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1 Blueprint for Success Lesson Thirteen ( Book Two )

2 Teaching Plan Introduction to the textIntroduction to the text –Millard Fuller –Habitat for Humanity International Detailed discussion of the textDetailed discussion of the text –Structure of the text –Language points –Supplementary information

3 Introduction to the Text   This is a true story of a real person --- an American philanthropist, Millard Fuller who gave away his fortune for a dream to help poor people.   Millard Fuller devoted his life to building houses for the poor and needy.

4 the founder of Habitat for Humanity International an organization (staffed by volunteers) that was created to help those in need purchase a home of their own Millard Fuller ( 1935- )

5 Millard Fuller   the founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit organization known globally for building adequate housing for those in need.   His 29-year leadership forged Habitat into a worldwide Christian housing ministry building 200,000 homes with projects in 100 countries.

6 人类家园国际组织 (Habitat for Humanity International) 是一个独立的、非赢利的,致力于在全世界范围 内消除贫困房的组织,该组织与合作伙伴和社区携 手,为低收入家庭提供简洁、体面和经济的住房,营 造和谐社区。

7 人类家园国际组织 人类家园于 1976 年成立于美国乔治亚州。 最初的建房理念是 “ 合作建房 ” ,即房主们与来自世界各地 的志愿者共同建房,共同发展社区。 1984 年,人类家园 最著名的志愿者,美国前总统吉米 卡特 和他的妻子开始 了他们在人类家园的第一次建房活动。卡特夫妇的加入, 鼓舞了数以万计的志愿者投身人类家园项目中,极大的推 动了人类家园项目的开展。 人类家园于 2002 年进驻中国,并在云南省昆明市成立国 家办公室。

8 Millard Fuller studies house plans with a man in Zaire, circa 1974.

9 Millard and Linda Fuller


11 Millard Fuller   Millard Fuller was a millionaire by the age of 29, and has experienced the "American Dream."   But more importantly, he has made it his life's work to pass that dream on, especially through his work with Habitat for Humanity International.

12 American Dream   The American Dream is a subjective term usually implying a successful and satisfying life.   The term is used by many modern Americans to represent success in life as a result of hard work.

13 American Dream   This term usually implies financial security and material comfort, but can also imply a dream of fame, exceeding social, ethnic, or class boundaries, or simply living a fulfilling life.

14 Question   Then why was it that Millard Fuller decided to give away all the money he had earned and start a house-building project for the poor ?

15 A Life Changed by God   From humble beginnings in Alabama, Millard Fuller rose to become a young, self-made millionaire.

16   A graduate of Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and the University of Alabama Law School at Tuscaloosa, Ala., he and a college friend began a marketing firm while still in school. Fuller's business expertise and entrepreneurial drive made him a millionaire at the age of 29.

17   But as the business prospered, his health, integrity and marriage suffered.   These crises prompted Fuller to re-examine his values and direction. This soul- searching led to reconciliation with his wife and to a renewal of his Christian commitment.

18 People like Millard Fuller can be found in any society or culture. But in the United States, they are often influenced by the religious tradition. Millard Fuller had a very good minister friend, and it was obviously from this minister that he first got the inspiration.

19 Christians are told that the wealth they have is put in their hands by God in their trust, and they should give it back to God through donations and charities. Anyone who dies rich dies in shame.

20 The Fullers then took a drastic step, a "leap of faith" : They sold all of their possessions, gave the money to the poor and began searching for a new focus for their lives. This search led them to a Christian community located near Americus, Ga., where people were looking for practical ways to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ.

21   Millard went through a dramatic change in his life   We all know how difficult it is to resist the temptation of money. And to give away money you already have is even more difficult. But Millard did it.

22   Millard did it because he suddenly discovered that money actually stood between him and his wife.   It had not brought happiness to his life. It had not brought any meaning.

23   He found that his speedboats and Lincoln Continental didn’t please his wife. His wife was happiest when they started working as a team.   As for him he was happiest when he began to live for others.

24 Questions   What constitutes true happiness? What would be a meaningful life?

25 Memorable Quotes   Unless the heart is full, even a rich man is poor. --- Mark 12:30 NIV Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. --- James Barrie

26 Structure of the text   Part 1 (para. 1 ---3) Even as a child, Millard Fuller had a knack in making money. By age 29, he became/was almost a millionaire --- a very wealthy businessman with promising future. For him, life was full.

27 Part 2 (para. 4 ---13)   At the height of his career, Fuller was shocked to find that he almost ruined his life by only devoting all his time to work while neglecting his wife and his health.   He made his mind to change and lead a different kind of life with his wife.

28 Part 3 (para 14 ---32)   Millard Fuller and his wife worked as a team for his project “ Habitat for Humanity”, building housing for those in need. Life for Fuller was really full then.

29 Language Points   whiz (AmE), whizz (BrE) : a person with amazing skill or accomplishment whiz kid --- a person who is very successful at an early age, esp. in business, usu. because of great natural skill and cleverness

30 … netting enough to …   … making a net profit enough to …   net vt. to gain as a profit e.g. The sale netted a fat profit for the company. It netted us a large profit. net adj. net profit / net weight compare “gross”

31   pay one’s way through Auburn University = to pay for everything without having to depend on anyone else until one finished studies at Auburn University

32   shares / stocks in three cattle ranches securities (证券) securities / stock market stock / bill broker (证券经纪人) Securities Regulatory Commission (证监会) bonds (债券)

33 as if a weight were pressing … Note: Normally uncountable nouns (material n., abstract n., even proper n.) can be used as countable nouns. in certain circumstances. e.g. 1. Everybody agreed that their defeat was a certain. 2. About the future of the Middle East, I think there are two possibilities. 3. We would like to have two beers, one coke, and three teas.

34 A planned life can only be endured.   Why would people say that “A planned life can only be endured”? Perhaps they feel that a planned life offers no excitement, no drama, no romance. A planned life is a life that has already fallen into a rut.

35   Whatever comes next, she thought, we’ll face it together. It’s a view shared by many people that the best time of married life is the time when husband and wife can stand shoulder to shoulder, fight the same difficulties, defy the same challenges, and struggle for the same goal, rather than live in comfort together.

36   … but he still yearned for a mission that would summon all his energy and idealism. = … but he still longed to find something important to do which would require all his energy and would realize his noble dream ( his dream to help others)

37 … and sell them at cost.   … and sell them only for enough money to cover the cost.   … and sell them cheaply without trying to make any profit.

38 … to tap a reservoir of good will   tap vt. to use   a reservoir of = a large amount of sth that has not yet been used   good will: kind feelings towards people and a willingness to be helpful

39  The buyers would make a minimal down payment and monthly interest-free mortgage payments that would go back into the fund for more houses. = The buyers would only pay a very small part of the cost when they bought their houses and pay the rest every month without interest. The money they pay would then be invested for more houses.

40   I was looking for a way to measure myself in terms other than money. = I was looking for a way to find out the meaning of my life or to judge my value from other angles, not from the monetary point of view.

41   “It’s worse than that,” Millard says cheerfully. “They paid to come.” = This is a humorous reply. Millard meant to say just the opposite: “It’s better than that.” They paid (instead of being paid) in order that they would be allowed to come.

42 Supplementary information

43 the commercial and business heart of New York City, is about 12 miles long by 3 miles wide Manhattan Island

44   This large metropolitan area is vaguely divided into a number of different districts or communities. Each one has a different character or atmosphere. Here are brief descriptions of some major Manhattan neighborhoods.

45 Wall street   A street in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange is located;   A symbol of American finance


47 United Nations Headquarters   United Nations headquarters in New York City, viewed from the East River.

48 Interior of the General Assembly

49 the Security Council chambers

50 Museum of Modern Art

51 New York State Theater

52 Empire State Building Empire State Building was the world's tallest building from 1931 to 1972.

53 Harlem  a neighbourhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, long known as a major black cultural and business center.

54 Harlem The Apollo Theater on 125th Street; the Hotel Theresa is visible in the background. Harlem is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, long known as a major black cultural and business center. After being associated for much of the twentieth century with black culture, but also crime and poverty, it is now experiencing a social and economic renaissance. It is the tradition home of a large Afro- American community and contains the famous Apollo Theater. Harlem

55 Thank you.

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