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The Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed Exercise
- CommonLit Staff
In this article, students can learn about the well-known experiment from the 1960s that was used to teach young children about prejudice.Pair “The Fox and the Lion” with “The Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed Exercise” and ask students to find the similarities. Then, lead a class discussion about the lessons implied in these two texts. How do differences lead to misunderstanding? How does misunderstanding lead to prejudice?
The Griffin and the Minor Canon
- Frank R. Stockton
In this short story, a griffin drawn from the wild to a church in a nearby town to see a statue made in his likeness decides to stay—much to the fear and dismay of the townspeople.Pair “The Fox and the Lion” with “The Griffin and the Minor Canon” and ask students to discuss how friendship overpowers prejudice in both texts.