Do you know what a punchline is? Read the following jokes and find their punchlines. Warming up The two funny jokes are humourous in the last line. This line is called “punchline”.
Betty: Black hens are much clever than white ones, aren't they? Betty: Black hens are much clever than white ones, aren't they? Letty: How do you know? Letty: How do you know? Betty: Well, the black hens can lay white eggs, Betty: Well, the black hens can lay white eggs, ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ but the white hens can’t lay black ones. More jokes
高高山上一条藤 藤条头上挂铜铃 风吹藤动铜铃动 风停藤停铜铃停 Tongue twisters: I thought a thought. But the thought I thought wasn't the thought I thought I thought She sells seashells by the seashore. The shells she sells are surely seashells. So if she sells shells on the seashore, I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
SkimmingWhat’s the passage mainly about? A. The history of English humor? B. The films Chaplin made. C. The humour Chaplin made in his films. D. The Gold Rush in California.
para.1 para.2 para.3 para.4 para.5 Scanning Find out the main idea of each paragraph. c) His achievements e) An example of a sad situation that he made funny a) What Charlie’s most famous character was like b) Why people needed cheering d) What Charlie’s childhood was like
Read the passage again and do True or False. 1. Charlie Chaplin was poor when he was a small boy. 2. People who don’t know English cannot enjoy Chaplin’s films. 3. The Gold Rush is set in California in the late of the nineteenth century. T F F
4. In The Gold Rush Chaplin and his friend are fortunate to find some gold. 5. In the film the meal he eats is hard to chew. 6. Chaplin not only acted in films but wrote and directed films as well. F T T
Notes about Charlie Chaplin’s career Born Died Job Type of acting Character 1889 1977 Actor Mime and farce ( 笑剧 ) “the tramp”, a poor and homeless person
Reason for success Costume Large trousers, worn-out shoes, small round black hat and a walking stick Because he has optimism and determination to overcome difficulties and he is always kind
a small black hat a moustache a stick very wide trousers He wore a small black hat, very wide trousers, a moustache and carried a stick that he swung in the air as he walked.
Fill in the blanks. NameCharlie Chaplin Early life ① He was born in 1889 and his parents were poor music hall __________. ② He learned to sing and dance at an early age. ③ He spent his ________ looking after his sick mother and his brother. ④ By his teens he became one of the most popular child _____ in England. performers childhood actors
ModelHis charming character, _____________, became known throughout the world. ① The character was a poor _______ man wearing a __________, large trousers, ________shoes and a small round black hat. ② He walked about stiffly carrying a ___________. ③ He was a social failure but was loved for his optimism and determination to overcome all difficulties. the little tramp homeless moustache worn-out walking stick
Model ● In The Gold Rush, the little tramp and his friend haven’t discovered ____ and live with cold and hunger. ● They try boiling a pair of ______ shoes. ● The little tramp eats each mouthful with great _________. ● The acting is so _________that it seems as if it is one of the best meals he has eaten. gold leather enjoyment convincing
Late life ① He wrote, _______ and produced the films he starred in. ② In 1972 he was given a special Oscar for his __________ work in films. ③ He lived in England and the USA but spent the last years in __________. Influ ence He brightened the lives of Americans and British as a great actor. Switzerland directed outstanding
Summary In Britain and America people were feeling miserable because of the bad economic situation. Charlie understood their problems. His character “the little tramp” was poor and homeless, but everybody loved him for his kind heart and the way he dealt with his difficult situation. Charlie Chaplin made people laugh at some of these terrible situations like being without food or money. He wrote and directed his own films and received an Oscar for his outstanding work.
Discussion 1. Do you think his poor childhood helped him in his work? Why? Yes, because he understood the problems of people who were very poor.
2. Why did people like The Little Tramp? 3. Do you think Chaplin’s eating boiled shoes funny? Why? Because it gives people courage to overcome difficulties. Yes. Because he made the terrible situation “real” for his audience.
And he was able to show the humanity and kindness in the most difficult circumstances. 4. Why do you think he was so successful? Because he was a wonderful actor, understood and sympathized with people’s problems and tried to cheer them up.
5. What should we learn from Charlie Chaplin? 6. How many ways can you make others laugh?
Humour is everywhere in our daily life. I hope you can be optimistic ( 乐观 ) no matter what difficulties you meet, just as Charlie Chaplin was.
Homework 1. Preview grammar by finishing Exercises on Page 21. 2. Try to write a happy ending or the film The Gold Rush..