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At The Head of Her Class, and Homeless
- NPR Staff
In June 2014, NPR published this story about Rashema Melson. At the time, Melson was a homeless high school senior at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. She is now a student at Georgetown University.Pair “At the Head of her Class, and Homeless” with “The Ants and the Grasshopper” and ask students to compare and contrast the theme(s) in each text. What could the grasshopper learn from Rashema Nelson?
The Story of The Lazy Boy: A Kachari Folktale
- Compiled by Rev. Sidney Endle
In the early 1900s, a Christian missionary named Reverend Sidney Endle authored a book about the Kachari, an ethnic group indigenous to the Assam region of India. His book includes written translations of several folktales, including “The Story of the Lazy Boy,” in which a boy misses his opportunity to plant during planting season.Pair “The Story of the Lazy Boy: A Kacahri Folktale” with “The Ants and the Grasshopper” and ask students to compare and contrast the main characters in each text. How are the grasshopper and the boy similar? How are they different? What lessons can be learned from their stories?
The Crow and the Pitcher
- 620-560 BCE
In this fable of Aesop, a thirsty crow is desperate for a drink of water.Pair “The Ants and the Grasshopper” with “The Crow and the Pitcher.” Ask students to compare and contrast the theme(s) in each text. What could the Grasshopper learn from the Crow?
The Little Girl Who Would Not Work
- Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
In the fable “The Little Girl Who Would Not Work,” retold by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, a little girl would rather play than work.Pair “The Ants and the Grasshopper” with “The Little Girl Who Would Not Work” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the importance of work. Why doesn’t the little girl want to work? How does this compare to the grasshopper’s reasoning for not storing food? How do the morals of the two fables compare?