A fable is a short story featuring animals, plants, or forces of nature that have been anthropomorphized (given human qualities). The story always ends with a moral.
Fables are commonly used to teach children simple life lessons.
What are some of the most famous fables?
The most famous fables in the world are Aesop’s Fables. Aesop was an Ancient Greek storyteller, and there are now 83 fables credited to his name.
Some of these famous fables include:
- The Tortoise and the Hare
- The Lion and the Mouse
- The Fox and the Crow
- The Wolf and the Crane
- The Gnat and the Bull
- The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
- The Ant and the Grasshopper
- The Goose and the Golden Egg
- The North Wind and the Sun
- The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf (The Boy Who Cried, Wolf).
How do you write a fable?
Try writing a fable with your class by using these simple steps.
- Decide on the moral of the fable. This is the most important part, as it will be the story’s main focus.
- Design the characters. Typically, characters in a fable are animals or forces of nature, such as the sun or the wind.
- Decide the characters’ traits. Characters in fables are usually straightforward, with one or two main characteristics related to the moral of the story.
- Scope out the conflict. What is causing tension between the characters and in the story?
- Figure out the resolution to the conflict – and make sure it reflects the moral of the story!
Ideas for morals in a fable:
- Cheaters never prosper.
- Better safe than sorry.
- Never give up.
- Kindness can come from anyone.
- Don’t judge by appearances.
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Appreciate what you have.