1. Have the students practice their verbal and written communication skills by responding to the following prompts:
a. The farmer had rescued and is caring for the eagle, but his friend helps him to understand that he should give him up. How do you think the farmer feels initially? How do you think he feels as he watches the eagle fly away? Think of something in your life that you owned, but you gave up because you felt it was the right thing to do. What were you initial feelings? What were your feelings later?
b. The farmer states, "It thinks like a chicken. Of course it's a chicken." How much influence does our thought process have on us? Write about an experience in which someone influenced your thinking and you wound up not being true to yourself and your beliefs. What important lesson did you learn from that experience?
2. Have the students use their journal or a sheet of paper. Have them draw a line down the center of the page. Write 'Farmer's Feelings' on the top left-hand side and 'My Feelings' on the top right-hand side. Number from one to seven under each title.
Instruct them to think about their feelings and what the farmer might have felt. Next, have them arrange the following feelings and emotions in the order in which they experienced them and how they think the farmer might have experienced them; confusion, sadness, doubt, anger, joy, relief, regret. Have them discuss what they think the farmer felt based on the story. Sharing their personal experience with the class should be left optional.
(Note: Given that young children are not innately unselfish or altruistic, help them out by explaining to them that sometimes when people have to give up something for a good cause, it's natural to have a gamut of emotions about it, including not feeling good about it right away.)