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Prior to reading Anika Torruella’s short story, “The Black Stag,” class members brainstorm the things in their lives that are important to them and then write about what they most value and why. The post-reading discussion focuses on Xim’s decision and why readers may agree or disagree with her choice. The lesson includes a vocabulary list, a comprehension check, and an adages exercise. The story is readily available on the Internet and the lesson is well worth the time.