Published on January 17, 2008
My Personal Manager Margaret Goff Clark: My Personal Manager Margaret Goff Clark Slide2: Background Warming-up questions Text appreciation Language understanding Group activities Background : Background Margaret Goff Clark is a productive author. She wrote stories about teenagers. Different themes: mysteries, science fiction, human relationship and wild animals. Theme one: mysteries : Theme one: mysteries Who Stole Kathy Young? It is about two girls who are cousins named Meg and Kathy. Meg and Kathy both live in Texas. The story is set in summer and Meg and Kathy always the tourists that come for vacation. They saw two tourists that seemed a bit weird to them but didn't really think anything of it until they began to follow them. Next Meg sees Kathy a little further down he road being shoved into a van. Meg automatically thinks it must be those two tourists that they had seen earlier. Police search parties are sent out searching for Kathy but they can't find her. Meg decides that just waiting isn't helping so she starts to search for Kathy herself with a boy named Julian. While all of this searching for Kathy is going on, Kathy herself is trying to escape. Theme two: science fiction : Theme two: science fiction Barney and UFO Barney on Mars Theme three: human relationship : Theme three: human relationship This book is a historical fiction about a family helping slaves escape to Canada. Theme four: wild animals : Theme four: wild animals The Endangered Florida Panther There is a good mix of high-interest anecdotes about the panther and the people who study and safeguard it, and of facts and photos that present basic information about the species and its ecological role. Habits and habitat are briefly discussed; history focuses on the panther's endangered status and the efforts to protect it. The Threatened Florida Black Bear: The Threatened Florida Black Bear In this companion book to The Endangered Florida Panther (1993) and The Vanishing Manatee (1990, both Cobblehill), Clark gives basic historical and scientific facts interspersed with eyewitness accounts of the wildlife biologists who study and protect the animals. It is these anecdotes that create a sense of excitement and convey the tragedy of habitat loss that puts various species at risk worldwide. Full-color photographs provide information and a feeling of immediacy and awe. Solidly on the side of wildlife conservation, Clark presents a balanced picture of the bear's relationship with the environment and with humans, discussing conflicts and compromise. Warming-up questions : Warming-up questions What is your favorite book and who is your favorite character in juvenile literature? What does a good story usually contain? In this text, Why doesn’t the story directly begin from the first day I meet Carlos? Text appreciation : Text appreciation In-class discussion What troubles the hero and heroine in the story? What will it usually result in? How do they deal with it? If you were Karen, what would you do? And if you were Carlos? What would you do to help Karen? Do you have the similar problems? What is your way to resolve them? Text appreciation : Text appreciation Development of story: Part I (para.1): suspense of the story Part II (para. 2-par.6): the first day I met Carlos. Part III (para.7-para.8): Carlos became my personal manager. Part IV. (para.9-end): the success of us. Language understanding : Language understanding annoy, irritate, bother annoy refers to mild disturbance caused by an act that tries one's patience 使烦恼、懊恼 irritate is closely related but somewhat stronger比 annoy 更为强烈, 着重指一种暂时或短期的“恼怒;激怒” bother implies troublesome imposition:指不停地“扰乱”、“麻烦”, 使人不能安宁, 而产生烦恼的心理。 Language understanding : Language understanding 1.Hasn't he ______them enough with his phone calls? 2. I was ______ by his bad manners. 3. Your interruptions only serve to _____the entire staff. 4. Pardon me for _______ you with such a small matter. Language understanding : Language understanding The fisherman cast his net into the sea. She cast an eye in his direction. It cast a new light on the problem. He seemed to be cast down. He cast his vote against the new tax law. stake everything on the single cast of a dice 孤注一掷 This is a play with an all-star cast. knee : knee beat sb. to his knees/bring sb. to his knees ( force sb. to submit) bend one's knee before /to sb. The water was knee-deep. The grass was knee-high. under- : under- Beneath or below in position: underground, undergarments, undercurrent Inferior or subordinate in rank or importance: undergraduate, undersecretary Less in degree, rate, or quantity than normal or proper: undersized, underdeveloped, underpaid, underdone, undernourished plead : plead vi. to ask earnestly; beg:恳求；乞求 The boy pleaded for mercy. She pleaded with the officer not to give her a ticket. vi. to put forward a plea of a specific nature in court, claim抗 辩；答辩 He pleaded not guilty.（不服罪） vt. to assert as defense or excuse; claim as a plea以为…托词 She pleaded ignorance of the law. (声称不知）\illness vt. argue earnestly in favor of: 为…答辩 plead political prisoners know better than to do:: know better than to do: be wise enough not to do She is old enough to know better than to spend all her money on clothes. I know better than to lend him any money. He ran away from school. He ought to have known better. Language understanding : Language understanding be through (with) Are you through with your work? I am through talking to her. worth for all one is worth for what it is worth get one's money's worth We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. （proverb) laugh : laugh laughing-stock 笑柄 no laughing matter 不是小事 laugh off an embarrassing situation一笑置之 laugh in one’s face 公开嘲笑 laugh in one's sleeve 幸灾乐祸偷偷地欣喜或高兴 He laughs best who laughs last. Language understanding : Language understanding laugh, smile, grin, chuckle, sneer, giggle grin: smile broadly showing the teeth 露赤而笑 chuckle：to laugh quietly or to oneself 抿嘴轻笑 sneer：to assume a scornful, contemptuous facial expression 冷笑；讥笑 giggle: to laugh with repeated short sounds 咯咯地笑 Language understanding: Language understanding At that moment, everybody began to laugh and sing. He grinned from ear to ear. He was chuckling to himself over what he was reading. The inn-keeper smiled and immediately went out. James sneered at my old bicycle. He has a new one. The funny man amused the girls, so they giggled. Language understanding : Language understanding make the best of a bad job 善处逆境 to the best of one's ability be in one’s Sunday best [clothes] hope for the best to the best of my knowledge:as far as I know come back to earth : come back to earth like nothing on earth 非常罕见的 bring sb. back [down] to earth 使某人从 幻想中清醒过来 down to earth 实际的, 不加渲染的 let loose : let loose at /in the (very) loose在最后一刻[瞬间 break /get loose挣脱; 爆发; give (a) loose 发泄 on the loose放纵 Language understanding : Language understanding brain brain wave beat one’s brains 费劲思考 have something on the brain 老想着某事 rack one’s brains 绞尽脑汁 Group activities : Group activities Group discussion How do you think Karen will choose between Reed Harrington and Carlos as her boyfriend according to story? Why do you think so? If you were Karen, which one would you choose? Dramatize the story. Writing : Writing Write a story. Pay attention to the plot and dialogue.