Lesson Plan of Fables

English Grade IV

Students’ learning Outcomes

·         Write a short passage, anecdote, fable etc.  For pleasure and creativity.

Information for Teachers


·         A fable is a story that teaches a lesson:
Ø  A short story with a ethical, particularly one in which the characters are animals.
·         The word fable is derivative from a Latin word “fibula” which means a story that is a derived of a word “fari” which means to express. Fable is a literary trick which can be well-defined as a brief and brief story envisioned to deliver an ethical lesson at the end.
·         In literature, it is defined as a moralistic lesson given from side to side some sort of animal story. In prose and verse, a fable is pronounced concluded plants, animals, powers of nature and inanimate ingredients by giving them human features wherein they exhibit a moral lesson at the end.
·         Children love fables because most of them feature animals as the main characters.
·         In a fable you can use masculine and feminine pronouns for the animal characters, instead of neuter because no human characters are used.
·         As nouns the variance between anecdote and fable is that anecdote is a short description of a real occurrence or person, over and over again amusing or stimulating while fable is a fabricated narrative envisioned to enforce some beneficial truth or dictum, usually with animals, birds etc. as characters; an apologue prototypically,..

Material / Resources

Story of ‘The Lion and The Mouse’, pictures of lion and muse, chalk/marker, board, textbook

Worm up activity

·         Tell the students that they will pay attention to a story about a lion and a mouse.


·         Tell the story to the class and support them discuss it when you are complete. Ask:
Ø  What happened to the mouse?
Ø  What happened to the lion?
Ø  What is a deception?
Ø  How did the mouse to release the lion?
Ø  Why couldn’t the lion free himself?
·         Tell the students that a story which teaches us a lesson and is not based on reality is a fable.
·         Ask students to describe the lesson the story conveys. Narrate the ethical of the story to good social responsibility. Guide discussion to other kind deeds the children may have done or seen. Ask, as good inhabitants, what nice performances they can do?
·         * what does the story say about making friends with someone who is so different from you as the lion and the mouse were from each other? Discuss this point too.
·         Ask them at the end what they thought of the story, their favorite events and characters.
·         Also ask them if they think the story had an important message for them?
·         Write all responses on the board as help later for activity 2.


Activity 1

·         Students write the same story of ‘The Lion and A Mouse’ in their notebooks.
·         They can add more dialogues or give names to the characters.
·         This task must be done in pairs.
·         Students must be reminded of the elements of the story writing from previous lesson and to use them in writing this fable.
·         They can share their work with others if they finish early or draw pictures of lion and a mouse.

Activity 2

·         Tell the students that they are going to write a fable of their own today.
·         Divide the class in groups of 4 students.
·         Ask them to write the topic in their sketchpad ‘union is strength’. 
The old man and his Sons
Once upon a time, an old man lived with his three sons in a village. All the sons bickered all the time. The old man tried a lot to bond them but unsuccessful.
Months passed by and the old man fell ill. He spoken to his sons to stay united, but none of his sons heard his words. So, he decided to impart them a useful lesson.
The old man called as his sons. He told them, ‘I will give you a pack of sticks. Dispersed each stick and you will have to break each stick into parts of two. The one who breaks the sticks rapidly will be compensated more.’
All sons settled.
The old man gave a bundle of 10 sticks to each one of them and asked to break it into parts. All the sons broke the sticks into parts in minutes.
The old man said, ‘Dear sons, the game are not ended. Now I will give another packet of sticks to all of you. You will have to break the sticks as a bundle, not as single sticks.’
The sons settled and initiated to break the bundle of sticks. Regrettably, they could not break the bundle. They tried very stiff but unsuccessful to complete the assignment.
The old man said, ‘Dear sons, See! You could easily break the single sticks into parts, but you were not able to break the bundle! The sticks were same. So, if you stay combined, not one person can make any harm to you. If you quarrel every time with your brothers, anyone can easily defeat you. I request you to stay united.’
Moral: Union is Strength!
·         Ask them to think of a character they are going to use in their fable.
·         Ask them to brainstorm the idea of the fable they are going to write. Help them out with this.
·         Monitor their work.
·         Help them in writing the fable. This will be a difficult task for them, but they can write it.
·         Appreciate the group which completes the work.
·         Take one fable and read it out loud.
·         Ask the students to appreciate the group.
·         Help them making improvement.

Sum up / Conclusion

·         Monitor students’ work when they are doing it. Provide help if needed.
·         Review the aspects of a fable.
·         Review the lesson from the fable narrated in class.


·         Assess students’ oral responses in activity 1 and then their written work.
·         Involve the students in solving problems given in the exercise at the end of unit/chapter.

Follow up

·         Read a fable (story with animal characters0 from a newspaper or magazines to the students and ask them to re-write it in their notebooks in their words. Draw pictures of the characters in the story.

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