Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. One day, Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
Introductory Discussion Questions
Can you list some jobs?
What are the best and worst jobs?
Do you know anyone who is a farmer or rancher?
Do you like farming or ranching more? Why?
What kinds of offerings (gifts) could a farmer or rancher give?
Introductory Group Activity
Divide the class into groups.
Tell each group that they are the rulers of a small country.
They must decide whether they favor ranching or farming in their new country.
After discussing pros and cons, each group must present their decision and rational to the rest of the class.
angry last born
portions first child
Listening Blank Fill
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the ______. One day, Cain brought some of the fruits ____ the soil as an offering to the Lord. _____ Abel brought fat portions from some of the ___________ of his flock. The Lord looked with favor ____ Abel and his offering, but on Cain and _____ offering he did not look with favor. ____ Cain was very angry, and his face was __________.
Now Abel 1.( ) flocks, and Cain worked the soil. One 2.( ), Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as 3.( ) offering to the Lord. But Abel 4.( ) fat portions from some of the firstborn of 5.( ) flock. The Lord looked with favor 6.( ) Abel and his offering, but on Cain 7.( ) his offering he did not look with favor. 8.( ) Cain was very angry, and his face 9.( ) downcast.
1. a. keep b. kept c. keeps d. will keep
2. a. day b. days c. year d. years
3. a. a b. an c. this d. that
4. a. bring b. brung c. brought d. bringing
5. a. her b. its c. he d. his
6. a. in b. on c. into d. under
7. a. and b. but c. also d. an
8. a. because b. also c. so d. but
9. a. is b. were c. be d. was
Pair Work Discussion Questions
Does your home area do more farming or ranching?
What kinds of animals does your home area raise?
Why do you think God preferred animal to fruit offerings?
What do you do when you are angry?
What do you think Cain will do about his anger?
What kinds of plants does your home area grow?
Which offering do you think is better, fruits or animals? Why?
Does favoritism make you angry?
What other things make you angry?
How does anger make you feel?
Compare and Contrast farming and ranching. Which job do you prefer?
Extra Song Activity
If you like using songs in the classroom, consider using the first half of "The Farmer and the Cowman" from Oklahoma. Ask the students why the cowman and farmer may have trouble being friends.
The Farmer and the Cowman Chorus:
The farmer and the cowman should be friends,
Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends.
One man likes to push a plough, the other likes to chase a cow,
But that's no reason why they can't be friends.
Territory folks should stick together,
Territory folks should all be pals.
Cowboys dance with farmer's daughters,
Farmers dance with the ranchers' gals.
I'd like to say a word for the farmer,
He come out west and made a lot of changes
He came out west and built a lot of fences,
And built them right across our cattle ranges!
Back to chorus
I'd like to say a word for the cowboy,
The road he treds is difficult and stony.
He rides for days on end with jist a pony for a friend,
I sure am feelin' sorry for the pony!
From Oklahoma, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
kept flocks 牧羊
worked the soil 种地
fruits of the soil 地里的出产
to the Lord 给耶和花
looked with favor 看中
very angry 大大地发怒
face was downcast 变了脸色
home area 祖国
kinds of animals 种动物
kinds of plants 种植物
compare and contrast 比较 使对比
small country 小国家
pros and cons 赞成和反对的论点
Antonym Matching: brought-->sent, favor-->disfavor, fat-->lean, angry-->happy, kept-->lost, firstborn-->last born.
Synonym Matching: downcast-->sad, flocks-->animals, angry-->upset, worked-->tilled,
looked-->saw, offering-->gift, firstborn-->first child, portions-->sections, soil-->dirt.
Listening Blank Fill: soil, of, But, firstborn, on, his, So, downcast.
Multiple Choice: 1. b. kept, 2. a. day, 3. b. an, 4. c. brought, 5. d. his, 6. b. on, 7. a. and, 8. c. so, 9. d. was.