Підручник Англійська мова 9 клас для спеціалізованих шкіл з поглибленим вивченням англійської мови - Л.В. Калініна - Генеза 2017 рік
Unit 7 Your English-speaking world
7.6. Text Files
You are going to read the story, “An Epoch in Anne’s Life” after by Lucy Maud Montgomery, in which the author describes her visit to an exhibition in a Canadian village. Do some pre-reading activities which will help you to understand the story better.
a) Before you read
• Content anticipation
In groups, share your experience of visiting annual events, such as fairs, festivals, or exhibitions. What was most fun there?
• Language Anticipation
In pairs, think and decide which of the words and word-combinations in the box below can be used to explain what can be on a town exhibition’ agenda.
• Cultural Anticipation
In small groups, discuss traditions that are popular in Ukrainian towns and/or villages and say what impression they produce on you.
Look at the pictures and try to predict what the story may be about.
b) While you read
1. Read the passage from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel “Ann of Green Gables” and say:
• what the girls saw at the exhibition;
• what feeling Ann experienced at that time;
• what both girls enjoyed.
2. Look at the pictures and tell the story of the girl’s visit to the exhibition.
c) After you read
Autumn Exhibitions in Canada vary in length and scope of activities. Find more information about traditions and usual routine connected with such exhibitions in Canada and present your findings to the class.
It’s traditional to have a big exhibition in autumn in many Canadian towns and cities. It becomes a firm favourite with Canadians. Role-play a situation at a popular time of holiday and merry making in Ukraine.
In groups, discuss the following questions:
• What do people feel when their dreams are coming true? Have you ever experienced it? When?
• When do people enjoy everything they see? How can you describe such people?
• It’s natural to pour your heart out to somebody when you are over whelmed with feelings. With whom do people usually like to share feelings? Is it typical of you?
An Epoch in Anne’s Life
Two girls from Green Gables - a small Canadian country - were invited to the nearest town to see the Annual Exhibition.
Their sojourn in town was something that Anne and Diana dated from for years. From first to last it was crowded with delights.
On Wednesday Miss Barry took them to the Exhibition grounds and kept them there all day.
“It was splendid,” Anne related to Marilla later on. “I never imagined anything so interesting. I don’t really know which department was the most interesting. I think I liked the horses and the flowers and the fancywork best.
Josie Pye took first prize for knitted lace. I was real glad she did. And I was glad that I felt glad, for it shows I’m improving, don’t you think, Marilla, when I can rejoice in Josie’s success? Mr. Harmon Andrews took second prize for Gravenstein apples and Mr. Bell took first prize for a pig. Diana said she thought it was ridiculous for a Sunday-school superintendent to take a prize in pigs, but I don’t see why. Do you? She said she would always think of it after this when he was praying so solemnly.
Clara Louise MacPherson took a prize for painting, and Mrs. Lynde got first prize for homemade butter and cheese. So Avonlea was pretty well represented, wasn’t it? Mrs. Lynde was there that day, and I never knew how much I really liked her until I saw her familiar face among all those strangers. There were thousands of people there, Marilla. It made me feel dreadfully insignificant. And Miss Barry took us up to the grandstand to see the horse races. Mrs. Lynde wouldn’t go; she said horse racing was an abomination and, she being a church member, thought it her bounden duty to set a good example by staying away. But there were so many there I don’t believe Mrs. Lynde’s absence would ever be noticed. I don’t think, though, that I ought to go very often to horse races, because they are awfully fascinating. Diana got so excited that she offered to bet me ten cents that the red horse would win. I didn’t believe he would, but I refused to bet, because I wanted to tell Mrs. Allan all about everything, and I felt sure it wouldn’t do to tell her that. It’s always wrong to do anything you can’t tell the minister’s wife. It’s as good as an extra conscience to have a minister’s wife for your friend. And I was very glad I didn’t bet, because the red horse did win, and I would have lost ten cents. So you see that virtue was its own reward.
We saw a man go up in a balloon. I’d love to go up in a balloon, Marilla; it would be simply thrilling; and we saw a man selling fortunes. You paid him ten cents and a little bird picked out your fortune for you. Miss Baity gave Diana and me ten cents each to have our fortunes told. Mine was that I would marry a dark-complected man who was very wealthy, and I would go across water to live. I looked carefully at all the dark men I saw after that, but I didn’t care much for any of them, and anyhow I suppose it’s too early to be looking out for him yet. Oh, it was a never-to-beforgotten day, Marilla. I was so tired I couldn’t sleep at night. Miss Barry put us in the spare room, according to promise. It was an elegant room, Marilla, but somehow sleeping in a spare room isn’t what I used to think it was. That’s the worst of growing up, and I’m beginning to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don’t seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.
(Adapted from “Ann of Green Gables” by L. M. Montgomery)