the shepherd's treasure
To enable the students to realize the importance of humility, wisdom, helping nature, hospitality, sympathy, goodness and kindness.
To create in the students interest for reading some more stories.
To enable the students to learn to remain humble though we rose to power and dignity.
To enable the students to remain honest as honesty is always appreciated and rewarded.
To acquaint the students with Iranian Folktale
To enable the students to grasp the meaning of new words.
Shepherd------- a person whose job is to take care of sheep.
illiterate---------not knowing how to read or write.
Cave--------------a large hole in the side of a hill or under the ground.
Hospitality----- friendly and generous behavior towards guests.
Chest-------------a large strong box, usually made of wood used for storing things in and/or moving them.
Once there was a poor Shepherd in a village in Iran.
The Shepherd was very poor. He does not know how to read and write.
Though he is poor and uneducated but he is very wise.
He understands people’s sorrows and troubles and helps them face their problems with courage and common sense.
He becomes famous for his wisdom.
The king of the country also wants to meet the wise Shepherd in disguised form.
One day the king disguises himself as a shepherd and visits the famous Shepherd
The king is greatly impressed by the Shepherd’s hospitality and wise conversation.
When the king was to leave for his palace next day, the Shepherd recognizes the king.
The king appoints the wise Shepherd the governor of a small district.
Other governors from other provinces become jealous of the new Shepherd governor and call him dishonest.
The governors of other provinces begin to talk to the king against him.
They say the new governor is very dishonest and keeps for himself part of the money that he collects as tax from the people.
One day the new Shepherd governor is summoned to the palace.
The king asks the Shepherd governor why does he always carry that iron chest on the camel’s back.
The Shepherd governor smiles and asks his servants to open the iron chest.
Iron chest does not contain gold, silver or jewels but an old blanket. The governor replies with quiet dignity, “This blanket is my oldest friend. It will still protect me if, any time, your majesty should wish to take away my new cloaks.”
Other governors who are jealous of new governor are embarrassed by his wise reply and this scene.
The king now knows that the Shepherd governor was the humblest and wisest man in the entire kingdom.
And the king makes him the governor of a much bigger district that very day.
SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS
Where did the poor Shepherd live?
The poor Shepherd lived in a cave.
Why was the Shepherd famous?
The Shepherd was very famous for his wisdom and helpful nature.
Who came to meet the Shepherd?
The king came to meet the Shepherd.
Why did the king disguise himself as a Shepherd?
The king disguised himself as a Shepherd so that the Shepherd could not recognize him.
Who called the Shepherd governor to his palace?
The king called the Shepherd governor to his palace.
What was the reaction of the king when he saw the Shepherd governor with his iron chest?
The king was very angry.
Why did the people come to the poor Shepherd?
The people came to the poor Shepherd for advice.
What made the king appoint a Shepherd as the governor of a district?
It was the Shepherd’s wisdom which made the king appoint him the governor of a district.
Who were jealous of the Shepherd and why?
The governors of other provinces were jealous of the Shepherd because his popularity had spread all over the country.
What was the only treasure of the Shepherd governor?
The old blanket was the only treasure of the Shepherd governor.
Once there lived a poor Shepherd in a village in Iran. He was uneducated. But he was very wise and helpful. He was very famous for his wisdom. He became popular for his wisdom and friendly nature. Even the king of the country desired to meet him. The king went to meet him disguised as a shepherd on a mule. The shepherd behaved and greeted the king very nicely. This poor Shepherd could make out that his visitor was the king of the kingdom. The king was impressed with his hospitality and wisdom. He made him the governor of a small district. Other governors grew jealous of this shepherd and conspired against him. The king frequently got the reports of the Shepherd’s dishonesty as a new governor. One day he was summoned to the palace. Then he was asked to explain why he always carried an iron chest with him. When the iron chest was opened, it was found that the chest did not contain any silver, gold and diamond but an old blanket. The shepherd regarded this blanket as his oldest friend. The jealous governors are embarrassed by his wise reply. And the king made the Shepherd the governor of a district bigger than before as he was the wisest and the humblest man in the entire kingdom.