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A fable is a short story that has a moral, or message, telling people how to live their lives.

 

For example:

Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.

One good turn deserves another.

Nobody believes a liar, even when he is telling the truth.

Little friends may prove to be great friends.

 

 

The characters in fables are often talking animals with particular characteristics. Foxes are usually portrayed as being cunning, owls are wise, ants are hard-working and so on.

 

Animals in the wood. Cartoon and vector illustration. - stock vector

 

It is quite easy to write your own fable if you base it on a fable you already know, but change the animals and the problem to make it your own story.

For example, you could take the fable of the boy who cried wolf, but change it to a mouse who keeps lying about being chased by a cat. Perhaps the other mice keep coming to help but get cross with the mouse and stop listening to him. Eventually a cat really chases the mouse but nobody comes to help and he is eaten.

 

In this worksheet, you can plan and write your own fable.

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