Subject : Language Arts, Reading Comprehension
Interest Level: Kindergarten – Grade 3
Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Lexile® measure: 630L
Guided Reading: M
“The Empty Pot’ – by Demi is a timeless Chinese folk tale about honesty. The Emperor gives out the flower seeds to the children and says that whoever grows the most beautiful flower will get to be his successor. A little boy Ping, receives his seed and he works hard to have it grow but to no avail. Ping feels ashamed and is worried that other children, who have grown beautiful flowers, will make fun of him. In spite of his empty pot, Ping decides to bring it to the Emperor. The Emperor does not appear happy to see all the beautiful flowers that children had brought because he knew that they did not grow the seeds that he gave them, since the seeds that he gave out were cooked and couldn’t grow. Ping was the only one who brought “the empty truth” and as a result gets to become the next Emperor. The “Empty Pot” makes it for an ideal character building story for primary grade students.
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.