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Lesson One Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Foreign Languages and Literature Pu Dong-mei Text A Thinking as a Hobby
Contents 1. Teaching Objectives 2. In-class Discussion 3. Background information: 1) about the author 2) about the text 4. Language points 5. Text analysis: 1) theme; 2) structure 6. Writing devices: exposition with sense of humor
Teaching Objectives 1. Introduction to the theme: three grades of thinking and their features 2. Introduction to the statues: Venus and Rodin’s thinker 3. Comprehension of the whole text
Venus Venus of Milo Venus de Milo (about 150—100 BC) is considered by many art historians to be the ideal of Hellenistic beauty. It was carved out of marble and stands approximately 205 cm (6 ft 10 in) high.
Rodin’s Thinker The Thinker is a bronze and marble sculpture by Auguste Rodin, whose first cast ( 铸塑 ), of 1902, is now in the Musée Rodin in Paris; there are some twenty other original castings as well as various other versions, studies, and posthumous ( 死后出版的 ) castings. It depicts a man in sober meditation battling with a powerful internal struggle. It is often used to represent philosophy.Musée Rodin
About the author William Golding (1911-1993), a British writer who won the Noble Prize for Literature in 1983, and who is known especially for his novel Lord of the Flies. Golding was born in Cornwall and educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before WWII, he worked as a writer, actor, and producer with small theatre companies and as a teacher. During the war he served in the Royal Navy in command of a rocket ship. He returned to writing and teaching after the war.
About the author cont’d Lord of the Flies did not appear until 1954 when it was an immediate success. The intrinsic cruelty of man is at the heart of many of Golding’s novels. He often presents isolated individuals or small groups in extreme situations dealing with man in his basic condition stripped of trappings, creating the quality of a fable. His novels are remarkable for their strikingly varied settings. He won Noble Prize in literature because his works“ 具有清晰的现实主义 叙述技巧以及虚构故事的多样性与普遍性，阐述了今日世界人类的状况 ” 获 1983 年诺贝尔文学奖。
William Golding’s main works Poems (1934) Lord of the Flies (1954) The Inheritors (1955) Pincher Martin (1956) Free Fall (1959) The Spire (1964) Darkness Visible (1979) The Trilogy Rites of Passage (1980, Booker Prize) Close Quarters (1987) Fire Down Below (1989), republished under the general title To The Ends of the Earth
About the text The author concludes that there were three grades of thinking. The subject of thinking was first brought up to the author by his headmaster, in whose study he was shown the statuettes of Venus, leopard and the Thinker, which stands for love, nature and pure thought respectively. The author was demanded to learn thinking there.
Theme Thinking is not just for professional thinkers like philosophers. It is something all educated people should enjoy doing, and it is considered one of the most precious qualities in young scholars for the healthy mental development.
The summary of the characteristics of the three grades of thinking People like Mr. Houghten provided the author the image of grade- three thinking, which is often full of unconscious prejudice, ignorance and hypocrisy. The grade-two thinker tends to find the deficiencies of the others, and may enjoy moments of delight, but it does not make for personal security. The grade-one thinking demands people not only ask what truth is but also set out to find and get it. Though grade-one thinkers were few, the author aspired to become one of them and devised a coherent moral and logical system for living. The author stood to lose a great deal for his determination, but finally he dropped his hobby and turned professional in that.
Structure Part 1 (Paras. 1-24 ):How the subject of thinking was first brought up to the author and his understanding of the nature of “grade-three thinking” Part 2 (Paras. 25-29):The author’s analysis of the nature of “grade-two thinking” Part 3 (Paras. 30-35):The author’s understanding of the “grade-one thinking” and his desire for it
Comprehension Q 1. How are the three statuettes described by the boy and what do they symbolize? 2. What effect do the boy’s descriptions have? 3. How did the author describe the following figures to demonstrate his analyses of different grades of thinking? 4. How did the author describe the following figures to demonstrate his analyses of different grades of thinking?
Translation on Page 18 1)I knew I could expect my brother to stand by me whatever happened. 2)As a general rule, young people tend to be more interested in the present and the future. 3)Both sides will stand to lose of they do not compromise. 4)It is our hope to make all the courses and teaching materials integrated. 5)The Chinese written language has been a major factor for integrating our nation.
Translation on Page 18 6) In traditional Chinese art, the bamboo often stands for moral integrity and uprightness. 7) The great majority of the people stand for further reform. 8) Queen Elizabeth the First ruled England for 45 years, and the country prospered under her rule. 9) The truth is always in the hands of a small minority at first. That’s the rule. 10) Democracy means that the majority rules, but the minority’s right to disagree is also respected. These two basic rules are of equal importance.
Translation on Page 18 11) A nation cannot be strong unless it is well-integrated economically, politically and culturally as well as geographically. 12) The party was boring, so she slipped out of the room and went home. 13) The road was muddy. He slipped and fell into the river. 14) One day I was drowning my sorrows in a restaurant because I was broke when he came and slipped a roll of money into my hand. 15) The Court of Florida ruled that it was necessary to recount the votes.
Translation on Page 18 16) The idea that the sun moves round the earth ruled ancient scholars for more than a thousand years. 17) These hutongs are an integral part of old Beijing. 18) Days slipped by and I still had not made much progress. 19) He weighted every word carefully lest he should make a mistake. 20) Her health was such that she would not go out in the sun even in winter lest she get sunstroke.
Translation on Page 26 1)You can force a student to attend classes, but you cannot force him to think. 2)The study of literature can help you to understand not only other people but also yourself. 3)You can improve your writing by reading safe models and by practicing writing. 4)In the Middle Ages, people believed that the earth was flat and that it was the center of the universe. 5)I can afford neither the time nor the money to play golf with those big cheeses.
Translation on Page 26 6) Xiao Jin could not decide whether to apply for graduate studies right after college or to get a job first. 7) Love cures people—both those who give it and those who receive it. 8) Excellent firms don’t believe in perfection, only in constant improvement and constant change. 9) Many things cannot be learned in the classroom, such as planning one’s time, working on one’s won and managing one’s won affairs. 10) In the past ten years people, especially old people, have been concerned more about their health than about their income.
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