Aesop's Fables: 11 Leveled Stories to Read Together for Gaining Fluency & Comprehension
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Pressnall, Debra Olson
Here is a teacher's delight: well-prepared work engaging pairs of students at increasing levels of second grade reading to read a fable together. Each of the eleven sections has this pattern: a teacher's page; the text, with the two voices clearly marked; a page checking for understanding the details of the story; a page to help thinking about the story. The fables used here are well written; the authors have supplied a good deal of colorful detail. Thus The Fox and the Goat starts with the fox searching all day for water and asking help from a bird, who knows how tricky Tricky the fox is! The fables used are: The Fox and the Goat; The Big Wish; UP; The Donkey and the Dog; Doctor Frog; FS; DW; MM; DS; AD; and The Fox and the Lion. The Big Wish tells of a sparrow who wanted to become a peacock -- and did! He soon regretted his choice. The Fox and the Lion touches on familiarity and respect. I think that the simple black-and-white illustrations along the way would help second graders relate to these stories.
Key Education: Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company