Understanding the elements of storytelling spans far beyond the classroom. In fact, learning about the fundamental elements of what makes a good story can help students learn the essential elements of public speaking, write clearer essays, and hold engaging meetings.

In this free and downloadable lesson plan, students will read a fable and become familiar with the core characteristics of this literary genre.  They will also learn to create their own fable based on their understanding of these characteristics.

Students will then create their own graphics which capture the moral of the story they’ve developed.

In this lesson, students will also learn:

  • The fundamental principles of storytelling: Students will become familiar with the basic elements of a fable.
  • How to write a story of their own: Students will learn to create a personal fable using the elements of a fable.
  • Graphic design skills: Students will create a graphic using the moral of their personal fable.

Students will then be given an interactive activity, where they can use Canva to create their own visual poem. To take part in this lesson, students will require the following:

  • Access to a computer or mobile device
  • Internet connection
  • A Canva login

To take the lesson one step further, have students vote on their favorite fables once they have presented to the class. They can use post-it notes or assign a certain number of stars. Or for older students in addition to the concept of a fable, you can also teach literary elements of character, conflict, plot, and theme

For more on this lesson, download the PDF Lesson Plan.

Written by
Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. She writes the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, hosts the Every Classroom Matters show, and writes about how technology can be used to connect students to the rest of the world. Vicki is working hard to teach the Canva staff how to use the word "y'all" in everyday speech.