Rose Flower Essay

THE LESSON ON ROSES

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READ

Roses are my favourite flower. They are the perfect flower – beautiful in every way. I love the shape of roses and their beautiful colours. Looking at them is like looking at a wonder of nature. The colours are so deep and pure. A white rose is the whitest white, a red rose is the reddest red. And the petals are amazing. They are so silky looking and so perfectly formed. The rest of the rose is also cool. The leaves make the flower look even more beautiful. They have a wonderful shape. The stem is also a part of what makes roses perfect. It is very strong so the rose will always stand tall and strong. All of these things are probably why so many people love roses. There really is no better flower to express love than a red rose.


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LISTENING GAP FILL

Roses are my favourite flower. They ________________ flower – beautiful in every way. I love the shape of roses and their beautiful colours. Looking at them is like looking at a ________________. The colours are so deep and pure. A white rose is ________________, a red rose is the reddest red. And the petals are amazing. They are so silky looking and so ________________. The rest of the rose is also cool. The ________________ flower look even more beautiful. They have ________________. The stem is also a part of what makes roses perfect. It is very strong so the rose will ________________ and strong. All of these things are probably why so many people love roses. There really is no better flower ________________ than a red rose.



CORRECT THE SPELLING

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UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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STUDENT ROSES SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about roses in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about roses for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about roses. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE:Write a magazine article about roses. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. ROSES POSTERMake a poster about roses. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY ROSES LESSON:Make your own English lesson on roses. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING:Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on roses. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in the article at the top of this page.




I don't know, maybe it was the roses..."

The Rose

A thematic essay for the AnnotatedGrateful Dead Lyrics.

by David Dodd
Assistant Professor, Library
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


One of the most pervasive symbols in Grateful Dead lyrics and iconography, therose is a symbol laden with meaning. Its first appearance in a Dead lyric wasin the "Faster We Go the Rounder We Get" (Weir's lyric) portion of "That's It forthe Other One":
"Spanish lady come to me, she lays on me this rose..."

According to J.E. Cirlot'sADictionary of Symbols, the

"single rose is, in essence, a symbol of completion, of consummate achievement andperfection. Hence, accruing to it are all those ideas associated with thesequalities: the mystic Centre, the heart, the garden of Eros, the paradise ofDante, the Beloved, the emblem of Venus and so on."

An extensive entry on the rose in Funk & WagnallsStandard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend (Funk & Wagnalls,1972) includes the following information:

"Originally from Persia, the rose is said to have been brought tothe West by Alexander. To the Arabs the rose was a masculine flower. Itwas anciently a symbol of joy, later of secrecy and silence, but is now usuallyassociated with love."
The entry continues for several hundred words, and is worth tracking down.

Gabriele Tergit's wonderful book,Flowers Through the Ages contains many pages on thehistory and folklore of the rose. Some passages:

"...Soon the mysterious rose, sacred to Venus in earlier times,became theflower of the Virgin Mary, who herself became the Rosamystica. Thetemple of Jupiter Capitolinus became St. Peter's, the temple ofJuno Lucinathe church of S. Maria Maggiore, and the processions honouringthe Mother ofGod walked on rose petals, just as the processions carrying theimages of thepagan gods had done." (p. 43)
and
"The scholastics derived the origin of the rose from the drops ofChrist'sblood falling upon a thornbush." (p. 43)
and
"The rose was dedicated to the goddess of love, that is, to theeternalmystery of the continuity of life. As such it was the symbol ofmystery andsecrecy. 'Mystery glows in the rose bed, the secret is hidden inthe rose,'sang the Persian poet and perfumer, Farid ud-din Attar, in thetwelfthcentury. A more prosaic explanation is that the folded structureof the rose,by its nature, conceals a secret inner core. ... in Germany, weread inSebastian Brant's Narrenschiff, [Ship ofFools] in thelate fifteenth century: 'What here we do say, shall under rosesstay.'" (p.46)
and
"We do not know where the rose comes from.
Rose fossils, 32,000,000 years old, have been found in Coloradoand Oregon;they resemble the East Asian roses more than the American ones oftoday.
The first record of an authentic European rose is a highlystylized one in afresco at Knossos in Greece; it dates from the sixteenth centuryB.C. ... Itis possible that Central Asia is the home of the rose. The mostbeautifulwoman of India, the goddess Lakshmi, is supposed to have beenborn from a rosecomposed of 108 large and 1,008 small petals.
Every country between twenty and seventy degrees north has itsindigenousroses." (pp. 147-148)
The Dictionary ofChristian Artdefines the rose as:
"A floral symbol sacred to Venus and signifying love, the qualityand natureof which was characterized by the color of the rose. A symbol ofpurity, awhite rose represented innoncence (nonsexual) love, while a pinkrose represented first love, and a red rose true love. When held by amartyr, the red rose signified 'red martyrdom' or the loss of life, andthe white rose 'white martyrdom' or celibacy.According to Ambrose, the thorns of the rose were a reminder ofhumanfinitude and guilt as the roses in the Paradise Garden had nothorns. Athornless rose was an attribute of Mary as the Second Eve." (p.296)

The literature is voluminous, and the point is easily taken:roses have hadtremendous significance for as long as history has been recorded,and likelyfor long before that. The rose is a metaphor waiting to happen,and peopleshave always ascribed to it some aspect of the mystery of life. Inthe words ofRobert Hunter: " ' I've got this one spirit that's laying roseson me. Roses,roses, can't get enough of those bloody roses. The rose isthe mostprominent image in the human brain, as to delicacy, beauty,short-livedness,thorniness. It's a whole. There is no better allegory for, dare Isay it,life, than roses."