An old man tried to move the mountains.
Do you like listening or telling stories? Have you ever heard these stories?
1a. Match the story titles with the pictures [a--d].
b ______ Journey to the West
d ______ Yu Gong Moves a Mountain
a ______ Hou Yi Shoots the Suns
______ Nu Wa Repairs the Sky c
1b. Listen and check (?) the facts you hear. Which story are Anna and Wang Ming talking about?
____The two mountains were very high and big. ? ____ ? A very old man tried to move the mountains. ____ A man told Yu Gong that he could never do it.
1c. Discuss the questions with your partner.
1. How does the story begin?
2. What happened next?
3. Where would they put all the earth and
stone from the mountains?
2a. Listen and number the pictures [1-4] in order to tell the story.
2b. Listen again and circle the words you hear.
1. A man saw Yu Gong and his (children / family) when they were working on moving the mountains. 2. He told Yu Gong he could never do it because he was old and (poor / weak). 3. As soon as the man finished (talking / speaking), Yu Gong said that his family could continue to move the mountains after he died.
4. Finally, a god was so moved by Yu Gong that he sent (two / three) gods to take the mountains away. 5. This story reminds us that you can never (know / see) what's possible unless you try to make it happen.
2c. Look at the pictures in 2a and tell the story in your own words.
Once upon a time, there was a man people called Yu Gong. He wanted to move two high and big mountains…
2d. Role-play the conversation.
Teacher: So what do you think about the
story of Yu Gong?
Wang Ming: I think it’s really interesting. Yu
Gong found a good way to solve
Claudia: Really? I think it’s a little bit silly. It
doesn’t seem very possible to move a
Wang Ming: But the story is trying to show
us that anything is possible if
you work hard! Yu Gong kept
trying and didn’t give up.
Claudia: Well, I still don't agree with you. I
think we should try to find other
ways to solve a problem.
Wang Ming: But what could Yu Gong do instead of moving the mountains?
Claudia: Well, there are many other ways. For example, he could build a road. That’s better and faster than moving a mountain! Teacher: You have different opinions about the story, and neither of you are wrong. There are many sides to a story and many ways to understand it.
3a. Read the passage and answer the questions.
1. Which book is talked about? 2. Who is the main character? 3. What is he like?
In November 1979, pupils in England were able to watch a new TV program called Monkey. Most of them were hearing this story for the first time. However, this story is not new to Chinese children. The Monkey King or Sun Wukong is the main character in the traditional Chinese book Journey to the West.
The Monkey King is not j