Investigating Aesop's Fables: Texts, Contexts and Transformations
Product Code: 978-1-921586-68-2
by Peter Adams
Investigating Aesop’s Fables is an engaging, stimulating and challenging resource for junior secondary students which will help teachers implement the Australian Curriculum: English in an integrated and thoughtful way.
In the course of this unit of work, students investigate what makes a fable a fable, the relationship between Aesop’s fables and the society in which they were produced and circulated, and the ways in which one particular fable, ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’, has been told and retold over the years, by writers and visual artists as various as Jean de La Fontaine, Gustave Doré, Walt Disney, Somerset Maugham and John Ciardi. A diverse range of other texts is included, from a World War 1 propaganda poster to a political blog.
Assessment tasks have been constructed to provide clear evidence of students’ achievement of the relevant Standard.
'This is a wonderfully engaging yet challenging set of resources and approaches to teaching about literature and language in ways clearly and coherently aligned with the Australian Curriculum English. Highly recommended.' Opion, SAETA, March 2016
Part 1: Aesop, his fables and their world
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Aesop’s fables: what are they like and what are they for?
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How do animal fables work?
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Are these stories fables?
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Fables in context
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Whose interests are served?
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Part 2: ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ – the never–ending story?
Continuity and variation
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‘The Cicada and the Ant’ by Jean de La Fontaine
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‘The Cicada and the Ant’ by Gustave Doré
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“The Grasshopper and the Ants’ by Walt Disney Productions
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‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ by W. Somerset Maugham
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Part 3: Assessment
Performance task: text analysis and interpretation
Student Resource 19
‘John J. Plenty and Fiddler Dan’ by John Ciardi
Notes on Francisco Sancha’s ‘The Tortoise and the Eagle’
The Australian Curriculum: English