Part A Reading Aloud
By 1850, almost all of New England’s forest had been chopped down, and much of this was turned to farmland, surrounded by stone walls. But then everything changed, as richer farmland and gold were discovered in the west. And many of the settlers chased their fortunes elsewhere. Towns like Livermore disappeared as quickly as they had been formed. Slowly, the trees of New England grew around the ruins and reclaimed the land. This new forest was very different. By chopping down the old-growth trees, people had given fast-growing maples and oaks a chance to claim the land. They grew back in greater numbers than ever before.
Part B Role Play
W: Hi, Tom. Where did you go for the winter holiday?
M: Oh, I went to Australia.?
W: That must be very exciting! How long was your stay?
M: I spent twenty days there.?
W: Wow! That’s a long holiday. Did you go there with family?
M: No. I went there alone, and enjoyed the trip very much.?
W: Cool. But I don’t think I can afford a holiday there. It must be very expensive.?