Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables Teaching Unit

Aesop's Fables

Drama Teaching Unit for 6th Grade (6 Lesson Plans)

Focusing on the Aesop fable ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’, this teaching unit also explores the origins of the Olympic Games and develops students understanding of basic of the Greek Theatre elements such as masks and chorus work. The concept of fables is introduced and their modern relevancy explored.

Each lesson plan has clearly stated objectives and learning outcomes. They are structured to include introductory warm up, development and plenary sessions. A home work task is also included.

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The teaching unit contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: What is a Fable?
    Explores students understanding of Fables and develops them as drama pieces using Frozen Pictures and Forum Theatre.
  • Lesson 2: The Tortoise and the Hare
    Teaches students how to use ‘thought tunnel’ and ‘voices in the head’ techniques, supported by masks of the two characters. Masks are included!
  • Lesson 3: A Day in the Life
    Explores the building of character profiles, examining personalities and traits through flashback and narration.
  • Lesson 4: The Animal Olympics
    Lively and energetic lesson, using three team games (M&M Relay, Under/Over Ball Race and Guided Creature) to help convey the excitement of the Olympic ideals of competition and participation. Culminates in a podium and winner’s photo!
  • Lesson 5: The Big Race
    Prepared class improvisation, including thought tapping, narration, chanting, and interviews to cover the sporting challenge between Tortoise and Hare. Ends in a class tableau.
  • Lesson 6: Performance Assessment
    Exploration of the modern relevance of fables, with students using a range of techniques to create and perform original scenes.

Supporting materials include

  • Aesop’s Fable: The Tortoise and The Hare
  • Masks of Tortoise and Hare

Additional resources are included in the appendices

  • Basic Drama Skills
  • End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form

The teaching unit is supplied as a PDF file, readable on most computers.