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Title: Unit 12 Christmas Lost and Found


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Unit 12Christmas Lost and Found
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Contents
  • Pre-reading questions
  • Background information
  • Structure analysis
  • Comprehension questions
  • Language points of Text I
  • Exercises

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Text I Christmas Lost and Found
  • Pre-reading questions

1. Compare Chinese spring festival and Christmas
season.
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  • Dragon dancing welcomes Chinese New Year

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Words and Expressions
  • ??
  • The Spring Festival
  • ??
  • lunar calendar
  • ??
  • lunar January the first month by lunar calendar
  • ??
  • New Years Eve
  • ???
  • The Lantern Festival
  • ??
  • Spring Festival couplets
  • ??
  • paper-cuts
  • ??
  • New Year paintings

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  • ???
  • do Spring Festival shopping
  • ??
  • propose a toast ??
  • fireworks ??
  • firecrackers ??
  • red packets
  • ??/?
  • lion/dragon dance ??
  • traditional opera ??
  • variety show
  • ??
  • pay New Year's call give New Year's greetings

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  • Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates
    the birth of Jesus.

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  • A Christmas tree is one of the most popular
    traditions associated with the celebration of
    Christmas. It is normally an evergreen coniferous
    tree that is brought into a home or used in the
    open, and is decorated with Christmas lights and
    colorful ornaments during the days around
    Christmas. An angel or star is often placed at
    the top of the tree, representing the host of
    angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity
    story.

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  • Boxing Day is a public holiday in the United
    Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, as
    well as many other members of the Commonwealth of
    Nations. It is based on the tradition of giving
    gifts to the less fortunate members of society.
  • It is usually celebrated on 26 December, the day
    after Christmas Day.
  • Queue for Boxing Day sale outside a Future Shop
    store in Canada.

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  • Christmas Cards
  • The custom of sending Christmas cards started in
    Britain in 1840 when the first 'Penny Post'
    public postal deliveries began. They became even
    more popular in Britain when a card could be
    posted in an unsealed envelope for one half-penny
    - half the price of an ordinary letter.

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  • 'Father Christmas' (or 'Santa Claus') has become
    the human face of Christmas. Pictures will be
    seen everywhere of the old man with long white
    beard, red coat, and bag of toys.

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  • 2. What does the title of this text suggest to
    you?

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Background information (1)
  • The text is one of the short stories from
    Christmas in My Heart a third treasury further
    taste of holiday joy, a selection of 14 Christmas
    stories from 11 volumes of Christmas in My Heart
    compiled and edited by Joe Wheeler. Christmas in
    My Heart series promises to touch hearts and life
    spirits with true meaning of Christmas, that is ,
    the best of Christmas is in our hears. The
    present story tells how two parents restore the
    real meaning of Christmas after being submerged
    in the sorrow of losing their son as well as
    Christmas for 17 years. Like all the other
    stories in this rich treasury of holiday tales,
    it will, like a cozy, crackling fire, warm our
    hearts and flood our soul.

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Structure analysis of the text (1)
  • The text can be divided into three parts.
  • Paragraphs 1-5 are the first parts, which talks
    about the joy and happiness brought by the coming
    of Christmas Boy.
  • Paragraphs 6-8 form its second part, which gives
    an account of the sorrow and sadness caused by
    the sudden death of Christmas Boy.
  • Paragraphs 9-24 make up its last part, which
    describes the return of the joy and happiness to
    the family.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • Paragraphs 1-5
  • This part introduces the writers dream of having
    a big family vibrating with energy, life and
    love, especially at Christmas. And her dream came
    true with the arrival of an adopted son,
    Christmas boy, as well as two biological
    children.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • What did the narrator desire to have as many as
    six children?
  • Because being the only child in the family, the
    author had to spend a quiet Christmas. So she
    really longed for a big family full of energy,
    life and love, which could be brought about only
    by a crowd of children. As a result she vowed
    that she would have as many as six children after
    she got married.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • How did the author make her dream come true?
  • She adopted a child since they were unable to
    bear a child at the beginning of their marriage,
    and named him Christmas Boy. Shortly after his
    arrival, they gave births to two biological
    children. Hence, the author finally got a big
    family vibrating with energy, life and love.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • How does the author describe the importance of
    Christmas Boy to her family?
  • He was the only person who had the expertise to
    select and decorate the Christmas tree each year.
    He stirred up all the family members with his
    gift list and Christmas carols in the Christmas
    season. And he made life colorful with his good
    cheer and bossy wit.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • In what ways was Christmas Boy different from his
    foster parents?
  • First, he had a music gift that his foster
    parents lacked. Second, his active,, bossy
    character contrasted with the relative passively
    on his foster parents part. He pressed them into
    singing carols and he stirred them up into
    animated Christmas activities. By contrast the
    parents were being dominated on that occasion.
    Another point is that the boy had irresponsible
    good cheer, a buoyant spirit that the parents
    seemed to lack. 

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  • Christmas was a quiet affair when I was growing
    up. There were just my parents and me. I vowed
    that someday I'd marry and have six children, and
    at Christmas my house would vibrate with energy
    and love. I found the man who shared my dream,
    but we had not reckoned on the possibility of
    infertility. Undaunted, we applied for adoption
    and, within a year, he arrived.

22
  • We called him our Christmas Boy because he came
    to us during that season of joy, when he was just
    six days old. Then nature surprised us again. In
    rapid succession we added two biological children
    to the family - not as many as we had hoped for,
    but compared with my quiet childhood, three made
    an entirely satisfactory crowd.

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  • As our Christmas Boy grew, he made it clear that
    only he had the expertise to select and decorate
    the Christmas tree each year. He rushed the
    season, starting his gift list in November. He
    pressed us into singing carols, our froglike
    voices contrasting with his musical gift of
    perfect pitch. Each holiday he stirred us up,
    leading us through a round of merry chaos.

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  • Our friends were right about adopted children not
    being the same. Through his own unique heredity,
    our Christmas Boy brought color into our lives
    with his irrepressible good cheer, his bossy wit.
    He made us look and behave than we were.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 1. vow vi/t solemnly promise to do a specified
    thing
  • He vowed to look after his mother when his father
    died.
  • He vowed revenge on their persecutors.????????????
  • C break/ keep a solemn vow
  • 2. vibrate v (cause sth. to) move rapidly and
    continuously backwards and forwards
  • Her heart vibrates with excitement.
  • Adj. vibrant

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 3. but we had not reckoned on the possibility of
    infertility.
  • Pp.but we had not expected that we would be
    unable to bear a child.
  • reckon on expect depend on
  • We dont reckon on his help.
  • Infertility U(of a person, animal or plant)
    inability to reproduce
  • Adj. infertile barren not fertile
  • infertile land
  • an infertile couple

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 4. Undaunted, we applied for adoption a child,
    within a year, he arrived.
  • Pp Not discouraged by our infertility, we
    requested to adopted a child. Within a year, we
    succeeded in adopting one.
  • undaunted not discouraged by difficulty, danger
    or disappointment
  • daunt V. cause to lose courage to the will to
    act.
  • I was rather daunted by the thought of addressing
    such an audience.
  • Daunting adj. discouraging frightening

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 5. Then nature surprised us again.
  • Pp. the arrival of their Christmas Boy shortly
    after their application surprised them once now
    they were surprised again because they were able
    to have two biological children one after
    another.
  • 6. in rapid succession quickly and continuously
  • His words came out in rapid succession.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 7. compared with my quiet childhood, that made
    an entirely satisfactory crowd.
  • Pp.... with three children, my family was filled
    with a big crowd, which, quite different from my
    quiet childhood, completely satisfied my dream of
    having a big family.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 8. As our Christmas Boy grew, he made it clear
    that only he had the expertise to select and
    decorate the Christmas tree each year.
  • Pp As our Christmas Boy grew, he showed his
    special skill in selecting and decorating the
    Christmas tree and he became the only qualified
    person to do those things each year.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 9. rush the season make people prepare for
    Christmas hastily long before Christmas really
    comes
  • ????(????????) ??????

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 10. He pressed us into singing carols, our
    froglike voices contrasting with his musical gift
    of perfect pitch.
  • Pp. He forced all of us to sing carols, even
    though our voices, compared with his perfect
    voice with musical gift, were too harsh and husky
    to sing.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 11. Each holiday he stirred us up, leading us
    through a round of merry chaos.
  • Pp.Each holiday. He tried to excite us and turned
    the whole family into a cheerful disorder.
  • merry chaos This is an expression of oxymoron.
    Chaos refers to a state of complete and
    thorough disorder or confusion, which is,
    however, modified by an adjective incompatible to
    or contradictory with its original meaning.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • 12. Our friends were right about adopted children
    not being the same.
  • Pp. Our friends were right in saying that
    adopting children would usually be different from
    biological children.
  • 13. Through his own unique heredity, his
    irrepressible good cheer, his bossy wit, our
    Christmas Boy made our life colorful.
  • Pp. With his unique ability inherited from his
    own parents, his cheerful personality, as well as
    his wit of ordering others to cooperate with him,
    he changed our life into a colorful one.

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Part one Paragraph 1-5
  • heredity the set of characteristics transmitted
    from parent to offspring.
  • Modern medical search results have proved that
    some diseases are present by heredity.????????????
    ???????
  • Vt. Inherit
  • Irrepressible too strong or forceful to be held
    back
  • irrepressible laughter.???????
  • Irrepressible high spirits
  • an irrepressible talker

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Part two Paragraph 6-8
  • Paragraphs 6-8
  • The second part describes what kind of sorrow the
    death of Christmas Boy brought to his family.
  • What happened to Christmas Boy as well as his
    family?
  • Christmas Boy was killed in a car accident on his
    26th Christmas after he decorated his parents
    Christmas tree as usual, which gave a very heavy
    blow to his parents.

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Part two Paragraph 6-8
  • How can you know the parents suffered great
    sorrow at their sons death?
  • Paragraph 7 tells us that they were
    grief-stricken and they sold their home and moved
    to California, leaving behind their friends and
    church, as well as the sad memories of their
    Christmas Boy.

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Part two Paragraph 6-8
  • What kind of life did the parents live after
    their adopted son died?
  • With all the joys that had been brought by
    Christmas Boy taken away, the parents lived in
    grief and pain and could not bear to visit their
    hometown even once in the following 17 years. And
    Christmas must be the most miserable time for all
    the members of their family and all kinds of
    Christmas activities had disappeared from this
    family.

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Part two Paragraph 6-8
  • What is meant by Christmas lost?
  • The phrase means two things. First, it means that
    the narrator lost her Christmas Boy, who was
    killed on his 26th Christmas. Second, it means
    that the narrator no longer celebrated Christmas
    in the 17 years that followed the death of her
    Christmas Boy. It was on Christmas that they lost
    their son Christmas Boy and thus the special
    occasion became a double-edged heart-breaking day
    for her. So for 17 years she hadnt had a
    Christmas tree and had given up Christmas church
    service. In this sense, it would be said that she
    had not had given up Christmas in its true sense
    for 17 years.

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  • Then, on his 26th Christmas, he left us as
    unexpectedly as he had come. He was killed in a
    car accident on his way home to his young wife
    and infant daughter. But first he had stopped by
    the family home to decorate our tree.

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  • Grief-stricken, his father and I sold our home,
    where memories clung to every room, and moved
    away.In the 17 years that followed his death,
    his widow remarried his daughter graduated from
    secondary school. His father and I grew old
    enough to retire, and in December 1986 we decided
    to return home.

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Part two Paragraph 6-8
  • 1. stop by make a short visit to (someones
    home) ???
  • Ask him to stop by for a chat.
  • 2. where memories clung to every room.
  • Pp.where every room would make us recall the
    past.
  • cling to hold tightly to stick firmly to
  • She clung tightly to her few remaining
    possessions.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • Paragraphs 9-24
  • This last part tells us that 17 years later, the
    parents returned to the city, which brought back
    all kinds of memories of Christmas Boy. However,
    they gradually realized that they had found the
    joy of a noisy Christmas of a big family again
    and that the love harbored in everyones heart
    will unite people, biological connected or not,
    into a family and Christmas is just a chance for
    people to share love with each other.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • Did the author overcome the heartbreaking sorrow
    of her sons death after 17 years?
  • No, the mother still could not bear to visit her
    sons grave. The question of their present small,
    boxy house was a sharp contrast to the energetic
    atmosphere of their old family home. The
    appearance of their granddaughter was the
    reflection of their adopted son.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • How did the author and her husband change after
    they met their granddaughter and her new family?
  • At first, they refused to do any Christmas
    services, saying that they had not a Christmas
    tree for 17 years, and that they just couldnt
    join them for church and for their Christmas
    dinner. Then, reluctantly they attended the
    Christmas party under pressure, and sat rigid in
    the front pew, fighting back tears. Later on,
    when they heard their granddaughters song O
    Holy Night, they recalled the old memories,
    which were no longer bitter only, but mixed with
    bitterness and sweetness. Finally, they sang
    carols happily in loud voices together caring
    strangers, and enjoyed the joyous and noisy
    Christmas party, which they had been refusing in
    the past 17 years.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • How did the authors biological children treat
    their adopted brother?
  • They showed their love to him in their own ways,
    the artist daughter painted a heart-shaped rock
    on the headstone of her adopted brothers grave,
    writing the words To my brother, with love on
    its surface while the son sent a holly bright
    Christmas wreath every year.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • Why, for the first time, did the author feel a
    sense of peace, of the positive continuity of
    life, of renewed faith and hope?
  • When the author saw that her own children loved
    their adopted brother as usual, her granddaughter
    and her new family had never forgotten her father
    and never ceased to love him, she realized that
    their Christmas Boy was still living in all his
    family members hearts, and she would not torture
    herself any more with the loss of her adopted son
    because she had found him again in their hearts.
    Thats why she felt a sense of peace. With their
    love passed on and on, she harbored a new faith
    in and hope for a joyful life again.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • What is the real meaning of Christmas implied by
    the author?
  • The real meaning of Christmas lies in our hearts.
    Christmas is not only a time for family members
    to gather, but it is also an occasion to show our
    deep love for each other. As long as our hearts
    are together, all the family members, living or
    dead, our own flesh and blood or not, will make
    up a true and harmonious home.
  • To the narrator, the true meaning of Christmas is
    peace, continuity of life, faith and hope.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • What is a climate of the heart? Why does the
    author say that a true family is a climate of the
    heart?
  • A climate of the heart refers to an atmosphere
    full of love. The author realized through her own
    experience in that big family that a true family
    was one in which all the members were extending
    great love to each other without caring whether
    they shared any kinship or not.

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  • We slid into the city on the tail of a blizzard,
    through streets ablaze with lights. Looking away
    from the glow I fixed my gaze on the distant
    mountains, where our adopted son had loved to go
    in search of the perfect tree. Now in the
    foothills there was his grave - a grave I could
    not bear to visit. We settled into a small,
    boxy house, so different from the family home
    where we had orchestrated our lives. It was
    quiet, like the house of my childhood. Our other
    son had married and begun his own Christmas
    traditions in another part of the country. Our
    daughter, an artist, seemed fulfilled by her
    career.

52
  • While I stood staring toward the mountains one
    day, I heard a car pull up, then the impatient
    peal of the doorbell. There stood our
    grand-daughter, and in her gray-green eyes and
    impudent grin I saw the reflection of our
    Christmas Boy. Behind her, lugging a large pine
    tree, came her mother, stepfather and
    ten-year-old half brother. They swept past us in
    a flurry of laughter they decorated the tree and
    piled gaily wrapped packages under the boughs.

53
  • "You'll recognize the ornaments," said my former
    daughter-in-law. "They were his. I saved them for
    you." When I murmured, in remembered pain, that
    we hadn't had a tree for 17 years, our cheeky
    grand-daughter said, "Then it's time to shape
    up!"They let in a whirl, shoving one another
    out the door, but not before asking us to join
    them the next morning for church and for dinner
    at their home. "Oh," I began, "we just can't."

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  • You sure as heck can," ordered our granddaughter,
    so bossy as her father had been. "I'm singing the
    solo and I want to see you there." We had long
    ago given up the poignant Christmas services, but
    now, under pressure, we sat rigid, in the front
    pew, fighting back tears. Then it was also
    time. Our granddaughter's magnificent soprano
    voice soared, clear and true, in perfect pitch.
    In a rare emotional response, the congregation
    applauded in delight. How her father would have
    relished that moment.

55
  • We had been alerted that there would be a lot of
    people for dinner - but 35! Assorted relatives
    filled every corner of the house small children,
    noisy and exuberant, seemed to bounce off the
    walls. I could not sort out who belonged to whom,
    but it didn't matter. They all belonged to one
    another. They took us in, enfolded us in joyous
    camaraderie. We sang carols in loud, off-key
    voices, saved only by that amazing soprano.

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  • Sometime after dinner, before the sunset, it
    occurred to me that a true family is not always
    one's own flesh and blood. It is a climate of the
    heart. Had it not been for our strangers who
    would help us hear the music again.Late, our
    granddaughter asked us to come along with her.
    "I'll drive," she said. "There's a place I like
    to go." She jumped behind the wheel of the car
    and zoomed off toward the foothills.

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  • Alongside the headstone rested a small,
    heart-shaped rock, slightly cracked, painted by
    our artist daughter. On its weathered surface she
    had written. "To my brother, with love." Across
    the crest of the grave lay a holly-bright
    Christmas wreath. Our No. 2 son, we learned, sent
    one every year. As we stood by the headstone in
    the chilly but somehow comforting silence, we
    were not prepared for our unpredictable
    granddaughter's next move. Once more that day her
    voice, so like her father's, lifted in song, and
    the mountainside echoed on and on into infinity.

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  • When the last pure note had faded, I felt, for
    the first time since our son's death, a sense of
    peace, of the positive continuity of life, of
    renewed faith and hope. The real meaning of
    Christmas had been restored to us.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 1. We slid into the city on the tail of blizzard,
    through streets ablaze with lights.
  • Pp.We drove into the city at night just after a
    heavy snowstorm, in order not to be noticed by
    any acquaintance.
  • Slide go slowly and unnoticed pass smoothly or
    continuously slip
  • Peter slid out of the room when no one was
    looking.
  • on the tail of following closely behind
  • blizzardCa severe snowstorm with strong winds

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • ablazeadj.1) very brightly colored or lighted
  • E.g. The house was ablaze with lights. ????????
  • 2) Being on fire
  • E.g. The house is ablaze.?????
  • 3) adv. On fire
  • E.g. We set the logs ablaze.???????????

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 2. fix ones gaze on gaze at
  • 3. We settled into a small, boxy house, so
    different from the family home where we had
    orchestrated our lives. It was quiet, like the
    house of my childhood.
  • Pp We settled down in a small house, which was
    so different from our previous home where, with
    our Christmas Boy, we had changed our quiet life
    into a cheerful one. Now the small house reminded
    me of the quiet house of my childhood, which I
    had disliked so much.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 4. fulfill oneself  fully develop ones
    abilities and character
  • They don't like the idea that women can fulfill
    themselves without the assistance of a man.
  • He was able to fulfill himself through
    music.????????????????.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 5. pull up come to a stop
  • The car pulled up outside the station.
  • The driver pulled up at the traffic lights.
  • 6. peal C / v. A ringing of a set of bells,
  • a peal of applause????????
  • The bells began pealing.????????

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 7. There stood our granddaughter, and in her
    gray-green eyes and impudent grin I saw the
    reflection of our Christmas Boy.
  • Pp Our granddaughter was standing there, her
    gray-green eyes as well as her rude smile
    reminded us of her father, our Christmas Boy.
  • impudent adj. very rude and disrespectful.
  • an impudent child, question
  • reflection U an image that reveals something
    about a person.
  • Your clothes are a reflection of your
    personality.?????????????.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 8. Behind her, lugging a large pine tree, came
    her mother, stepfather and ten-year-old half
    brother.
  • Pp.Her mother, stepfather and ten-year-old half
    brother came after her, dragging a large pine
    tree.
  • 9. flurry ca sudden shared feeling of
    excitement
  • E.g. a flurry of alarm????
  • 10. gaily adv. In a cheerful or light-hearted
    way.
  • Off we set, with Pam chattering gaily all the
    way.?????,?????????????????
  • 11. bough a main branch of a tree

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 12. cheeky slightly rude or disrespectful but
    in a charming or amusing way
  • 13. shape up begin to do right
  • It is no use simply to tell adolescents to shape
    up and do something useful.
  • Youd better shape up, young man, or you will be
    punished.
  • 14. in a whirl in a confusing rush
  • His brain was in a whirl.???????
  • 15. shove vt. push someone or something roughly.
  • He shoved her out of the way.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 16. You sure as heck can.
  • Pp. You certainly can.
  • 17. solo C A performance by or intended for a
    single individual.???

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 18. We had long ago given up the poignant
    Christmas services, but now under pressure, we
    sat rigid in the front pew, fighting back tears.
  • Pp. After the death of our Christmas Boy, we
    had not expected to have any Christmas services
    any more. Now, at the demand of our
    granddaughters family, we sat in the front
    seats, but the sad memories stiffened our body
    and filled our eyes and heart with tears.
  • poignant evoking a keen sense of sadness or
    regret
  • It is the poignant memories of my life in
    another country

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • rigid ( of a person or part of his body) stiff
    and unmoving, especially as a result of shock or
    fear inflexible
  • rigid ideas
  • rigid in one's views
  • rigid discipline
  • pew the long seats in a church for people to
    sit in

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 19. soprano the highest singing voice a female
    or boy with such a voice ???
  • ??? mezzo-soprano
  • ??? alto
  • 20. In a rare emotional response, the
    congregation applauded in delight.
  • Pp. Greatly touched by her singing, the audience
    gave a big applause to her delightedly.
  • congregation refer to the people who are
    attending a church service or who regularly
    attend a church service.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 21. relish 1)vt.enjoy be pleased with
  • She won't relish having to get up before dawn to
    catch that train.
  • 2) C (for)
  • I have no relish for tragedy.

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Part three Paragraph 9-24
  • 22. We had been alerted that there would be a
    large number of people for dinner-but 35!
  • Pp. We had been warned that there would be a
    large number of people attending dinner, but we
    had never expected that there would be 35 of
    them.
  • alert1) vt. Warn
  • The doctor alerted me to the dangers of smoking.
  • 2) Vigilantly attentive watchful
  • He is an alert boy.??????????

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  • 23. assorted relatives various types of
    relatives
  • 24. exuberant ( of people and their behavior)
    overflowing with life and cheerful excitement
  • an exuberant feeling?????
  • 32.bounce jump or spring up and down like a
    ball
  • Children bounced into the room.??????????

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  • 33. sort out separate from a mass or a group
  • Sort out the papers to be thrown away, and put
    the rest back.
  • 34.They took us in, enfolded us in joyous
    camaraderie.
  • Pp. They received us and treated us like old
    friends.
  • enfold surround envelop
  • camaraderie mutual trust and friendly among
    people who spent a lot of time together

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  • 35. We sang carols in loud, off-key voices, saved
    only by that amazing soprano.
  • Pp. We sang carols loudly, often in the wrong
    key, but every time we were led to the right key
    by our granddaughters perfect singing.

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  • 36. it occurred to me that a true family is not
    always ones own flesh and blood. It is a
    climate of the heart.
  • Pp. I suddenly realized that a family is not
    always made up by kinship and the hearts filled
    with love for others would surely make up a true
    family.

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  • 37. Had it not been for our adopted son, we would
    not now be surrounded by caring strangers who
    would help us hear the music again.
  • Pp. I felt grateful to my adopted son, without
    whom we would not have a chance to spend
    Christmas with these caring people and hear the
    Christmas carols again, which we had not had for
    so many years.
  • 38. zoom ( of a driver or vehicle ) move or
    travel quickly
  • Jack went zooming past in his new car.

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  • 39.crest C the top of something, especially a
    mountain or hill
  • 40.holly adj. A widely distributed evergreen
    shrub, typically having prickly dark green
    leaves, small white flowers,and red berries.???
  • 41.wreath C an arrangement of flowers, leaves,
    or stems fastened in a ring and used for
    decoration or for laying on a grave.??

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  • 42. Once more that day her voice, so like her
    fathers, lifted in song, and the mountainside
    echoed the chorus of Joy to the World, on and
    on into infinity.
  • Pp. After hearing her carols at the Christmas
    party, for a second time she sang with a voice
    similar to her fathers. Her song Joy to the
    World echoed among the mountains as if it would
    be passed on unlimited by time and space.
  • mountainside??, ??

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  • 43. I felt a sense of peace, of the positive
    continuity of life, of renewed faith and hope.
  • Pp. I resumed a peaceful state of mind free of
    sorrow, realizing that life would be infinite
    with continuing love, and I began to hold a new
    faith in and hope for life.
  • 44.The real meaning of Christmas had been
    restored to us.
  • Pp. I found the real meaning of Christmas
    again, that is, hearts with love, which I had had
    when my family was filled with energy and love
    with all my three children around me, but later I
    had mistakenly lost after my adopted sons death.

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Exercises (1)
  • Translation exercises
  • 1.   ?????????????????,?????????????
  • Ill give you a week to sort your men out, and
    then I expect things to run smoothly.
  • 2.   ????????,????????????
  • Whenever we move to a new house, we always cling
    to too many possessions.
  • 3.  ?????,???????,???????
  • She is such a talkative woman that whenever she
    takes her turn to start talking, her words will
    come out in rapid succession.

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Exercises (2)
  • 4.????????,?????????
  • He will always help in time of need, on this you
    can reckon.
  • 5.  ???????????
  • He slid his pistol into his pocket.
  • 6.???????????,????????
  • My mind is in a whirl with all this noise, so I
    cannot think clearly.

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Exercises (3)
  • 7. ??????????????????
  • The farmer took in the lost travelers for the
    night.
  • 8.?????,??????????
  • He smiled, relishing the idea of a long
    journey.
  •  

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Exercises (4)
  • Fill in the blank in each sentence with a word or
    phrase taken from the box in its appropriate
    form.

Slide into , pull up, bounce, reckon on, in
succession, pressinto, stir up, cling to
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Exercises (5)
bounced
  • He __________a ball against the wall.
  • The newly founded regime needed there influential
    politicians to stop her _______ chaos.
  • The local bar has been pressed into service as a
    school restaurant since the war began.
  • They knew that academic authorities rejected
    their legend, but they still clung to their
    belief.

sliding into
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  • At the beginning of the playoffs, he was made
    redundant and now he is trying to_pull himself
    up again.
  • Pete Sampras won the Championship of American
    Open for the third year_in succession.
  • They are typical of couples who plan a family
    without _reckoning on the small fortune it will
    cost.
  • He said senior government officials were trying
    to stir up ethnic tensions through mess media.

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Exercises (6)
  • Oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two words
    with opposite meanings are used together to
    describe the same object or phenomenon.
  • More examples an open secret, a poor
    millionaire, a private public man, changelessly
    changing, audible silence, conspicuous absence,
    War is peace, Ignorance is strength, Wealth is
    poverty.
  • What we can get by using oxymoron in the right
    context is an unexpected but acceptable,
    seemingly contradictory but sensible combination
    of opposites.

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Comprehension questions of Text II (1)
  • 1.       Why did the author enjoy his visits to
    the cemeteries when he was a child?
  • He enjoyed going there because the cemeteries
    were quiet, calm places full of life stories.
    Just the same and dates of a persons life were
    interesting enough for him. He would imagine
    whole scenarios about how that person lived and
    what kind of family he had had. He would infuse
    the dead of rural Indiana with all manner of
    mystery.

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Comprehension questions of Text II (2)
  • 2. What made him feel dissatisfied with his
    life in the rural Indiana?
  • When he was in his teen, he found the life in his
    home area too quiet and sheltered. What he
  • needed was an escape from it and a new way
    of life.

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Comprehension questions of Text II (3)
  • 3.What did he learn from his tome leaving
    experience at the end of the passage?
  • From this experience, he came to realize
    that what his father did all the years in the
    cemeteries, which seemed to be tedious and
    insignificant, gave the relatives of the dead
    people a lot of comfort and warmth. Love and care
    should not be confined to family members.

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Oral activities
  • Organize yourselves into groups of five or
    six and discuss the following issue.
  • A proverb goes like this thicker than water. Do
    you think there is any contradiction between this
    proverb and the way the author of the text looks
    at human relationship?.

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Oral activities
  • Organize yourselves into groups of five or six
    and discuss the following issue
  • Why Christmas is celebrated in China nowadays.
    Does it mean that Christianity is getting popular
    in China?

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Writing practice
  • Write a composition of about 200 words on the
    following topic
  • What children should do for their parents,
    especially when an important festival like
    Christmas or Chinese New Year is approaching.
  • .

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