1．Help the Ss. to have a good understanding of the relationship of the characters.
2．Develop the Ss' abilities of analyzing the relationship of the characters.
Teaching aids: a recorder, a computer and VCD, etc.
Daily report. (Every day there is a student who gives a daily report about some interesting topics, such as sports, films, stories, and so on.)
You may wish to lead in your lesson like:
Do you know the capitals of the U. K. and France? (Yes. They are London and Paris.) Today we are going to read a tale which happened between the two cities in the 18th century, A Tale of Two cities. Do you know the author of this story? (Charles Dickens. Yes.) (Show a portrait of Charles Dickens and his works, including Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, David Copperfield, Hard Times, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.)
1．Ask the Ss to skim the text to find the answers to the following questions: How many persons are mentioned in this story? (Six) / Who are they? (Dr Manette, Lucie Manette, Charles Darnay, Sydney Carton, Monsieur Defarge and Marquis St Evremonde)
2．Let the Ss get information about Dr. Manette. Let the Ss discuss it in pairs.
*Father of Lucie Manette.
*His wife died when Lucie was a baby.
*He attended a peasant boy and a girl, both of whom died.
*He knew that they had been badly treated, so he was put in prison to keep silence.
*He spent many years in the Bastille in Paris, where he used to make shoes.
*While in prison he became mentally disturbed, and his hair turned white.
*He returned to England and got gradually better and stronger.
3．Let the Ss put the events in good order, SB Page57 part 4.
4．Let the Ss analyze the relationship between the main characters.
You may wish to say: We know there are six persons in this tale, Could you like to analyze the relationship between them according to some parts of the films? And finish the following form (Ex. Ⅱ in AB). (Show several parts of the film with the computer.)
H&W: husband and wife F: friend
F&D: father and daughter O: opponents in love
M&S: master and servant E: enemy
U&N: uncle and nephew
1) Match words
(1)disturb A．great sum of money
(2)mental B．break the quiet, calm or order of; put out of the right or usual position
(3)fortune C．give care; look after
(4)attend D．feel or have pain, loss, etc.
(5)suffer E．of or in the mind
Answers: (1) -B (2) -E (3) -A (4) -C (5) -D
2) Fill in blanks according to the meanings of the following sentences (Ex. Ⅲ in AB)
(1)Since childhood I have heard many tales of cunning foxes and clever monkeys.
(2)They stayed up very late last night. Now they are still asleep. Don't disturb them.
(3)He dreams of making a big fortune, but he doesn't want to do anything.
(4)Tom, could you attend to the customers, please?
(5)He doesn't often get colds, but when he does he really suffers.
3) Explain the difficult points.
having + p.p
Having finished (finish) their work, they went home.
= =After they had finished his work, they went home.
We were very much pleased, having heard (hear) the news of his success.
= =We were very much pleased, as we had heard the news of his success.
Fill in the blanks with be pleased at / with / to do sth.
They were very much pleased at the good news.
I wasn't very pleased with my exam results.
We are pleased to know the progress you have made.
for no good reason / for the reason of
She was very angry, for no good reason.
He had give up teaching for the reason of health.
fall in love with
They fell in love with each other, so soon they got married.
6．Let the Ss have a competition: You may say: Now we are going to do some true or false questions according to the following listening materials. 1f you know the answer, just stand up without putting up your hands.
1) The story happened in London, in the year of 1785. (F. in Paris, in 1775.)
2) Monsieur Defarge was the owner of a wine shop, who had been a master to Dr. Manette. (F. A servant to Dr. Manette.)
3) Lucie heard the news that her father was alive and was living in Paris. (T.)
4) Lucie's mother died when Lucie was a lady. (F. She was a baby.)
5) Dr. Manette had been kept a prisoner in the Bastille, London's most important prison, for many years. (F. Paris'.)
6) Dr. Manette had been mentally disturbed by his long years alone in prison and his hair had turned white. (T.)
7) Dr. Manette had been put in prison for a very important reason. (F. For no good reason.)
8) After the return of Dr. Manette to England, Lucie married Sydney Carton. (F. Charles Darnay.)
9) Charles was the nephew of the cruel Marquis St. Evemonde. And he had left France because he hated the cruel deeds of the French nobles and the way they treated the peasants. (T.)
10) Charles left France, preferring to succeed the fortune that would one day come to him, and went to live in England. (F. Give up.)
Let Ss make up a dialogue according to the following situation:
One day, Dr. Manette met one of his old friends in the street. Dr. Manette told his friend what had happened during these years.
Finish off the workbook exercises.
Rewrite this story with 100----120 words.