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初一上册Unit 1 My name’s Gina.

Language Goals: Introduce yourself;Greet people;Ask for and give telephone number

1. My name is Jenny Green. My phone number is 281-9176.My friend is Gina Smith. Her phone number is 232-467

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2. I’m Dale Miller and my friend is Eric Brown. His telephone number is 357-5689.My telephone number is 358-6344.

3. My name is Mary Brown. My friend is in China. Her name is Zhang Mingming. My phone number is257-8900 and her number is 929-3155.

Unit 2 This is my sister. Language Goals: Introduce people; Identify people

My Family

Hi, I’m Jenny, Here are two nice photos of my family. My grandfather and grandmother are in the first photo. These are my parents, Alan and Mary. In the next picture are my brothers, Bob and Eric. These two girls are my sister Cindy and cousin Helen. Coco is in my family too。

Unit 3 Is this your pencil? Language Goals: Identify ownership

Lin Hai, A computer game is in the school library. Is it yours?Ask the teacher for it? Mike Found: Some keys are in Classroom 7E. Are they yours? E-mail me at maryg2@gfimail. com.

Is this your watch? My phone number is 495-3539. Call me. John

Lost: I lost my school ID card. I must find it. Call me at 685-6034. Tom

Unit 4 Where’s my schoolbag? Language Goal: Talk about where things are

I’m Kate, and my sister is Gina. I’m tidy, but Gina is not. In our room, my books and tapes are in the bookcase. My keys are in my schoolbag. I have a clock. It’s on the desk. Gina’s books are everywhere –on her bed, on the sofa and under the chair. The white model plane is hers. It’s under the desk. “Where are my keys? Where’s my ruler? Where’s my schoolbag?” Gina always asks.

Unit 5 Do you have a soccer ball?

Frank Brown: I don't have a soccer ball, but my brother Alan does. We go to the same school and we love soccer. We play it at school with our friends. It's relaxing.

Gina Smith:Yes, I do. I have two soccer balls, three volleyballs, four basketballs and five b aseballs and bats. I love sports, but I don't play them—I only watch them on TV!

Wang Wei:No, I don't. Soccer is difficult. I like ping-pong. It's easy for me. I have three ping-pong balls and two ping-pong bats. After class, I play ping-pong with my classmates.

Unit 6 Do you like bananas?

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Unit 7 How much are these socks?

Mr. Cool’s Clothes Store

Come and buy your clothes at our great sale! We sell all our clothes at very good prices. Do you like sweaters? We have red and green sweaters for only $15! Yellow and white sweaters are only $12! Do

you need trousers? For boys, we have black trousers for only $22. And shorts are only $16! For girls, we have skirts in red and purple for only $20. How much are our jackets? Only $30! And we have black and brown shoes for only $28. Socks are only $2 for three pairs!Come to Mr. Cool’s Clothes Store now!

Unit 8 When is your birthday?

Dear students,

We have some interesting and fun things for you this term. On September 21st, we have a school trip in the afternoon.

October is a great month. On the 12th and the 15th, we have two ball games, soccer and volleyball. School Day is on October 22nd.Your parents can come to our school. Next month, we have an art festival. It’s on November 3rd. We have an English party on November30th.And on December 3rd, we have a book sale in the school library.

This id a really busy term! Have a good time!

Unit 9 My favorite subject is science.

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Unit 3 how do you get to school?

Crossing the river to school

How do you get to school?do you walk or ride a bike?do you go by bus or by train。For many students,it is easy to get to school。But for the students in one small village in china,it is difficult。There is a very big river between their school and the village。There is no bridge and the river runs too quickly for boats。So these students go on a ropeway to cross the river to school。

One 11-year-old boy,Liang liang,crosses the river every school day。But he is not afraid。‘I love to play with my classmates。And I love my teacher。He’s like a father to me。

Many of the students and villagers never leave the village。It is their dream to have a bridge。Can their dream come true?

Unit 4Don’t eat in class

Dear Dr. Know,

There are too many rules!At 6:00 a.m.,my mom says,‘get up now and make your bed!’after breakfast,my mom always says,‘Don’t leave the dirty dishes in the kitchen!’after that,I run to school because I can’t be late。At school,we have more rules----don’t be noisy don’t eat in class,···My dad says I can’t play basketball after school because I must do my homework。I can play only on weekends。After dinner,I can’t relax either。

I must read a book before I can watch TV。But I have to go to bed before 10:00.rules,rules,rules!it’s terrible!What can I do,Dr.Konw?

Molly Brown,New York

Dear Molly,

I know how you feel。People always tell us,‘don’t do this!’or ‘you can’t do that !’but think about it,Molly。There are a lot of thins you can do。You can play basketball on weekends。You can watch TV after you read a book。Parents and schools are sometimes strict,but remember,they make rules to help us。We have to follow them。Good luck Dr.Konw

Unit 5 why do you like pandas

Hello。We are students from Thailand,and we want to save the elephants。The elephant is one of Thailand’s symbols。Our first flag had a white elephant on it。This is a symbol of good luck。

Elephants are smart animals,“they can play soccer or music,they can also draw very well。People say that an elephant never forgets。Elephants can walk for a long time and never get lost。They can also remember places with food and water。This helps them to live。But elephants are in great danger。People cut down many trees so elephants are losing their homes。People also kill elephants for their ivory。Today there are only about

3000elephants(over 100000before)。We must save the trees and not buy things made of ivory。Remember that March 13th is the Thai elephant day。

Unit 6 I’m watching TV

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Unit 7 it’s raining?

Dear Jane,

How’s it going?I’m hav ing a great time visiting my aunt in Canada。She’s working here and I’m going to summer school。I’m studying English and I’m learning a lot。I’m also visiting some of my old friends,I’m so happy to see them again。It’s afternoon right now,and I’m sitting by the pool and drinking orange juice。It’s warm and sunny,and it’s very rela xing here。

See you soon。Su Lin

Dear Jane,

How’s your summer vacation going?are you studying hard,or are having fun?I’m having a great time in Europe!My family and I are on a vacation in mountains。I want to call you but my phone isn’t working,so I’m writing to you。It’s hot in your country now,isn’t it?The weather here is cool and cloudy,just right for walking。See you next month。Dave

Unit 8 is there a post office near here?

Anna There is a zoo in my neighborhood。I like to spend time there on weekends。I love to watch the monkeys climbing around。The monkeys sometimes fight。They look like my friends and me fight!

To get there,I usually walk out and turn right on Bridge Road。Then I walk along bridge road。The zoo is on the right。

John I live near a supermarket。My parents usually shop there。There is a big park across from the supermarket。I often exercise at the park because I love the clean air and sunshine。The best things in life are free!

To get to the park,you just have to cross Center Street。

Lisa I live in a noisy neighborhood。There is a post office between my house and a clothes store。But my favorite place is the library。It is very quiet and I enjoy reading there。When I read books,time goes quickly。You can get to the library easily。Just go down North Road and turn left。It is across from the park。

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Unit 10 I’d like some noodles。Birthday food around the world

What would people like to eat on their birthday?The answer would be different in different countries。

In many countries,people have birthday cakes with candles。The number of candles is the person’s age。The birthday person must make a wish and blow out the candles。If he or she blows out all the candles in one go,the wish will come true。In the UK,people sometimes put a candy in a birthday cake。The child with the candy is lucky。

In china,it is getting popular to have cake on your birthday。But many people still eat very long noodles for their birthday。They never cut up the noodles because the long noodles a symbol of long life。In some places,Chinese people also eat eggs on their birthday。They are a symbol of life and good luck。

All of these birthday foods may be different,but the ideas are the same。They bring good luck to the birthday person。

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八年级上册Unit 1 where did you go on vacation?

Monday,July 15th。I arrived in Penang in Malaysia this morning with my family。It was sunny and hot,so we decided to go to the beach near our hotel。My sister and I tried paragliding。I felt like I was a bird。It was so exciting!for lunch,we had something very special—Malaysian yellow noodles。They were delicious!in the afternoon,we rode bicycles to Georgetown。There are a lot of new building now,but many of the old building are still there。In Weld Quay,a really old place in Georgetown读音,we saw the houses of the Chinese traders from 100years ago。I wonder what life was like here in the past。I really enjoyed walking around the town。

Tuesday,July 16th

What a difference a day makes!my father and I decided to go to Penang Hill 槟城山today。We wanted to walk up to the top,but then it started raining a little so we decided to take the train。We waited over an hour for the train because there were too many people。When we got to the top,it was raining really hard。We didn’t have an umbrella so we were wet and cold。It was terrible!And because of the bad weather,we couldn’t see anything below。My father didn’t bring enough money,so we only had one bowl of rice and some fish。The food tasted great because I was so hungry!

Unit 2 how often do you exercise?多久锻炼一次{身体}?

Last month we asked our students about their free time activities。Our questions were about exercise,use of the Internet and watching TV。Here are the results结果

We found that only fifteen percent of our students exercise every day。Forty-five percent exercise four to six times a week。Twenty percent exercise only one to three times a week。And twenty percent do not exercise at all

We all know that many students often go online,but we were surprised that ninety percent of them use the Internet every day。The other ten percent use it at least three or four times a week。Most students use it for fun and not for homework

The answers to our questions about watching television were also interesting。Only two percent of the students watch TV one to three times a week。Thirteen percent watch TV four to six times a week。And eighty-five percent watch TV every day!although many students like to watch sports,game shows are the most popular。

It is good to relax by using the Internet or watching game shows,but we think the best way to relax is through

exercise。It is healthy for the mind and the body。Exercise such as playing sports is fun,and you can spend

time with your friends and family as you play together。And remember,‘old habits die hard’旧习难改,So start exercising before it’s too late!

Unit 3 I’m more outgoing有好的,开朗的than my sister,比较Passages可数名词信息

My mother told me a good friend is like a mirror。I’m quieter and more serious than most kidsthat’s why那就是为什么I like reading books and I study harder in class。My best friend Yuan Li is quiet too,so we enjoy studying together。I’m shy so it’s not easy for me to make friends。But I think friends are like books---you don’t need a lot of them as long as只要they’re good。朋友在于好不在于多。

It’s not necessary不是很必须to be the same。My best friend Larry is quite different from me。He is taller and more outgoing than me。We both like sports,but he plays tennis better。So he always wins。However,Larry often helps to bring out the best展示最好的in me。So I’m getting better at tennis。Larry is much less hard-working,though。I always get better grades成绩than he does,so maybe也许I should help him more。

I don’t really care if my friends are the same as me or different。My favorite saying谚语is,‘a true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart帮助你和你心灵相通。’my best friend Carol is really kind and very funny。In fact事实上,she’s funnier than anyone用比较级表示最高级一种方式I know。I broke my arm last year but she made me laugh and feel better。We can talk about and share everything。I know she cares about 在乎me because she’s always there随叫随到不离左右to listen倾听。

unit 4,What’s the best movie theater?comparison比较级,对照

Everyone is good at擅长something,but some people are truly talented真实的真像。It’s always interesting to watch other people show their talents。形式主语Talent shows are getting more and more越来越popular波普。Fist,there were shows like American idol偶像and America’s Got Talent。Now,there are similar相似shows around the world,such as China’s got talent

All these全部shows have one thing in common:they try to look for the best singers,the most talented dancers,the most exciting magicians,the funniest actors and so on等等,这些最高级的表示方法。

All kinds of全部的各类的People join these shows。But who can play the piano the best or sing the most beautifully?that’s up to由你决定you to decide。When people watch the show,they usually play a role in deciding the winner。And the winner always gets a very good prize。

However,not everybody部分否定enjoys watching these shows。Some think that the lives of the performers 演员的生活are made up编造。For example,some people say they are poor farmers农民,but in fact they are just actors。However,if you don’t take these shows too seriously太认真,they are fun to watch。And one great thing about them is that they give people a way道路方法to make their dreams come true实现

Unit 5 ,do you want to watch a game show?计划和打算preferences偏爱make plans

When people say‘culture’,we think of art and history。But one very famous symbol in American culture is a cartoon。We all know and love the black mouse with two large round ears---Mickey Mouse。Over 80years ago,he first appeared in the cartoon Steamboat Willie。When this cartoon came out in New York on November 18,1928,it was the first cartoon with sound and music。The man behind Mickey was Walt Disney。He became very rich and successful。In the 1930s,he made 87cartoons with Mickey。

Some people might ask how this cartoon animal became so popular。One of the main reasons is that Mickey was like a common man,but he always tried to face any danger。In his early films,Mickey was unlucky and had many problems such as losing his house or girlfriend,Minnie。However,he was always ready to try his best。People went to the cinema to see the ‘little man’win。Most of them wanted to be like Mickey。

On November 18,1978,Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star是定语on the Hollywood Walk of Fame。Today’s cartoons are usually not so simple as little Mickey Mouse,but everyone still knows and loves him。Who has a pair of ears more famous than Mickey‘s?

Unit 6 I’m going to study computer science

Do you know what a resolution is?It’s a kind of promise。Most of the time,we make promises to other people。(“mom,I promise I’m going to tidy my room when I get back from school。”)however,promises you make to yourself are resolutions,and the most common kind is New Year’s resolutions。The start of the year is often a

time for making resolutions。When we make resolutions at the beginning of the year,we hope that we are going to improve our lives。Some people write down their resolutions and plans for the coming year。This helps them to remember their resolutions。Others tell their family and friends about their wishes and plans。

There are different kinds of resolutions。Some are about physical health。For example,some people promise themselves they are going to start an exercise program or eat less fast food。Many resolutions have to do with self-improvement。These are about making yourself a better person。Some people might say they are going to take up a hobby like painting or taking photos,or learn to play the guitar。Some resolutions have to do with better planning,like making a weekly plan for schoolwork。For example,a student may have to find more time to study。

Although there are differences,most resolutions have one thing in common有一个共同点。People hardly ever keep them!There are good reasons for this。Sometimes the resolutions may be too difficult to keep。Sometimes people just forget about them。For this reason,some people say the best resolution is to have no resolutions!How about you----will you make any next year?

Unit 7 Will people have robots机器人,还是在讨论将来的事

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Unit 8 how do you make a banana milk shake?snake这两个单词会混淆。奶昔blender食物搅拌器yogurt In most countries,people usually eat traditional food on special holidays。A special day in the United States is thanksgiving。It is always on the fourth Thursday in November,and is a time to give thanks for food in the autumn。At this time在那时,people also remember the first travelers from England who came to live in America about 400years ago。These travelers had a long,hard winter,and many of them died。In the next autumn,they gave thanks for life and food in their new home。These days,most Americans still celebrate this idea of giving thanks by having a big meal at home with their family。The main dish of this meal is almost always turkey,a large bird。Turkey土耳其Turkish,chicken鸡breakfast,lunch,dinner,supper,a meal Making a turkey dinner

Here is one way to make turkey for a thanksgiving dinner。

First,mix together some bread pieces,onions,salt and pepper胡椒

Next,fill the turkey with this bread mix。

Then,put the turkey in a hot oven烤箱and cook it for a few hours。

When it is ready place the turkey on a large and cover it with gravy肉汁

Finally,cut the turkey into thin pieces and eat the meat with vegetables like carrots胡萝卜and potatoes土豆Unit 9 Can you come to my party?

Hi David,

What a great idea!I really like Ms. Steen a lot。She helped me improve my English so much。I’m sad to see her go,and this party is the best way to say ‘thank you and goodbye。’I can help to buy some of the food and drinks。I can also help to bring Ms.Steen to the patty。I already have a great idea about how to do that。He Wei Hi David,

Thanks so much for planning this。I’d love to come to the patty,but I’m not available。My family is taking a trip to Wuhan at the end of this month to visit my aunt and uncle。However,I’d still be glad to help out with any of the party preparations,like planning the games。Let me know if you need my help。Jake

Dear classmates,As I’m sure you know by now,our favorite teacher,Ms.Steen, is leaving soon to go back to the US。We’re very sad that she’s leaving because she is a fun teacher。To show how much we’re going to miss her,let’s have a surprise patty惊喜聚会for her next Friday the 28th !

Can you come to the party?If so,can you help with any of these things ?Please tell me by this Friday。

1 Bay food and drinks。

2 Think of games to play。

3 Prepare things we need for the games (glue,paper,pens--)。

4 Bring Ms.Steen to the party without telling her so that为了she can be surprised。

I look forward to hearing from就是收到回信you all 。David

Unit 10 if you go to the party,you’ll have a great time!

Students these days often have a lot worries。Sometimes they have problems with their schoolwork,and sometimes with their friends。What can they do about this?some people believe the worst thing is to do nothing。Laura Mills,a teenager from London,agrees。‘Problems and worries are normal in life,’says Laura。‘But I think talking to someone helps a lot。Unless we talk to someone,we’ll certainly feel worse。’

Laura once lost her wallet,and worried for days。She was afraid to tell her parents about it。She even walked three miles to school each day because she didn’t have any money。She just kept thinking,‘If I tell my parents,they’ll be angry!’In the end,she talked to her parents and they were really understanding。Her dad said he sometimes made careless mistakes himself。They got her a new wallet and asked her to be more careful。‘I will always remember to share my problems in the future!’Laura says。

Robert Hunt advises students about common problems。He feels the same way as Laura。‘It is best not to run away from our problems。We should always try to solve them。’he thinks the first step is to find someone you trust to talk to。This person doesn’t need to be an expert like himself。Students often forget that their parents have more experience,and are always there to help them。In English,we say that sharing a problem is like cutting it in half。So you’re halfway to solving a problem just by talking to someone about it!

八年级下册UNIT 1 What's the matter? Bus Driver and Passengers Save an Old Man

At 9:00 a.m. yesterday, bus No. 26 was going along Zhonghua Road when the driver saw an old man lying on the side of the road. A woman was next to him, shouting for help. {Shout out to}

The bus driver, 24-year-old Wang Ping, stopped the bus without thinking twice. He got off and asked the woman what happened. She said that the man had a heart problem and should go to the hospital. Mr. Wang knew he had to act quickly. He told the passengers that he must take the man to the hospital. He expected most or all of the passengers to get off and wait for the next bus.But to his surprise, they all agreed to go with him. Some passengers helped Mr. Wang to move the man onto the bus.

Thanks to Mr. Wang and the passengers, the doctors saved the man in time. "It's sad that many people don't want to help others because they don’t want any trouble," says one passenger. "But the driver didn't think about himself. He only thought about saving a life."

He Lost His Arm But Is Still Climbing

Aron Ralston is an American man who is interested in mountain climbing. As a mountain climber, Aron is used to taking risks. This is one of the exciting things about doing dangerous sports. There were many times when Aron almost lost his life because of accidents. On April 26, 2003, he found himself in a very dangerous situation when climbing in Utah

On that day, Aron's arm was caught under a 360-kilo rock that fell on him when he was climbing by himself in the mountains. Because he could not free his arm, he stayed there for five days and hoped that someone would find him. But when his water ran out, he knew that he would have to do something to save his own life. He was not ready to die that day. So he used his knife to cut off half his right arm. Then, with his left arm, he bandaged himself so that he would not lose too much blood. After that, he climbed down the mountain to find help.

After losing his arm, he wrote a book called Between a Rock and a Hard Place. This means being in a difficult situation that you cannot seem to get out of. In this book, Aron tells of the importance of making good decisions, and of being in control of one's life. His lose for mountain climbing is so great that he kept on climbing mountains even after this experience.

Do we have the same spirit as Aron? Let's think about it before we find ourselves “between a rock and a hard place”, and before we have to make a decision that could mean life or death.

Unit 2 I'll help to clean up the city parks Students Who Volunteer

Mario Green and Mary Brown from Riverside High School give up several hours each week to help others. Mario loves animals and wants to be an animal doctor. He volunteers at an animal hospital every Saturday morning. Mario believes it can help him to get his future dream job. “ It' s hard work , ”he says , “but I want to learn more about how to care for animals . I get such a strong feeling of satisfaction when I see the animals get better and the look of joy on their owners' faces.”

Mary is a book lover. She could read by herself at the age of four. Last year she decided to try out for a volunteer after-school reading program .she still works there once a week to help kids learn to read. The kids are sitting in the library, but you can see in their eyes that they’re going on a different journey with each new book. V olunteering here is a dream come true for me. I can do what I love to do and help others at the same time. Dear Miss Li, I’d like to thank you for sending money to Animal Helpers. I’m sure you know that this group was set up to help disabled people like me. You helped to make it possible for me to have Lucky. Lucky makes a big difference to my life. Let me tell you my story.

What would it be like to be blind or deaf? Or imagine you can’t walk o r use your hands easily. Most people would never think about this, but many people have these difficulties. I can’t use my arms or legs well, so normal things like answering the telephone, opening and closing doors, or carrying things are difficult for me. Then one day last year, a friend of mine helped me out. She talked to Animal Helpers about getting me a special trained dog. She also thought a dog might cheer me up. I love animals and I was excited about the idea of having a dog.

After six months of training with a dog at Animal Helpers, I was able to bring him home. My dog’s name is Lucky —a good name for him because I feel very lucky to have him. You see, I’m only able t o have a “dog-helper”because of your kindness! Lucky is very clever and understands many English words. He can understand me when I give him orders. For example, I say, “Lucky! Get my book,” and he does it at once. Lucky is a fantastic dog. I’ll send you a photo of him if you like, and I could show you how he helps me. Thank you again for changing my life. Best wishes, Ben Smith

Unit 3 Could you please clean your room?

Last month, our dog welcomed me when I came home from school. He wanted a walk, but I was too tired.I threw down my bag and went to the living room. The minute I sat down in front of the TV, my mom came over. “Could you please take the dog for a walk?” she asked.

“Could I watch one show first?” I asked. “NO!” she replied angrily.“You watch TV all the time and never help out around the house! I can’t work all day and do housework all evening.”

“Well, I work all day at school, too! I’m just as tired as you are!” I shouted back.

My mom did not say anything and walked away. For one week, she did not do any housework and neither did I. Finally, I could not find a clean dish or a clean shirt.

The next day, my mom came home from work to find the house clean and tidy.

“What happened?” she asked in surprise.

“I’m so sorry, Mom. I finally understand t hat we need to share the housework to have a clean and comfortable home,” I replied.

Dear Sir,

I don’t understand why some parents make their kids help with housework and chores at home. Kids these days already have enough stress from school. They don’t ha ve time to study and do housework, too. Housework is a waste of their time. Could we just let them do their job as students? They should spend their time on schoolwork in order to get good grades and get into a good university. Also, when they get older, t hey will have to do housework so there’s no need for them to do it now. It is the parents’ job to provide a clean and comfortable environment at home for their children. And anyway, I think doing chores is not so difficult. I don’t mind doing them. Ms. Miller

Dear Sir,

I think it is important for children to learn how to do chores and help their parents with housework. It’s not enough to just get good grades at school. Children these days depend on their parents too much. They’re always asking, “Could you get this for me?” or “Could you help me with that?”Doing chores helps to develop children’s independence and teaches them how to look after themselves. It also helps them to understand the idea of fairness. Since they live in one house with their parents, they should know that everyone should do their part in keeping it clean and tidy. Our neighbor’s son got into a good college but during his first year, he had no idea how to take care of himself. As a result, he often fell ill and his grades dropped. The earlier kids learn to be independent, the better it is for their future. Mr. Smith

Unit 4 Why don’t you talk to your parents? Dear Mr. Hunt,

My problem is I can’t get on with my family. Relations between my parents have become difficult. They fight a lot, and I really don’t like it. It’s the only communication they have. I don’t know if I should say anything to them about this. When they argue, it’s like a big, black cloud hanging over our home. Also, my elder brother is not very nice to me. He always refuses to let me watch my favorite TV show. Instead he watches whatever he wants until late at night. I don’t think this is fair. At home I always feel lonely and nervous. Is that normal? What can I do? Sad and Thirteen

Dear Sad and Thirteen,

It’s not easy being your age, and it’s normal to have these feelings. Why don’t you talk about these feelings with your family? If your parents are having problems, you should offer to help. Maybe you could do more jobs around the house so that they have more time for proper communication. Secondly, why don’t you sit down and communicate with your brother? You should explain that you don’t mind him watching TV all the time. However, he should let you w atch your favorite show. I hope you’ll feel better about yourself in future.

Robert Hunt

Maybe You Should Learn to Relax!

These days, Chinese children are sometimes busier on weekends than weekdays because they to take so many after-school classes. Many of them are learning exam skills so that they can get into a good high school and later a good university. Others are practicing sports so that they can compete and win. However, this doesn’t only happen in China. The Taylors are a typical American family. L ife for Cathy Taylor’s three children is very busy.” On most days after school,” Cathy says, “I take one of my two boys to basketball practice and my daughter to football training. Then I have to take my other son to piano lessons. Maybe I could cut out a few of

their activities, but I believe these activities are important for my children’s future. I really want them to be successful. ” However, the tired children don’t get home until after 7:00 p.m. They have a quick dinner, and then it’s time for homewor k.

L inda Miller, a mother of three, knows all about such stress. “In some families, competition starts very young and continues until the kids get older,” she says. “Mothers send their small kids to all kinds of classes. And they are always comparing them with other children. It’s crazy. I don’t think that’s fair. Why don’t they just let their kids be kids? People shouldn’t push their kids so hard.”

Doctors say too much pressure is not good for a child’s development. Dr. Alice Green says all these activitie s can cause a lot of stress for children. “Kids should have time to relax and think for themselves, too. Although it’s normal to want successful children, it’s even more important to have happy children.”

Unit 5 What were you doing when the rainstorm came? The Storm Brought People Closer Together Ben could hear strong winds outside his home in Alabama. Black clouds were making the sky very dark. With no light outside, it felt like midnight. The news on TV reported that a heavy rainstorm was in the area. Everyone in the neighborhood was busy. Ben’s dad was putting pieces of wood over the windows while his mom was making sure the flashlights and radio were working. She also put some candles and matches on the table. Ben was helping his mom make dinner when the rain began to beat heavily against the windows. After dinner, they tried to play a card game, but it was hard to have fun with a serious storm happening outside. Ben could not sleep at first. He finally fell asleep when the wind was dying down at around 3:00 a.m. When he woke up, the sun was rising. He went outside with his family and found the neighborhood in a mess. Fallen trees, broken windows and rubbish were everywhere. They joined the neighbors to help clean up the neighborhood together. Although the storm broke many things apart, it brought families and neighbors closer together.

Do You Remember What You Were Doing?

People often remember what they were doing when they heard the news of important events in history. In America, for example, many people remember what they were doing on April 4, 1968. This was an important event in American history. On this day, Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. Although some people may not remember who killed him, they remember what they were doing when they heard the news.

Robert Allen is now over 50, but he was a school pupil at that time. “It was a bright, sunny day,” Robert remembers. “We were having fun in the playground when the school bell rang. Our teacher said, ‘Dr. King died just 10 minutes ago.’ We were completely surprised!” School closed for the day, Robert and his friends walked home in silence.

More recently, most Americans remember what they were doing when the World Trade Center in New York was taken down by terrorists. Even the date-September 11, 2001-has meaning to most Americans.

This was a day Kate Smith will never forget. She remembers working in her office near the two towers. “My friend shouted that a plane just hit the World Trade Center! I didn’t believe him at first, but then I looked o ut the window and realized that it was true. I was so scared that I could hardly think clearly after that.”

Unit 6 An old man tried to move the mountains

In November 1979, pupils in England were able to watch a new TV program called Monkey. Most of them were hearing this story for the first time. However, this story is not new to Chinese children. The Monkey King or Sun Wukong is the main character in the traditional Chinese book Journey to the West.

The story says that once upon a time there was a magic rock. One day, it suddenly broke open and gave birth to a monkey. To fight bad people, the Monkey King uses a magic stick.Sometimes he can make the stick so small that he can keep it in his ear. At other times, he is able to make it big and long. Sun Wukong can also make 72 changes to his shape and size, turning himself into different animals and objects. But unless he can hide his tail, he cannot turn himself into a person.

The Monkey king has excited the children of China many years. And as soon as the TV program came out more than 30 years ago, Western children became interested in reading this story because the clever Monkey King keeps fighting to help the weak and never gives up.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel lived near forest with their father and stepmother. One year, the weather was so dry that no food would grow. The wife told her husband that unless the left the children to die in the forest, the whole family would die. Gretel heard this, and Hansel made a plan to save himself and his sister.

SCENE ONE: _______Gretel: Did you hear our stepmother planning to kill us?

Hansel: Don’t worry! I have a plan to save us.

Gretel: How can you save us?

Hansel: Be quiet! I’m going outside to get something in the moonlight. Now, go to sleep.

SCENE TWO: _______Wife: Get up, lazy children!

Husband: Yes, dears. You must come with me to the forest to get wood.

Wife: Here’s some bread. Don’t eat if until you get to the forest.

SCENE THREE: ______Gretel: Hansel, what are you doing?

Hansel: I’m dropping white stones along the way. Unless I do, We’ll be lost. Tonight, when the moon is shining bright, we’ll be able to see the stones.

SENE FOUR: _______Wife: You bad children! What a long time you slept in the forest!

Husband: We thought you were never coming back.

Wife: Now, go to bad. As soon as you wake up, you must go to the forest with your father.

Hansel: What, again? I want to go out to look at the moon.

Wife: No. You can’t go out now.

SCENE FIVE: _____Gretel: What can we do? You have no more stones.

Hansel: I’ll drop pieces of bread. As soon as the moon rises, we can follow them instead.

SCENE SIX: ______Gretel: I can’t see any bread on the ground. Maybe it was the birds.

Hansel: Never mind! Just keep walking. Unless we do, We won’t find our way out.

SCENE SEVEN: _____Gretel: Hansel, we’re really lost!

Hansel: Listen! That bird’s song is so beautiful that we should follow it.

Gretel: Look! It’s leading us to that wonderful house made of bread, cake and candy,sugar.

Hansel: Let’s eat part of the house!(Then they heard an old woman’s voice from inside the house.)

V oice: Who is that? Who is brave enough to eat my house?

Unit 7 What’s the highest mountain in the world?

Qomolangma—the Most Dangerous Mountain in the World?

One of the world’s most dangerou s sports is mountain climbing, and one of the most popular places for this is the Himalayas. The Himalayas run along the southwestern part of China. Of all the mountains, Qomolangma rises the highest and is the most famous. It is 8,844.43 meters high and so is very dangerous to climb. Thick clouds cover the top and snow can fall very hard. Even more serious difficulties include freezing weather conditions and heavy storms. It is also very hard to take in air as you get near the top.

The first people to reach the top were Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary on May 29,1953. The first Chinese team did so in 1960, while the first woman to succeed was Junko Tabei from Japan in 1975.

Why do so many climbers risk their lives? One of the main reasons is because people want to challenge themselves in the face of difficulties. The spirit of these climbers shows us that we should never give up trying to achieve our dreams. It also shows that humans can sometimes be stronger than the forces of nature.

It is 8:30 a.m. at the Chengdu Research Base. Lin Wei and the other panda keepers are preparing the milk for the baby pandas’ breakfast. At 9:00 a.m., they find that most of the babies are already awake and hungry. When the babies see the keepers, they run over with excitement and some of them even walk into their friends and fall over!

“They’re so cute and lovely. I take care of them like they’re my own babies. I was, feed and play with them every day. They’re very special to me.”Lin Wei loves her job, but it is a difficult o ne. Pandas do not have many babies, maybe only one every two years. The babies often die from illnesses and do not live very long. Adult pandas spend more than 12 hours a day eating about 10 kilos of bamboo. Many years ago, there were a lot more bamboo forests and pandas in China than there are now. But then humans started to cut down the forests, and there was less bamboo for the pandas. Scientists say there are now fewer than 2,000 pandas living in the remaining forests. Another 200 or so live in zoos or research centers in China and other countries.

An education program in Chengdu teaches children in cities about pandas and other endangered animals. They send people to schools to tell children about the importance of saving these animals. The children sing songs or make artwork about pandas and other wild animals. Teaching children is one way to help save pandas. The Chinese government is also planting more bamboo trees so there will be more forests for pandas to live in. We all hope that in the future there will be a lot more pandas than now.

Unit 8 Have you read Treasure Island yet?

When I first arrived on this island, I had nothing. But I’ve found the ship and made a small boat. I’ve brought back many things I can use—food and drink, tools, knives and guns. Although I have lost everything, I have not lost my life. So I will not give up and I will wait for another ship.

I have already cut down trees and built a house. I go out with my gun almost every day to kill animals and birds for food. I’m even le arning to grow fruits and vegetables.

A few weeks ago, I found the marks of another man’s feet on the sand. Who else is on my island? How long have they been here? Not long after that, I saw some cannibals trying to kill two men from a broken ship. One of them died but the other ran towards my house. I helped him kill the cannibals. This man now lives with me and helps me. I named him Friday because that was the day I met him. He is smart and I have already taught him some English.

A Country Music Song Changed Her Life Forever

When Sarah was a teenager, she used to fight over almost everything with her family. But five years ago, while she was studying abroad in England, she heard a song full of feelings about returning home on the radio. It made Sarah think about her family and friends back in the US. She came to realize how much she actually missed all of them. Ever since then, she has been a fan of American country music.

Country is a traditional kind of music from the southern states of America. Nashville, Tennessee is the home of country music. Many songs these days are just about modern life in the US, such as the importance of money and success, but not about belonging to a group. However, country music brings us back to the “good old days” when people were kind to each other and trusted one another. It reminds us that the best things in life are free—laugh ter, friends, family, and the beauty of nature and the countryside.

Sarah hasn’t been to Nashville yet, but it is her dream to go there one day. She has already read a lot about the place and done some research on it. She knows that there is a Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville. There are also always a lot of great country music concerts with famous musicians and singers, like Garth Brooks. Sarah has already listened to most of his songs. “Garth is one of the most successful musicians in American history. He’s sold more than 120 million records. I hope to see him sing live one day!”

Unit 9 Have you ever been to a museum?

Ken:The most interest ing museum I’ve ever been to is the American Compute Museum. They have information about different computers and who invented them. The old computers were much bigger. It’s unbelievable that technology has progressed in such a rapid way! I’ve also learned that there was a special computer. It could play chess even better than humans. I wonder how much more computers will be able to do in the future. Amy:I’ve recently been to a very unusual museum in India, the International Museum of Toilet s. I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw so many different kinds of toilets there. The

museum teaches people about the history and development of toilets. It also encourages governments and social groups to think about ways to improve toilets in the future. Linlin:Last year I went to the Hangzhou National Tea Museum. It’s a relaxing and peaceful place near a lake. The tea art performances show how to make a perfect cup of tea. Watching them prepare the tea with the beautiful tea sets is just as enjoyable as drinking the tea itself. I’ve finally realized why my grandpa loves drinking tea and collecting tea sets.

Singapore-A Place You Will Never Forget!

Have you ever been to Singapore? For thousands of tourists from China, this small island in Southeast Asia is a wonderful and safe place to take a holiday. On the one hand, more than three quarters of the population are Chinese, so you can simply speak Putonghua a lot of the time. On the other hand, Singapore is an English-speaking country, so it’s a lso a good place to practice your English!

Have you ever tried Chinese food outside of China? Maybe you fear that you won’t be able to find anything good to eat when you travel. In Singapore, however, you’ll find a lot of food from China; you won’t have an y problem getting rice, noodles or dumplings. Singapore is also an excellent place to try new food. Whether you like Indian food, Western food or Japanese food, you’ll find it all in Singapore!

Most large cities have zoos, but have you ever been to a zoo at night? Singapore has a Night Safari. It might seem strange to go to a zoo when it’s dark. However, if you go to see lions, tigers or foxes during the daytime, they’ll probably be asleep! A lot of animals only wake up at night ,so this is the best time to watch them. At the Night Safari, you can watch these animals in a more natural environment than in a normal zoo.

One great thing about Singapore is that the temperature is almost the same all year round. This is because the island is so close to the equator. so you can choose to go whenever you like-spring, summer, autumn or winter. And, of course, it’s not too far from China!

Unit 10 I've had this bike for three years.

My children are growing up fast. My daughter is 16 and my boy has just started junior high school. As they get bigger our house seems to get smaller. So we’ve been clearing out a lot of things from our bedrooms for a yard sale. We’ve decided to each sell five things we no longer use. We’ll give the money we raise to a children’s home. My son was quite sad at first. He found a lot of toys that he doesn’t play with anymore but still wanted to keep. For example, he’s owned a train and railway set since his fourth birthday, and he played with it almost every week until he was about seven. And h e didn’t want to lose the toy monkey he’s had since birth. I remember when he would never go to bed without it. My daughter was more understanding, although she also felt sad to part with certain toys. As for me, I didn’t want to give up my football shirts, but, to be honest, I haven’t played for a while now. I’m getting older, too!

Hometown Feelings

Some people still live in their hometown. However, others may only see it once or twice a year. Nowadays, millions of Chinese leave the countryside to search for work in the cities. Among these is Zhong Wei, a 46-year-old husband and father. He has lived in Wenzhou for the last 13 years. With a hard job in a crayon factory, he doesn’t find much time to visit his hometown. “I used to return home at least once a year, but I haven’t been back for almost three years n ow. It’s a shame, but I just don’t have the time,” he says.

Many people like Zhong Wei regard with great interest how their hometowns have changed. Perhaps large hospitals and new roads have appeared. In many places, the government has also built new schools and sent teachers from the cities to help. “I noticed that’s true of my hometown,”adds Zhong Wei. “Children have learned to read and count at my old primary school since the mid-20th century. But now the buildings are really old. I hear they’re going to build a new school there.” Zhong Wei thinks such developments are good, and he also knows that his hometown cannot always stay the same.

According to Zhong Wei, however, some things will never change. “In my hometown, there was a big old tree opposite the school. It is still there and has become quite a symbol of the place. Most of the children in my time liked to play together under that big tree, especially during the summer holidays. It was such a happy childhood. Our hometown has left many soft and sweet memories in our hearts.”

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