The Happy Prince and Other Tales / written by Oscar Wilde
Brief Introduction of the author: (the teacher can briefly introduce the author to motivate students.) Oscar Wilde(1854-1900) , a famous Irish dramatist, poet, and author, has published many outstanding works and dramas which influences the later generations. Oscar Wilde’s rich and dramatic portrayals of human conditions during the Victorian Era in the late 19th century. At that time, literature finally was not limited to the privilege noble class but also began to be embraced by the citizens, his poems and plays continued to inspire millions around the world. On May 29, 1884, Oscar married Constance Lloyd. She was well-read, spoke several European languages and had an outspoken, independent mind. With a family to support, Oscar accepted a job revitalizing the Woman's World magazine, where he worked from 1887-1889. The next six years were to become the most creative period of his life. He published two collections of children's stories, “The Happy Prince and Other Tales” (1888), and “The House of Pomegranates” (1892). Of the two story books written by Wilde, the Happy Prince and other tales gained great publicity and was translated into many languages. Moreover, many of his scripts such as “The Importance of being Earnest,” “Salome,” “An Ideal Husband” “The Woman of no importance,” turned out to be huge success and built his status as a great playwright.
Contents of the book: See the learning sheet on page 4-7 for the Summary of the 5 books.
III. Procedure of guiding study groups:
1. Summary re-lay race: To help everyone in class with a clear picture of the main idea of the 5 stories, the teacher will draw lots to pick 5 students out to the front stage. The students are required to take turns telling the stories. Whoever can’t finish the plot of the stories will be given some extra assignment.
2. Watching the video related to the stories: In the language lab, the teacher play the video of the stories on the Utube website to visualize those words and description written in the books, thus increasing their intrinsic motivation. 1. The Happy Prince (Summary) part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI92hDyI2HY (有優美的說書英文和可愛的卡通動畫~很像在看電影) part II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twRgeQhVAFI&feature=related part III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vy5OAU4Cg0 2. The Nightingale and the Rose (Summary) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfaU2Ldjg0k&feature=related (搞笑 版) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xl2JGSwsRw&feature=related (上 課演戲版 真人台詞) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KGuhPLYNl0&feature=related (浪 漫音樂+Q 版娃娃版) 3. The Selfish Giant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwkzo37nF-4 (有英文台詞故事內容 字幕 很容易理解) 下面的很像卡通片~只是時間比較長喔~ part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBWURy1surI&feature=related part II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC8Gizdv3Go&feature=related part III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xu8797m_D8&feature=related
4. The Devoted Friend Video : Sweet William and the Miller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjiKdAC5jDs) 是改編版~所以和原著不 盡相同~尤其是結局不大一樣呢~不過還是很有娛樂效果~ 5. The Remarkable Rocket http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa-_2sWpAbk(比較不有名的故事吧~所 以惟一找到的 video 較為陽春) 3. Pop-quiz time: (See Page 8-11) Now the class is divided into 6 groups. The teacher will ask students some related questions, and then the representatives from every group need to answer the questions correctly to get points. The winner will be given extra points to their average in-class scores. To lower the anxiety of students, the teacher can ask students the following questions in Chinese, which was provided by the publisher. 4. Connotations of the stories: Every group is responsible for asking questions from one story to lead the whole class to ponder the connotations of the stories. And after researching the net for some explanations, they are required to propose their own idea and answers. For example: In “the nightingale and the lover”, (1) why does the bird would like to sacrifice his own life?...
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