Use these sentence starters to help you brainstorm topics for your writing.

In a canyon, there was a fox and a groundhog.

Deep in the dark forest, a mole was burrowing through the ground.

The cunning cougar leaped among the fallen tree branches.

The crafty pig and the stubborn donkey shared a pen for a day.

The sly cat crept along the side of the house, looking for something to eat, when he spied a mouse scurrying into a hole.

Moral: When you’re handed a lemon, make lemonade.

Moral: The early bird catches the worm.

Moral: Don’t judge people by the way they look.

Moral: Look before you leap.

Moral: A blade of grass survives a storm better than a big tree does.

Writing Traits for Fables
Ideas Did the story teach a moral? Did the story contain animals that have human characteristics?
Organization Did I create a time line or an outline before I began writing? Did I introduce the characters and setting in the beginning, describe the problem in the body, and conclude with a moral? Are the events told in time order?
Voice Did I use a lively voice?
Sentence Fluency Did I use varied sentences, including expanded sentences?
Word Choice Did I use natural language?
Conventions Did I check for mistakes in spelling, punctuation, and capitalization?
Presentation Did I include illustrations? Is my final copy neat and appealing?