Free Resources for
Students and Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in China - by Paul Sparks
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Reading: Read and Retell (Paraphrase) Fables
As a result of this lesson,
students will be able to read and understand short fables and retell them
clearly in their own words.
the following fable, then the look at the three examples of how to
retell the fable. Then read the other fables and retell in your own
The Wolf approached and asked what had made the Ass so lame. He replied, "I have a sharp thorn in my hoof. Please, please, pull it out!" he begged. "If you don't, it may stick in your throat as you eat me."
Now the Wolf could see the sense in that and wished to avoid such choking. So, when the Ass raised his hoof, the Wolf moved to inspect it closely.
Just then the Ass gave a mighty kick, tumbling the Wolf away some dozen paces. As the Wolf staggered slowly and painfully to his feet, the Ass galloped away to safety.
"I deserved that," growled the Wolf as he crept back to the hedge. "I'm a butcher by trade, not a doctor."
The Wolf didn't want this so he had a look. He got real close and the Ass kicked him real hard. The Ass ran away and the Wolf got to his feet.
that," said the Wolf and he went back to the hedge. "I'm
here to kill, not be a doctor."
The Wolf said, "Yeah, you're right. Giz a look!" And the Ass brought his foot up.
The next minute, the Wolf was kicked fair across the field and the Ass galloped away.
that," moaned the Wolf, as he crawled back to the hedge.
"I'm better at killing than being a Doctor."
The Wolf nodded in agreement and approached eagerly.
A resounding 'Thwack' could be heard about the countryside and a US satellite observed an airborne projectile, namely one recently-booted Wolf, hurtling into the ozone layer. Meanwhile, the Ass complimented himself on his superb kicking ability before galloping off with gay abandon to pastures anew.
It was some time
later that a poor, battered Wolf upon re-entry to Earth, had time to
reflect upon his life: "Clearly I should have gone in for the
kill, not in with medical skill!"