Group discussion Practise your oral English: Tell your partner what you know about WTC and the 9.11 attack. Group discussion
Height: 1,368 and 1,362 feet (417 and 415 meters)Height: 1,368 and 1,362 feet (417 and 415 meters) The World Trade Center is more than its signature twin towers: it is a complex of seven buildings. The towers rise at the heart of the complex.The World Trade Center is more than its signature twin towers: it is a complex of seven buildings. The towers rise at the heart of the complex. Group discussion
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m., WTC One, the north tower, was hit by a hijacked 767 commercial jet plane, loaded with fuel for a transcontinental flight. WTC Two, the south tower, was hit by a similar hijacked jet at 9:03 am. Both suffered a complete structural collapse.On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m., WTC One, the north tower, was hit by a hijacked 767 commercial jet plane, loaded with fuel for a transcontinental flight. WTC Two, the south tower, was hit by a similar hijacked jet at 9:03 am. Both suffered a complete structural collapse. Group discussion
The text describes a particular episode in the disaster that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York in praise of the courage and compassion of man. I. Text analysis Text analysis Structural analysis Cultural background
II. Structural analysis — — Paragraphs 2 – 9to describe the initial reaction of people inside the WTC when the building was hit Paragraph 1to tell the common people’s perception about the WTC —Paragraphs 10 – 30to describe how the three people (Mayblum, Ramos and Hong) endeavored to save a heavyset man with their joint efforts. —Paragraphs 31 – 34to describe the gathering of some of the survivors and the victims’ wives Text analysis Structural analysis Cultural background
III. Cultural background Background information (3) Statement by the President Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices. Secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers. Moms and dads. Friends and neighbors. Text analysis Structural analysis Cultural background
Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. Text analysis Structural analysis Cultural background
These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation Text analysis Structural analysis Cultural background
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. Text analysis Structural analysis Cultural background
America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Text analysis Structural analysis Cultural background
This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world. Thank you. Good night and God bless America.' Text analysis Structural analysis Cultural background
Part 1 What rhetorical device is employed in the title "We've Been Hit"? ( ) With the building in flames, one man needed help. Another man refused to leave him. Great! Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Words lash: to hit violently or suddenly E.g. The Waves lashed (against) the rocks. v => n The lash of conscience The lash of public opinion compelled him to resign. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
scoff: to laugh at E.g. scoff at difficulties. You are not supposed to scoff at others' religion. v => n He was the scoff of the town. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
sway: to move or swing from side to side E.g. Branches sway gently in the wind. Nothing could sway him from his decision. v => n The shape of the building helps to reduce the speed of the sway. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Part 2 devastating: completely destructive E.g. The city was flattened by the devastating earthquake. The financial crisis that swept America has been devastating, and has sent waves across the globe. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
C Compare careen with sway in para 1. Usually the strawstrings swayed slightly, but this time they were careening wildly, so something quite unusual happened. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Part 3 Analyze Mayblum would be one of thousands cast into an extraordinary purgatory that morning. Purgatory is the condition or process of purification in which the souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for heaven. It is used, in a non-specific sense, to mean any place or condition of suffering or torment, especially one that is temporary. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Everyone rejoices in the delights of this paradise, but I feel as if I am visiting purgatory. A beautiful woman is paradise for the eyes,hell for the soul,and purgatory for the purse. --Nicholas Chamfort Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
dilemma: a situation in which one has to make a difficult choice This is the industrialist’s dilemma: invest, and risk going bankrupt, or not invest and risk losing his share of the market. Do you see a way out of this dilemma? Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Paras 10-30 tell how the three people endeavored to help a heavyset man with their joint efforts. figure of speech in “heavyset”： euphemism Also we have weight watcher For fat people Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Euphemism an inoffensive word or phrase substituted for one considered offensive or hurtful, esp. one concerned with religion, sex, or death. Examples: to fall asleep; to cease thinking; to pass away; to go to heaven; to leave us for to die Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
senior citizens For old people a slow learner/an under achiever For a stupid pupil emotionally disturbed For mad washroom, men's / women's room For lavatory low income brackets; underprivileged; disadvantaged For poor people Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
People's Feelings and Response I hope everyone is holding up in these disturbing, confusing times. September 11th's events still weigh heavy on my heart, though not nearly as heavy as one's directly affected by these tragic acts. I am alive. My family is alive. My friends are alive. Alive to witness the aftermath of terrorist attacks. Role play People’s life changed
After browsing the news articles, along with all the unbelievable photos, I had been brought to tears a number of times. I felt compelled to do something. So, I did what artists do with their emotions and energy: create. I spent 3 days in front of my computer screen putting together a tribute to the victims of September 11. Role play People’s life changed
My intention is that this tribute might express a feeling that so many of us are coping with right now, be a release for sorrow, and most importantly, offer hope in this time of need. Role play People’s life changed
It is true that we are not alone in this world. It is true that one person can make a difference; for evil or good. When the crying is over, action will be needed. I pray our actions would make a difference for good. Role play People’s life changed
People's Life Changed People's Life Changed Has it been a year already? It's hard to believe. So much has changed in my life this last year. I moved from Southern California to Northern California (Grass Valley) in November, and again to Seattle, WA last month. Role play People’s life changed
My stay in Grass Valley consisted of spending time with my family, catching up with old friends, discovering new friendships, starting my own design business, playing some concerts, and recording an album. And now I'm in Seattle attending Cornish College of the Arts' Design program, to further my artistic education. I can't wait to see what surprises are in store for the coming year. Role play People’s life changed
This optimism and appreciation of life is a far cry from the emotions that I was dealing with last September. The dust clouds of confusion and darkness in New York seemed to cover the entire world. Role play People’s life changed
But for everyone that survived that day of tragedy, life went on. And it continues to go on. So I have chosen to embrace life and enjoy every day I'm given. I thank God every night for allowing me to inhabit this earth for another day. Role play People’s life changed
Creating this Tribute was a necessary step in my healing process. I'm glad that I was able to share it with so many others, and offer a helping hand out of that dingy fog of sorrow. To the thousands who have contacted me by email, thank you. Your words have meant so much to me, and have been an amazing reminder that, no matter how it may seem at times, no one is truly alone in this world. Role play People’s life changed
Group 1: A. sway B. swing C. bend D. tremble E. stiffen Sway means to move slowly from side to side. The trees were swaying in the wind. Swing means to move easily and without interruption backwards and forwards or from one side to the other, especially from a fixed point, or to cause something or someone to do this. He walked briskly along the path swinging his rolled-up umbrella.
Bend means to (cause to) curve. I bent down and picked up the coins lying on the road. Tremble means to shake slightly, usually because you are cold, frightened, or very emotional. When he came out of the water, he was trembling with cold. Stiffen means to become firm or more difficult to bend. His body stiffened in fear.
Group 2: A. rumble B. rumor C. noise D. voice Rumble means to make a continuous low sound. Please excuse my stomach rumbling — I haven’t eaten all day. Rumor means an unofficial interesting story or piece of news that might be true or invented, which quickly spreads from person to person. Rumors are going round (the school) about Mr. Mason and his assistant.
Noise means (a) sound, especially when it is unwanted, unpleasant or loud. The noise out in the street was deafening. Voice means the sounds that are made when people speak or sing. She has a loud/quiet/soft voice.
Group 3: A. sign B. symbol C. gesture D. indication E. signal Sign means a movement of the body which gives information or an instruction. She made/gave a sign to her husband to stop talking. Symbol means a sign, shape or object which is used to represent something else. A heart shape is a symbol of love.
Gesture means a movement of the hands, arms or head, etc. to express an idea or feeling. The prisoner raised his fist in a gesture of defiance as he was led out of the courtroom. Indication means something that serves to indicate; a sign.
Helen’s face gave no indication of what she was thinking. Signal means an action, movement or sound which gives information, message, warning or order. When she gave (them) the signal, they all cheered.
Group 4: A. persuade into B. cheat into C. talk into D. make into E. mislead into Persuade (sb) into means to win someone over, as by reasons, advice, urging, or personal forcefulness. Nothing can persuade her to change her mind once it is made up.
Cheat (sb) into means to deceive by trickery. She was cheated into giving up inheritance by her cousin. Talk (sb) into means to persuade someone to do something. He’s against the idea, but I think I can talk him into it. Make (sth) into means to change something into something else.
They’ve made the spare room into an office. Mislead into means to lead in the wrong direction. Don’t let his friendly manner mislead you into trusting him. Mislead into means to lead in the wrong direction. Don’t let his friendly manner mislead you into trusting him.
Group 5: A. gasp B. burst C. hush D. outbreak Gasp means a short convulsive intake or catching of the breath. I came out of the water and gasped for breath. Burst means a sudden outbreak or outburst; an explosion. a burst of laughter
Hush means a sudden calm silence. There was a deathly hush after she made the announcement. Outbreak means a sudden beginning of something, especially of a disease or something else dangerous or unpleasant. an outbreak of cholera/food poisoning/rioting/war