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Foolish Franz – A Play for Two Readers

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The story of “Foolish Franz” is based on a tale called “Clever Hans” by the Brothers Grimm. The play has just two characters, Franz and his mother, and therefore lends itself to a paired or choral reading. This free lesson includes instructions for both paired reading and choral reading activities, as well as questions and writing activities based on the Common Core State Standards for ELA. The play also includes an optional activity, which is to compare the story of “Foolish Franz” with Aesop’s fable “The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey.” This can be a discussion and/or a writing assignment.

This reading activity is similar to the lessons in our Simple Solutions reading series. This series aligns with Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Writing, and English Language.


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Lori L does many things here at Simple Solutions, including writing blogs and math problems. She has an Elementary Education degree from Cleveland State University and taught many grades during her 15 years at St. Paschal Baylon School in Ohio, the first school that ever used Simple Solutions. She and her husband have two amazing children. She loves all things Cleveland including the Cleveland Ballet, Cavs, Indians, and even the Browns.

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