Since my students would be required to use animals as characters in their fables, we warmed up with this activity:
The first step in actually planning the fable was to select a moral. We discussed dozens of proverbs, which are age-old lessons, like these:
Students then selected a moral, developed some ideas for the plot, and chose animals that possessed traits necessary to teach the lesson.
Each of my young writers now had a plan and were ready to begin developing their fables.
You are welcome to use these ideas in your classroom. I'd love to hear how they work for you! If you'd like the packaged version, Writing Fables is available in my Teachers pay Teachers store.
Common Core State Standards Addressed: W.3.5, W.4.5, W.5.5