"The Lion, the Fox, and the Stag"

All three animals talk in Aesop's fable "The Lion, the Fox, and the Stag." Hear some of the dialogue through this list.

Here are all the word lists to support the reading of Grade 7 Unit 1's texts from SpringBoard's Common Core ELA series: The Road Not Taken, Choices, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Dust Tracks on a Road, Bad Boy, Why Couldn't I Have Been Named Ashley?, Phaethon, Daedalus and Icarus, Arachne, The Lion, the Fox, and the Stag, A Note from the Author, creation myths
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  1. beguile
    influence by slyness
    My good friend, I wish you would go to yonder wood and beguile the big Stag, who lives there, to come to my den.
  2. successor
    a person who inherits some title or office
    My dear sir, you're in luck. You know the Lion, our King: well, he's at the point of death, and has appointed you his successor to rule over the beasts.
  3. suspect
    regard as untrustworthy
    The Stag was highly flattered, and followed the Fox to the Lion's den, suspecting nothing.
  4. mortified
    made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride
    The Fox was much mortified, and the Lion, too, was dreadfully disappointed, for he was getting very hungry in spite of his illness.
  5. coax
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    So he begged the Fox to have another try at coaxing the Stag to his den.
  6. scoundrel
    someone who does evil deliberately
    As soon as he saw the Fox he cried, "You scoundrel, what do you mean by trying to lure me to my death like that?
  7. disgust
    fill with distaste
    You have rather disgusted him, and I'm not sure he won't make the wolf King instead, unless you come back at once and show you've got some spirit.
  8. carcass
    the dead body of an animal
    The Stag was foolish enough to be persuaded to return, and this time the Lion made no mistake, but overpowered him, and feasted right royally upon his carcass.
  9. filch
    make off with belongings of others
    The Fox, meanwhile, watched his chance and, when the Lion wasn't looking, filched away the brains to reward himself for his trouble.
  10. den
    the habitation of wild animals
    I don't think it's much use looking for the brains: a creature who twice walked into a Lion's den can't have got any.
Created on August 22, 2014 (updated August 22, 2014)

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