I read the article Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables and I thought it had a few interesting points about critical thinking and it talked about some fables and had some “What if” points that I had not thought of before.
Here are my annotations
Writing my own fable
I have never written my own fable before so here is my attempt at a fable.
There was once a town in the country where there lived a cow. When the cow was little some bad people tied a rope around his neck and tied him to a fence. He was only a little cow and was not strong enough to ripe the fence from the ground. As the years went on, the cow got bigger and stronger and could have easily pulled the fence from the ground. However, because of the years of the cow being too small and weak to pull the fence left the cow feeling hopeless. Then one day while the big, strong cow was attached to the fence, he heard a cat calling out for help. With a swift twist of his neck the cow was able to break the rope and pull the fence from the ground and save the cat.
The moral of the story is to not be afraid of being confident in yourself and to believe in yourself. Do not let the invisible rope bring you down.
The fox and the grapes
I think that the moral of the story is to despise what you cannot have. I think it is interesting because in my Psychology class this semester we learned that if something goes wrong then we blame the external force, for example in this story the fox could not get the grapes because of the external force which is that the grapes were sour.
Some questions that I would ask students about this fable are
1. Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted something but you could not get it? What did you do in that situation?
2. How do you think the fox could have responded differently?
3. Do you think the fox could have eventually gotten the grapes if he tried something different?