3.2.2: Year 3 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

Hello students. I’m proud of you for completing years 1 and 2 of our American English course.  In order for you to become a strong intermediate American English learner, you need to be able to read, understand, and discuss abridged American English short stories.  In this lesson, throughout Year 3 of your studies, you will read, listen to, and write about popular American English short stories. Please follow the directions below closely.

  • Study the American English vocabulary below.

Words in This Story

whistle – n. a high and loud sound made by forcing air through your lips or teeth

preserve – v. to keep (something) in its original state or in good condition

heron – n. a large bird that has long legs and a long neck and bill

nest – n. the place where a bird lays its eggs and takes care of its young

handsome – having a pleasing appearance that causes romantic feelings in someone

  • Listen to the story.

  • Watch the video and read along.

  • Take the short story quiz.

Take Quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/a-white-heron-by-sarah-orne-jewett/2509808/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

5 thoughts on “3.2.2: Year 3 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

  1. Lesson 3.2.2 Year 3
    ”The White Heron”
    The story is written by Sara Orne Jewett, it follows around the nine tears old young, pretty, innocent girl, named Sylvia. She comes to live with her grandmother’s farm in the countryside. The ambiance of countryside and farmhouse fixes deeply in Her’s mind. Sylvia decided not to go back her parents’ house. Every day she takes cow to the forest for catering its food and come back. It was Her’s routines of her daily life.one day she meets a hunter, who is seeking a rare bird,” White Heron”. Read more…

  2. White Heron is long legged bird, this tall thin bird has long neck, bill and legs and a very wide wingspan IL. The primary conflict Sylivia faces is to tell the hunter weather she knows about the Heron. Hunter wants to take benefit of her innocent to let him know that where is White Heron, despite of huge pressures, sylvia decides that it is best not tell the hunter location of White Heron. The basic theme of the story is good vs evil. the main character, sylvia, represents the innocence and the good within the story.

  3. Greetings Maestro Sersea
    A White Heron
    Written by: Sara Orne Jewett
    Silvie was a child that lived with her father and mother in a dirty, and crowded factory town. One day her grandmother came to visited them and chosen her from all her siblings to go to help in her farm. All the days Silvie had to came an old cow to the country where the cow spends her day eating sweet grass.
    One day as Silvie it goes through a narrow path that led to her grandmother home she heard a whistle, and quickly she hid between the bushed. It was a young man, with a gun in his hand and asked her where is the main path to the town. She answered him, two miles, and she got out between the bushes. He asked to Silvie, if he could stay in her farm, and went together to the grandmother farm.
    He was a scientist and it seemed to know much about the wildlife and birds. He was interested in to find a white heron, he asked grandmother of Silvie, if she could know where to find it, and he offered them, ten dollars, if they could tell him where to find the white heron. As he felt asleep, Silvie decided to sought the white heron, and she got out to the forest, where she find a tall pine tree.
    There, Silvie bare her feet and with her tiny finger grabbed the though pine trunk to climb it, already at the top of the tree, in a nearby tree Silvie saw to flew the white heron into its nest, and shared with white heron the beautiful sight of the forest., after that, started her dangerous trip slow down the pine tree, she returned to home and where the young man and her grandmother was waiting her, the young man was anxiously waiting that Silvie told her where to find the nest of the white heron, but Silvie decided to keep the secret.
    Thank you so much.

  4. Today’s story is called ‘A white heron’. The nine years old girl named Sylvia come to live with her grandmother farm in the countryside. Sylvia is walking outside late in the every evening to bring the grandmother’ cows home. The old animals spent her days out in the open country eating sweet grass. It was Sylvia’s job to bring her home to be milked. This evening, it has taken Sylvia longer than usual to find her cow. So Sylvia meets a tall young man carrying a gum who needs a place to stay overnight become. He have lost his way while he has been hunting for birds. Sylvia’ grandmother welcome him to share what they have. After eating ,the young man explained he was a scientist who collected birds. He has been looking for a very rare bird, the little white heron. It’s a tall, strange bird with soft white feathers and long thin legs. It probably has its nest at the top of a tall tree. The grandmother said proudly that Sylvia knows all about birds and also the forest. The young man was starring her and said that he would give ten dollars to the person who showed him where the heron was. Sylvia has a plan that would get the ten dollars for her grandmother and make the young man happy. When it was almost time for the sun to rise, she left her home and hurried through the forest. Her plan was to climb at the top of a huge pile tree. She was sure she would be able to see where the white heron had hidden its nest. After an hour later Sylvia came home but she was silent.She remembered how the white heron come flying through the golden air and how they watched the sun rise together from the top of the word. She would not tell the heron’s secret and give it life away. The young man went away disappointed later that day. Who can know , were the birds better friends than their hunter might have been?

  5. Dear teacher,
    The title of story is “ White Heron”
    There was girl my named Sylvia. She came to live with her grandmother’s farm in the countryside. She feed cows for producing milk. She took cows to the forest for eating grass, catering its food and came back. It was her’s routines of daily life. One day she met a hunter with gun in his arm who is seeking a rare bird, which was known “ White Heron”.
    The young man promised to gave $10 to Sylvia if she told him where the white Heron was? Suddenly, she was very interesting because she wants money for her grandmother. She tried finding in forestry and saw the Heron nest as her aim but later on she didn’t tell to the young man because she wants the rare birds like white Heron live in the forest for ever. Even though she needed cash but she still decide to conserve Heron.
    Thank you.

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