The Four Oxen and the Lion

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Long before Benjamin Franklin advocated for standing together against the British, Aesop warned about the dangers of a group divided in his fable "The Four Oxen and the Lion." An audio retelling of the story describes a quarreling herd of oxen that meets its untimely end once separated from each other.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Apply the moral of the fable to a history lesson or discussion about peer relationships
  • Compare/contrast the fable with another from the set
Classroom Considerations
  • Lists Flesh-Kincaid score of 6.1
  • Audio duration is 0:48
  • Click on the resource heading to find additional fables from the collection
  • Hyperlinks title of the resource to background knowledge and other fables
  • Includes a printable text version of the fable
  • Does not include any activities