The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

When does simplicity trump glamor? Readers compare and contrast a country mouse and a town mouse after reading a 312-word fable by Aesop. The graphic organizer differentiates instruction for all readers, scaffolding them to carefully examine the text for evidence. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Treat the graphic organizer from the activity as pre-writing and assign a compare/contrast paragraph 
  • Compare the characters from the fable with characters from another fable to practice synthesizing texts
Classroom Considerations

  • Have earbuds for individuals if they use the 1:56 audio recording
Pros

  • Online format works nicely to facilitate blended learning 
  • Part of a larger series of fables, the PDF of the text with a 5.1 readability score is obtainable for classrooms without Internet access 
Cons

  • Does not provide an answer key for the activity
Common Core