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Community, Teamwork and Cooperation in Aesop’s Fables

A fable is a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral. A moral is a lesson, especially
one concerning what is right or prudent (wise in action or thought), that can be derived from a story. “The Boy Who Cried
Wolf” is a classic fable in which a boy lies about the presence of a wolf to gain the attention of the villagers. The moral of
this fable is that “a liar will not be believed, even when s/he speaks the truth.”
Directions: In your groups read the following fables. Discuss what each fable reveals about community, teamwork, or
cooperation?. Which traits (loyalty, honesty, patience, equity, etc.) are needed to create a healthy community, an efficient
team, or allow for meaningful cooperation (working together).

“The Belly and The Members”
What do you think the moral of this fable is? ____________________________________________________
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What does this fable reveal about community, teamwork, or cooperation? Does it highlight a trait/characteristic
that is essential in creating a healthy community, an efficient team, or needed for meaningful cooperation?
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“The Donkey, The Fox, and The Lion”
What do you think the moral of this fable is? ____________________________________________________
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What does this fable reveal about community, teamwork, or cooperation? Does it highlight a trait/characteristic
that is essential in creating a healthy community, an efficient team, or needed for meaningful cooperation?
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“Hercules and The Waggoner”
What do you think the moral of this fable is? ____________________________________________________
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What does this fable reveal about community, teamwork, or cooperation? Does it highlight a trait/characteristic
that is essential in creating a healthy community, an efficient team, or needed for meaningful cooperation?
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“The Man, The Boy, and The Donkey”
What do you think the moral of this fable is? ____________________________________________________
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What does this fable reveal about community, teamwork, or cooperation? Does it highlight a trait/characteristic
that is essential in creating a healthy community, an efficient team, or needed for meaningful cooperation?
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“The Four Oxen and The Lion”
What do you think the moral of this fable is? ____________________________________________________
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What does this fable reveal about community, teamwork, or cooperation? Does it highlight a trait/characteristic
that is essential in creating a healthy community, an efficient team, or needed for meaningful cooperation?
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Directions: As a team (if possible), decide upon which fable presents the most valuable moral (lesson) when it
comes to community, teams, or cooperation and explain how the characteristic or trait it focuses on can benefit
a community, team or collaboration. If your viewpoint differs from your group explain why.
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