The article “oh The Places We’ll Go With Fables” was jam packed with numerous wonderful cultural fables. The fable that I will be discussing is “The Swan, The Pike, and The Crab” which, taught Russian values in a way that is understandable for non-Russian children as well. The fable is about three animals all trying to carry a cart in opposite directions. This causes them to get nowhere! This teaches children the importance of teamwork, communication, and understanding toward each other. Not only does this teach morals that we find valuable in America, but in Russia as well. We can compare and contrast what American culture is like versus Russian culture and tie it in with one comprehensive fable read-aloud.
A creative way to identify that characteristics of a fable in “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” could be a lesson about morals and tying it into the students life. Maybe think of a time when you weren’t telling the truth. What happened? How did it make you feel? How did it make those around you feel? Relate that to the fable. In this lesson, we will match up our own feelings with those of the fable to learn about morals and the importance of telling the truth. This could all be done as a read-aloud with class participation and discussion. We can then take what we learned from that fable and move onto others that may have a more complex meaning or lesson to be taught and compare those lessons to the ones we have already learned about. We can also move onto a fable that teaches lessons from other cultures that wed may not know much about, and compare and contrast our culture to theirs, just as we compared our own personal experience to “The Boy Who Cried Wolf. “