The animated short film The Catch is a fable-like story in which a young fisherman has no luck until an act of kindness changes his fate.
- Video Links
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- Two Activities
- Students complete the missing details in a problem and solution chain.
- On the next organizer, students select two themes from the story and provide proof for each.
- Answer Keys
- Google Slides Version
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The Catch [3:59]
A young boy is sent out to get food for his village. He fishes for a while only catching one very small fish. The boy hears the cry of a fox. When he goes to investigate, the boy sees that the fox has tangled its hind leg in a vine. The fox immediately grabs the small fish the boy has caught and takes off running.
The boy follows the fox. First, he must crawl under thorny vines. Then the fox climbs in a hollowed-out log causing the boy some trouble. Next, the fox leads the boy up a steep rock cliff. Once the boy reaches the top of the cliff, he sees a large lake full of big fish.
Although the fox first appears as if he is stealing one small fish from the boy, he is really only trying to help the boy by leading him to a good fishing location. The boy catches a large fish which he takes back to his village and a smaller fish which he gives to the fox. At the end of the film, the fox disintegrates giving the viewer the feeling that he was a magical spirit sent to help the boy find food for the villagers.
This story is very similar to the Lion and the Mouse fable in the morals it teaches. The boy untangles the fox and in return, the fox helps the boy by leading him to a location where much large fish can be caught.
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- Details from the Story with the Animated Short Broken: Rock, Scissors, Paper
- Problem and Solution Chain and Theme with the Animated Short The Catch
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