"Loyalty, Compassion and Self Sacrifice"- SEL Lesson of the Four Dragons

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This origin story folktale of the four major rivers in China teaches empathy and accountability. Four Dragons take pity on a village that has not had rain and suffers destruction due to drought.  The Dragons contradict the authority of the Jade Emperor and pay the ultimate price for their empathy.  It introduces 4 Awesome Questions** to initiate an open ethical discussion that fosters critical thinking and social emotional learning objectives.

*Like many old tales, the four Dragons teaches a social emotional lesson as well as reinforcing geography. Use this lesson in conjunction with world studies, diversity and social justice curriculum.

**Four Awesome Questions: Before you speak or act, firs ask . . . Is it True?, Is it Fair? Will it Build Community and Better Friendship? Will it be Helpful to those Involved?


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