Elements of Literature First Course
LE0 7-7.2
Aesop’s Fables
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Master of His Own Fate
Once a slave, Aesop used his education and his wit to win his own liberty. He went on to become a statesman and an ambassador. Find out why four different cities claim to be Aesop’s home, and discover how greatness carried the ultimate penalty for Aesop.
More from the Writer
“One Story Is Good, Till Another Is Told.”
If you enjoyed the fables you've read so far, there are plenty more at Aesop’s Fables Online Collection. Here, more than six hundred fables are sorted by name and by moral, and some include audio files. Best of all, if you disagree with the morals as they appear on the Web site, you can suggest better ones.
Choices: Building Your Portfolio, page 576
Choices 3: A Telling Tale
Before you tell one of Aesop’s fables to a group of children, pick up a few pointers from storyteller Aaron Shepard. Learn how to select your fable, how to practice your storytelling skills, and how to captivate your audience.
Crossing the Curriculum: Art
Fables in Art
Aesop’s fables are more than 2,500 years old, but the lessons they teach are still relevant today. Wander through a gallery of Aesop-inspired art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. See how students illustrated the fables in a traditional style. Then, see how they illustrated the same fables in a modern style. Do these different artistic styles change your understanding of the fables?
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