The Serpent and the File

Teach readers about elements of a plot through Aesop's 70-word fable "The Serpent and the File." Scholars learn about useless attacking while reading the passage that tells how a serpent decides to engage in a conflict with a file. The writing activity has learners identify a part of the plot within the fable and explain its importance. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Display pupils' activities throughout the classroom to model great work
  • Have a class discussion about the theme
Classroom Considerations

  • Download and print the PDF of the fable for readers if they do not have Internet access

  • 38-second audiobook recording differentiates the text with a 4.9 readability score for all readers
  • Online format allows for easy blended-learning scenarios 

  • None
Common Core