Fabulous Fables & Mystical Myths

For their twenty-first week of poetry Hale after school 3-5 graders explored the world of fables and myths. Fables are stories that usual involve animals as characters and teach a valuable lesson, while myths are ancient stories that explain the early history of humans and other natural events.  On Tuesday we read the fable poem “The Dog and the Bear,” written by Lane Tech students Kyla R, Dejah S, and Rachel W. In this fable a young dog is scared of a bear he sees in the woods, but each day he builds up the courage to face his fear. “He daringly went up to the bear, without even a hair-rising and said,” Hey there, familiar face.” Inspired by this fable, students wrote group fables where characters learn interesting lessons.

On Wednesday we discovered how animals were once human in Pat Thompson’s myth poem “My People.” In the poem a young girl is telling a story that her mother had passed on to her, a story where humans went through a supernatural transformation.   Those who lived near the canal grew scales/and those who lived on the tops of the trees grew fur to keep out the biting wind/ and some sprouted wings to hunt for food. Students wrote their individual own myths describing the origin of well-known objects and living things.

Please enjoy these fabulous fables and mystical myths below.



Ms. Degiulio’s After School
3rd-5th Grade


Brains (A Zombie Fable)
By Jayce L., Federico R., and Evan Q.

Professor Octavious was in his lab
and was constructing an experiment.
He drank a potion and turned into a
radioactive zombie.

He took over the world and fortunately
came back to his lab and knocked over
a potion which was the cure.

Dr. Octavious learns that he should
do more thorough research next time.


The Tornado (A Fable)
By Milania G. and Alexcia S.

One day Mrs. Donahue, CoCo, and Benni
found out that there was a tornado happening.

They each caught the tornado with cups.
Then Mrs. Donahue, CoCo, and Benni talked
to the tornado and found out that it was very lonely.

They learned that you should
always make someone feel like home.


Nail Polish (A Myth)
By Ava F.

The nail polish fairy made nail polish.
She used a spoonful of pixie dust and
then took the colors of the rainbow.

When it was finished a lot of people
started using it.


The Water Dinosaurs (A Myth)
By Jayce L.

God had created the land dinosaurs first.
He made the T-Rex and the Stegosaurus.

He then decided he need to make water
dinosaurs. It would be fair, instead of
just having land animals.

So, he created the Mosasaurus and Megalodon.

After they survived the asteroid, the water dinosaurs
helped kill the most dangerous dinosaurs.

Then they went extinct.





“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.