The Cat-Maiden

Can you ever change your true nature? Aesop's "The Cat-Maiden" explores the theme of identity with an experiment involving a cat-turned-wife. After listening to an audio version of the fable, learners argue their own opinions about the flexibility of human nature with a list of pros and cons.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate into a lesson on Roman gods and goddesses 
  • Encourage your writers to organize their written responses by creating a model concept map
Classroom Considerations

  • Flesch-Kincaid readability score is 4.7
  • Recording is just over one minute long
Pros

  • Provides a text version as well as an audio file
  • Story is amusing and the moral is relatable
Cons

  • None