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The Big Essential Question
Ever wonder why the older generation often uses stories to get across a point they are trying to make? Get ready to understand why! In our sixth grade computer science classes' students will be creating their own web sites that seek to promote good virtues and values at school. Individual students will select one of Aesop's Fables then develop a web site that combines original art, animation, and their own voice to promote the lesson of the fable. Now, before you start your web page let's confirm or establish background information on Aesop's fables. Please use the Internet resources found below to answer the questions found on this web page. Be sure to head your paper correctly and use no more than two paragraphs to answer each question on your own piece of paper. You will then launch Word and type the questions and answers and save it as Fables Research to your MyOffice Folder. Lastly, use the information you have found in the Internet Resources to answer the Big Question. We will use all of your resources to later create a Web Page using Dreamweaver and Flash. 

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The Essential Questions

1. What is a fable?

2. Who is Aesop?

3. How many fables is Aesop credited with writing? 

4. What are morals and what is meant by, "The moral of the story?"

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The Internet Resources
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online-http://www.m-w.com/home.htm
The American Heritage® Dictionary 
of the English Language-http://www.bartleby.com/61/
Aesop's Fables-http://www.2020site.org/aesop/
AESOP-Ancient Fabler & Storyteller-http://www.duboislc.net/read/Aesop/Aesop.html
Tom's Domain Aesop's Fables-http://tomsdomain.com/aesop/aesopmain.htm
Harvard Classics-http://www.bartleby.com/17/1/
Aesop's Fables Online Collection-http://www.pacificnet.net/~johnr/aesop/
University of MassAmherst-http://www.umass.edu/aesop/

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The Big Essential Question
In Aesop's fables why did he use animals as the characters rather than humans?

Now, on your own piece of paper translate three of Aesop's Fables into present day situations using Five Forks Middle School as the setting for the fable. List the Following things for each of your fables:

1. The name of the Fable

2. Brief explanation of the original Fable.

3. Your Five Forks Middle School situation using the Fable. For the short activity, observing the UMass web site use only a brief explanation-perhaps three sentences at the maximum. Later, after choosing your favorite fable to translate you will expand your translation to five paragraphs. Two, three, or four sentences at most for each paragraph. Remember elementary students will be your audience so keep it simple. The first paragraph will be an introductory paragraph. You will need a hook to encourage the students to continue to read on. The second, third, and fourth paragraph will be the body where you will develop the story. Lastly, the fifth paragraph will be the conclusion paragraph will you will bring the story to a close.

4. Lastly, what is the Moral of the story?

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The Rubric
1. The Rubric from which you will be evaluated-Click here for the Rubric

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Student Web Page Examples Final Project
Example 1
Example 2