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1 Ambition

2 1.Paraphrase and translate the following quotations on ambition. 1) All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. ---Joseph Conard 所有的雄心壮志都是正当的,除了那些建立在人类 苦难和轻信之上的野心。

3  2 ) Every man believes that he has a greater possibility.  --- Ralph Waldo Emerson  每个人都相信自己有更大的潜能。  3 ) First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.  --- Epictetus  首先对自己说你想成为什么样的人,然后 做你必须得做的事。

4  4 ) Who begins too much accomplishes little.  --- German proverb  开始期望太高,最后成功很少。  开始时贪多,往往一事无成。  5 ) Always to be the best. ---Greek motto  永远争取第一。  6 ) Ambition, the soldier’s virtue.  ---- William Shakespeare  雄心壮志是士兵的美德。

5 2.Listen to the song and fill in the blanks. Keys: (line1) than a snail (line4) a hammer than a nail (line6) If I only could, I surely would. (line8) here and gone (line9) tied up to the ground (line10) its saddest sound (line12) be a forest than a street (line15) the earth beneath my feet

6 Discuss 1.What do “snail”, “nail”, “swan”, “forest”, and “street” symbolize respectively? 2.What would you like to be if yo could? Why?

7  1. A “snail” symbolizes something confined to the earth, just the opposite of a “sparrow” which can fly freely in the sky.  A “ nail” symbolizes something passive, just the opposite of a “hammer” which is a tool for action.  A “swan” symbolizes man’s greatest dream, something graceful and free from earthly constaints.  A “ forest ” symbolizes nature.  A “street” symbolizes something man- made.

8 3. How ambitious you are? Step1. Do the questionaire on page291 to find out how ambitious you are. Step2. Talk with your group members and report to the whole class the results of your group.

9 The Tortoise and the Hare

10  The Tortoise and the Hare is a fable attributed to Aesop. The story concerns a hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise. In response, the tortoise challenges his swift mocker to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise far behind and, confident of winning, he decides to take a nap midway through the course. When he awakes, however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has already won the race.fableAesop haretortoise

11 4. Read the poem “ The tortoise and the hare”(Page326) and discuss in groups what moral we can learn from it.

12  The moral is that eveyone has his or her strong points and weak points. It is unadvisable to compete against others in one’s most infavorable aspect and become upset when losing. One’s ambition should be realistic; otherwise, it will become a mere fantasy.

13 Discuss  1) If the tortoise was still not disheatened and wanted to win the race, what suggestions would you give him? Or was he just hopelessly outclassed?  2 ) Do yo always want to win? What would you do if you found yourself in a very unfavorable position?

14 5. Enjoy the song “ Whatever will be, will be” and give a description of your ideal future spouse.

15  When I was just a little girl I asked my mother what will I be Will I be pretty, will I be rich Here's what she said to me Que sera, sera Whatever will be, will be The future's not ours to see Que sera, sera What will be, will be When I grew up and fell in love I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead Will we have rainbows day after day Here's what my sweetheart said Que sera, sera Whatever will be, will be The future's not ours to see Que sera, sera What will be, will be Now I have children of my own They asked their mother what will I be Will I be handsome, will I be rich I tell them tenderly Que sera, sera Whatever will be, will be The future's not ours to see Que sera, sera What will be, will be Que sera, sera

16 In-class reading 1)What do you think of “ambitious people”? 2) Do you like ambitious people?

17 Reading comprehension  Read the passage and finish the outline according to the instructions provided in exercise 1 on page300.

18 Language points  1. I like such people, not because I am desperate to be buddies with a future Secretary of State…L.19  a. (pred.) in great need, ~for sth /to do sth  They are ~ for money.  b. (attrib.) extremely serious or dangerous,  a ~ situation, shortage, illness  c. (attrib.) willing to do anything and not caring about danger 孤注一掷  a ~remedy, measure

19 2. I liked ambitions that suggest that the world could open up at any time,…The next book could hit it big. L27  open up  If opportunities open up, or new situation opens them up, they become available or possible.  E.g. When I learned Spanish a whole new culture weas opened up to me.  hit it big  Become greatly successful or famous

20 3.There were a number of other early ambitions that didn’t pan out either. L.40  pan out  develop in a particular way or be successful  It depends how things pan out.

21 4.The world is full of measuring tapes, books and articles to tell…what you do. L45  世界上充斥着衡量人生成功与否的各类磁 带,书籍和文章, 他们告诉你经过多少多 少年的努力, 在目前这个年龄你应该达到 怎样的目标。

22 5.The world is full of people so ambitious, so consumed by drive and overdrive that nothing…at all. L.62  这个世界也充满了这样一些人:他们雄心勃 勃,完全受欲望驱使,以至于在他们通往成 功的路上,其他食物一概毫无价值。

23 6.On the other hand, people who completely abrogate their ambition arent all fun and games either.L91  Abrogate: officially get rid of  fun and games: enjoyable  E.g. Being an actor isn’t all fun and games.

24 Enriching your word power (Page324)  Keys:  1-5 A A B C C  6-10 B B A C A  B B B C C  C B A B B

25 Fast Reading  Read passage1 on page 304 in 15 minutes and finish the multiple choices on page313.


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