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Сценарий внеклассного мероприятия по английскому языку для 10-11 класса 

«Американские песни в истории страны»

 

Цель: расширение кругозора школьников через знакомство с историей и культурой США; повышение интереса к предмету;

Задачи: развитие навыков устной речи по английскому языку; формирование положительной мотивации учащихся; воспитание толерантности у уважения к культуре разных народов.

 

Оборудование: АРМ учителя – предметника, флаг США, карта США.

Участники: ведущие –  не менее 12 человек, исполнители песен.

Ход мероприятия

Americans as any other nation are fond of music, of folk songs. And these songs are often connected with the history of their country. Today we shall speak about such songs and sing some of them.

 

                     O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,

                     For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain,

                     America, America! God shed his grace on thee,

                     And crown thy good with brotherhood

                     From sea to shining sea.

 

                     Прекрасна ты, Америка!

                     Полей янтарных край,

                     Небес простор, багрянец гор,

                     Долин фруктовый рай.

                     Америка, Америка,

                     Господь благослови

                     От берега до берега

                     Жизнь в братстве и любви.

 

    We have begun our party with the song "America, the beautiful” because this song is very important for the people of this country. They want to make "America, the beautiful” the national anthem instead of "The Star-Spangled Banner” because it was not written as a result of a war. The tune is easier to sing and the whole country is praised, not only the flag.

    Katherine Lee Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College, rode in a horse-drawn wagon up Pike’s Peak, a mountaintop in Colorado in 1893. She saw a view of the mountains that few people saw in those days and was inspired by her glimpse of the "spacious skies” and "purple mountains” to write a poem which became the first verse of the song. The public loved the poem, and Miss Bates was encouraged to set it to music. She chose the music of a hymn by Samuel Ward. The music and words travelled around the world and today not only America but Mexico, Canada and Australia sing it with their own countries’ names instead of «America». 

America, the Beautiful   


  Many American songs are closely connected with the history of the country, its life in different periods of time.

      The First European settlers in America arrived in the early 1600s. Most of them were English speaking. They brought their language, their customs and their skills. They also brought their songs, Billy Boy is one of these songs.

      In the New World as in the Old World, a woman’s work was essential for her family survival. For the first two hundred years of American life, almost everything that the family ate or wore was produced at home. Women helped to plow the fields, plant seeds and pick crops. They made wheat or corn into flour and made the flour into bread. Women made their own cloth and made the cloth into shirts and trousers and dresses. A girl who learned to cook and sew well became a valuable wife.

     In this song Billy’s mother questions him about the girl he plans to marry. Like a mother in any country, she wants her son to find a wife who is polite ("Did she ask you to come in?”), attractive ("How tall is she?”), skillful at house-keeping ("Can she bake a cherry pie?”, "Can she make a feather bed?”) and young ("How old is she?”). In answering his mother Billy exaggerates all the qualities of the girl he wants to merry. He is joking in a good-natured way.

 

Billy Boy

 

Mother: Oh, where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?

               Oh, where have you been, charming Billy?

Billy:      I have been to seek a wife, she’s the joy of my life.

               She’s a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

             - Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?

               Can she bake a cherry pie, charming Billy?

- She can bake a cherry pie, quick as you can wink an eye.

               She’s a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

           

- Can she make a feather bed, Billy Boy, Billy Boy,

  Can she make a feather bed, charming Billy?

- She can make a feather bed, while a-standing on her head,

               She’s young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

 

-   How tall is she, Billy Boy, Billy Boy,

    How tall is she, charming Billy?

-   She is tall as any pine, and as straight as a pumpkin vine,

    She’s a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

 

- How old is she, Billy Boy, Billy Boy,

  How old is she, charming Billy?

- She is sixty times eleven, twenty-eight and forty-seven,

            She’s a young thing and cannot leave her mother!


    In the mid-nineteen century it was fashionable for white minstrel groups to sing black dialect songs. These groups often used burnt cork to blacken their faces. These black dialect songs were the inspiration for Oh! Susanna which Stephen Foster (1826 – 1864) wrote for the amusement of his family and friends in Pittsburgh.

   The song was published and was a national success. During the Gold Rush of 1849 it became the miners’ unofficial theme song. Soon after, the tune was used to encourage slaves to seek freedom north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

   Today the song is usually sung in standard English, rather than as a dialect song. People still enjoy the nonsense of the second verse ("It rained all night the day I left, the weather was so dry.”) and the incongruous picture of the fourth verse of a pretty woman crying for her

lover while eating a pancake.

Oh, Susanna

 

Oh, I come from Alabama

With my banjo on my knee.

I’m going to Louisiana

Susanna for to see.

 

Chorus:    Oh! Susanna,

                 Oh, don’t you cry for me.

                 For I come from Alabama

                 With my banjo on my knee.

 

                It rained all night the day I left,

                The weather was so dry.

                The sun so hot I froze to death.

                Susanna don’t you cry.

 

                              Chorus

 

                I had a dream the other night

                When everything was still;

                I thought I saw Susanna

                A-comin’ down the hill.           

                             Chorus



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