This week’s COW Writing Challenge will have students creating their own original fable. Their fable will end with the moral, “Two heads are better than one.”

Before presenting this writing challenge, it would be helpful to read a number of Aesop’s Fables to the class. The students can then become familiar with the style of this genre of story. Have them discuss the similar characteristics of the fables, including:

  1. They are generally short stories.
  2. They usually have animals as their main characters.
  3. They each have a moral or teach a lesson.

As you read the fables to your students, discuss the choice of animal for each character. How does the choice of animal suit the role of the character in the story?

Following the writing, be sure to have a sharing session in which the class can see the various way each fable arrived at the moral of “Two heads are better than one.”