The focus of this week is: Fiction (Fables)
For the last 2 weeks we have been looking at fables. We have been reading them, picking out their features and finding the moral (lesson on how to live) behind them.
This week you will plan and write your own fable.
Activity 1 - Plan own fable
When planning a fable, it is important to remember that the character type and plot (story) must be linked to the moral.
1) Read the morals below (click on the images to zoom in)
2) Chose which moral you want your fable to teach
3) What characters could you have to teach that moral?
For example, to teach moral number 14, which is learnt from 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' uses a boy who is a liar as one of its characters.
4) What plot (story) could you have to teach that moral?
For example, in 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', the plot is about a boy who keeps on lying to the villagers about a wolf.
5) Use the planning sheet below to plan your fable
Take a look at the Fable Planning WAGOLL to see what a good plan looks like. The WAGOLL has chosen to teach moral number 14.
(If you prefer, you can type on documents that are named 'editable')
Fable Planning WAGOLL
Fable Planning Sheet
Activity 2 - Write own fable
Go over your plan and recall your moral, characters and plot.
Look over your work for the past two weeks and recall the features of a fable.
Remember that each box, on the right hand side, from your planning sheet will form a paragraph in your fable,
- the opening
- the event (your event box might be split into more than one paragraph)
- the ending
When writing your fable:
- Aim for less writing but powerful language, use adjectives, fronted adverbials, a range of sentences, conjunctions etc.
- Verbally rehearse your sentences before writing them down
- Include a range punctuation, such as full stops, capital letters, commas, exclamation marks and question marks
- "Remember to use inverted commas for speech," Miss Khan commanded.
"Start a new line for a new speaker!" exclaimed Mrs Paley.
- Once you have written a paragraph, look for ways to improve it, then move on to the next paragraph
See 'The Tortoise and the Eagle WAGOLL' below, this is what your fable might look like.
Activity 3 - Editing fable
Now that you have written your fable, you will edit it.
Read your fable to yourself or a family member.
How does it sound? Can you pick out the good things?
Can you hear anything that could be improved?
Paragraph and sentence structure
- In your writing, can you find short sentences that can be linked into one by conjunctions. Go back to last week to find conjunctions.
- Remember to leave some short sentences for impact.
- Have you organsied your fable into paragraphs? One for the beginning, one for the ending, between 1-3 for the events/problems?
- Check that you have used capital letters at the beginning of sentences and for names.
- Do your sentences end with a piece of punctuation? Which piece of punctuation do your sentences end with?
- If you have used speech, check that you have shown this by placing inverted commas " ".
- Is your apostrohpe in place? An apostrophe is used for 2 reasons:
- contraction - to replace a missing letter - e.g. do not = don't
- or possession
- single - the boy's book (the book belonging to the boy)
- plural - the boys' book (the book belonging to the boys)
In the passage below, some words have been underlined which may have been spelt incorrectly.
Fox could not beleeve his eyes. Here was his favorit stew, steaming away in a vase so shallow that he could hardly fit his snowt in.
Let's find the correct spelling in a dictionary.
Words can be found easily by working along each letter at a time.
For example, to find the word favourite in a dictionary, first find the letter f, then find a, so 'fa', then v, so 'fav' and so on.
Find spellings from your fable and check them in a dictionary. If you do not have a dictionary at home you can use an online dictionary here:
Searching a word online is slightly different to finding it in a dictionary.
On the above link, if you type a word that's spelt incorrectly, it automatically tries its best to show you a list of words that you may have meant.
See the example of the incorrectly spelt word 'favourit' below:
Features of a fable:
- fiction (not real)
- has a moral / lesson on how to live
- usually animals as human characters
- often clever and amusing
Does your fable have these features?
Don't forget to send the final, edited version of your fable to us. We are looking forward to reading them!