Writer's Workshop: Fable Writing

“Woa-a-ah, I didn’t see you there” said the horse to the bear.Writer's Workshop is a time to write without abandon, especially in the early stages of brainstorming and free write before we get into the revising and editing stages.  This is one of my favorite ways to write and the pieces I will share in this series reflect that.  That's write, run ons and spelling errors are ahead.  

his piece comes to us from a prompt for writing short fables.  The prompt is meant to be read aloud as the student writes their fable.

For the 1st paragraph, write what the horse says to the bear.

"Woah-a-ah, I didn't see you there" said the horse to the bear.

For the 2nd paragraph, write what the bear says to the horse.

"It gets pretty dark out here, you must be from the city," the bear responded.

For the 3rd paragraph, write what the horse says to the bear.

"Sure am!" the horse beamed proudly.

ll of a sudden a huge storm breaks out: wind, rain, thunder, lightning.  Write a stenence or two about all the weather for your 4th paragraph.

All of a sudden a HUGE storm breaks out!  Thunder claps!  Lightning strikes!  Silos and barns are swept up in the flood.

For the 5th paragraph, write what the bear says to the horse.

The horse trembled, "We don't have storms like this in the city!"

For the 6th paragraph write what the horse says to the bear.

The bear gallantly jumped to his hind legs, "Hop on my back!  I'll swim us to safety!"

Now, skip a couple of lines and write "The more of the fable is:"  Take a few minutes to write a good one.

The moral of this story is: Strong swimmers make excellent friends.