Have volunteers read each paragraph from the model, and then lead a discussion about it:
- How do you know that the kid goat is kind and thoughtful? (He does not eat the grass around the gopher hole.)
- How has the kid goat helped the gopher? (He keeps him safe from hawks.)
- How does the kid goat's kindness help him, in turn? (The gopher hole catches the wolf so that the kid can get away.)
- How would you define what a moral is? (It is a life lesson that a story teaches.)
Let students know that their own fables will need to show how a character learns an important lesson about life.
For an additional model, see "A Fable."