Debate of the Plants
- Open the PowerPoint and project the painting featuring a broken Oak and Reeds
- Pass out “The Oak and the Reeds”
- Read or call on a student(s) to read Aesop’s Fable “The Oak and the Reeds”
- Ask students to log in to Kahoot! for a short quiz
- Kahoot! will assess students’ prior knowledge of fables and morals, e.g.:
- What is a fable?
- Why was the Oak proud?
- Why did the Oak break?
- What is a moral?
- What is the story’s moral?
- Clarify the answers to the quiz and explain what the moral of Aesop’s “The Oak and the Reeds”
- Separate students into several small groups (about 3-5 students)
- Give each student a copy of Aesop’s Fable “The Rose and the Amaranth”
- Have each group read the story amongst themselves
- Ask them to discuss the story with each other
- Request each small group to create a moral for the story
- Call a self-elected representative from each group to the board to write their moral
- Ask students to explain the story
- Question why each group chose the moral they did and how they came to that conclusion
- Have students define and explain any misunderstood vocabulary words to each other (clarify when needed), e.g.:
- Everlasting, etc.
- Explain the mythological meaning of an Amaranth (ἀμάραντος—“unfading”)
- Draw a Venn Diagram on the board
- Compare and contrast both of Aesop’s Fables by calling on student volunteers and writing their answers into the separate or overlapping circle
- Play on YouTube Paul Otteson’s “The Rose and the Amaranth”
- Pass out copies of the song’s lyrics and play the song again
- Question students about this version’s meaning writing down their thoughts as brain storm ideas on the whiteboard
- Offer your own explanation of the Otteson’s song at the end of the class discussion, i.e., the song transforms the story into a comparison between the temporal physical beauty of an individual with the enduring value of an artist’s work
- Ask students to think of a time they compared themselves to someone else
- Discuss how this made them feel and the real world value and danger of comparing two things to one another (especially, because one does not know how the other person feels inside—that person may also want/desire something their admirer possesses)
- Direct students to create their own “debate” fable on Storybird—drawing on past events in their own lives
- Require each student to end their fable with a moral of their own
- Assess each student’s understanding by reviewing their stories and morals
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
Speaking & Listening
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others’ talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.