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This is a Cherokee Tale of Good and Evil – Which one will win?


Social Studies, Other  


5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Two Wolves – Teachable Moment
By – John Bishop
Primary Subject – Other
Grade Level – 5-12

Indian folklore – Two Wolves

      One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.”
      One is EVIL

        It is anger, envy, jealously, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego.

      The other is GOOD

        It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth and faith.

      The grandson thought for a minute and then asked his grandfather:

        “Which wolf will win?”

    The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Discussion Questions:

      1. Do you know someone who is feeds the Evil Wolf?

      2. There are fourteen words that describe the Evil wolf. Which word describes the person? Discuss.

      3. Do the same with a person who feeds the Good wolf.

    4. Which wolf do you feed? Discuss.

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