- Which do you prefer, nature or cities? Why?
- Where in nature (the mountains, oceans, deserts, beaches, space, or forests) is it most beautiful? Why?
- heal /heel/
- tragedy /TRAJ-i-dee/
- emphasize /EM-fuh-sahyz/
- civilization /siv-uh-luh-ZEY-shuhn/
- relocate /ree-LOH-keyt/
[verb] – if a bad situation or painful emotion heals, it ends or improves, and if something heals it, it makes it end or improve
It’ll take time for her mental wounds to heal.
[noun] – a very sad event or situation, especially one involving death or suffering
The plane crash was indeed a tragedy.
[verb] – to show that something is very important or worth giving attention to
We must emphasize that this is only a summary and not the full report.
[noun] – human society with its well-developed social organizations, or the culture and way of life of a society or country at a particular period in time
It has taken us thousands of years to develop civilization.
[verb] – to move or move something or someone from one place to another
The business will relocate its corporate headquarters to Kyoto.
“Once There Were Wolves” by Charlotte McConaghy
In the story, biologist Inti Flynn journeys to the highlands with her traumatized twin sister, 14 grey wolves, and other animals. Inti believes that by returning the wolves to their natural habitat, she will also be able to help Aggie get over the horrific events that forced them both to leave Alaska.
“Birdgirl” by Mya-Rose Craig
The narrative emphasizes how each observation of a bird is a step in the author’s journey to finding her own voice and in the difficult path her family has been through. The thrill of finding each new bird gives her a “moment of peace” despite her mother’s worsening mental health.
“The Great British Tree” by Mark Hooper
Almost all civilizations have used the oak as a symbol of strength. According to Hooper, the Representation of the People Act was honored by planting the Suffrage Oak in Glasgow in 1918, which was the first step toward gaining women the right to vote in Great Britain.
Even if we don’t all experience the need to relocate into the woods, we may all experience this sense of wonder and significance in nature because of the renewal and hope it seems to give us every spring and summer.
- Who is Inti Flynn in “Once There Were Wolves”?
- Who is the author of “Birdgirl”?
- What is “Birdgirl” all about?
- According to the article, what is used as a symbol of strength in most civilizations?
- What does the Suffrage Oak in Glasgow represent?
- What do you feel when you are surrounded by nature?
- How important is the natural environment to your daily life?
- If you were to write a story about nature, what would it be about and why?
- Do you agree that the tree is a symbol of strength?
- Which among the three books listed would you like to read and why?