Lesson Plan

Debate of the Plants

Students will listen, read, analyze, discuss, contrast and compare two of Aesop’s “plant” Fables: “The Oak and the Reeds” and “The Rose and the Amaranth”. Students will hear an alternate song version of “The Rose and the Amaranth”.
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La Sierra University
Riverside, United States
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The students will be able to…

  • Recognize and define a fable
  • Identify morals
  • Compare and contrast fable story structures an alternate versions
  • Understand the value of compare and contrast
  • Realize the danger of comparing oneself to another person and that “the grass [isn’t] always greener on the other side of the fence”
  • Draw a moral conclusion(s) from personal experiences
English Language Arts
Grades 2
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1 Engage

  1. Open the PowerPoint and project the painting featuring a broken Oak and Reeds
  2. Pass out “The Oak and the Reeds”
  3. Read or call on a student(s) to read Aesop’s Fable “The Oak and the Reeds”
  4. Ask students to log in to Kahoot! for a short quiz
  5. 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?
  6. Clarify the answers to the quiz and explain what the moral of Aesop’s “The Oak and the Reeds”

2 Explore

Activity: Conversing
  1. Separate students into several small groups (about 3-5 students)
  2. Give each student a copy of Aesop’s Fable “The Rose and the Amaranth”
  3. Have each group read the story amongst themselves
  4. Ask them to discuss the story with each other
  5. Request each small group to create a moral for the story

3 Explain

Activity: Conversing
  1. Call a self-elected representative from each group to the board to write their moral
  2. Ask students to explain the story
  3. Question why each group chose the moral they did and how they came to that conclusion
  4. Have students define and explain any misunderstood vocabulary words to each other (clarify when needed), e.g.:
    • Blossomed;
    • Envy;
    • Wither;
    • Everlasting, etc.
  5. Explain the mythological meaning of an Amaranth (ἀμάραντος—“unfading”)

4 Elaborate

  1. Draw a Venn Diagram on the board
  2. Compare and contrast both of Aesop’s Fables by calling on student volunteers and writing their answers into the separate or overlapping circle
  3. Play on YouTube Paul Otteson’s “The Rose and the Amaranth”
  4. Pass out copies of the song’s lyrics and play the song again
  5. Question students about this version’s meaning writing down their thoughts as brain storm ideas on the whiteboard
  6. 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

5 Evaluate

  1. Ask students to think of a time they compared themselves to someone else
  2. 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)
  3. Direct students to create their own “debate” fable on Storybird—drawing on past events in their own lives
  4. Require each student to end their fable with a moral of their own
  5. Assess each student’s understanding by reviewing their stories and morals