Практическая часть к статье «Домашнее чтение как вид самостоятельной работы на уроках английского языка».
Учебник “SPOTLIGHT” для 10 класса предлагает для чтения отрывок из произведения Марка Твена «Приключения Тома Сойера». Мы взяли «Приключения Гекльберри Финна» и поработали с ним. Цель: чтение ради чтения.
WELL, three or four months run along, and it was well into the winter now. I had been to school most all the time and could spell and read and write just a little, and could say the multiplication table up to six times seven is thirty-five, and I don't reckon I could ever get any further than that if I was to live forever. I don't take any stock in mathematics, any- way.
At first I hated the school, but by and by I got so I could stand it. Whenever I got uncommon tired I played hookey, and the hiding I got next day done me good and cheered me up. So the longer I went to school the easier it got to be. I was getting sort of used to the widow's ways, too, and they weren't so raspy on me. Living in a house and sleeping in a bed pulled on me pretty tight mostly, but before the cold weather I used to slide out and sleep in the woods sometimes, and so that was a rest to me. I liked the old ways best, but I was getting so I liked the new ones, too, a little bit. The widow said I was coming along slow but sure, and doing very satisfactory. She said she wasn't ashamed of me.
One morning I happened to turn over the salt-cellar at breakfast. I reached for some of it as quick as I could to throw over my left shoulder and keep off the bad luck, but Miss Watson was in ahead of me, and crossed me off. She says, "Take your hands away, Huckleberry; what a mess you are always making!" The widow put in a good word for me, but that wasn't going to keep off the bad luck, I knew that well enough. I started out, after breakfast, feeling worried and shaky, and wondering where it was going to fall on me, and what it was going to be. There is ways to keep off some kinds of bad luck, but this wasn't one of them kind; so I never tried to do anything, but just poked along low-spirited and on the watch-out.
I went down to the front garden and climb over the stile where you go through the high board fence. There was an inch of new snow on the ground, and I seen somebody's tracks. They had come up from the quarry and stood around the stile a while, and then went on around the garden fence. It was funny they hadn't come in, after standing around so. I couldn't make it out. It was very curious, somehow. I was going to follow around, but I stooped down to look at the tracks first. I didn't notice anything at first, but next I did. There was a cross in the left boot-heel made with big nails, to keep off the devil.
I was up in a second and shinning down the hill. I looked over my shoulder every now and then, but I didn't see nobody. I was at Judge Thatcher's as quick as I could get there. He said:
"Why, my boy, you are all out of breath. Did you come for your interest?"
"No, sir," I says; "is there some for me?"
"Oh, yes, a half-yearly is in last night -- over a hundred and fifty dollars. Quite a fortune for you. You had better let me invest it along with your six thousand, because if you take it you'll spend it."
"No, sir," I says, "I don't want to spend it. I don't want it at all -- nor the six thousand, neither. I want you to take it; I want to give it to you -- the six thousand and all."
He looked surprised. He couldn't seem to make it out. He says:
"Why, what can you mean, my boy?"
I says, "Don't you ask me no questions about it, please. You'll take it -- won't you?"
"Well, I'm puzzled. Is something the matter?"
"Please take it," says I, "and don't ask me nothing -- then I won't have to tell no lies."
He studied a while, and then he says:
"Oho-o! I think I see. You want to SELL all your property to me -- not give it. That's the correct idea."
Then he wrote something on a paper and read it over, and says:
"There; you see it says 'for a consideration.' That means I have bought it of you and paid you for it. Here's a dollar for you. Now you sign it."
So I signed it, and left.
Tasks to the text
1. Read the text carefully and choose the correct answer А, B, C or D for sentences 1-6
1. Huckleberry could stand the school because
A he liked it very much
B the longer he went to school the easier it got to be
C Tom went to the same school
D he didn't take any stock in mathematics
2. Sometimes he used to slide out and sleep in the woods because
A that was a rest to him
B he hated the widow's ways of treating him
C he hated living in a house and sleeping in a bed
D the weather was cold
3. One morning he happened to turn over the salt-cellar at breakfast. He reached for some of it as quick as he could to throw over his left shoulder because he wanted
A to keep off the bad luck
C to give it to a cat
D to throw it away
4. He started out, after breakfast, feeling worried and shaky, because he
A wondered where the bad luck was going to fall on him
B wanted to meet Tom
C he didn’t know what to do
D he was sent for the doctor
5. He was up in a second and shinning down the hill. He looked over his shoulder every now and then because
A he was awfully frightened
B Judge Thatcher called him
C he saw something unusual
D he was in a hurry
6. Judge Thatcher looked surprised because
A he couldn't seem to make it out
B he saw the boy for the first time
C he saw a ghost
D he didn’t want to take money
This extract tells us
А how Tom and Huckleberry travelled along the Mississippi River
B how Tom and Becky spent time in the cave
C how Huckleberry studied at school
D how Huckleberry noticed unusual tracks and run to Judge Thatcher
Read the text and think of the title
Imagine you are Huckleberry and Judge Thatcher gave you back your 6 thousand dollars. How could you spend this money? Write a short diary entry. Read it to your partner.