The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Writers may mistake the lesson in Aesop's 107-word fable as a wolf in sheep's clothing because it's so much fun! All about a wolf that disguises himself as a sheep to prey on those within a flock, individuals discuss the theme of appearances with the passage that scored a 7.7 on the Flesch-Kincaid readability scale. The post-reading idiom activity investigates the meaning of words as the author uses them in context.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Extend instruction by having pupils identify more idioms in the English language and explain them
  • Do readers agree with Aesop's theme that appearances can be deceptive? Hold a class debate
Classroom Considerations
  • If using the audio feature, have learners bring earbuds with them to class
  • Idioms within the post-reading activity are great for English learners
  • Like others in the extensive set of fables, the 107-word audiobook recording differentiates the passage for all readers
  • Does not provide a rubric for the writing activity 
Common Core