Summary: Aesop is famous for writing hundreds of fables. In his stories an important life lesson is learned by the characters. Many cultures around the world have also provided fables to teach generations of children.
A fable is a short tale that includes a moral or lesson. Characters are usually animals that talk and act like humans, but keep their animal traits.
Story Skill: Themes, Morals, and Lessons
A story's theme is the author's message about a topic. A theme is a combination of a "big idea" and what is said about that idea. Examples of a "big idea" would be friendship, family, courage, etc. To fully explain a theme you need a theme statement. This statement explains what the author is trying to say about the "big idea", such as courage is not being without fear, but is in facing your fear.
The moral or lesson of a story is told through the action of characters in a fable. Examples of morals or lessons are honesty is the best policy, don't judge a book by its cover, if you show kindness, kindness will be returned to you, etc.
To practice identifying the moral/lesson of the story.
Read these folktales and practice theme and moral/lesson.
Fables – silent letters – italicized letters are silent
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