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How To Write A Fable

Fable Writing Contest for students; injoyinc.comNeed a refresher of the Summer Writing Program?

This 8 week program contains eight writing lessons with activities that can be used by students in all grade levels to learn how to write a fable.

This is a great Back To School Unit that is fun for the whole family.

At the end of the unit, celebrate by submitting your fables in the Injoy, Inc. Fable Writing Contest.

This contest is open to students under age 19, and offers great incentives and prizes. Check out the details here.

Now, here are the links to all eight lessons. I’m putting these in an ebook, that will be available soon, but SHHHHH!– Don’t tell anyone that you can get it free here! Because if you shared, it and people came here, and then entered the contest. . . well that would just be awesome!!!

Want to complete a Fable Writing Unit?

For Lesson 1, How to Read a Fable, click here.
For Lesson 2, Elements of a Fable click here.
For Lesson 3 Characters of a Fable, click here.
For Lesson 4, Enhancing the Plot, click here.
For Lesson 5, My Plot has a Problem, click here.
For Lesson 6, The Moral to the Story, click here.
For Lesson 7, Adding Dialogue, click here.
For Lesson 8, Fable Checklist and Bio, click here.

The deadline to enter the contest is October 18, 2013, and you can enter here (or click the big green button).

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Fable Writing Checklist

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  • Learned a story needs a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Selected two clever characters for your fable.
  • Put your characters into an interesting situation
  • Given them a problem that teaches a lesson
  • Added some dialogue to spice it up and keep it interesting.

Now it’s time to write down your story, tweak it, revise it, tell it aloud, read it to friends, cut it down to size, and submit it to the Injoy, Inc. Fable Writing Contest!

Here’s a checklist for you:

Practice telling your story out loud to siblings, parents, and friends until you get your story just the way you want it. Then either write it down, or dictate it to a parent, or video-tape it and then write it down. Whichever way you tell a story best, utilize that method to get your fable down on paper. Hint: you can use the tools in a word processor (usually tools/word count) to find the number of words. Keep making it better until you have between 200-300 words.

  • Read it aloud. Does it flow? Do you need to change any words to make it a fun story to listen to?
  • Let an adult read it and listen to their suggestions. If their suggestions make it a better story, work on it a little more.
  • Do you have an interesting character or two?
  • Did you give them an interesting situation?
  • Can you identify the problem?
  • What is the lesson you want the reader or the characters to learn?
  • Can you add some dialogue to make it more fun?

Now, you’re ready to submit your fable to the Fable Writing Contest. Congratulations! We’ll send a link to our Summer Writing Program Students when the contest kicks off August 23, 2013! To make sure you’re signed up, go here.

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A Fun Game to Encourage Creative Writing

free writing program; fun and easy way to explore creative writing is to write a fable.

A fable is a short story, often less than 200 words.

Here is a fun activity to help your child write a fable.

  1. Let your child name 5-10 animals or fairy tale or make-believe characters. Write them down, or have your child write the characters. Put them in a hat, and draw out 2 characters.
  2. Name 5-10 situations, or things they enjoy doing (riding a bike, going to a movie). Draw one from a hat.
  3. Create a problem with the situation (something that could possibly go wrong).
  4. Then create a lesson from the problem.


  • An elephant and a giraffe (2 characters)
  • Eating spaghetti at a fancy restaurant  (situation)
  • Problem: they have no hands, and the giraffe’s neck is too long
  • Solution: elephant uses his trunk to eat, and hold the plate up with his trunk so his giraffe friend can eat.
  • Moral: two are better than one or friends can help solve problems

Now you can use these four steps to create your own fable! If your child is a pre-write or a reluctant writer, write it down for them, or have your child write their story. Then help them to advance their spelling and punctuation skills by helping them edit their story.

Use phrases like:

  • Once there was a ____
  • One day ____
  • And then ______
  • Moral:  Never ____.
  • Or: Always ____.

And be sure to like the Injoy, Inc. facebook page to get all the latest details about the Fable Writing Contest which kicks off August 23, 2013.

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Get Back To School With a Fun Writing Project

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If you’d like a way to kick off the school year with a fun writing project that’s educational, try this.

Injoy, Inc. Writing Program might be just what you need to get your kids to stretch their creative muscles, and flex their spelling and writing skills just a bit before jumping right into the school year!

With eight informal lessons which teach story-telling concepts of a fable, this little wrting program explores these creative writing elements all in a little 300-word fable:

  • utilizing the beginning, middle, and end of story-telling
  • creating and developing interesting characters
  • designing an interesting plot full of conflict and resolution
  • utilizing dialogue to enhance the plot
  • creating a moral to the story

Plus, Injoy, Inc. is compiling the best stories into an e-book! This e-book will be available for sale online, with all proceeds going to help purchase reading and writing supplies and material for school children in Moore, Oklahoma this fall.

And there are prizes for the best fables in several age/grade categories, too! (Like $50 gift certificate to Institute for Excellence in Writing, and gift cards from Mardel, and Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Writing Lessons, and prizes like the stop motion animation DVD from Shatterpoint Entertainment, Jericho DVD, and Five in a Row products.

You can complete these lessons at your own pace, and optional printouts make easy and fun assignments. It’s free, so sign up here to get the next lesson each Monday!

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More Fable Fun with Problem Plots & a Free Printable

Summer Writing Program; a fun game to learn to explore how a problem adds to the plot?

Print out this free printable with Creative Story Starters   for your lapbook or story-time to create some interesting fables. And be sure to check out our Fable Writing Contest that launches August 23rd.

Select two characters, a situation, and then a problem, and have fun creating a story!

And be sure to enter the Mardel $20 gift card giveaway before midnight 8/3/2013!

Whether you have an elephant and an ogre taking a hot air balloon ride when something breaks, or an ant and a mosquito working when an argument breaks out, I’m sure your children will create some very interesting stories. If you’d like to share your story, comment below or come over to the Injoy, Inc. Facebook page and tell us how creative your kids are!

For more creative writing tips, sign up for the Free Summer Writing Program, by clicking this link and entering your email address.

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Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales

Summer writing program;[box_dark]The drawing is closed, but this item is still part of the prize package for the Fable Writing Contest which kicks off August 23rd, 2013. Be sure to check back and like the Injoy, Inc. facebook page for details. To promote our Summer Writing Program, How to Write a Fable, we’re offering a FREE copy of the Institute for Excellence in Writing curriculum Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales, Writing Lessons in Structure & Style. [/box_dark]

Institute for Excellence in Writing is also offering some great prizes in this Summer Writing Program, including two $50 gift certificates!

Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales is a writing curriculum that uses fun stories from fables and fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast and The Fox and the Stork to teach important writing concepts like analyzing the elements of a story, using quality adjectives, adding who/which clauses to make sentences more interesting, and other writing structure essentials.

I love it when a curriculum uses a fun approach to teach some rather — well, not-so-much-fun writing elements. By using fables and myths and fairy tales as the core text to teach sentence structure and writing techniques, Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales writing lessons adds some fun to brighten up your child’s lesson. In fact, when I pulled this book out to read it, my son confiscated it, and went through it and read all the stories at one time! Now he knows how much he’s already enjoyed the book, and when we go through to do the lessons, he’ll already think of it as FUN!

Although you will learn the techniques that will allow you to write a fable (along with assignments to write your own fable), this curriculum is not specifically about how to write creatively; it explores the structure and style of writing.  This book would be a helpful asset to you and your child as you prepare for the Fable Writing Contest that Injoy, Inc. is sponsoring in the  Summer Writing Program for that! Join us as we learn to write fables, and then enter your fable in the end-of-summer Fable Contest for some great prizes like the Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales writing curriculum, $50 gift certificates from Institute for Excellence in Writing, and more!

To enter the drawing, go here, and then like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, tell your friends about the giveaway to win extra entries, and be sure to join the Summer Writing Program–it’s not too late! Students can continue to join all summer long!

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How To Create Interesting Characters for a Fable

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A fable is a short tale that teaches a moral lesson; it often uses animals or inanimate objects as characters.

In a fable, an inanimate object can have human characteristics, too. A teapot could be short and stout, and a hammer could be blunt.


Fox and the Crow

A crow who had stolen a piece of cheese was flying toward the top of a tall tree where he hoped to enjoy his prize, when a fox spied him.

“If I plan this right,” said the fox to himself, “I shall have cheese for suppler.”

So as he sat under the tree, he began to speak in his politest tones:

“Good day, mistress crow, how well you are looking today! How glossy your wings, and your breast is the breast of an eagle. And your claws — I beg pardon—your talons are as strong as steel. I have not heard your voice, but I am certain that it must surpass that of any other bird just as your beauty does.”

The vain crow was pleased by all this flattery. She believed every word of it and waggled her tail and flapped her wings to show her pleasure. She liked especially what friend fox said about her voice, for she had sometimes been told that her caw was a bit rusty. So, chuckling to think how she was going to surprise the fox with her most beautiful caw, she opened wide her mouth.

Down dropped the piece of cheese! The wily fox snatched it before it touched the ground, and as he walked away licking his chops, he offered these words of advice to the silly crow:

“The next time someone praises your beauty be sure to hold your tongue.”

Moral: Flatterers are not to be trusted.

From Aesop’s Fables, Grosset & Dunlap



For ideas on how to create interesting characters in fables, opportunities to win prizes, and instruction on how to enter a prize winning fable in the fable contest, sign up for the Summer Writing Program.

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Closed: Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Curriculum from IEW Giveaway

Summer writing program;[box_dark]This drawing is now closed, but be sure to like Injoy, Inc. on FB for more contests and drawings, and enter the Fable Writing Contest for a chance to win other Institute for Excellence in Writing products and gift certificates. To encourage participation in our Student Writing Program, How to Write a Fable, we’re offering a giveway of this great writing program from Institute for Excellence in Writing.[/box_dark]

You can get more chances to win by completing some very simple things like liking our Facebook page, following us on Twitter, and more! Please share this with your friends to help us sign up more students in our fun Summer Writing Program. We want to continue to sign students up all summer to participate in the Fable Contest!

Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales is a writing program that uses fun stories like The Fox and the Stork and and Beauty and the Beast and King Arthur to teach writing concepts like note-taking, summarizing stories, and creative writing structure.

To get entries to win this curriculum, simply do some of these fun things in the entry form below (like us on Facebook, follow us Twitter, make a comment, share with friends, and tweet about the giveaway!) Thanks for sharing!


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Writing Lesson: Elements of a Fable

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Elements of a Fable

Have you signed up for our free Summer Writing Program, with weekly fun and informal lessons to keep your child creating this summer? Click here to sign up for our weekly email newsletter with optional activities and worksheets.
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And be sure to go back and read Lesson 1!

Now for the highlights of Lesson 2 (for the complete lesson, sign up with your email address to get the lessons emailed each Monday.)

How to Write a Fable: Lesson 2 Elements of a Fable

A fable contains all of the elements of a good story:

  1. interesting characters
  2. setting (time and place)
  3. plot
  4. conflict and resolution
  5. theme (or moral in a fable)

The characters or subjects in a fable can be inanimate objects like the grapes in Fox and Grapes from lesson 1, or the sun and wind of  North Wind and the Sun.


North Wind and the Sun

A dispute once arose between the wind and the sun over which was the stronger of the two. There seemed to be no way of settling the issue. But suddenly they saw a traveler coming down the road. “This is our chance,” said the sun, “to prove who is right. Whichever of us can make that man take off his coat shall be the stronger. And just to show you how sure I am, I’ll let you have the first chance.”

So the sun hid behind a cloud, and the wind blew an icy blast. But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveler wrap his coat around him. At last the wind had to give up in disgust. Then the sun came out from behind the cloud and began to shine down upon the traveler with all his power. The traveler felt the sun’s genial warmth, and as he grew warmer and warmer he began to loosen his coat. Finally he was forced to take it off altogether and to sit down in the shade of a tree and fan himself. So the sun was right, after all!

Moral: Persuasion is better than force.

From Aesop’s Fables, Grosset & Dunlap


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Writing Lesson; How to Read a Fable Lesson 1

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How to Read a Fable

A fable is a short tale that teaches a moral lesson; it often uses animals or inanimate objects as characters.

Fables are often less than 200 words, making them easy for young children to read and listen to.

Reading fables to children is fun because they can relate to the fun animal characters and interesting plot!

Activities to help you explore Fables this week:

Injoy, Inc. Summer Writing Program worksheet; injoyinc.comCheck out a book of fables from the library, or find some online by googling Aesop’s Fables; you can read several fables here.

  • When you read a fable, consider the characters and the character traits they represent.
  • When the main character of a fable is an animal, the animal often keeps its animal traits so that  a fox is wily and a turtle is slow.
  • Discuss with your child the character of the characters–the moral character. Identify positive and negative character traits, and discuss how the characters could have made better choices.
  • Identify the lesson or moral of the story. What is the lesson in the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf? Even young children can find the wisdom in this story!
  • Read a fable to your child, then practice story-telling by re-telling the story. Then let your child tell the story in their own way. Change the story as you retell it over and over again.

Download these free printable worksheets: (you might have to right click on the link and open it in a new tab).

Summer Writing Program; injoyinc.comPre-Writers:

  • Draw a picture of the action of a favorite fable.
  • Encourage young children to give an oral recitation of the story using their picture to retell the story.
  • Prompt children to identify the beginning sounds they hear in the characters and objects they’ve drawn.


Multi-Level Learning:

Act out a fable together. Encourage the children to add interesting dialogue and expression to their voice to portray the emotion or the characteristics of the animals (snakes hisssssss, turtles talk really slow, an owl might sound very intelligent and professor-y!).

Reluctant Writers:

  • Draw a picture of the character trait exhibited in the story. i.e. how do you draw the industriousness of the ant from The Ant and the Grasshopper? Write the word or a sentence about the character trait.
  • Create a script for a family dramatization of a fable. Write the names of the animals or characters or objects on placards, or make cue cards with important one or two word reminders about an emotion, or expression (i.e. jump high, look sad, cry, pant and act tired)
  • Direct a video production; encourage student to write stage directions, cue cards, or a simple script.
  • Retell Fox and Grapes with an alternate ending showing the fox in a positive light with a new moral like: perseverance pays off, or patience rewards the patient.

Summer Writing Program; injoyinc.comOlder Students: 

  • Check out a book of fables from the library and let the older children read (and reread over and over again) the stories to the younger children.
  • Select a favorite fable and write an essay describing the moral and the message of the fable.
  • Write an essay describing how the characteristics of the characters match their personification.

For more lessons on how to write a fable, join the Summer Writing Program for weekly lessons emailed to you with information on writing contests, prizes, and an opportunity to publish your fable.
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