New Horizon College English (Book 2)

Unit 6

Contents

Section A As His Name Is, So Is He!

Section B Judge by Appearances

Section C The Pain in Wearing High Heels

Objectives

Students will be able to:

1. have a better understanding of the influence of names on people;

2. master the key language points grammatical structures in the text;

3. develop their ability in expressing their ideas in both spoken and written form;

4. conduct a series of reading, listening, speaking and writing activities related to the theme of the unit.

Section A As His Name Is, So Is He!

I. Background Information

II. Warm-Up Activities

III. Understanding the Text

IV. Words and Expressions

V. Speaking Activities

Homework

I. Background Information

1.About names: For this reading passage, we have many proper names, which contain cultural background. The following websites might offer you a lot of information you may be interested in.

2. The Bible:

II. Warm-Up Activities

1). Is there any story about your name? Tell us the story.

2). Why are people so careful when giving a baby a name?

3). What do you know about these people from their names?

Survey findings:

•Susan: The most attractive female name

•Richard: Most attractive

•David: Most attractive

•Harry: Sound dull

III. Understanding the Text

1. Questions for Discussion

Work in groups and answer the following questions according to the passage.

1) Did Debbie like her former name? Why? Or why not?

2) According to Debbie, what difference did it make when she substituted her middle name, Lynne, for her first Debbie?

3) What did the writer think of Debbie’s name change?

4) According to the writer, why did one prominent magazine consistently refuse to print “Joe” in his byline?

5) In para5, why was the woman ill at ease?

6) Why did the writer say that we were all guilty of name stereotyping to some extent?

7) How can name-based prejudices affect classroom achievement?

8) According to the writer, what can you do if your name doesn’t seem to fit you?

2. Text Structure Analysis

Central topic:

The influence of names on people

Main ideas of each paragraph

Para. 1: Debbie does not feel good about her name.

Para. 2: Her change of name helped bring success to her career.

Para. 3: It is important to have the right name because it suggests certain qualities.

Para. 4: Names are attached to specific images.

Para. 5: Names with a positive sense can work for people, even encourage new acquaintances.

Para. 6: People are sometimes guilty of name stereotyping in relation to names.

Para. 7: Prejudices against or in favor of certain names can affect students’ classroom achievements, objectively graded IQ and popularity with their peers.

Para. 8: If you think your name does not suit you, you can change your old name.

IV. Words & Expressions

1.application n.

Free information will be sent out an application to the office.

Students learned the practical application of the theory.

2.associate.

He is not a friend but an associate. 他是同事,而不是朋友。

They were closely associated during the war. 战争期间他们的关系很密切。

3.reserve n.

A few drinks broke through his reserve. 几杯酒下肚他就打开了话匣子。

the gold reserve 黄金储备

4.qualify.

Tom is well qualified for the job. 汤姆很有资格做这份工作。

5.refine

refine one’s language 使某人的语言更为文雅

Oil is industrially refined. 燃料油是经工业提炼而成的。

6.acquaintance n.

He has a wide circle of acquaintances. 他交际甚广。

He has some little acquaintance with the Japanese language. 他略懂一些日语。

7.stereotype

The police have been criticized for having stereotyped images of black people. 有人批评警方对黑人有成见。

The characters in the book are just stereotypes.

这书中的角色只是些僵化的人物。

8.thoughtful a.

The doctor looked thoughtful for a moment and then started to write something on the paper.

医生仔细考虑了片刻,开始在纸上写了起来。

She’s a very thoughtful person. 她是个很体贴别人的人。

9.consistent:conform to a regular pattern or style

continuous: going on without break

constant: going on all the time, unchanging

The sign in the cinema said: “___________ performance from 1:00 pm to 11:30 am.”

He has been a _________ friend of our party.

What you said was not ________ with what you did.

10.label n

A critic called her first novel “super-romantic” and the label has stuck.

一位评论家称他的第一部小说为“超级浪漫小说”,于是那部小说得了这一雅号。

His work is difficult to label precisely.

他的工作难以准确描述。

11.substitute for (L.5)

We have to substitute Mr. Liu for the teacher who was still in hospital.

12.for better or worse (L.20

The couple swore that they would be together for better or worse.

13.convey to (L.23)

What does the picture convey to its audience?

attach sth. to sth. (L.24)

The president attached great importance to family life.

15.press for (L.35)

The government finally took some action because the public had been pressing for inquiry into the question.

16.be ill at ease (L.37)

She was ill at ease with strangers.

17.be free from (L.38)

He leads a life free from anxiety.

18.stick with sth. (L.58)

Only a few could stick with an ideal in reality.

1. as…so 表示类比.

2. feel like sth./doing sth. …

3.fill out an application form (L.4)

4.substitute for (L.5)

5.for better or worse (L.20

6.convey to (L.23)

attach sth. to sth. (L.24)

8.press for (L.35)

9.be ill at ease (L.37)

10.be free from (L.38)

11.stick with sth. (L.58)

V. Speaking activities

Summary: Summarize the passage using the tips below.

make a difference lead to success suggest qualities specific images

a positive sense name stereotyping prejudices against affect one’s evaluation

2. Group Discussion:

“Movie stars regularly change their names, and with some determination, you can, too.”

1) Do you agree with this statement?

2) Do you want to change your name? why?

3) Can we change our names freely? What effects will it have on the society?

VI. Homework

1. Go over Text A and do the exercises.

2. Read Text B and do the exercises.

3. Write a paragraph on the topic below, arranging your ideas in a logical way.

The Importance to Break a Bad Habit

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