Direct Teaching Graphic Organizer

Can the events of a story's plot reveal the literary theme? Discover the theme of four of Aesop's fables with the help of a graphic organizer that examines the stories' plots and main ideas. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Project the pages for all to see and guide pupils through the process of identifying theme 
  • For learners who are ready to tackle the entire page, recreate the graphic organizer without the main idea or plot notes
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires four of Aesop's fables—The Tortiose and the Hare, The Fox and the Stork, The Goose and the Golden Eggs, and The Shepherd and the Wild Goats
  • Resource includes a large footnote that may be distracting to some learners
  • Provides the main idea and plot notes to aid in identifying the stories' themes​
  • There is no space to write in answers
  • Does not include an answer key with suggested responses