Aesop Fables

What is the moral or lesson to the story?

What is cause and effect?

When you are thinking about cause and effect think about the following:

An event or situation happens because of actions.



I cut my hand last night when I wasn't paying attention when I was cutting vegetables.


I cut my hand -----effect

because I wasn't paying attention when I was cutting my vegetables. ---cause




The moral or lesson is what you the characters and you have learned from the story.



Fiction Journals

Your job is to read the following fables at least twice.

1.Next write the title in your journal.

2.Write unknown words the use context clues help you infer the meanings.

3.Write the lesson you learned from the fable.

4.Write a cause and effect from the fable.

5.Write the main characters names and one characteristic each one displays.


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The Ant and the Dove



The Ant and the Dove AN ANT went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of drowning. A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to her. The Ant climbed onto it and floated in safety to the bank. Shortly afterwards a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree, and laid his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat in the branches. The Ant, perceiving his design, stung him in the foot. In pain the birdcatcher threw down the twigs, and the noise made the Dove take wing.



The Ant and The Dove

1.Next write the title in your journal.

2.Write unknown words the use context clues help you infer the meanings.

3.Write the lesson you learned from the fable.

4.Write a cause and effect from the fable.

5.Write the main characters names and one characteristic each one displays.


A Kid and A Wolf

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A Kid and A Wolf

A KID, returning without protection from the pasture, was pursued by a Wolf. Seeing he could not escape, he turned round, and said: "I know, friend Wolf, that I must be your prey, but before I die I would ask of you one favor you will play me a tune to which I may dance." The Wolf complied, and while he was piping and the Kid was dancing, some hounds hearing the sound ran up and began chasing the Wolf. Turning to the Kid, he said, "It is just what I deserve; for I, who am only a butcher, should not have turned piper to please you."

A Kid and A Wolf

1.Next write the title in your journal.

2.Write unknown words the use context clues help you infer the meanings.

3.Write the lesson you learned from the fable.

4.Write a cause and effect from the fable.

5.Write the main characters names and one characteristic each one displays.


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The Tortoise and The Hare

The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. "I have never yet been beaten," said he, "when I put forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me."

The Tortoise said quietly, "I accept your challenge."

"That is a good joke," said the Hare; "I could dance round you all the way."

"Keep your boasting till you've won," answered the Tortoise. "Shall we race?"

So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race.

Then the Tortoise said: "Slow but steady progress wins the race."

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The Fox and The Crow

A Crow, having stolen a bit of meat, sat in a tree and held it in her beak. A hungry Fox, seeing this, envied the crow and wished to have the meat for himself. So he came up with a cunning plan.

“How gracious you are,” he exclaimed, “how beautifully your feathers shine! Oh, if only your voice were equal to your beauty, you would deserve to be called the Queen of Birds!”

The Crow was really flattered by these words, so, anxious to be called the Queen of Birds, she gave a loud caw and dropped the meat. The Fox quickly picked it up, and thus addressed the Crow:

“My dear Crow, you have a nice voice, indeed, but I’m afraid you have no wits.”

The Fox and The Crow

1.Next write the title in your journal.

2.Write unknown words the use context clues help you infer the meanings.

3.Write the lesson you learned from the fable.

4.Write a cause and effect from the fable.

5.Write the main characters names and one characteristic each one displays.