A Visit from Aesop: Literacy through Drama


On December 19, 2018, Ridge Mills first graders performed eleven plays based on Aesop’s fables on the school’s stage. Fifty-six children took on roles and put on costumes to act out the most famous of Aesop’s fables. These eleven plays were adapted by and directed by Ridge Mills staff members and parents.  

Aesop’s fables originated in ancient Greece three thousand years ago. In fables, animals act like people. They make mistakes and learn lessons or “morals.” Students learned about never giving up, about never underestimating yourself and about how acts of kindness are never wasted.  

First grade teachers Ms. Engle and Mrs. Frisch invited school staff from different disciplines and invited parents to celebrate literacy through play performances. In this collaboration, adults used their talents to bring Aesop’s original stories to life. In the process, students developed self-expression, confidence, increased fluency and comprehension and a spirit of teamwork.

Four sixth grade students served as stage crew, managing sound and light systems.

Felice Moving and Storage donated backdrops, which were painted by Bill Woodruff and Tom Gates.

Thank you to the players, to the directors, to the stage crew, and to parents!


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