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1 class periods of 90 minutes each
Summary:This lesson uses Aesop's Fables as a primary source to help the student understand the political and social thought during the Greek 6th and 5th centuries B.C. The student will research five to eight fables, try to figure out the moral for each and write an essay on how Aesop influenced the morals and ideals of ancient Greece.
Enduring Understanding:Students will analyze the political and social organization of classical Greece.
Use the following web site to find five to eight fables by Aesop to use as primary sources. www.aesopfables.com (The author of this website is changing sites. To get into the one you need after clicking on the above site, click on the rectangular box that says "Aesop's Fables".) Scroll down to "section 1, 2, 3, and 4. This has an entire selection of fables to use. Print off the fables you wish to use.
Students will need a basic knowledge of ancient Greece from about 600 to 400 B.C. This can come from reading the textbook on the Greeks. Pay attention to social and family practices.
A student who struggles with reading or an ESL student can check out a picture book from a local library and use this to do the assignment.
The student will write a 2 to 3 page essay on how Aesop's fables influenced Greek political, social and family life during the 500s and 400s B.C. The student must give examples from Greek history to strengthen their essay. Remember the example from the fable "The Father and His Sons" in the instructional procedure section of this lesson.