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Learning Exercise

Material: Aesop's Fables
Submitted by: Tina Hanlon on Jul 26, 2009
Date Last Modified: Aug 13, 2010
Title: Writing with a Fable
Description: This assignment for a composition class uses morals from fables to develop a thesis for an essay. It could be adapted for literature, history, or social studies lessons as a way of showing that students understand the concept of using a story--or a group of anecdotes or personal experiences or other examples--to illustrate and support a generalization. See also for guidelines on teaching with fables and short works of folklore.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered
Time Required 1 or more days
Topics: English composition
Course: Freshman Composition
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School, Middle School
Prerequisites Skills: Basic composition and editing skills
Learning Objectives: Write a coherent, well-organized essay that uses anecdotes or personal experiences to support a precise thesis.
Technical Notes: Students need access to the Internet if they use online fables (which are also available in countless books).
Text of Learning Exercise: Assignment is outlined on web page
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Assessment: Writing standards appropriate for your composition course. For example: a unified focus and organization b. logical development of ideas and supporting examples c. precise and effective wording d. standard sentence structure and vocabulary e. avoidance of mechanical and grammatical errors
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