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Lit2Go: Aesop's Fables

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/index.htm

Website Example: http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/35/aesops-fables/370/-the-bats-the-birds-and-the-beasts/

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Computer(s), Internet access, projector (optional), speakers and/or headphones

Activity Description

Use this site with intermediate and advanced students for reading practice and building reading fluency with audio support. There are online fables, stories, entire books (many classics), proverbs, and poems in MP3 format, which you can download or listen to online. View the text by projecting the Web page and read along or download, print, and photocopy PDF files of the texts. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Many of the texts have an accompanying student activity that can be downloaded, printed, and photocopied for use with your class.

Preparation

  1. Make sure that the site it not blocked at your school before using it with students.
  2. Preview the site in order to select a text that fits with your teaching objectives and is appropriate for your students’ level of English. Browse by author, book, genre, collection, or readability (note: Readability levels for passages on Lit2Go are reported as Flesch-Kincaid grade levels, which are roughly equivalent to U.S. grade levels). You can bookmark the text or download the Passage PDF to print and photocopy for your students.
  3. If there is a student activity, you may want to download, print, and photocopy it for use in class, as well.
  4. If you download the MP3 file, an audio player is needed, such as Windows Media player or Real Player.
  5. Set the volume on the computer to an adequate level.

How-To

  1. Open the URL.
  2. Project the text or distribute the PDF file of the text.
  3. Select the play button in the browser to play the audio that reads the text or open the MP3 file by double-clicking it, if you have downloaded it to the computer.
  4. Have students listen to the text as they read along.
  5. Optionally, have students read the texts aloud in pairs or small groups to practice fluency and pronunciation.

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  • Follow up with the student activity and/or comprehension and/or vocabulary activities, oral or written summary or personal response questions, or extension activities you prepare ahead of time, based on the text you select.

Levels

  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.