Tortoise and Hare

Topics: Aesop's Fables, Thought, Mind Pages: 2 (724 words) Published: July 15, 2012
Here is a classic story, one of the Aesop’s Fables. The fables taught with Biblical reasoning questions are used as models to help lay a solid foundation for future writing skills from the Biblical worldview. They provide clear-cut examples for finding the theme, that is the moral, and they also relate a literary piece to your student’s life. The following points presented in bold are distinctly Biblical worldview. Note that this includes giving definitions, and comparing and contrasting things. There are also notes throughout the curriculum exclusively for the teachers to help explain the perspective of Biblical classical education.

LITERATURE I Read The Tortoise and the Hare. Recommended reading: is Aesop’s Fables retold by Tom Paxton. A tortoise is like a turtle. A tortoise stays on land and a turtle goes in the water. Both are both reptiles. A hare is a rabbit. Do you think turtles move very fast? No, they don’t. Do you think rabbits move very fast? Yes, they do. Why do you think the tortoise asked the hare to race him when he knew very well that the hare was faster than he was? Do you think he knew he was wiser or more self-governed than the hare? Was he wiser because he knew that the hare would take his time, thinking he would win anyway? If you are a winner, it doesn’t mean that you will always be the winner. To be first, does not always mean you have good character. God gives us our abilities. The hare was not humble. He thought being first was the most important thing – but he wasn’t self-governed. He thought the tortoise was foolish to even ask him to race. The hare thought the tortoise was foolish and because of his pride (cause), he wanted to make him look even more foolish. His idea backfired on him. (effect of pride) Did the hare try his best to win? (What was the attitude of his heart - cause?) Do you think the tortoise tried his best to win? (Did he have a right heart attitude – a good cause to produce a good effect?)

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