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India! The Blind Men and The Elephant, a Jain Fable is a fun and engaging lesson & activity that teaches students the importance of tolerance, open-mindedness, and even conflict resolution by acknowledging that each person has a unique point of view.
This simple and easy to understand fable tells the tale of six blind men discovering an elephant by touch. They all have their own opinion of what an elephant is like but without sight don’t have the whole picture. The men ultimately learn that each man is correct based on their individual experience. After hearing the story, students engage in a game that allows them to reenact the experience of the blind men. They are each given a part of a picture and have to give their opinion of what the picture is, just like the blind men in the story. A refection writing activity follows the game. Helping students recognize different perspectives is an important component of increased social awareness and cultural understanding.
India! The Blind Men and The Elephant, a Jain Fable (24 pages) includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint images, an interactive game, and a writing activity that covers the following topics:
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