The shepherd boy and the wolf

Words: 201-300

Skills: Context Clues Main / Central Idea Summary Theme

Grades: 1st 2nd 3rd

Topics: Fairy Tales and Fables

Genres: Prose

Lexile Range: 740L - 1050L

Lexile Measure: 980L

CCSS: Reading: Literature

Themes:

The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf


by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

Aesop is the well-loved writer of fables. Even though they were written thousands of years ago, his stories still have meaning today. Students will read this fable and answer questions on the meaning of some words and the theme.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

A Shepherd Boy tended his master's Sheep near a dark forest not far from the village. Soon he found life in the pasture very dull. All he could do to amuse himself was to talk to his dog or play on his shepherd's pipe.

One day as he sat watching the Sheep and the quiet forest, and thinking what he would do should he see a Wolf, he thought of a plan to amuse himself.

His Master had told him to call for help should a Wolf attack the flock, and the Villagers would drive it away. So now, though he had not seen anything that even looked like a Wolf, he ran toward the village shouting at the top of his voice, "Wolf! Wolf!"

As he expected, the Villagers who heard the cry dropped their work and ran in great excitement to the pasture. But when they got there they found the Boy doubled up with laughter at the trick he had played on them.

A few days later the Shepherd Boy again shouted, "Wolf! Wolf!" Again the Villagers ran to help him, only to be laughed at again.

Then one evening as the sun was setting behind the forest and the shadows were creeping out over the pasture, a Wolf really did spring from the underbrush and fall upon the Sheep.

In terror the Boy ran toward the village shouting "Wolf! Wolf!" But though the Villagers heard the cry, they did not run to help him as they had before. "He cannot fool us again," they said.

The Wolf killed a great many of the Boy's sheep and then slipped away into the forest.

Liars are not believed even when they speak the truth.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. What do you think a shepherd's pipe is?



2. Why didn't the Villagers run to help the Shepherd Boy the third time he called?



3. Would you have believed the Shepherd Boy the third time he shouted, "Wolf!"? Why or why not?



4. What do you think "tended" means in this sentence: "A Shepherd Boy tended his master's Sheep."?

Vocabulary List

Vocabulary List

Each of the vocabulary words below are used in the reading passage. As you read the passage, pay attention to context clues that suggest the word’s meaning.

  1. tended 
  2. amuse 
  3. flock 
  4. underbrush 
  5. terror

Context Clues

Context Clues

Using context clues from the sentences in the passage, underline the correct meaning of the word in boldface.

1. “A Shepherd Boy tended his master's Sheep near a dark forest”

a. watched; cared for     b. fed or watered     c. lost; misplaced     d. locked up

2. “All he could do to amuse himself was to talk to his dog or play on his shepherd's pipe”

a. excuse; defend     b. hurt or injury     c. educate or teach     d. entertain; interest

3. “His Master had told him to call for help should a Wolf attack the flock

a. farm     b. village; town     c. cow or calf     d. group of animals

4. “ a Wolf really did spring from the underbrush and fall upon the Sheep”

a. treetops     b. bushes and plants     c. tunnel or hole     d. rocks or stones

5. “In terror the Boy ran toward the village shouting 'Wolf! Wolf!'"

a. fun or play     b. minutes; quickly     c. great fear or fright     d. error or mistake