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Listen&Learn: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

17th June 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • protagonist: the main character of a story
  • cyclone: a type of tropical storm
  • fantastical: strange and unrealistic; something out of a story
  • request: something that is asked for
  • quality: a trait or feature that someone has

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel written by American author L. Frank Baum. The story’s protagonist is a girl named Dorothy who lives in Kansas with her aunt, her uncle, and her dog. One day, a cyclone Dorothy’s house off to a magical land known as Oz – a place populated by witches, flying monkeys, and other fantastical creatures. Dorothy seeks the of a witch, who informs her that Oz is ruled by an all-powerful wizard who can send her back to Kansas. Eager to return home, Dorothy begins a journey to meet the wizard. On the way, she makes a few friends: a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion. Each one has a different request for the wizard – the scarecrow wishes for a brain, the tin man wishes for a heart, and the lion wishes for courage. The wizard, however, is not what they expected, and each character must gain the quality they wish for by finding it within themselves. Dorothy’s request is more , but with the help of a witch, she is eventually able to return home.

Comprehension questions

1. Dorothy lives with her aunt and uncle in

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Dorothy lives with her aunt and uncle in Kansas.

2. The character who wishes for a heart is

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The character who wishes for a heart is the tin man.

3. Dorothy returns home with the help of

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Dorothy returns home with the help of a witch.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. What do you think the most important message is in this story? Why is that message important to have in a children’s book?

Transcript

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic children’s novel written by American author L. Frank Baum. The story’s protagonist is a girl named Dorothy who lives in Kansas with her aunt, her uncle, and her dog. One day, a cyclone carries Dorothy’s house off to a magical land known as Oz – a place populated by witches, flying monkeys, and other fantastical creatures. Dorothy seeks the advice of a witch, who informs her that Oz is ruled by an all-powerful wizard who can send her back to Kansas. Eager to return home, Dorothy begins a journey to meet the wizard. On the way, she makes a few unusual friends: a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion. Each one has a different request for the wizard – the scarecrow wishes for a brain, the tin man wishes for a heart, and the lion wishes for courage. The wizard, however, is not what they expected, and each character must gain the quality they wish for by finding it within themselves. Dorothy’s request is more complicated, but with the help of a witch, she is eventually able to return home.

Anne of Green Gables

13th May 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • classify: to put something into a certain category
  • fictional: created for the purpose of a story; not real
  • adopt: to take in and raise someone else’s child
  • imaginative: creative; having a big imagination
  • orphan: a child whose parents have died
  • inspire: to influence the creation of something

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

Anne of Green Gables is a novel written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The novel was published in 1908, and is classified as children’s literature, though it is by people of all ages. The story is set on a farm in the fictional town of Avonlea, where Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert live. The siblings are hoping to adopt a young boy to help them out on the farm. Instead, they are given an imaginative orphan girl named Anne Shirley, who has never had a real home. After learning how Anne grew up, Matthew and Marilla feel sorry for her and decide to keep her. The story continues to follow Anne as she gets older and forms with other children in Avonlea. The book has sold over 50 million and has been translated into 36 languages. After writing Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery published seven additional books about Anne’s life. These novels have inspired several film and television adaptations, and Anne’s story is still loved by children and adults alike.

Comprehension questions

1. Matthew and Marilla originally wanted to adopt

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Matthew and Marilla originally wanted to adopt a young boy.

2. Anne got to stay with Matthew and Marilla because

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Anne got to stay with Matthew and Marilla because they heard how she'd grown up and felt sorry for her.

3. The book "Anne of Green Gables" sold

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The book "Anne of Green Gables" sold 50 million copies.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Anne Shirley has been called “the dearest, most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice” by author Mark Twain. If you’ve read “Anne of Green Gables”, what do you think makes Anne so lovable?

Transcript

Anne of Green Gables is a classic novel written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The novel was published in 1908, and is classified as children’s literature, though it is enjoyed by people of all ages. The story is set on a farm in the fictional town of Avonlea, where siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert live. The siblings are hoping to adopt a young boy to help them out on the farm. Instead, they are given an imaginative orphan girl named Anne Shirley, who has never had a real home. After learning how Anne grew up, Matthew and Marilla feel sorry for her and decide to keep her. The story continues to follow Anne as she gets older and forms friendships with other children in Avonlea. The book has sold over 50 million copies and has been translated into 36 languages. After writing Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery published seven additional books about Anne’s life. These novels have inspired several film and television adaptations, and Anne’s story is still loved by children and adults alike.


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