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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • iconic: very famous, influential, and well-known
  • behead: to kill someone by cutting their head off
  • moral: a lesson included in a story
  • contrast: a difference between two things
  • adaptation: a movie or television show that is based on a book

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an iconic children’s novel by British Lewis Carroll. The story follows a young girl named Alice, who dreams about jumping down a rabbit hole and discovering a land. In this strange world, there are talking animals, cakes that can make Alice grow or shrink, and an evil queen who wants to behead her. The of Alice was based on a real girl named Alice Liddell, who Carroll originally told the story to. The book was published in 1865, and while children at the time loved the story, many adults were confused by it. At the time that the novel was published, most children’s books included morals. In contrast to this, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a fun story that had no clear , and that was why children it. Many adaptations of this book have been made, and the story is still loved by both children and adults today.

Comprehension questions

1. In Alice's dream, she discovers Wonderland after

Correct! Wrong!

In Alice's dream, she discovers Wonderland after jumping down a rabbit hole.

2. The character of Alice was

Correct! Wrong!

The character of Alice was based on a real girl.

3. Children loved the book because

Correct! Wrong!

Children loved the book because it was fun and had no clear meaning.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published over a century ago. Why do you think that the themes and characters of this book are still so widely known today?

Transcript

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an iconic children’s novel by British author Lewis Carroll. The story follows a young girl named Alice, who dreams about jumping down a rabbit hole and discovering a magical land. In this strange world, there are talking animals, cakes that can make Alice grow or shrink, and an evil queen who wants to behead her. The character of Alice was based on a real girl named Alice Liddell, who Carroll originally told the story to. The book was published in 1865, and while children at the time loved the story, many adults were confused by it. At the time that the novel was published, most children’s books included morals. In contrast to this, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a fun story that had no clear meaning, and that was why children enjoyed it. Many adaptations of this book have been made, and the story is still loved by both children and adults today.

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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