What’s your excuse? Before reading: Is there such a thing as a “little” lie? Give some examples. In English, we often call a lie that is told that cannot “hurt” someone a “white lie.” Do you think there is a difference between “white lies” and a lie in general?
After reading: Without looking at the story, re-tell the story to a partner in your own words.
What is the moral of this story?
But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn't come.
At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn't returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.
"There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, "Wolf!" Why didn't you come?"
An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.
"We'll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning," he said, putting his arm around the youth, "Nobody believes a liar...even when he is telling the truth!"
Adapted from http://www.storyarts.org/library/aesops/stories/boy.html