The Two Travelers and the Bear

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Reading Unit 2: The Two Travelers and the Bear

Pre-reading:
Vocabulary

flat – (adj) horizontal, level

pretend – (v) to make believe

clever – (adj) having quick intelligence

desert – (v) to flee, run away

approach – (v) to come nearer to

Problem Situation:

Two men are walking together when they see a bear.

1. Where do you think the men are walking?

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2. What do you expect the men to do when they see the bear?

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3. What do you expect the bear to do?
Check likely or unlikely next to each prediction. You can also write your own prediction under other.

likely unlikely

_____ _____ run away
_____ _____ attack the men
_____ _____ give the men some advice
_____ _____ make a loud growl
_____ _____ other

 

 

The Bear and the Two Travelers

1. Two men were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on their path.

2. One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and hid in the branches. The other,

3. feeling that he would be attacked, fell flat on the ground. The Bear came up and

4. felt him with his nose, and smelled him all over. He held his breath, and

5. pretended to be dead. The Bear soon left him, for it is said bears will not touch a

6. dead body. When the bear was quite gone, the other Traveler came down out of

7. the tree. With a clever grin, he asked of his friend, “Just what was it that the Bear

8. whispered in your ear?” His friend replied, “He gave me this advice: Never

9. travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger.

10. Moral[1]

During reading …
Activity 2: Confirming Disconfirming

1. Where were the men walking?
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2. What did the men do when they saw the bear?
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3. What did the bear do when he saw the men?
____ run away
____ attack the men
____ give the men some advice
____ make a loud growl
____ other

Activity 3: Main Ideas
Discuss in pairs or small groups.

Who learns a lesson?
Who gives the lesson?
What is the lesson?

Activity 3: Understanding Characters
Looking for detail

Character 1 Character 2 Character 3
Who is it?
What do they do?

Activity 4: Inferring

Why do you think the characters do what they do?

Character 1 Character 2 Character 3

Activity 5:

In your own words write a moral for this story.

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After reading …
Activity 6

You are walking in the woods and see a bear. What would you do?
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[1] Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.

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