Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Tests of Reading

Content Questions
Click on the answer you think is correct.


1. Thomas Edison did things in this order:
a.
he became a telegraph operator, a newsboy, and then got his first patent
b.
he became a newsboy, got his first patent, and then became a telegraph operator
c.
he got a patent, became a telegraph operator, and then became a newsboy
d.
he became a newsboy, a telegraph operator, and then got a patent


2. Edison considered his deafness:
a.
a disadvantage
b.
a blessing
c.
something from a priest
d.
a necessity


3. Of all the inventions, __________ was probably the most important for civilization.
a.
the vote recorder
b.
the stock ticker
c.
the light bulb
d.
the motion picture camera


4. The main idea of this passage is:
a.
Thomas Edison was always interested in science and inventions, and he invented many important things.
b.
Thomas Edison could not keep a job.
c.
Thomas Edison worked day and night on his experiments.
d.
Deaf people make good inventors because they can focus without the distraction of spoken conversation.

Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz

Vocabulary
Click on the word or phrase that means the same as the underlined word or phrase.

1. His mother, a former teacher, taught him a few things, but he was mostly self-educated.
a.
taught himself
b.
born a genius
c.
loved school
d.
thought of himself

2. His natural curiosity soon led him to start experimenting with electrical and mechanical things at home.
a.
experiencing
b.
inventing
c.
making tests and playing with
d.
ignoring

3. He left numerous inventions that improved the quality of life all over the world.
a.
numbered
b.
many
c.
none
d.
modern

4. Sometimes he worked so intensely that his wife had to remind him to sleep and eat.
a.
passionately and with great focus
b.
carelessly and with many distractions
c.
hard
d.
problems
Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz.


Content Questions
Click on the answer you think is correct.


1. According to the story, Sophia continued her education after she finished school by:
a.
reading books
b.
meeting and interacting with people
c.
being at Gallaudet College
d.
learning from Thomas Gallaudet


2. After her husband died, she finished raising her children, and then she:
a.
moved to Washington, D.C.
b.
spent her winters in Washington and the rest of the year visiting her children and grandchildren.
c.
became sick.
d.
Helped her son to establish a college for the deaf.


3. Sophia studied at the school for the deaf in Hartford, Connecticut:
a.
for ten years
b.
from 1817 to 1851
c.
from 1817 to 1821
d.
From 1798 to 1803


4. We can assume from this passage that:
a.
Sophia believed that deaf people should have equal rights to education and employment.
b.
Sophia thought that deaf people were better off living with a relative who could take care of them and support them.
c.
Sophia wished that she could have visited deaf schools in Europe.
d.
Sophia always wanted a dormitory to be named after her.
Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz.

Vocabulary
Click on the word or phrase that means the same as the underlined word or phrase.

1. Sophia Fowler Gallaudet was the deaf wife of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet who founded the first permanent public school for the deaf.
a.
temporary
b.
residential
c.
lasting
d.
important

2. She became a modest, gay, and charming young lady.
a.
humble
b.
modern
c.
cheerful
d.
arrogant

3. Sophia didn't hesitate, and married him in 1821.
a.
plan
b.
want to
c.
take a long time to decide
d.
confide

4. She often met with members of Congress and other prominent men in order to gain support for her goals.
a.
government
b.
promising
c.
not famous
d.
famous and important

5. She helped to obtain funds to found and maintain Gallaudet College.
a.
get
b.
order
c.
observe
d.
send

6. Gallaudet has preserved her memory by naming Fowler Hall in her honor.
a.
encouraged
b.
promised
c.
kept alive
d.
ignored

7. Sophia was nineteen years old when her parents learned that a school for the deaf had been founded in Hartford, Connecticut.
a.
located
b.
established
c.
lost
d.
discovered
Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz.

Content Questions
Click on the answer you think is correct.


1. The main idea of the story is that:
a.
Craig liked women.
b.
Gallaudet is the best place for an orphan to grow up.
c.
Craig was an orphan, and no one ever found out exactly what happened to his family.
d.
Craig, a man with an unusual background, worked at Gallaudet for many years.


2. It is most likely that Douglas Craig enjoyed working at Gallaudet because:
a.
Gallaudet was a good place to collect junk.
b.
he found it easy to communicate with people.
c.
people felt sorry for him so he didn't have to work hard.
d.
he didn't have a home.


3. "He did not know what a vacation was." This phrase means:
a.
he did not know what the word "vacation" meant.
b.
he could not stop working even on a vacation.
c.
he hated vacations.
d.
he never took time off from work.


4. Craig and his new wife's honeymoon did not last long because:
a.
their money was lost or stolen.
b.
Craig missed Gallaudet and wanted to come back early.
c.
they spent all their money.
d.
their baggage and clothing was lost or stolen.
Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz.



Vocabulary
Click on the word or phrase that means the same as the underlined word or phrase.

1. At nights, he huddled in doorways and slept.
a.
hid
b.
curled up
c.
snuck in
d.
knocked

2. Needless to say, he was a familiar sight on campus.
a.
common, easily recognizable
b.
strange
c.
friendly
d.
daily, repeated

3. His courtship required letter-writing, therefore, he asked a student in the college to be his private secretary since he was illiterate.
a.
afraid
b.
too busy
c.
unable to read and write
d.
lazy

4. Douglas actively sought a wife during his life at Gallaudet.
a.
tried to find
b.
abandoned
c.
fought
d.
needed

5. He spent the entire time working around the docks of Norfolk.
a.
half
b.
tiring
c.
whole
d.
slow

6. He was very feeble at the time, and sat in a big armchair during the ceremonies.
a.
loyal
b.
proud
c.
strong
d.
weak

7. He died on February 11, 1936, but he left a legend that would live forever.
a.
a story that is passed on from the past
b.
a lie that no one believes
c.
history in print
d.
stories for everyone

Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz.

Content Questions
Click on the answer you think is correct.


1. John probably started to use American Sign Language as soon as:
a.
he became deaf.
b.
he entered a school for the deaf.
c.
he could make figures out of clay.
d.
his Indian friends taught him.


2. The subject of his artwork was mostly animals. This is most likely because:
a.
the environment he grew up in influenced him.
b.
he was an Indian.
c.
it was his way of expressing ideas.
d.
he did not like people.


3. "The bear looked so real. The only thing missing was its 'growl.'" This phrase means:
a.
John forgot to add one more thing.
b.
the bear was missing.
c.
the bear missed growling.
d.
the bear looked perfect except that it could not make any sound.


4. During the course of his education, John attended:
a.
two schools.
b.
only a residential school for the deaf.
c.
four different schools.
d.
a school in Maine.


Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz.

Vocabulary
Click on the word or phrase that means the same as the underlined word or phrase.

1. Because John could not talk, he could not tell his parents about his many animal friends in the forest and the exciting things that he saw, but he found another way to express himself. He made figures out of clay.
a.
speak with voice
b.
be quiet
c.
communicate
d.
write his thoughts

2. The bear looked so real. The only thing missing was its growl.
a.
snarl
b.
growth
c.
mouth
d.
talking back

3. Since he needed special education, he was transferred to a school for the deaf at Boulder, Montana.
a.
traveled by train
b.
moved to
c.
kept at
d.
transformed

4. John's work was on exhibit in many places in the country.
a.
sale
b.
loan
c.
walls
d.
display

5. In his lifetime, he literally carved his way to fame.
a.
in action
b.
really
c.
probably
d.
supposedly

6. Many important people bought John's work. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the famous multimillionaire, was one of them.
a.
someone who has many millions of dollars
b.
someone who has a million dollars
c.
someone who gives a lot of money to charity
d.
someone who doesn't care about money


Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz.


Content Questions
Click on the answer you think is correct.


1. May Paxton started working at Mercy Hospital:
a.
in 1909.
b.
before she graduated from the Missouri School.
c.
three years after she graduated from the Missouri School.
d.
three years after she went to see Dr. Richardson.


2. When May disobeyed Dr. Richardson's orders about holding babies:
a.
Dr. Richardson was very angry.
b.
Dr. Richardson didn't know because she wasn't there.
c.
May was fired.
d.
Dr. Richardson didn't say anything about it.


3. May and Marian communicated by writing at first because:
a.
they didn't know each other and were shy.
b.
they were playing a joke on each other.
c.
neither one of them knew that the other was deaf.
d.
Marian was a hearing person.


4. We can guess from this passage that:
a.
May was fond of children and babies.
b.
May hated her job and left as soon as she could.
c.
May enjoyed working in the Emergency Room.
d.
May preferred to work with deaf people.
Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz.



Vocabulary
Click on the word or phrase that means the same as the underlined word or phrase.

1. The young nurse smiled so cheerfully that the little boy smiled back.
a.
quickly
b.
happily
c.
sweetly
d.
loudly

2. Dr. Richardson told May that the work would be arduous.
a.
interesting
b.
loving
c.
hard
d.
dangerous

3. Dr. Richardson told May that her salary would be very small.
a.
work
b.
room
c.
uniform
d.
pay

4. Only once did she disobey Dr. Richardson's orders.
a.
follow
b.
listen to
c.
not follow
d.
disagree with

5. Dr. Richardson decided to overlook May's disobedience.
a.
not pay attention to
b.
punish
c.
watch
d.
look over

Correct! Well done.
You have finished the quiz.

Tests of Listening

      Unit 1   
1. Lucy: Hi, are you new in this company?
Andrew: Yes, my name's Andrew Wish. I am the Sales Department.
2. Lucy: Good to meet you, I'm Lucy. How long have you been here, Andrew?
Andrew: I just began to work last Monday, and you?
Lucy: I was in the Sales Department for six years...now I'm in the Department.
3. Lucy: Where are you ?
Andrew: I'm from LA, but I've been living in California since I was in college.
4. Lucy: Oh...What did you study?
Andrew: I in Economics.
5. Lucy: So how is everything so far?
Andrew: Everything is going well.
6. Lucy: Anyway, welcome to this company and be our colleague. if you need anything, just let me know. Or I can show you around.
Andrew: Sure, I'm looking forward to here.
7. Lucy: I hope you can to this working place very soon,bye.
Andrew: I hope so. Bye.
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      Unit 2   
1. Andrew: Excuse me?
Harry: Sure.
Andrew: How can I get some , just like whiteout or ball pen?
2. Harry: You can go to Sales Department on the second floor
and the form to apply for stuff you need.
3. Andrew: I see. And how about the company machine next to the
fax machine? It seems .
Harry: Really? You can go to the Sales next to us to ask
them to help copy for you.
4. Andrew: OK, thanks.
Harry: Never .
5. Supervisor: Would you make five copies of this file and
staple each set?
Secretary: Sure. Mr. Wang in Super Company a message.
He would like to make an appointment to
introduce their new product.
6. Superviors: Check schedule and sometime for him.
Anything else?
Secretary: Don't forget your meeting at 3:00.

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      Unit 3   
1. Customer: Could you show me your photocopier?
Andrew: The most popular product in our company is this one.
2. Andrew: The of this new model are it can reduce copy
size down to 64% or can enlarge up to 156%. The
basic model costs $ 2799. And it's lightweight.
3. Andrew: This new product is popular since it had been
on market for one month because its easy-to-use and
fair price.
4. Customer: I would like to have more information about this
product.
Andrew: You can take this brochure about this product and
the catalogue of the other products. If you have
any questions,our service is 24 hour a day.

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      Unit 4   
1. The trains here are always in the morning.
2. I leave at 8:30, when the train is OK, and I start work around .
3. I sometimes work on when we are busy.
4. My company is very , so we all have lunch at 2:00
5. Because we have a long , we don't finish until 8:00 p.m.
6. I love my job because it's very
7. I guess I work at about 6:00, but sometimes later.
8. I a company which builds small boats.
9. I never work on weekends becasue my company doens't want to pay .
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      Unit 5   
1. Hello, Jupiter Printing Company. ?
2. I'm Marking Services in Japan.
3. Could I your name and fax number please?
4. The code for Japan is 81 and the fax number is .
5. This is Industrial Air Conditioning. Andrew Chen .
6. Are you in office or factory air conditioners?
7. The address is , University Road, Douliu City, Taiwan.

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Saturday, June 19, 2004

Reflection of How Internet Helps Me Improve My English Four Skills

Nowadays, Internet has become the most popular database for learning that people cannot simply ignore it at all, especially for English learning. Comparing to the traditional way, Internet provides a far more convenient and sophisticated education environment. For instance, I don’t need to ask around teachers or look all kinds of dictionaries up for “what is the difference between marmot, groundhog, and woodchuck.” Instead, the pictures and texts from Google.com will tell me anything explicitly about the question. Moreover, learning English from Internet has got ahead of traditional way in each every range of English four skills, the listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You can find a native speaker anytime without any trouble on the Internet, and it is up to you, to chat by talking or by typing. Whenever you get online, just click your mouse to find some interesting articles for reading. Write an essay after reading, then mail it to your friends or post it on your blog as you wish. In my opinion, that would be the most terrible waste if you don’t know how to utilize the Internet on learning English, for a positive learner, in particular.

My Keypals...

The story's strat...

Dear Nigel

Hi!
I am from in south korea
I am a seventeen years old
and I am a girl
my name is heeyeoun
I want make a friend
and I wating for your mail
have a good time


Things seem go smoothly...

hi your mail is happy to me
yesterday i come back home and check the e-mail and i so disppointed
but today is happy because i`ve got your mail
i can only be on line for once a week because i study hard too
my name is pqrk heeyeoun and you say yeoun OK?
i like Taiwan. the reason why?... it`s F4.. hihikiki.....^^
Taiwan change president? it`s OK? i don`t know political
it`s too tired day
i also tired
because.....
korean school started at am 7:30 and finished at pm10:00
all kins of korean high school student same
what do you think about that?
it`s too late i go sleeping


I cannot send a mail to her mailbox from now on, don't know why, the letters I sent just keep turning back like virus, so I lost her for a long time... then, ONE DAY...here comes a letter...


i am heeyeoun/

why you don`t answer a my letter?

I'm not mean to do it.....forget me please...


However, Meg is great!

I've already pasted the message between she and I on the buttom of the Blog.

Log of Vocabulary During the Semester

3/7
1. Folder: a folder is a thin piece of cardboard in which you can keep loose papers.
i. The folder was 2 inches thick…
2. Saccharine
This is used to refer to an action or personality that appears very sweet, but at the same time insincere; rather related to "cheesy"
EXAMPLE:
After I apologized to the librarian for returning my books late, she gave me a saccharine smile and told me that it didn't matter, but her eyes seeme to be saying that I had better not turn them in late again.
3. dean: 大學教務長;學院院長
4. acclaimed 受到讚揚的
5. press release 新聞稿
6. toe the lines: perhaps means—doing things in a certain way which established by certain people.→ 遵守秩序 或 乖乖聽話。Ex: If you can make your students to the lines, you are a successful teacher. Ex2: The British agency will dangle carrot only if the government agrees to toe DFID lines. Ex3: Making the Tobacco Industry "Toe the Lines" Drawn by the MSA: Lessons Learned From MSA Enforcement Litigation.
7. gaze 凝視;注視 ex: gazing out the sea of faces.
8. second to none 首屈一指,沒人比他好,不比任何人差: he is second to none.
9. dormant 冬眠的;靜止狀態的;睡著狀態的
10. hibernation 冬眠
11. hoodlum 無賴;流氓
12. gangster (成群結隊的) 流氓;黑道
13. verbal 言辭的;字句的 ex: verbal skill 運用語言的能力
14. shrine 神壇
15. liquor 烈酒
16. sterile 不結果實的;貧瘠的;無菌的
17. aristocracy 貴族(總稱)
Dusk - Noun
The time of day before it gets dark; Around 4:00 in the winter; 7:30 - 8:30 in the summer; Example: I usually turn my lights on at dusk.
Troublesome - Adjective
full of trouble
Example: Morning traffic is troublesome. I have to leave for work very early because of the heavy traffic.
Example: Caleb was sometimes troublesome as a baby because he cried a lot and bothered his sister.
Similar words: bothersome (full of bother) ; worrisome (full of worry)
Stew - Noun
A dish of beef and vegetables, which is cooked slowly with water and spices
Snored - Regular verb
to make noises while sleeping
Example: When her husband snored, she woke him up.
Example: Jacob's housekeeper snored every night.
Turnips - Plural noun
A large vegetable that is usually yellow or white
Mild mannered - Adjective
Gentle or kind
Example: A mild mannered person doesn't like to fight.
Example: Sarah was not mild mannered. She liked to do things her own way.
Melt - Verb; Past tense = melted
To change from a solid to a liquid; ice melts into water; ice cream melts into liquid ice cream Example: It was so hot that my ice cream melted all over my hands.
Braid - Noun and verb
a way to decorate hair
Example1: When Sarah was young, she wore her hair in braids.
Example2: Do you know how to braid hair?
Fogbound - Adjective
To be trapped by fog; Fog looks like clouds on the ground.
Example: It was a rainy, cloudy day, so I had to turn on the headlights of my car. The road was fogbound. Similar words: wheelchairbound - a person who has to stay in a wheelchair is wheelchairbound; housebound - a person who has to stay in the house is housebound
Pesky - Adjective
a person who makes a lot of trouble or bothers others; troublesome
Example: Caleb thought he was too pesky because he talked a lot.
Hush - Exclamation or verb
to become silent or quiet.
Example: "Hush! The baby's trying to sleep."
Plain - Adjective
simple; not decorated; not attractive
Example: Sarah said that she was plain and tall.
Example: A plain sandwich doesn't have any mustard or mayonnaise.
Hitch; Past Tense - Hitched - Verb
to connect or attach
Example: Jacob hitched a horse to the wagon.
Fetch; Past Tense - Fetched - Verb
to go and bring back;
Example: Jacob fetched Sarah from the train station.
Woodchuck; - Noun
a North American animal of the rodent (rat) family; it has short legs, a round body, and brown fur.
Example: In New Jersey, you can find woodchucks in fields and woods.
Paws; - Plural Noun
An animal's feet are called "paws".
Lonely; - Adjective
to be without companions or friends; to feel sad to be by yourself;
Example: Some immigrants feel lonely when they first come to a new country.
Preacher; - Noun
a type of religious person, similar to a priest or minister;
Example: Jacob will talk to his preacher if he decides to marry Sarah in the church.
Bunches - Plural Noun
a group of something - a group of flowers, fruit, people, etc
Example: I bought a small bunch of bananas.
Example: There was a bunch of students waiting outside the professor's office.
Nests - Plural Noun
a bird's home, which is made to hold its eggs and baby birds
Example: I found a bird's nest in the tree next to my window.
Bark - Verb and Noun
the sound that a dog makes
Example: Even though it was a small dog, it had a very loud bark.
Example: My dog barks everytime the mailperson delivers the mail.
Turkey buzzard - Plural Noun
a type of bird, similar to a turkey; a turkey that can fly and will eat dead animals
Scared - Adjective
frightened; afraid
Example1: Sarah wasn't scared when she slid down the dune.
Example2: Many people are scared of snakes.
...the stars blinked like fireflies - a simile (an expression that compares 2 different things;
Fireflies are small insects that you often see at night in the summer; they have small yellow lights.
Anna said that the stars looked like fireflies.
Example: Sarah slid down the hay that was like a dune in Maine.
"Sliding down our dune of hay is almost as fine as sliding down the sand dunes into the sea." (Meaning: Sarah compared sliding down the hay to sliding down sand dunes.)
Chores - Plural Noun
daily or routine tasks;
Example: One of my daily chores is to make my bed.
Meadow - Noun
a grassy area where sheep and cows can rest and eat;
Example: Sarah found the sheep eating in the meadow.
Grin - Verb and noun; grinned = past tense
a big smile showing your teeth;
Example: Caleb grinned when Sarah talked about summer.
Frown - Noun and verb; frowned=past tense
a facial expression; when you are thinking hard or are angry, you frown;
Example: During the test, many students frowned when they read the difficult questions.
Biscuits - Plural Noun
a small cake of bread made from flour, water, and egg; usually eaten for breakfast or with a dinner meal; Example: In the winter, Papa and the children baked hot biscuits and ate them with butter.
Tumbleweed - Noun
a dead plant that blows about in the wind;
Example: When the wind blows, you can see tumbleweeds rolling around the yard.
Float - Verb
to rest on top of water;
Example: When Sarah went to the cow pond, she taught the children how tofloat on the water.
Tread - Verb; past tense= treaded
to move your hands so that you keep your head out of the water;
Example: In the cow pond, Sarah treaded water while she was talking to the children.
Sly - Adjective
secretive (likes to keep secrets); clever; cunning
Example: A sly person may get into a little trouble.
Example: Caleb was sometimes sly when he wanted to find out information about Sarah.
Plow - A verb and a noun
a piece of farm equipment that is used to prepare the field for planting
Example: Jacob used a plow in the vegetable garden.
Example: Sarah learned how to plow the field.
Thunder - Noun
a loud sound that you hear during a bad storm
Example: I think it's going to rain. I hear thunder.
Example: My dog is afraid of thunder and other loud noises. During storms, he hides under the bed.
Pungent - Adjective
a strong smell
Example: Before a storm, there is often a pungent smell in the air.
Example: There was a pungent smell in the refrigerator, so I threw out some old food.
Lightning - Noun
a flash of light in the sky; it usually happens before or during a storm
Example: Lightning hit that tree and caused a fire.
Example: When there's a summer rain storm, there is often lightning and thunder.
Hay - Noun
dried grass; it's often given to farm animals for food.
Example: On a farm, the cows and horses eat hay.
Dawn - Noun
early morning when the sun first begins to come up
Example: My mother's a nurse and works the first shift, so she gets up at dawn.
Example: On New Year's Eve, some people stay up until dawn, about 5:00 or 6:00am to greet the new year.
Leaped - A past tense verb
to jump
Example: Seal leaped onto the windowsill.
Nudged - A past tense verb
to push someone or something gently;
Example: Caleb nudged Anna to get her attention.
Example: Sarah nudged the door open with her foot.
Burst into tears - An expression; the verb "burst"
to suddenly begin to cry
Example: Caleb burst into tears because he thought that Sarah was going to go back to Maine.
1. Belly: Belly is between chest and hip. I slap on my belly to show my wife how the supper satisfied me. His bellyful ideas always mean and cruel.
2. Doe, fawn: A deer’s family includes Buck, doe, and fawns, and fawn is usually the symbol color of the deer. Shiloh fawns on Marty because Marty treats him nice.
3. Groundhog: Do you think that Jessie would be kind to tell me what is the difference between groundhog, woodchuck, and marmot? The question has confused me for a long time, because they all have the same explanation in Chinese!
4. Detour: Sometimes detour will go further than straight, especially when we encounter something thorny.
5. Slink: That burglar slinked into the dark shadow and detoured around the lane to escape from the cops’ arrest. Jessie may want to teach me how to use “sneak” and “slink” differently.
1. Stroke: Marty strokes Shiloh all over showing how much he love the dog. I love swimming and can swim in two types, such as free style and frog stroke or breaststroke.
2. Slam: I hear the back screen slam, and Dad comes out on the stoop. He threw his books down with a slam.
3. Heels: I have a blister on my heel because my shoes are too tight.
4. Trailer: He transports his boat by putting it on a trailer behind his car.
5. Howdy: A dialect of south America, which means “How do you do.”

1. Dwell: They dwelt in London for two years. He dwells in poverty most of his life.
2. Cereal: I have just bought a box of cereal.
3. Route: This is the shortest route from Boston to New York.
4. Scram: Scram sounds like “Get Out!” or “Go Away Immediately!”
5. Shrugs: She shrugged at my suggestion. With a shrug, he went out of the room.
1. Game warden: a warden is the president of a prison, but Game warden is an officer of hunting.
2. Sheriff: He was elected the sheriff of the county.
3. Whine: The dog is whining out side the door.
4. Creep: She crept into the room and kissed the sleeping child.
5. Leash: Walk a dog on a leash.
1. Giggle: The absurd story made her giggle.
2. Ditch: They are digging irrigation ditches.
3. Saucer: She offered me tea in her best cup and saucer.
4. Slobber: The dog commences to slobber love all over Marty.
5. Belch: Dad belches and goes out on the back porch to look at the sky.

1. Nibble: She sat down to nibble candy. I could feel fish nibbling at the bait.
2. Loyal: She was loyal to her faith. He is loyal to his wife.
3. Moody: Eleven is a moody age. It is difficult to predict his reaction because he is so moody.
4. Plunk: She plunks herself down beside me in that swing and starts doing everything I do.
5. Wormy: Is this a wormy peach? I see something is moving inside…-_-;


1. Parlor: She was lying on a small settee in the parlor. Is parlor a living room?
2. Chime: The church bells chimed. The clock chimed one o’clock.
3. Popsicle: Popsicles become children’s favorite in summer.
4. Blocks: Children play Blocks’ games in the game room.
5. Celery: Children usually don’t like to eat celery, but grownups do.


1. Investigator: Many investigators have studied the topic. The couple hired an investigator to handle the case.
2. Allergic: She’s allergic to dogs. Allergic means sensitive in medical science.
3. Creek: There are often wild ducks swimming in the creek. Some small boats moored near the creek.
4. Bust: I got a sadness inside me growing so big I feel I’m about to bust. He busted his watch yesterday.
5. Rehearsed: Rehearsed my lines so often I can say them by heart. They are rehearsing a new play.


1. Camouflage: they covered their tanks with leaves and branches as camouflage.
2. Grin: She grinned foolishly at him.
3. Intention: His good intentions were repaid by good results. It wasn’t my intention to fool you.
4. Slog: He slogs over through waist-high weeds to where the doe lays.
5. Whirl: The electric fan blades whirled in the hot room. The car whirled down the street.


1. Omission: The omission of “for” in this sentence is incorrect. This sentence does not allow any omissions.
2. Jubilation: “Heeeowl!” I go again, out of joy and jubilation, the way people do in church.
3. Hoe: We need hoe or plow to soften the field before we plant on it.
4. Fierce: The dog became fierce when he lost its temper. After a fierce battle the enemy was forced to retreat.
5. Signature: If you show a judge a paper without a witness’s signature, he’ll laugh you right out of the courthouse.

Comment of Denise Lin’s Midterm Project

Learning English from music could make a hard task a please game no matter the game is for adults or for children. The question is “ How can we granted the wish?” first, you don’t need to buy a great number of expensive albums except your parents are rich and allow you to do so. Instead of it, though, I know this is not a good example, I would like to “search and find and download” a single song that I have ever heard and liked it before, because I was always buying an album in which contains only one or two songs I like. I don’t think it is reasonable and worth to spend money on junk songs. Besides, I am not downloading those songs for selling. Second, lyrics are always necessary for learning English from music. To advance abilities such as listening, reading, pronunciation, and intonation simultaneously is the main purpose; in addition, it could enlarge our vocabulary size through various songs. Is not it a nice way? However, I would not put too much time on music listening due to its finite scopes. It is always a long road to go while we are learning English.

PS: This is the greatest website that contains almost all the English songs’ lyrics and I can always find them here: http://www.sing365.com/.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

A Part of Western Literature's Final Project ~ The Analysis of TIME'S REVENGES

Robert Browning

TIME'S REVENGES



I've a Friend, over the sea;
I like him, but he loves me.asserts identity
It all grew out of the books I write;
They find such favour in his sight
That he slaughters you with savage looks
Because you don't admire my books.
He does himself though,--and if some vein
Were to snap tonight in this heavy brain,
To-morrow month, if I lived to try,
Round should I just turn quietly, 10
Or out of the bedclothes stretch my hand
Till I found him, come from his foreign land
To be my nurse in this poor place,
And make my broth and wash my face
And light my fire and, all the while,
Bear with his old good-humoured smile
That I told him "Better have kept away
Than come and kill me, night and day,
With, worse than fever throbs and shoots,
The creaking of his clumsy boots." 20
I am as sure that this he would do,
As that Saint Paul's is striking two.
And I think I rather . . . woe is me!
--Yes, rather would see him than not see,
If lifting a hand could seat him there
Before me in the empty chair
To-night, when my head aches indeed,
And I can neither think nor read
Nor make these purple fingers hold
The pen; this garret's freezing cold! 30

And I've a Lady--there he wakes,
The laughing fiend and prince of snakes
Within me, at her name, to pray
Fate send some creature in the way
Of my love for her, to be down-torn,
Upthrust and outward-borne,
So I might prove myself that sea
Of passion which I needs must be!
Call my thoughts false and my fancies quaint
And my style infirm and its figures faint, 40
All the critics say, and more blame yet,
And not one angry word you get.
But, please you, wonder I would put
My cheek beneath that lady's foot
Rather than trample under mine
That laurels of the Florentine,
And you shall see how the devil spends
A fire God gave for other ends!
I tell you, I stride up and down
This garret, crowned with love's best crown, 50
And feasted with love's perfect feast,
To think I kill for her, at least,
Body and soul and peace and fame,
Alike youth's end and manhood's aim,
--So is my spirit, as flesh with sin,
Filled full, eaten out and in
With the face of her, the eyes of her,
The lips, the little chin, the stir
Of shadow round her mouth; and she
--I'll tell you,--calmly would decree 60
That I should roast at a slow fire,

If that would compass her desire
And make her one whom they invite
To the famous ball to-morrow night.

There may be heaven; there must be hell;
Meantime, there is our earth here--well!

Paraphrase

Robert Browning
TIME'S REVENGES

I have a friend who lives over the sea. I only like him, but he loves me to dead, because he is so in love with the books I write. If you tell him you don’t admire my books, he’ll kill you savagely with his crazy looks. (I’ll say so called “friend” here means the author’s inspiration.) Tonight, my head is suffering aches, I cannot think, read, nor write. And this poor garret is freezing cold that makes me difficult to hold the pen. I’m thinking if I don’t care about his coming, just lay on my bed and turning around or stretch my hand all over the bedclothes to try to see if I can come up something until next month of tomorrow. Perhaps I’ll found him come to me from his foreign land to nurse me, to take care of me, to cook for me, and to light a fire for me. And I am going to tell him “leave me alone.” You had better to kill me night and day or ill-treat me with the stupid creaking sound from your clumsy boots. Ah, I would like to invite him to sit in the empty chair in front of my desk, indeed.

I have loved a lady, but the devil inside my mind is waking up. It’s like the fate is trying to send some creatures to interrupt my love for her. And the mind is going wild. I decide to prove to my love the sea of passion I have for her. Though, I know my thoughts are false, my fancies are quaint, my style is infirm and its figure is faint. I don’t care, I’m going to sacrifice my soul, my body, my peace, and my fame to win her love and crown the love’s best crown. Even though, she could roast me on a slow fire just for some silly desires, because I am totally bewildered. I tell you, if the heaven existed, then there must be a hell.


Characterization


In Time’s Revenges, the protagonist is the author himself. And his old friend who loves his books and the lady who he loves but cannot get together are supporting roles.

The protagonist has a friend who loves the books he writes to dead and would do anything in his power to serve him, but he doesn’t care the friend. On the other hand, the protagonist loves a woman and would sacrifice all of his property including his soul to win her love. However, the lady is not interested at him.




Theme and Moral


Theme:
The narrator in Time’s Revenges is Unreliable Narrator: the first person narrator whom the reader cannot completely believe because he is biased, ignorant, or mentally impaired.
The theme of Time’s Revenges could be state as: the author is suffering by no inspiration for writing. And he starts to talk to himself in his garret. Imagine that he has a friend who loves him and would do anything for him, but he only likes him and don’t care of him. Meantime, he is in love with a lady and he thinks he may win her love by sacrifices such as body, soul, peace and fame. But end up in vain; to make matters worse, the woman has a purpose of trapping him for the invite from a famous ball…


Moral:

Don’t offer people the thing that you don’t even want it.
In the story, the author’s indifference to his friend is at last avenged by the impassiveness the lady shows toward him.


NOTES:
"Time's Revenges." An author soliloquizes in his garret
over the fact that he possesses a friend who loves him and
would do anything in his power to serve him, but for
whom he cares almost nothing. At the same time he
himself loves a woman to such distraction that he counts
himself crowned with love's best crown while sacrificing
his soul, his body, his peace, and his fame in brooding on
his love, while she could calmly decree that he should
roast at a slow fire if it would compass her frivolously
ambitious designs Thus his indifference to his friend is
avenged by the indifference the lady shows toward him.

Line 46. The Florentine: Dante. Used here, seemingly, as
a symbol of the highest attainments in poesy, his (the
speaker's) reverence for which is so great that he would
rather put his cheek under his lady's foot than that poetry
should suffer any indignity at his hands; yet in spite of
all the possibilities open to him through his enthusiasm for
poetry, he prefers wasting his entire energies upon one
unworthy of him.

Reading Respond Journal of SHILOH Chapter 13-15

Chapter 13
Vocabulary:

1. Investigator: Many investigators have studied the topic. The couple hired an investigator to handle the case.
2. Allergic: She’s allergic to dogs. Allergic means sensitive in medical science.
3. Creek: There are often wild ducks swimming in the creek. Some small boats moored near the creek.
4. Bust: I got a sadness inside me growing so big I feel I’m about to bust. He busted his watch yesterday.
5. Rehearsed: Rehearsed my lines so often I can say them by heart. They are rehearsing a new play.


Reading response journal:

Chapter 13: Predict what will happen next.

The main idea of the chapter is Marty has occasionally found that Judd Travers hunted deer out of season. And unbelievably, this morning was just right the dead date that Judd said he would take Shiloh back on Sunday. This new discovery will become useful evidence, which Mary could utilize as an object of saving Shiloh. And that will make the story more exciting. I am now wondering about their conversation. Is Judd going to surrender? Or the author had woven another solution for Shiloh to get together with Prestons?


Comment of Shiloh chapter thirteen:

Marty is a mature-minded child. Way the boy thought in page 110 is not what a common kid could do. For example, “ I’m not making life one bit easier for my parents or Dara Lynn or Becky, but I just can’t give up Shiloh without a fight.” He knows what he is going to do will cause more troubles to his family. But he is so stick to save Shiloh from his poor suffering that inspires him to become a hard one to try to communicate with Judd face to face. Even though, he also afraid of Judd may shoot him.


Chapter 14
Vocabulary:

1. Camouflage: they covered their tanks with leaves and branches as camouflage.
2. Grin: She grinned foolishly at him.
3. Intention: His good intentions were repaid by good results. It wasn’t my intention to fool you.
4. Slog: He slogs over through waist-high weeds to where the doe lays.
5. Whirl: The electric fan blades whirled in the hot room. The car whirled down the street.


Reading response journal:

Chapter 14: a) Why does Marty feel taller than he really is next to Judd? b) What do you think of Marty’s bargain with Judd? c) Will it work?

A) First, he thinks that he has witnessed the process of Judd’s hunting deer out of season. Second, maybe Marty is satisfied at Judd’s surprise by the time Marty has shown beside him. Third, Marty has constantly encouraged himself on the way toward Judd’s.
B) Actually, Marty’s bargain with Judd is extremely dangerous. I won’t agree any child to bargain with rude and rough grownups, because the way Marty said: Will Judd shoot me? My answer is: very likely.
C) It works finally, Marty have to pay Judd 40 dollars by 20 hours works for him and keep the deer as a secret at the same time.

Comment of Shiloh chapter fourteen:

It is impossible for Marty to consider every situation that could happen when he meet Judd. But things seem went smoothly by the time he is bargaining with the mean guy. The most exciting part starts from Marty get outrage and said, “ Shoot me?” How come a gentle little boy becomes such a brave fighter? He is merely struggling the chance for saving Shiloh, because he said, “ I don’t want the meat (doe). I want Shiloh.” Will Marty succeed? I will predict that chapter 15 is going to end up with a happy ending.

Chapter 15
Vocabulary:

1. Omission: The omission of “for” in this sentence is incorrect. This sentence does not allow any omissions.
2. Jubilation: “Heeeowl!” I go again, out of joy and jubilation, the way people do in church.
3. Hoe: We need hoe or plow to soften the field before we plant on it.
4. Fierce: The dog became fierce when he lost its temper. After a fierce battle the enemy was forced to retreat.
5. Signature: If you show a judge a paper without a witness’s signature, he’ll laugh you right out of the courthouse.


Reading response journal:

Chapter 15: What makes Judd change?

The way Marty represented that had kind of touched the inner part of Judd’s. Marty was not only doing those chores the way Judd asked, he wanted to do it better. They gradually get familiar with each other during Marty’s 20 hours’ hard task. And at last, Judd not only kept his words, but also gave Marty a dog collar. Suddenly, I figured out that the mean guy had already changed, while I was reading the paragraph.


Comment of Shiloh chapter fifteen:

Marty was always having a sense of humor like the sentence below in this chapter: “ Judd spits. Didn’t know a man could drink beer and chew tobacco at the same time, but Judd does.” Ha! This is really interesting. Well, if Marty had ever been to Taiwan and seen Taiwanese chewing betel nuts and drink liquor simultaneously he would precisely realize that people could do the two things together. The story is end. And there is a happy ending, indeed! Compare to I first read the book, I was not that like it. But now, I understand why Jessie so insisted to recommend us reading it over, because the story is a classic. I am going to read more sequels to Shiloh during the summer.

PS: Don’t you think Marty, the protagonist, has a twisted experience like a martyr?

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Comment of Cindy Chen’s midterm project

Learning English from children literatures and nursery rhymes are definitely good ideas, because ESL students always lack of those background knowledge of native speakers’ childhood acquisition. There are many flesh files in this website http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/, in which we can learn pronunciation and story telling methods at the same time. Besides, it is always our best bet when learning English by playing games with a good-humoured mood. I want to introduce a similar website that contains more vivid and active flesh story telling programs: www.tumblebooks.com and the log in name and code for temporary are: tumble81585 and 81585. Warning! The code’s dead date is June 15, so got to be hurry, if you want to read and listen some exciting story.

Friday, June 11, 2004

A "Copy and Paste" Lesson Plan of "Whose Mouse Are You?"

Whose Mouse Are You?
By Robert Kraus


The story is:
Whose mouse are you?
Nobody’s mouse
Where is your mother?
Inside the cat
Where is your father?
Caught in a trap
Where is your sister?
Far from home
Where is your brother?
I have none
What will you do?
Shake my mother out of the cat!
Free my father from the trap!
Find my sister and bring her home
Wish for a brother, as I have none
Now whose mouse are you?
My mother’s mouse, she loves me so.
My father’s mouse, from head to toe.
My sister’s mouse, she loves me too.
My brother’s mouse…
Your brother’s mouse?
My brother’s mouse—he’s brand new! (New born)

What is the story about?
A little mouse tells how he will find his missing family.

Before you read the book.
Ask children, "Who’s child are you?"
Ask, "Who’s brother or sister are you?"
Say that this is a story of a mouse looking for his family.
After you read the book.
Ask how mouse felt looking for his family.
Ask how mouse felt when finding mother.
Ask if they ever felt the same way.
Have them tell the story back to you.
Things to do together.
Read the book again when children want
Replay
Reread the book.
Have children finish phrases you begin, such as:
"Whose mouse are ________,"
"Find my sister and bring her ________."
Soon, children will be saying the words as you read.
Mouse Pictures
Ask children their favorite scene from the book.
Have them draw scene.
Have them write something they remember from the book.
It is okay if their writing is scribbles.



In this children’s classic, “Nobody’s Mouse” is feeling melancholy (blue) that he is alone and without his family. But down-in-the-dumps (very much blue) mouse soon becomes a mouse of action. Acclaimed author-and-artist team Robert Kraus and Jose Aruego celebrate thirty years with a newly designed jacket on a classically rendered picture book about self-esteem and courage. (2000) Hardcover, Keywords: Self-Esteem, Courage

Sample Letter to Parents
Whose Mouse Are You?
Dear Parents:
Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus is a comical book about the family of a little mouse. It tells us, in a repetitive rhyme, the make-up of the little mouse’s family.
Read this book with your child and then create a rhyming book about your family. Please include family members, things you do as a family, and special facts or attributes about your family. You may use any materials to illustrate your book (e.g., construction paper, computer graphics, word processing tools, illustrations, real pictures).
Please have fun with your child while engaging in this activity. This is coming to you on Friday, in hopes that you will return it on Monday.
Sincerely,
Your Child’s English Teacher

Copyright 2003 IRA/NCTE. All rights reserved. ReadWriteThink materials may be reproduced for educational purposes.

Homework of reading SHILOH - Chapter 1-7

Chapter 1
Vocabulary:

1. Belly: Belly is between chest and hip. I slap on my belly to show my wife how the supper satisfied me. His bellyful ideas always mean and cruel.
2. Doe, fawn: A deer’s family includes Buck, doe, and fawns, and fawn is usually the symbol color of the deer. Shiloh fawns on Marty because Marty treats him nice.
3. Groundhog: Do you think that Jessie would be kind to tell me what is the difference between groundhog, woodchuck, and marmot? The question has confused me for a long time, because they all have the same explanation in Chinese!
4. Detour: Sometimes detour will go further than straight, especially when we encounter something thorny.
5. Slink: That burglar slinked into the dark shadow and detoured around the lane to escape from the cops’ arrest. Jessie may want to teach me how to use “sneak” and “slink” differently.

Reading response journal:
Chapter 1: Why does Marty think Shiloh hasn’t been treated well?

According to Shiloh’s behaviors in page 3 and 4, “just slinking along with his head down”, “tail between his legs like he’s hardly got the right to breath”, “C’mon, boy, I say, putting out my hand. The dog gets up and backs off. He don’t even whimper, like he’s lost his bark.” and the like. To sum up, the answer exists in the conversation of Marty and his Dad: “Way the dog acts. Scared to pee, almost.” (Page 7)

Comment of Shiloh chapter one:

Usually, chapter one is the hardest part in a storybook, because there often are many names and character relationships have to recognize, and Jessie told us so. In Shiloh, I think the characters’ heavy accent and various slang are the components that once in a while interrupt my enjoyment of reading, though, it’s a whole new experience. Learning English always needs dissimilar background knowledge. My most impressive part in Shiloh chapter one is the debut of Shiloh, the beagle. He is such a poor doggy who everybody could not afford to pity or commiserate him, because of his owner Mr. Judd Travers was not a dog lover and perhaps had ever abused him. Predictably, the mistreatment about animals and the fellowship between Marty and Shiloh will be the trunk of the story’s structure.
Chapter 2


Vocabulary:

1. Stroke: Marty strokes Shiloh all over showing how much he love the dog. I love swimming and can swim in two types, such as free style and frog stroke or breaststroke.
2. Slam: I hear the back screen slam, and Dad comes out on the stoop. He threw his books down with a slam.
3. Heels: I have a blister on my heel because my shoes are too tight.
4. Trailer: He transports his boat by putting it on a trailer behind his car.
5. Howdy: A dialect of south America, which means “How do you do.”



Reading response journal:

Chapter 2: How would you feel if you had to take Shiloh to Judd and leave him there?

I will feel depressing and heartbreaking to leave Shiloh in Judd’s and I would think that my behavior is like pushing Shiloh into hell. Judd is going to abuse Shiloh over and over again! He was such a mean one. Why the Devil like people owned such a little angel like beagle?



Comment of Shiloh chapter two:

Marty put the bad treatment down to Judd Travers’ mean behaviors. Indeed, Judd is selfish, rude, and conscienceless person. In the end of the chapter, also, he tells Marty how he is going to do with the dog. And my most impressive part is the last sentence:” I swallow and swallow, and all the way home I can’t speak a word, trying to hold the tears back.” Marty is a good boy. He listened to his parents to send the dog back to Judd, even though, he is protesting against himself inside.


Chapter 3


Vocabulary:

1. Dwell: They dwelt in London for two years. He dwells in poverty most of his life.
2. Cereal: I have just bought a box of cereal.
3. Route: This is the shortest route from Boston to New York.
4. Scram: Scram sounds like “Get Out!” or “Go Away Immediately!”
5. Shrugs: She shrugged at my suggestion. With a shrug, he went out of the room.



Reading response journal:

Chapter 3: Why doesn’t Judd name his dogs?

First, he may be thought that he will love his dogs if he names them. He likes to treat them in violent way. For example, he likes to kick them, lock them and starve them, as he likes. Second, as a bad guy in this story, how can he perform a dog lover? I won’t accept that, because the story will go boring. ^^a



Comment of Shiloh chapter three:


Marty’s “Shiloh rescue” plan is proceeding with the support from his father and himself. He starts from collecting some aluminum cans for the recycling place and deliver catalog for his father. This is the spirit I respect for. And I think that children should learn to earn what they want badly by themselves, not by yelling and crying over their parents. This is so called: Independence and Maturation.

Chapter 4


Vocabulary:

1. Game warden: a warden is the president of a prison, but Game warden is an officer of hunting.
2. Sheriff: He was elected the sheriff of the county.
3. Whine: The dog is whining out side the door.
4. Creep: She crept into the room and kissed the sleeping child.
5. Leash: Walk a dog on a leash.



Reading response journal:

Chapter 4: Why does Marty get a full night’s sleep for the first time in a long time?

Marty thinks that Shiloh is save now to get together with him, and he imagines how wonderful it is to have Shiloh with him. He will fix as much food as he can for Shiloh, run all over the hill with the dog, and he is never going to let anybody hurt him again ever.


Comment of Shiloh chapter four:


It is the destiny. Shiloh has run away from the pack during Judd Travers has taken his dogs out hunting, and he run to Marty’ house. This is what Marty has dreamed about, of course he won’t let go the chance to have Shiloh with him. He immediately builds a doghouse for Shiloh with delight. He decides to protect the dog and soon he hide him right in the bushes of the hill up his house. An he tell himself:” I know that if I was to see Judd Travers that very minute with his rifle, I’d tell him he’d have to shoot me before I’d ever let him near Shiloh again.”


Chapter 5


Vocabulary:

1. Giggle: The absurd story made her giggle.
2. Ditch: They are digging irrigation ditches.
3. Saucer: She offered me tea in her best cup and saucer.
4. Slobber: The dog commences to slobber love all over Marty.
5. Belch: Dad belches and goes out on the back porch to look at the sky.


Reading response journal:

Chapter 5: Should Marty give Shiloh back to Judd? Explain your thinking.

Shiloh did not belong to Marty when they first meet each other. Besides, Marty knows well that the dog’s owner is Judd Travers. With the two reasons, I am going to take Shiloh to Judd and leave him there if I were Marty, because honesty is always the best policy to a child’s moral development (morality). Perhaps, he feels sad and cannot bear to return Shiloh to Judd, the owner who once mistreated his dog and may be will keep abusing the little poor thing. But just as the story goes, “I will do anything for Shiloh”. And I believe that justice will end up as the winner.


Comment of Shiloh chapter five:


Marty takes care of Shiloh cautiously. In the start of the chapter, the list of his three problems can tell us how serious he is considering the question about keep Shiloh. But soon, there are some scaring things happen. Judd has come, and Marty makes a decision to lie on him, because he is not going to let Judd break Shiloh’s legs. As a reader, I would accept the sort of lie from the protagonist. He in not lying for nonsense, on the contrast, he is lying for justice, for protecting the poverty dog from death.

Chapter 6

Vocabulary:

1. Nibble: She sat down to nibble candy. I could feel fish nibbling at the bait.
2. Loyal: She was loyal to her faith. He is loyal to his wife.
3. Moody: Eleven is a moody age. It is difficult to predict his reaction because he is so moody.
4. Plunk: She plunks herself down beside me in that swing and starts doing everything I do.
5. Wormy: Is this a wormy peach? I see something is moving inside…-_-;


Reading response journal:

Chapter 6: How does Marty feel about lying? Why do you think Judd is so mean?


He knows lying is not right, but he didn’t mean to tell a lie. He even made self-examination after Dare Lynn, his sister, warned him how serious could be the result of a liar. So he started to pray, and convinced himself. He thinks he is right, at least, he was not telling an exact lie, it’s a “ honest-to-God truth.”
Probably, the reason is the bad treatment from Judd’s father in his childhood. “ Far back as I can remember, Pa took the belt to me—big old welts on my back so raw I could hardly pull my shirt on. I stuck around. Didn’t have anyplace else to go.


Comment of Shiloh chapter six:


The ill treatment in childhood will become an incurable scar, which exists in the inner part of the grownups. And usually, people like Judd, will put those unlucky encounters down to the pets or their children. That would be the most unfortunate events. Nowadays, there are many family-violent events, which are very likely caused from those painful memories. I think the problem could be changed by good education.


Chapter 7


Vocabulary:

Parlor: She was lying on a small settee in the parlor. Is parlor a living room?
Chime: The church bells chimed. The clock chimed one o’clock.
Popsicle: Popsicles become children’s favorite in summer.
Blocks: Children play Blocks’ games in the game room.
Celery: Children usually don’t like to eat celery, but grownups do.


Reading response journal:

Chapter 7: How would you feel if you were Marty?

Marty keeps lying on people, whom he thinks had better to tell a lie. But the more he lies the new and the more problems caused. He has ever said, “ I’ll do anything for Shiloh.” Now, he is doing his promise and everything includes lying, for sure. If I were Marty, I will feel that I am innocent, because I am not doing any bad thing. Nevertheless, Marty still have to burden with the punishment from his conscience, the morality.


Comment of Shiloh chapter seven:


Guess how much does Marty love Shiloh? The answer is “ More than I can think.” When I read the last paragraph of this chapter, I was astonished by the long words:” She also told me that only people are allowed in heaven, not animals. And if I was to go to heaven and look down to see Shiloh left below, head on his paws, I’d run away from heaven sure.” I cannot but have to say that Marty loves Shiloh to dead. I am afraid of going on the story, because I may be burst into tears if I keep those touched feelings and out of my control. However, I hope the story has a happy en

Monday, June 07, 2004

June 7, 2004

Does anybody suppose to read 3 even 8 storybooks at the same time? Yet, one bit at a time! Everybody should feel bored, because it is so stupid to do funny things in a boring way. Nevertheless, I have been working hard on this manner for a long period. Not because I am a silly student, but don’t have a choice. I will tell you how to read as inefficiency as me. At first, you precede “Shiloh” to page 10, then, no matter how you like the story and how much you are longing to know what is going to happen next, you have to stop to read “Oliver Twist” until page 40, and again, you must stop enjoying your imagination about the story to prepare another story. And it sometimes can be a Chinese history, Japanese literature, Shakespeare’s poem or drama, and yet Linguistics. Worst of all, you need to create some poem or article even though you are not a poet. And then, you are backing to the first step to read the strange story, which you perhaps have already forgotten it at all. Over and over again, we have been playing the worthless, redundant, and “Multi-role-played” game that I called it: “No matter how hard you tried, you have just been wasting your life.”

Sunday, June 06, 2004

An Advertisement of Starship Troopers 2


A star war based movie about whether people or bugs survive at the last. It’s the sort of action and science-fiction combined movie that keeps the audiences going on excited during they are watching it. Perhaps, you are going to say “That reeks! Or Oh, it’s too disgusting! ”, while you see the Monster-size bugs killing, swallowing and destroying human beings. After all, that would be the most attractive part for the movie’s audiences. Now you can see more sort of bugs and more terror scenes in Starshp Troopers2 – Hero of the Federation and it’s going to release on June 1, 2004. In addition, it’s straight to video. That means you can also rent the DVD and VCD in Blockbuster in the same date. What else do you wanna ask? The special effects? The actor and actress? Don’t postponed your finite life time. Go get a Video! The answers are all inside.

Diamante

I

Went to

Nigel in

Thursday morning

He taught me how to

Say “fart” in polite way

It’s “pass-gas” and “cut the cheese”

And we use “flatulence”

In medical form

Because people

Sometimes sick

When they

Fart!

Active Or Passive June 5, 2004

Most of Taiwan students have been used to being a passive learner. That is to say, most of us do not have a will to learn or study automatically. In terms of Taiwan’s education system, teachers tended to make students working on excess homeworks and tests to benefit students’ acquisitions from textbooks. Chinese idiom are saying that:” knowledge are dead things, people are alive.” However, the results are always leading students potentially making bids for away from the books if they get a chance. I have already had a bellyful of my classmates’ complaining and I am also the witness whom have seen how students detouring to pick up textbooks. In my opinion, teachers have the responsibility for teaching students how to go fishing, but students should be entitled to decide if they want to go fishing or not and what kind of fish are they willing to fish.