Mr. Thomas & Mr. O'Hare
TEACHER'S COPY - MAY COPY PAGE 2 FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Identification and Discussion Questions
1. On what fable is this retelling based?
(The Tortoise and the Hare)
2. Give a brief summary of the original story.
3. Which is more important convenience and more selection or personal service and fewer choices? Cite other areas where these two choices are made.
(large cities vs. small towns; large universities vs. small colleges)
4. Mother Moon told Mr. Thomas to promote his assets to enjoy slow but even growth. What are your assets?
5. What lessons can we learn from this story?
(A. It's important to live thoughtfully; make decisions for the long run.
B. Contrast "live for today" with "slow and steady wins the race."
C. People are more important than things.)
6. Identify the metaphor in Mother Moon's advice to Mr. Thomas.
(You are a dogwood tree.)
How does the picture on page 15 relate to this story?
Just for Today
Identify one of your best assets and highlight it.
Example: YOUR SMILE
Greet your friends and your parents when you see them with your dazzling smile; it will make them and you so happy!
"The dogwood tree grows slowly, small but stout. You are a dogwood tree."
Growing slowly requires good nutrition to develop muscles and strength. Intellect and attitude need nourishment to grow strong.
What can you DO, what ACTS can you perform today and tomorrow to grow slowly but strongly in body, mind, and spirit?