Morality "Tails" East and West: European Fables and Buddhist Jataka Tales

Have your class explore Buddhist Jataka Tales to compare and contrast them to European fables. After defining fables, Jataka tales, and the elements of each, learners identify themes and patterns for both types of narratives and the moral lessons in each. In order to demonstrate their understanding, class members compare and contrast the different types of tales by writing a definition for both, retelling a story in their own words, and composing their own morality tales.

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