To finish this term and just before Christmas, we are going to read a tale of Oscar Wilde.
This story will let us not only think about selfishness and goodness (therefore being a conclusion for Unit 2 on Friendship), but it will be also an approach to an excellent irish writer through one of his best texts and a good opportunity to improve your vocabulary. While reading it, you must answer the provided questions in the work sheets.
You can write, in this blog, a brief opinion of this story as an optative task to get better marks.
Here is a description from the tale. You will have to draw a picture from it:
"Then the Spring came, and all over the country there were little blossoms and little birds. Only in the garden of the Selfish Giant it was still winter. The birds did not care to sing in it as there were no children, and the trees forgot to blossom. Once a beautiful flower put its head out from the grass, but when it saw the notice-board it was so sorry for the children that it slipped back into the ground again, and went off to sleep. The only people who were pleased were the Snow and the Frost. “Spring has forgotten this garden,” they cried, “so we will live here all the year round.” The Snow covered up the grass with her great white cloak, and the Frost painted all the trees silver. Then they invited the North Wind to stay with them, and he came. He was wrapped in furs, and he roared all day about the garden, and blew the chimney-pots down. “This is a delightful spot,” he said, “we must ask the Hail on a visit.” So the Hail came. Every day for three hours he rattled on the roof of the castle till he broke most of the slates, and then he ran round and round the garden as fast as he could go. He was dressed in grey, and his breath was like ice".
This picture is called 'The Massacre of the Innocents' and it belongs to the painter G. Leytens(1586-1643) also known as the Master of Winter Landscapes.