Teaching Using Various Novels
Fables are a great source to use when teaching about many different things in literature, but one topic that using fables helps with a lot is critical thinking. By using various different fables, students are not only able to learn different lessons and different types of literature, but also help gain critical thinking skills. Using all different types of fables can inspire students to take a stand on things and use things like their prior knowledge to make informed, thought out decisions about the lessons being taught in the fables. The various different writing styles, subjects, and lessons that are addressed help students to relate personally on some level with at least one of the types of fables being taught. By having this connection, students become more interested in the fable and can think more critically about it.
As a child growing up, one fable that really had an impact on me was The Tortoise and The Hare. The fable was so significant to me because of the lesson that it taught. The lesson of “slow and steady wins the race” really emphasizes the importance of how taking your time and doing things the right way is a lot better than trying to make everything a competition and get things done first, even if it’s sloppy work. This lesson was extremely important to me and can be very inspiring to a lot of young students because it shows them it’s okay not to be the fastest whether it be physical activity like gym or recess activities, or in the classroom like finishing worksheets or assignments first. This is a very comforting lesson for many students who might not always be the fastest during gym class or the fastest worker because it shows that the student that is the fastest isn’t the best and that things that take a longer time could be just as good or even better. This is an extremely important lesson for all students and really resonated with me.