St. Valentine’s Story
Work in groups of four. Put the following holidays into two columns according to their cultural origins.
April Fool’s Day Independence Day
Mid-autumn Festival Thanksgiving Day Christmas
Lantern Festival Dragon Boat Festival Easter(复活节)
New Year’s Day Halloween
April Fool's Day, Independence Day, Thansgiving Day, Chirstmas,
1. American Holidays:_,_______________________________________________ __E_a_s_te_r,___M_o_m_o_r_ia_l_D_a_y,_N__ew__Y_e_a_r'_s _D_a_y_,_H_a_llo_w_e_e_n__________
2. Chinese Holidays: _S_p_r_in_g_F_e_s_ti_v_al_, _M_id_-_a_u_tu_m_n__F_es_t_iv_a_l,_L_a_n_te_r_n_F_e_s_tiv_a_l,_D_r_a_g_o_n_B_oat
1. Independence Day (国庆节) 每年的7月4日
2. Easter(复活节) 一般在每年春分后月圆的第一个星期 天，约在3月7日左右。
3. Thanksgiving Day(感恩节) 每年11月最后一个星期 四，上帝所赐予的秋收。
4. Memorial Day(阵亡烈士纪念日）每年五月份的最后 一个星期一。
1. A valentine is a person
2. A valentine also means a card
What do people do on that day?
? 1._________________________________ ? 2._________________________________ ? 3._________________________________ ? 4._________________________________ ? 5._________________________________
Background Information ＊Rome ＊ Emperor Claudius ＊Saint Valentine’s Day
1 Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn’t like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn’t the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.
2 Claudius wanted to have a big army. He wanted men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you may have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius very angry. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people and I all thought his new law was cruel.
3 I was a priest. One of my favorite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies — secretly. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.
4 One night, we did hear footsteps. It was frightening! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. I was thrown in prison and told that my punishment was death.
5 I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the prison to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.
6 One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, “Love from your Valentine.”
7 I believe that note started the custom of
exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh — because they know that love can’t be beaten!
Answer these questions after you listen to the tape.
1. When and where did Valentine live?
2. Did people like Claudius or not? 3. Why didn’t many men want to fight in wars? 4. What crazy idea did Claudius have? 5. Where did Valentine perform marriage ceremonies? 6. What punishment did Valentine face when he was put in prison? 7. Who came to visit Valentine? What did they bring to him? 8. Who was allowed to visit Valentine in the cell? What would they do there? 9. What did Valentine leave her on the day he was to die?
1.When and where did Valentine live?
Key: He lived in Rome during the third century.
2. Did people like Claudius or not? Key: No, they didn't like him.
3. Why didn't many men want to fight in wars?
Key: Because they didn't want to leave their wives and families.
4. What crazy idea did Claudius have? Key: He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So he decided not to allow any more marriages.
5.Where did Valentine perform marriage ceremonies?
Key: In a small candlelit room.
6. What punishment did Valentine face when he was put in prison?
Key:The punishment was death.
7. Who came to visit Valentine? What did they bring to him?
Key: Many young people. They bought flowers and notes to him.
8. Who was allowed to visit Valentine in the cell? What would they do?
Key: The prison guard's daughter. They would sit and talk for hours.
9. What did Valentine leave her on the day he was to die?
Key: A little note with the words "Love from your Valentine."
1.Look up the new words in your dictionary.
2.Read the text by yourself and mark off the phrases you know.