable Week 4 Lesson
Developing a Plot to Enhance a Story

Free Summer Writing Program;

Lesson 4: Plot of a fables; The Fox and the Stork

For a handy Parent/Teacher printout for your lesson plan book that includes many of these activities and the fable text, click here.

It is the plot of a story that makes it come alive. If you have only the two characters you created last week, doing nothing, it's like when you've paused a DVD, and are just looking at a still shot. Once you create a plot, and put those two characters into an interesting situation, with a problem to solve, then you have a story. It's like pushing play on the DVD, and watching a movie!

Read the fable Fox and the Stork just below and complete some of the optional activities.

This week begin to brainstorm an interesting plot for your fable. You don't have to start writing it down yet, just think about what interesting situation you could put your characters into, where they might learn a valuable lesson.

Optional printouts for all ages:
  • If you like to create lapbooks, you can print an optional lapbook activity here.
  • Print an optional Pre-Kindergarten worksheet by clicking here.
  • Print an optional early elementary worksheet by clicking here.
  • Print an optional worksheet for reluctant writers/spellers by clicking here.
  • Print an optional worksheet for older elementary or middle school students by clicking here.
  • Print an optional worksheet for students in grades 7-12 by clicking here.
Be sure to visit for free resources and for Shari's books of encouragement for wives.

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!

The Fox and the Stork

One day a fox invited a stork to have dinner with him, and the stork accepted. The fox, who enjoyed some reputation as a practical joker, provided nothing for dinner but some thin soup in a shallow dish. This the fox lapped up very readily, while the stork, unable to gain a mouthful with her long bill, was as hungry at the end of the dinner as when she began.
    As they were parting the fox professed his regret that his guest had eaten so sparingly, and feared that the dish was not seasoned to her satisfaction. The stork replied: “Please do not apologize, friend fox. I have had a most interesting evening. Will you not do me the honor one week hence to return the visit and dine with me?”
True to his appointment the fox arrived, and the stork ordered the dinner to be brought in. But when it was served up, the fox found to his dismay that it was contained in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth. The stork readily thrust her long bill into the jar and enjoyed her dinner, while the fox was obliged to content himself with licking the neck of the jar. As the fox made his adieus with as good grace as he could muster, the stork said dryly: “I hope you do not expect an apology for the dinner.”
Moral: Many go out for wool and come home shorn.

From Aesop's Fables, Grosset & Dunlap

Optional Activities

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.Identify the plot of some of these familiar fables. What is the problem? What is the conflict? How is it resolved? Or is it?

  •  The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • Androcles and the Lion
  • The Crow and the Pitcher
  • The Town Mouse and Country Mouse
  • The Tortoise and The Hare
  • The Ant and the Grasshopper

More Activities For Students of All Ages

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

  • Draw a picture of the action of The Fox and Stork
  • Pretend that your child is a fox, and give them a narrow-neck vase of water, and brainstorm and experiment with creative ways they could get a drink without using their 'paws'.

Multi-Level Learning (print an optional worksheet for elementary students or middle school students here.)

  • Play a story-telling game. Pick two animals and a situation, and ask your child to create a story. You'll be amazed how creative they are!
  • Tell some familiar fables together and Identify the beginning, middle, and end of the plot. Identify what problem or conflict the plot shows.

Reluctant Writers (print an optional worksheet for reluctant writers/spellers here).

  • Prepare an oral report  for the family; retell the Fox and the Stork. Discuss the moral of the story..
  • Dictate a new story about the Fox and the Stork with a different scenario or different characters.
  • Write down a list of plots for the characters you have created for your fable; these are just 3 or four word sentence fragments that describe a situation. What types of activities could two characters like you have created do? Example: eat spaghetti, whistle with crackers in mouth, buy candy. Where are they going? Do they encounter any problems? Then pick one and begin to develop it into a story in your mind.

Older Students (print an optional worksheet for middle school through high school students here.)

  • From the fable you created in previous lessons, take your characters (possum and kangaroo) and put them in different scenarios. How do they react in different situations, but still retain the characteristics that we can recognize?
  • Continue to practice your story-telling techniques. Create alternate endings. Add some surprise elements like sudden sound effects. See how your audience reacts to your story, and which parts they like best.

Injoy, Inc. is offering a Fable Writing Contest!

We'll be selecting between 50 and 100 winners to publish in an e-book at the end of the summer. If you've always wanted to have a story published, this is a great opportunity! We'll select fables from many age levels, with prizes for the most fun and interesting fables.

Mark your calendar for August 23, 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.


Enter these giveaway drawings for FREE Planners

HEDUA is offering many planners this week in special drawings.

Go here for links to enter the drawings for free planners.

Be sure to visit the HEDUA site for homeschool resources like:

How To Write a Fable Accelerated Class

Our Write Now! Online Writing Class is completing a new course: How To Write A Fable Accelerated. 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 Accelerated: 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
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