Butterfly Lovers 绍兴市义务教育精品课程•多媒体教案 浙江省上虞区实验中学 张科军 浙江省上虞区实验中学校本课程
Long long ago there was a landlord surnamed Zhu. He had a daughter named Zhu Yingtai who was very beautiful and smart and liked learning very much. However the girl was not allowed to go to school during that old time. So she had to stay at home and looked at the students coming and going on the street through the window everyday. She envied them very much and thought: Why the girl has to stay at home and do the embroidering? Why I can't go to school?
Suddenly she went back to the room and told her parents with courage:"Dad, Mum, I want to go to Hangzhou to have classes. I can wear man's garments and act like a man and I will not be recognized .I promise. Please let me go, please! "The old couple didn't agree at first but had to do so later because Yingtai kept on asking.
At school she met a classmate named Liang Shanbo who was excellent and knowledgeable. Later, they decided to be sworn brothers and became closer than before .
Three years had gone. It was time to say goodbye to her teacher and return home. Zhu Yingtai felt she loved Liang Shanbo very much after three year's studying together. Liang also hated to see her going home although he didn't know that she was a girl actually. They missed each other day and night after their parting . Several months' later, Liang Shanbo went to visit Zhu Yingtai and he found Yingtai a girl with surprise .
Later, Liang Shanbo sent a woman matchmaker to Zhu's to get the permission of marrying to Yingtai. But the landlord had already agreed to the advice of the young master surnamed Ma, a son of a rich family. Liang Shanbo felt very sad and got sick seriously. Soon he died.
Yingtai who disagreed to her father's decision of marrying her to master Ma became strangely silent when she received the message of her brother Liang's passing away.She cried loudly and sadly in front of the tomb. A sudden thunder-storm came and the tomb split with a loud noise. Yingtai who loved Liang deeply jumped into the tomb with smile before others could realize it.
Then the tomb closed with a loud noise again. The wind stopped and the sky was clear. Flowers were dancing in the wind.Two beautiful butterfliesflying out of the tomb danced elegantly , freely and happily in the sun.
Key words to describe the story: 求学 Studying &Meeting Seeing off 相送 Parting 离别 Dream shattering 梦碎 Butterfly lovers 化蝶
Read the passage and try to guess what the words mean: (1) So she had to stay at home and looked at the students coming and going on the street through the window everyday. She envied them very much.( ) C • hated B. laughed at • C. wanted to be D. left away from (2) Why the girl has to stay at home and do the embroidering? ( ) B A. 作业 B. 刺绣 C. 娱乐 D. 家务 (3) I can wear man's garments and act like a man and I will not be recognized.( ) D • finished B. studied • C. laughed atD. found
Read the passage again and decide the sentence true or false. (T/F) (1) In the old time, girls and boys were allowed to go to school. (F) (2) Yingtai’s parents agreed with their daughter to study at once because they were rich. (F) (3) During the three years of studying ,Liang knew that his “brother” was a girl. (F) (4) Yingtai’s parents married their daughter to a master surnamed Ma. (T) (5) The bomb broke out and the two lovers could be together forever. (T)
Discussion: 1 Do you think it was fair for girls not to get an education in the old time? 2 What can you learn from Yingtai? 3.What do you think of the ending of the story?