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Unit Six the lastleaf

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The Last Leaf
O. Henry

Teaching Procedures:
? Step Ⅰ ? Step Ⅱ ? Step III Warming-up activities While-reading tasks Post-reading Tasks

Warming-up activities
? Share the stories of charity ? Relate own experience of falling ill ? The song “Make a Brighter Day” ? Some background knowledge about O.Henry

Stories of Charity

Stories of Charity

Mother Teresa
? Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, an order (教会) of nuns, to help those who are starving and sick. Centered in Calcutta, India, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, the organization also helps the impoverished children. After four decades of service for the poor, Mother Teresa stepped down from her role as administrator of the order in 1990. She was awarded the Nobel

Princess Diana
? Diana actively supported many charities related to homeless and deprived children, drug abuse and victims of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). In 1987 Diana shocked many people when she shook the hand of an AIDS patient. She was the vice president of the British Red Cross and served as a member of International Red Cross

Writing Assignment
? To write a composition on the topic The Day My Classmate Fell Ill (or Got Injured) at least 120 words according to the outline given below in Chinese: ? 1. 简单叙述一下这位同学生病(或受伤)的情况 ? 2. 同学、老师和我是如何帮助他/她的 ? 3. 人与人之间的这种相互关爱给我的感受是……

O.Henry (1862-1910)

1. childhood
? He was born on September 11, 1862 in North Carolina, where he spent his childhood.

2. Working experience
? He went to Texas in 1882 and worked at various jobs ? -- as a teller in an Austin bank (1891~1894) ? -- and as a newspaperman for the Houston Post.

3. Misfortune
? In 1898 an unexplained shortage in the Austin bank was charged to him. Although many people believed him innocent, he fled to the Honduras, but then returned to be with his wife, who was fatally ill. He eventually served three years in prison, where he first started writing short stories.

4. Writing career
? Upon his release he settled in New York City and became a highly successful and prolific contributor to various magazines. Although his stories have been criticized as shallow and contrived, O. Henry did catch the color and movement of the city and evidenced a genuine sympathy for ordinary people.

5. Death
? He died on June 5, 1910 in New York City at the age of forty-seven. An alcoholic, he died virtually penniless.

While-reading tasks
? ? ? ? ? Text Organization General Understanding Detailed Reading for each part Difficult Sentences Language Points

Text Organization
? This text is a narration composed of a number of scenes. Normally a change of characters indicates a change of scene. T asks the Ss to divide the story into 7scenes and fill in the following table with the characters and major events of the seven


Part division
Scenes 1 2 Paragraphs Characters Events 1-2 3-8

4 5

18-21 22-33



General Understanding
? The story is, as indicated by its title, built around the last ivy leaf. T asks Ss to find out the answers to the following questions which can help them get a clear idea of this main thread.

?What was, at first, Johnsy determined to do if the last ivy leaf should fall? ?What did she decide to do when she saw the last leaf still cling to the vine after two nights’ rain and wind? ?How was it that the cold fierce wind did not blow away the last leaf? ?Why did Sue call the painted leaf Behrman’s masterpiece?

Part I & II
? What made Sue and Johnsy decide to set up a joint studio? ? According to the doctor, how would Johnsy be able to recover from pneumonia? ? What had been Johnsy’s ambition before she fell ill?

Suppose you are Sue, tell the story in the first person covering the points as: a. How did Johnsy and you meet. b. How did she get ill. c. What did the doctor tell you about Johnsy’s illness.

Part III & IV
? Why did Johnsy count the leaves? ? Was Behrman successful in his career? How do you know? ? How did Behrman react when he heard of Johnsy’s fancy? ? Dialogue-making: Make a dialogue between Sue and Behrman according to the sentence“She told him of Johnsys fancy … grew weaker” in L65-68.

Part V and VI:
? What did Johnsy see out of her window the next morning? ? What effect did the last leaf produce on Johnsy? ? Discussion: What do you think Johnsy would react after realizing what Mr. Behrman had done for her?

Part VII
? How come Old Behrman caught pneumonia too? ? Discussion: Did Behrman finish his masterpiece eventually? Explain.

Difficult Sentences
? ?


They had met … that the joint studio resulted. (L3-5) In November … with his icy fingers. (L6-8) I will do all that science can … power of medicines. (L21-23)” For forty years … of a professional. (L5659)

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