Aims 1. To know the writing technique of a narrative. 2. To be acquainted with some literary terms 3. To learn to use words to describe disasters and violence 4. To appreciate the language features 5. To learn to write a story about disasters.
Teaching Contents 1. The literary style 2. Detailed study of the text 3. Organizational pattern 4. Language features 5. Exercises
Time allocation 1. The literary style (narration) (15 min.) 2. Detailed study of the text (120 min.) 3. Structure analysis (15 min.) 4. Language appreciation (15 min.) 5. Exercises (15 min)
Lesson One Theme ---- man vs nature
The literary style A piece of narration is mainly developed in the actual time sequence. The writer tells the readers what happens first, what next. chronological development
The Literary terms narration --- story telling extended narration --- novels histories biographies autobiographies travelogues
The Literary terms The essentials of narration: 1. characters 2. plot A good story has a beginning, a middle, an end, even though it may start in the middle or at some other point in the action and move backward to the earlier happenings.
The Literary terms Narration is concerned with action. It goes around people called characters in some kind of struggle or conflict against other people, nature, society or themselves.
The Literary terms protagonist --- leading character antagonist -- the people or forces protagonist fights against suspense -- a state of uncertainty
The Literary terms interposition --- a passage which is put between the action The purpose is to add more information to create suspense
The Literary terms flashback --- interruption of chronological sequence by interjection of event of earlier occurrence climax -- the most exciting, important interesting part on the story, denouement --- the ending of a story
The detailed study of the text hurricane strong tropical storm 2. strong fast wind which speeds more than 75 mph 3. western Atlantic Ocean 4. given a girl's name; named alphabetically / ordered according to the initial letter
The detailed study of the text typhoon Western Pacific Ocean or China Sea 2. numbered
hurricane whirlwind --- a general term/ circular wind tornado ---visible as a tube-shaped cloud of dust which moves in a relatively narrow path can be devastating in its destructiveness.*image-1* cyclone -- a vortex, usually hundreds of miles in diameter*image-2*
gale --- a general term for a very strong wind capable of doing considerable damage to property
the Beaufort scale 6 strong breeze moderate gale fresh gale strong gale whole gale storm hurricane over 75
the Beaufort scale The Beaufort Scale defines a storm as a wind having velocity of between 64 and 75 miles an hour.
weather forecast The weather forecast says "cloudy" today, with a strong wind from the northwest, grade five to six on the Beaufort Scale. The lowest temperature during the daytime will be eight degrees centigrade below zero.
The detailed study of the text (* 链接 1net-1*) August 17 Hurricane devastated the area for 2 days bad --- destructive /devastating / terribly forceful
lash --- to strike with great force to move violently or suddenly The waves lashed the racks The rain was lashing against the windows.
pummel pummel --- spelled "pommel" to beat suddenly or attack vigorously to hit with repeated blows *image-3 Hurricane Camille 图片 *
reasons to stay 1. He is a self-employed businessman Magna product -- the name of his company implication: How great the loss it would be if the house was destroyed. 2. His present house was in a better condition than his former house. *1image-8 a 10-room house*
batten down batten -- a strip of wood used in construction and oft. used in the old days in ship building. to batten down --- metaphor to secure with battens The elder Koshak is talking about preparing and securing the house for the storm to come.
scud -- move swiftly The speed of these clouds is an indication of the swiftness with which the storm is approaching. The boat scudded before the strong west wind came. scud missiles
disintegrate -- collapse, crumble. fall apart break into many small pieces and is destroyed Is society beginning to ~ ? Since the Soviet Union ~ed, the cold war came to an end.
blast 1. (an explosion) burst, explosion 2. ( a loud sound) roar, bang, noise unexpected quick strong movement of wind or rain 一阵；一股 a blast of wind wintry blast
shove -- push with a quick, rather violent movement He dragged her out to the door and shoved her into the street. The car won't start. Can you give it a shove?
douse -- immerse, soak, submerge, drench He doused the clothes in soapy water.
on the verge of --- very near to the action She was so unhappy that she was on the verge of (committing) suicide. The country is on the verge of disaster. The child is on the verge of tears. The company is on the verge of insolvency.
to the verge of The attack brought the country to the verge of war. The old man had been driven to the verge of despair.
crushing --- devastating / defeating /people feel upset or shocked The final lecture was interrupted by the crushing news of president Kennedy's death. It was a crushing result for the Labor Party.
ferocity --- the quality of being violent / strength/ intensity 凶猛程度 u Violence broke out in greater amount and ferocity. He had never heard such ferocity in a man's voice.
maroon --- v. (uau. p.p.) to leave one or more people alone, with no means of getting away. If one is marooned, he is left in a place, which is difficult or impossible to escape from. Five fishermen were marooned on a rock in a gale.
grade -- classify by grades Apples are graded according to size and quality. Poultrymen grade their eggs from small to extra large.
mph -- mile per hour rpm -- revolutions per minute gpm -- gallons per minute fps -- feet per second
spectacular -- very impressive, dramatic, breathtaking 壮观的，引人注目的，激动人心 The man gave a spectacular display of horse riding. He made a spectacular jump from the burning building. Some films present spectacular scenes like battles, processions, storms, races etc,
vantage point(s) point of vantage -- a good position from which you can see a lot of things 1. The TV tower will provide a vantage point from which we can have a bird's eye view of the city. 2. They fired upon the enemy from behind trees, walls and any other point of vantage they could find.
para 19 ~ 20 Two paras were put in to provide further official account to show how strong and forceful the hurricane was. They were convincing.
Dear Lord, give me.... Why no quotation marks? The writer wants to make his account smooth. He purposely omits quotation marks. The action is quickened and smooth.
frustrate -- cause sb to have feelings of annoys and disappointment If sth frustrates you, it makes you feel upset and angry because you are unable to deal with the difficulties and problems it gives you.
frustrate - Giving a child problems he can't solve will only frustrate him. - He was frustrated by his poverty. - The lack of money and facilities depressed and frustrated him. - There must be nothing more frustrating than having a job you don't like.
frustration u. - Without public support our efforts will end in frustration.
a lean-to 1 a building joined to one of the sides of a larger building with which it shares one wall: a cottage with a lean-to garage 2 US a shelter or simple building with a roof that slopes in one direction, which is slept in when camping Here “a lean-to” is a support *1image-12-13*
thrust -- onslaught, attack, push, drive
strew -- spread, cover, scatter - His clothes were strewn all over the room. - The floor is strewn with broken glass. - After the riot, the street was strewn with broken bottles and stones.
festoon -- decorate The garden was festooned with colored lights.
National Guard Each state has its own organization of the National Guard. It is composed of ordinary citizens who may be called to duty at any time. 国民警卫队 *1image-4*
Civil Defense Unit -- 民防队 play much the same role, but are not military in nature *1image-11*
The Salvation Army A world-wide Christian organization founded by William Booth in White Chapel, London in The Salvation Army is concerned with spreading the Christian message and with social reform. Its officers have military titles and members wear uniforms. *1image-5*
Red Cross An international organization concerned with the alleviation of human suffering and the promotion of public health. A red cross on a white background is the symbol.
rake its way -- meta. If raking a surface, you move a rake across it in order to make it smooth and level -- to attack and devastate as it swept along
rampage – If people or animal rampage, they rush about in a wild or violent way, often causing damages or destruction. The elephants are rampaging through the bush. ( hard to control/ mad/ violent / raging)
Seabees -- C.B. members of the construction Battalions of the Civil Engineer corps of the US navy, that build harbor facilities airfields etc 海军工程队 *1image-6,and image-7*
wreckage -- you refer to what remains of a plane, car, building etc, that has been very badly damaged as wreckage
assume/ presume The meaning of these words are quite close assume -- to come to a conclusion on the basis of what is known or felt to be true presume -- to come to a conclusion by supposing / connotes an arrogation (claim) of boldness and of unwarranted inference ( which might well be unjustified)
assume/ presume 1. After talking with you yesterday, I assumed you were going to the party. 2. I saw them together and presumed they had reconciled their differences, but from what you tell me, I know I was wrong. assumption/ presumption
tilt / slant / slope tilt -- action to tilt sth is to incline it at an angle lowering or raising one side slant -- state general word If sth slants, it lies along a line that is neither horizontal nor vertical an oblique placement or position
tilt / slant / slope fig. suggesting a bias toward a particular point of view We call news so slanted propaganda. 我们把这种 倾斜性的新闻称之为宣传。
slope – almost the same as slant, but is most often applied to a lay of land a slanted line a sloping lawn
diminish / minimize diminish -- make smaller less or less important, reduce, shrink - The aspirin tablets will diminish your pain.
diminish / minimize minimize -- reduce to the smallest possible amount, degree, size, belittle - It is always unwise to minimize the horrors of war. - Since I am doing the best I am, you should not try to minimize my efforts. - Minimize is an absolute term and should not be accompanied by adverbs" somewhat", "greatly"
salvage / save / rescue salvage -- save from loss or damage by wrecking, fire etc ~ things ~ a difficult situation
save – if you save someone or sth, you help them to avoid harm or failure or to escape from dangerous or unpleasant situation - An artificial heart could ~ his life. - They prayed for rain to save the village. - She saved him from drowning. - They were trying to save their marriage.
salvage / save / rescue rescue -- if you rescue sb or sth, you take an action to help them get away from a dangerous or harmful situation. * All my attempts to ~ him were in vain. * They decided not to ~ the factory.
destroy, demolish, raze, annihilate, exterminate, extinguish antonyms--- build, create, establish, repair, device These words refer to the complete and usually forcible breaking up or damaging of something so that it is no longer recognizable or effective.
destroy --- a general word with few overtones beyond its emphasis on force and thoroughness. the fire that destroyed several houses on the road
demolish / raze generally applied to big or substantial things, such as buildings or other edifices - A building is demolished if smashed to pieces. - A building is razed if levelled to the ground. Demolish is often used figuratively of the reduction of any complex whole to ruins. to demolish a theory with a few incisive comments.
annihilate --- the most extreme word in this list literally means to reduce to nothing It denotes a severe degree of damage to a thing or person to destroy completely 歼灭， 绝灭
exterminate / extinguish extinguish --- destroy purposefully exterminate --- wipe out or kill in great numbers ~ insects by spraying with DDT extinguish --- put out as a fire, the word is also used metaphorically as a synonym for die, thus implying a comparison between life and a spark or flame His life was finally extinguished by the onset of pneumonia.
rot, decay, moulder, decompose, putrefy, antonyms--- bloom, flourish, grow --- refer to the breakdown of dead organic tissues by natural bacterial processes
rot -- the least formal, the most effective, forceful of these words, suggesting an advanced point in this process of breakdown 损坏过程中最深的一种状态 The tissues at this point might or might not be foul- smelling but they would in any case be almost unrecognizable. The snail has completely rotted away inside its shell.
decay --- a more matter-of-fact word than rot 更为实用 applied generally to the whole process of breakdown, but particularly to the end point of total destruction The corpse had already decayed, leaving only the skeleton intact.
molder -- decay gradually and turn into dust his remains moldering in the tomb
decompose --- more formal substitute for decay clinical word 临床学词汇 change chemically and begin to rot 分解，腐败
putrefy --- stressing particularly the presence of foul or poisonous gases and noxious 有害的 odours Salmon 鲑鱼 that had spawned 产卵 and died and now lay putrefying in the shallows of the stream. spoil --- food (informal) disintegrate -- break into small pieces
Organizational pattern Sect I. para 1-6 introduction – the setting of the story background information time place characters reasons actions
Organizational pattern Sect II para How the family was brought face to face with the hurricane. - How the family was fighting against it and survived. - How many onslaughts did the hurricane make on the Koshaks?
4 onslaughts 1. (p7) on the first floor the house was leaking. They used all kinds of utensils to fight against the water. 2. (p 8-13 ) on the staircase When the sea water reached the house, they retreated to the staircase
4 onslaughts 3. (p 14-21) in the bedroom When the stirs were broken, they retreated to the bedroom. (p 19-20) interposition 1. giving additional information about the devastating force of the hurricane, implying if anyone could survive, it must be a miracle. 2. creating suspense
4 onslaughts 4. (p22-26) in the TV room When the bedroom walls collapsed, they had to retreat to the TV room.
Organizational pattern Sect. III para 27~39 conclusion (a bit too long) the scene after the storm the relief work done by the state the relief work done by the Koshaks
Organizational pattern The most important part is the last para. "I realize we lost nothing important".
Organizational pattern --- What 's the purpose behind the story by giving us a reflection from grandmother? Human beings are more important than anything else in the world. ( the material things)
Language features 1. the effective use of verbs The effective use of verbs is the only way to focus on action, esp. one syllable verbs, because one syllable verbs save time. lash, lap, skim, scud, yell, dump, shot, snap, hit, whip
Language features 2. short elliptical sentences a) increase the tempo of action b) create the atmosphere of tension, danger and urgency
Language features 3. successful achievement of chronological development Chronological development is achieved by : connectors --- so, then, but. transitional phrases -- seconds later, after that, for an instant, by this time, etc
Language features 4. the words with [æ] which vividly describe the violence of the hurricane. [æ] --- quick, unpleasant effect lash, crack, snap, slashing, smash, shatter, rampage, collapse, lap
Exercise II. 1. There are two reasons. One is John Koshak is a self-employed businessman and his business is right at home. If he abandoned his home, his business would be ruined. The other reason is that his house is in a better condition than his former one, which is 250 yards away from the sea.
Exercise II. 2. “Magna Products” is the name of his company. 3. Because salty water was sea water. It showed that the sea water had reached the house. they were in real trouble for they might be washed into the sea by the tidal wave.
Exercise II 4. She feared death would soon come, and she wanted to remind her husband of her undying love. This would help to encourage each other and make them feel better to face the death. 5. Because he had not been cautious enough to move the family away from the danger zone before the storm arrived.
Exercise II 6. In order to get their minds off the storm and make them feel less afraid. 7. John was trying his best to comfort and encourage his wife, for he also felt they were going to die.
Exercise III 1. Background and historical facts about the Koshak family and Hurricane are woven into the narrative of the story. The first six paras give us the framework we need for the beginning of the storm in para 7.
Exercise III 2. The focus is mainly on action. We learn very little, except snatches, about the characters, and the main theme ( the importance of love and life over all else) is the direct result on the action.
Exercise III 3. John Koshak. 4. Nature, the storm 5. He builds up the suspense a) by the careful explanatory introduction and gradual description of the onset of the storm. b) by relating a series of near tragic misshapes that gradually lessen the family's chances of survival, c) by inserting at an exciting moment facts about the power of the hurricane.
Exercise III 6. the story moves chronologically. 7. At the end of prar 26, just before the storm begins to subside. 8. One might have ended it after para 28. Personally I like it as it is, but there are many possible answers to this question. 9. Yes, it states the theme of the story.
Exercise IV Paraphrase 1. We're 25 feet above the sea level. 2. Our house was built in 1915 and has not been damaged by a hurricane. 3. We can strengthen the house and remain inside during the storm, and survive.
Paraphrase 4. Water had caused the generator to stop, and that had made the lights go out. 5. Everyone should run out through the back door as quickly as possible and get into the car.
Paraphrase 6. Water had gotten into the electrical system, and it was no longer working. 7. As he watched the water hit against the steps of the house, John felt guilty for his decision.
Paraphrase 8. Please God, save us from this awful storm. 9. She sang by herself for a short while and then gradually stopped. 10. Janis had only one reaction to the storm after it was over.