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Activity 4: Processing The Story (5 minutes), Session 4: In Another's Shoes

In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program

Preparation for Activity

  • This activity is meant to follow the story, "The Wounded Seal," if you have told in a participatory manner. If "The Wounded Seal" is told as a listening story, then you may prefer to use Alternative Activity 2, Story Hot Seat as a follow-up activity.

Description of Activity

Since the children have been active, they should be able to sit for a short time to discuss the story. Ask these questions:

  • What do you think would have happened if the seals had come to the Seal Hunter and simply asked him to stop hunting them? Do you think he would have stopped? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think he stopped hunting the seals after having that experience?
  • Why do you think he didn't mind hunting the seals before he had that experience?
  • Why do you think the seal that came to the Seal Hunter disguised as the Companion didn't just take revenge and try to hurt him?
  • Do you think the seals showed empathy for the Seal Hunter? How? (If this question is too difficult for them, you may suggest to the children that the seals were able to step into his shoes and to look at his work from his perspective. He was doing what his family had done for generations because he didn't know any better.)

Including All Participants

If some children seem unable to sit, listen and contribute to a discussion at this point, you may wish to cut the questions short and/or bring out the fidget objects basket (see Leader Resources).

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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