Books are Our Friends
Kinds of books: poems , plays, novels, short stories, detective stories , humorous stories, adventure stories, folk tales, fairy tales, fables, historical novels, myths, science fiction, biographies, autobiographies, thrillers, romances, encyclopedias, dictionaries and text-books;new genres have appeared: detective stories written by women, parodies on well-known books ( Harry Potter - Tanya Grotter), fantasy (for the latest 50 years), inter – active books (computer version) when you can change the plot of the book .
The golden rules of reading are: Never eat while you read a book.Wash your hands before you begin to read.Do not write anything on the pages with a pen or a pencil.Do not make drawings in the book. Do not make dog’s ears in the book.Do not tear up the pages.Return the books in time.Never wet your thumb or finger to turn a page.Do not turn down a page to mark the chapter where you left off reading. Use book-marks to remember the necessary page.Don’t turn your book upon its clear face. Do not lose your books or leave them in shops or buses. That means that you lose your friends.
Sayings and proverbs about books. A house without books is like a room without windows.-Heinrich Mann.Choose a book as you choose a friend.All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the tools of all time.-John Ruskin.There is no worse robberthan a bad book.-(Italy).Reading is to the mindwhat exercise is to the body.A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.A good book is a source of wisdom.i
Sayings and proverbs about books. A room without books is a body without a soul.-Cicero.If a book is worth reading it is worth buying.-John Ruskin.The wise man reads both books and life itself.-Lin Yutang.A book, tight shut,is but a block of paper.-Chinese Proverb.Teachers die but books live on.-(Netherlands).Books without the knowledge of life are useless.-Samuel Johnson.
Who is Who?
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Robert Burns (1759-1796)
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Arthur Conan-Doyle (1859-1930)
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Jack London (1876-1916)
Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985)
Choose the right answer. Where was Arthur Conan-Doyle born? (in a small town in the USA, in Scotland, in Australia).How many plays did W. Shakespeare write? (47, 37, 77). When did O.Henry publish his first story? ( in 1862, 1878, 1899).What did Mark Twain do to earn the money when he was 20? (he was a pilot on the river, a writer, a taxi-driver).Who left school at the age of 14 and about the age of 19 attended school again? (Mark Twain, Elwyn Brooks White, Jack London).Where did Agatha Christie get her education? (at Oxford, at Cambridge, at home).How many short stories did Mark Twain write? (273, 112, 56).Who wrote the words to the song «Auld Lang Syne»? (Robert Burns, Agatha Christie, W. Shakespeare).Who was the British Prime Minister and was given the Noble Prize for Literature in 1953 for his historical studies?(Elwyn Brooks White, Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan-Doyle).Who brought fame to South West Scotland? (W. Shakespeare, T. Hardy, R. Burns, )Whose birthplace is Stratford-upon-Avon? (it is the birthplace of Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, W. Shakespeare).What author made a mouse the main character of his book? (Mark Twain,, O. Henry, Elwyn Brooks White).What is the title of this book? |(«The Adventures of Tom Sawyer» ,«Stuart Little», «Cabbages and Kings»).What writer worked in a bank, was suspected to steal a thousand dollars there and later was put in prison?( Jack London , Agatha Christie, O. Henry).
Guess the Characters
The monuments to a book in Russia and all over the world:
in St. Petersburg, Russia;
in Omsk, Russia;
in Ostafyevo (Moscow Region), Russia;
in Barnaul, Russia;
part of the monument in Beslan, North Osetia, Russia;
in St. Petersburg, Russia;
in Kogalym, Yurga, Russia;
to Thomas Mann in Svetlogorsk, Russia;
to burnt books in Berlin (Bebel Square), Germany;
to a clever monkey created by a sculptor with a great sense of humour - in China;
in Berlin, Germany;
in Coshocton, OH , the USA;
in Oxford, Great Britain;
in New York, the USA;
The monument to the first Russian printer Ivan Fyodorov, Moscow, Russia.
We use the Internet. But books are still important in our lives. Why? Books are important - they develop the minds of people who read them. This leads to critical thinking skills. When the government tries to control the minds of people it forbids reading some authors declaring their works harmful or sometimes even burns books. Remember Berlin, Germany, the 10-th of May,1933.Books give people the inspiration in life. While reading a book you can get practical advice - you can provide security for yourself and feel comfortable because of that. It is the way to escape the reality. If you choose reading a book or searching the information in the Internet …I think reading a book slows down the pace, brings peace and ease to your mind and you absorb the read material in a deeper manner. Something happens to the brains when reading material is taken in through the eyes, when you think and analyze it. You relax in a comfortable place…Books are documentations of the time they reflect. Books are essential to life because they do not only carry the knowledge, but because they're also forms of entertainment - the books spawn movies. You can read a book about anything. The possibilities are limitless and that is one of the of the most amazing things about books.
The talk about books has no time limits but… I would like to finish our lesson with the quotation from Yashido Keiko:«To sit alone in the lamp light with a book spread out before you – such is pleasure beyond compare».