The Donkey in the Lion’s Skin

Have you ever tried to be someone you're not? Aesop's "The Donkey in the Lion's Skin" features a donkey who dresses up as a frightening predator—but whose loud bray betrays his identity. Learners stop reading before they reach the ending to see if they can draw a conclusion about the moral, and then write a similar fable using a different theme.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Before assigning the activity, have a mini-lesson on literary themes
  • Apply the same activity to another fable
Classroom Considerations
  • Flesch-Kincaid readability score is 5.7
  • Audio recording is 0:54 long
  • Moral is relatable and easy to apply to a real-life situation
  • Task may be difficult for readers who struggle to think abstractly