The Two Crabs

How important is it to lead with example? Part of a larger series of audiobooks, Aesop's 70-word fable "The Two Crabs" is about a mother crab that essentially tells her son to do what she says and not as she does. The writing activity that follows the passage, ranked as a 5.2 on a Flesch-Kincaid readability scale, has readers present an argument that answers the very question.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the lesson by having pupils complete a SOLE, asking them the question: Why do crabs walk sideways and not straight? 
  • Conduct a writer's workshop with the argumentative writing prompt on a rhetorical skill in need of practice
Classroom Considerations
  • If the classroom lacks internet access, make sure to have the audio clip downloaded and PDFs copied before class
  • Passage has a 39-second audio recording that differentiates the passage for all readers
  • Theme has a great connection to relevant, modern-day leaders that students analyze
  • Does not include a writing rubric with resource