Lesson 2 Discovery of a Father Lesson 2 Discovery of a Father
Part One Warm up Part One Warm up
I. On the Creation of Fathers by God X
Listen to the passage and exchange your understanding
When God Created Fathers
When the good Lord was creating fathers, He started with a tall frame. A female angel nearby said, “What kind of father is that? If you are going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put the father up so high? He will be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping.”
And God smiled and said, “Yes, but if I make him child size, who would children have to look up to?”
And when God made a father‟s hands, they were large and sinewy.
And the angel shook her head sadly and said, “Do you know what you‟re doing? Large hands are clumsy.
They can‟t manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails, or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats.”
God smiled and said, “I know, but they are large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his
pockets at the end of a day, yet small enough to cup a child‟s face.”
Then God molded long slim legs and broad shoulders.
The angel nearly had a heart attack. “Boy, this is the end of the week, all right,” she clucked.
“Do you realize You just made a father without a lap? How is he going to pull a child close to him without the kid falling between his legs?”
God smiled and said, “A mother needs a lap. A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sledge, balance a boy on a bicycle or hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus.”
God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had ever seen when the angel could contain herself no longer. “That‟s not fair. Do you honestly think those large boats are going to get out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a small birthday party without crushing at least three of the guests?”
And God smiled and said, “They‟ll work. You‟ll see. They‟ll support a small child who wants to „ride a horse to Banbury Cross‟ or scare off mice at the summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill.”
God worked through the night, giving the father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that see everything, but remain calm and tolerant.
Finally, almost as an afterthought, He added tears. Then He turned to the angel and said, “Now are you satisfied that he can love as much as a mother?
And the angel shut up.
II. Enjoy a Poem II. Enjoy a Poem
Read the following poem
As I ponder the love that I saw in his eyes,
A Godly love, given without compromise.
I recall many times that he stood by my side,
And prodded me on with great vigor and pride.
His voice ever confident, firm yet fair,
Always speaking with patience, tenderness and care.
The power and might of his hands was so sure,
I knew there was nothing we couldn‟t endure.
It‟s true, a few other provided insight,
Yet, he laid the foundation that kept me upright.
He‟s the grandest of men to have lived on this earth.
Although he‟s not royal by statue or birth,
He‟s a man of great dignity, honor and strength.
His merits are noble, and of admirable length.
He‟s far greater than all the other men that I know,
He‟s my Dad, he‟s my mentor, my friend and hero.
Part Two: Background Information
Sherwood Anderson (Sep. 13, 1876–March 8, 1941) was a great American writer, the author of 27 works and seven novels. He was also a poet and a playwright, a newspaper editor and a political
his family background his family background
Sherwood Anderson was born in Camden, Ohio, the third of seven children. His father had served in the Union Army in American Civil War and later declined from the harness business into odd jobs of
house and sign painting.
his influence his influence
Anderson influenced a younger generation of important writers, including Faulkner, Hemingway,
Steinbeck and others. He made his name as a leading naturalistic writer with his masterwork,
WINESBURG, OHIO (1919).
II. American Civil War
I. The American Civil War (1861—1865) was the greatest war and the only war fought on American soil. 3,000,000 people fought—600,000 people died. It brought an end to the constitution of slavery
and paved the way for the capitalist development in America.
Part Three: Text Appreciation
I. Text Analysis
Plot : the discovery of a father
Setting : on a rainy night
Protagonists : “I” and “ father”
Writing techniques : go to Writing devices
Theme of the story: This is a story about an interesting character told by his son who later became a
well-known writer. With well-selected anecdotes and using the tone of a little boy, the author gives a
vivid character sketch of his father whom he used to despise but gradually learns to understand and
appreciate when he grows up.
Part 1(para 1-25)
Description of father‟s image before the discovery
Part 2(para 26-41)about
How the boy “discovered” a father.
4. Analysis of Father’s Image
Scan the text and list out the related information.
in the eyes of the son: a failure a clown a loafer
in the eyes of others: popular with others
mother‟s pride instead of complaint
Discovery of a father: