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Aesop fables


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Symbols in communication. Aesop fable in dingbats. Visual literacy assignment.

Read the fables (link above). Pick one.

Break it into 8 parts. Tell the fable in 8 abstract pictures.

Use attached symbols for the designs. Each design should represent a concept, not a realistic illustration.

You can resize, rotate, change colors and duplicate symbols.

You CANNOT: distort, stretch symbols or add any type of other types of graphics or text.

See example below:

The Ant and the Grasshopper

In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content.

An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

"Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"

"I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."

"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.

Then the Grasshopper knew: Moral of Aesop's Fable: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.



Download and open worksheet file (aesop_work.ai).

Select Type tool from the Tool box.

Click and drag a text box under first square.

Type in the first sentence.

Use Selection tool.

Option-drag the text box under the next square. This will duplicate the box.

Continue Option-dragging the text boxes for the rest of the squares.

Select the first row of text boxes to align them.

Open Align palette: Window > Align

In the Align palette:

Click Vertical Align button.

Repeat the steps for the bottom row.

Download and open the dingbats file (aesop_symbols.ai)

Detach it from the tab group by dragging the tab away from the tab panel.

To see all dingbats: Ctrl (Command) 0

To zoom in: use Zoom tool from the Tool box


Ctrl (Command) +

Select a symbol you need with Selection tool

and drag it onto the first square of the worksheet file.

You can resize the symbols by placing the cursor in the corner of the bounding box.


Always hold SHIFT when resizing to constrain proportions.

You can change the color of your symbol by choosing a color swatch in Swatches palette.

To open Swatches palette:

Window > Swatches

You can also change color of the symbol (and its outline) by using the color swatches in the Tool box.

To rotate a symbol:

Place the cursor next to the corner

Rotate as you wish.

Continue dragging symbols to create a complete story.

Do not forget to print your name before printing.