The Blind Men and the Elephant

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Sometimes it's necessary to view the whole picture before making a judgment about a small part. Read a short story about five blind men who try to identify an elephant by feeling different parts and coming to their own conclusions. Readers then respond to four short comprehension questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Add to a reading assessment at the beginning of the year
  • Have learners discuss the story and their answers with a partner or small literature groups before sharing their responses with the rest of the class
  • Include in a unit about point of view or perspective
  • Use as an example of fables or parables in your language arts class
  • Prompt young readers to expand their last answer into a longer response, drawing on personal experience about a time when they jumped to conclusions
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource does not provide a lot of space for each answers, but there is blank space on the bottom of the page for learners to write their responses if necessary
  • Teaches a valuable and applicable lesson
  • A great addition to a fables unit, or when discussing metaphors
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