New Horizon College English
Book 4 Unit 2
Teaching Plan
(4 periods)

Section A Charlie Chaplin
Section B The Political Career of a Female Politician
Section C A Family of Firsts

Students will be able to:
1. grasp the main idea (Charlie Chaplin’s life which is full of contrasts. He came into the world miserable but brought the world endless joy.)
2. master the key language points and grammatical structures in the text;
3. conduct a serious of reading, listening, speaking and writing activities related to the theme of the unit.

Teaching procedure

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Warm-up activities

Global reading

Detailed reading

After reading

Section B

Section A Charlie Chaplin
Warm-up Activities
1.Do you know Charlie Chaplin? Can you say something about him?
Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on 16th April 1889 in Walworth, London, and lived a Dickensian childhood, shared with his brother, Sydney, that included extreme poverty, workhouses and seeing his mother’s mental decline put her into an institution. Both his parents, though separated when he was very young, were music hall artists, his father quite famously so. But it was his mother that Charlie idolized and was inspired by during his visit of the backstage while she performed, to take up such a career for himself.
2.Can you name some of his movies?
The Tramp(流浪者); Modern Times(摩登时代); The Gold Rush(淘金者); City Light(城市之光); The Great Dictator(大独裁者)
3.Comments on Modern Times
A delightful film with one great scene after another, Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" is hilarious, thoughtful, and timeless. Chaplin combined his silent film skills with creative use of sound effects and music, and added a wide variety of interesting and entertaining settings, to create a film that is very pleasing to watch. Chaplin's own fine acting is complemented by a delightful and charming performance by Paulette Goddard. And the story itself, filled with twists and turns, is a timeless commentary on "modern" life, much of which is applicable to any era.

Background Information
1. Hollywood: An area of Los Angeles which is known as the center of the American film industry. In terms of geography, Hollywood refers to an area consisting of the City of West Hollywood and its vicinity that form part of the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. It is generally thought that everyone living in Hollywood is extremely rich, famous, and concerned with appearances but in fact many parts of Hollywood today are poor, dirty and badly cared for.
2. Mack Sennett (1880—1960): U.S. film producer, born in Richmond, Quebec. He worked in the theatre as a comic in burlesque companies, and from 1908 in silent films. He later formed his own company and hundreds of shorts, establishing a whole generation of players and a tradition of knockabout slapstick under the name of Keystone Komics (1912), and later the Sennett Bathing Beauties (1920). He received a Special Academy Award in 1937.

Global Reading
Main Idea: The text is about Charlie Chaplin’s life which is full of contrasts. He came into the world miserable but brought the world endless joy. His Tramp on the screen, crude or coarse in the eyes of the English, gave him permanent fame in movie history. His nonsense screen language with no known nationality brought about his huge success. The contrast between his desire to be loved and his fear of being betrayed led to his painful marriages but brought him the luck to walk into the sunset with Oona. And even after his death, the theft of his body served as a fitting memorial to his life as a great comic.
The passage is made up of four parts—a general introduction of Charlie Chaplin, his professional success, his emotional life and the end of his story—with each of them developed through the device of contrast. By using contrast, the author skillfully weaves different aspects of his life around his life as a great comic, thus making the article an irresistible appeal to the reader.
Part 1 (Paras. 1-2
): A general introduction:
He came into the world poor but made the world rich with joy. Besides, if there is a balance between his miserable childhood and his character of the Tramp, there must be a contrast between his Tramp and his permanent name in comedy history.

Part 2 (Paras. 3-6) His professional success:
His Tramp gave him permanent fame though many people thought it crude; his screen language, making no sense and sounding like no known nationality, brought about his huge success; and his first sight of the Tramp on the screen shocked him but, more importantly, drove him to extend his talent.

Part 3 (Paras. 7-8)His emotional life:
The contrast between his desire to be loved and his worry about being betrayed found its way into his comedy of Monsieur Verdoux but meanwhile brought him the luck to walk into the sunset with Oona in reality.

Part 4 (Paras. 9)
The end of his life story:
The theft of his dead body, though a sad incident, was widely regarded as a fitting memorial—his way of having the last laugh on a world to which he had given so many.

Detailed Reading (language study & patterns)
1. Typical patterns for emphasis:
(I-1) Sb. else might do/have done sth. But only sb. can do/could have done sth. else. (L.4) 别人或许会做某事,但只有某人才会做别的事。
e.g. 在你身陷困境时,或许别人会帮你一把,但只有你才能真正帮自己从中摆脱出来。
When you are caught in a dilemma, others might lend you a hand. But only you can help yourself out.
2. to provide applause and profit where sb. is concerned (L. 6) 给予某人掌声和收益
e.g. 我们的社会应给予伸张正义者更多的掌声和奖励.
Our society should provide more applause and reward where the upholders of justice are concerned.
3. to revolt against/at/from sth./sb. (L. 13) 反抗/反感······

e.g. 他们很反感那些眼高手低、志大才疏的人。
They revolt at those who have great ambition but little ability.

4. to trip sb. up (L. 14) 绊倒某人; 使某人犯错误;使某人受挫
Read the questions carefully, because the examiners sometimes try to trip you up.

5. to come down in the world (L. 29) 落魄,潦倒
e.g. 潦倒不堪时勿丧志,飞黄腾达时莫忘形。
When coming down in the world, don’t grow dejected; when coming up in the world, don’t get swollen-headed.

6. (Ⅰ-2). Sb. is a… person/is in…, adj./p.p. to a degree unusual even in the ranks/world/family of… (L.34)某人是个······人/处于······境界,其······的程度之大甚至在······中也是十分少见的。
E.g. 陈景润是一个毕生追求真理的人,其执著程度之大甚至在科学家中也是十分罕见的。
Chen Jing-run was a lifelong seeker after truth, perseverant to a degree unusual even in the ranks of scientists.
7. Typical patterns for addition of sth.
(III -1)Sth. gives / brings sb. sth.—and, more importantly, sth. else—to do / be…(L.35)
e.g. 她对知识孜孜不倦的追求为她带来了渴望,更重要的是带来了能力,她因此得以发掘并扩展自己身上所显露的天才。
Her devoted pursuit of knowledge gave her the desire — and, more importantly, the ability — to explore and extend a talent she found in herself.
8. to have the urge/a deep need to do sth. (L. 36/47)有一种要做······的欲望
e.g. 向社会证明自身价值的欲望固然重要,而更重要的是把欲望变成现实的能力。
It is important to have the urge to prove one’s worth to society, but more important is the ability to turn the urge into reality.
9. painfully-bought self-knowledge (L. 49) 以沉重的代价换来的自知之明
e.g. 通过不懈努力换来的自信心可以使人受益终生。
The self-confidence bought with unyielding efforts is of endless benefit to one’s whole life. lose one’s faith in sb./sth. (L. 50) 失去了对······的信心
e.g. 对前途失去信心的人只能听从命运的摆布。
He who has lost his faith in his future has to be at the mercy of(受、、、支配)fate.
11.Typical patterns for recovery of sth. denied earlier

(II –1)It is a relief to know that life/fate eventually/at last gave sb. sth. it had earlier denied him/her.(L.53) 令人宽慰的是,生活/命运最终把某人先前没能得到的东西给了他/她。
e.g. 令人宽慰的是,持之以恒最终使他如愿以偿,把他先前由于时运不济无法得到的东西给了他。
It is a relief to know that perseverance eventually gave him the result that he had long desired for but fate had earlier denied him.

12. find in sb. a man/woman of… (L. 54) 发现某人是一个······
e.g. 我们发现她是一个训练有素的人,有手艺、有眼光、有头脑,同时也具有良好的修养,彬彬有礼。
We have found in her a woman of trained hand, eye, and brain; disciplined and good mannered.
13. to give sb. permanent fame (L. 4)
Honesty and uprightness during his tenure of office gave him permanent fame in the minds of the people.

Summary of the Text
Interestingly, despite the fact that Chaplin came from Britain, he was much more popular in other countries than in his own mother country. The truth is that most English people considered the Tramp a little crude. It was generally thought by them that he had too much of an eye for the ladies and that his clothes gave him an appearance more like an Italian waiter than anything else. All in all the image was not gentleman-like according to many English people.
However, the silent movies helped Chaplin to conceal his true nationality from American audiences. He once put off making a talking movie until 1936 when he made up a nonsense language which sounded like no known nationality. He said he thought of the Tramp as an educated man who had fallen on hard times. The truth is, however, that he was seen probably popular because he as character who revolted against the privileged classes.

After Reading
1. Discussion
Work in small groups and discuss the following questions.
1. What disadvantages did Chaplin face early in his life and how did these perhaps help him later?
2. When it came to relationships, what main problem did his personality have and what results did this have?

2. Structured Writing
Now try to write your own short composition, with a general statement supported by details. You may choose one of the following topics. One topic has a detailed outline that you can follow.
A general statement: Charlie Chaplin is a great comic not only for his native land, Britain, but more for the world.
Details: wearing moustaches, huge pants and tailcoats, not characteristic of the British people
Silent films, people having no difficulty in understanding his films
Sound movies, a nonsense language not for one single nationality
Of British origin, but signed up by Hollywood
Not confined to his mother country; he traveled, and on the stage for people of different nationalities
More topics: Marriage has obligations and responsibilities to take on
Love is not possessive

1. Finish the exercises in Section A.
2. Prepare for Section B.

Section B The Political Career of a Female Politician

Students will be able to:
1. grasp the main idea of the text;
2. master the key language points and grammatical structures in the text;
3. grasp the reading skill---- Mixture of Facts and Opinion.
Reading Skills
Mixture of Fact and Opinion
I’ve some tips for distinguishing facts from opinions:
1. Test the writer’s opinion by asking whether a different opinion is possible. You do not have to agree with the different opinion or with the author’s, for that matter(就此而 言). You just have to be able to see if there is another view.
2. Look for words that interpret one’s opinions such as pretty, ugly, handsome, dangerous, evil, attractive, well-dressed, good, etc. If we say a girl is pretty or ugly, it is clear that it is only our point of view. Words like probably, perhaps, usually, often, sometimes, on occasion are used to limit a statement of fact and to indicate the possibility of other opinions. Other words say clearly that an opinion will follow; these are words like I believe, I think, in my opinion, I feel, I suggest, etc.

Do Exercise in the textbook:(on Page 52)

Comprehension of the Text
Introductory Questions:
Choose the best answer to each of the following questions according to your understanding of the text. (p52)

Language Study
1. run for: offer oneself for election to (a group) or for (a position) (使)竞选
More people than ever before are running for the city council.
They are running Mr. Carter for the House of Representatives.
run into 偶然碰见 run off 逃走 run out 被用完
run over 碾过 run through 穿过 run to 达到(某一数字或数量)
run up against 与······相撞
2. vote: v. express one’s choice or opinion, esp. by officially marking a paper or by raising one’s hand or speaking in a meeting 投票,选举, 表决
vote against sth. 投票反对 vote down 否决,投票击败
vote in 投票选出 vote sb. into the chair 选举某人当主席
vote (up)on sth. 就······投票表决 vote out 投票使(原任者)落选
vote through 投票通过
3. from door to door: going to each house in a street or area 挨家挨户地
from coast to coast 在(美国) 全国 from day to day 天天,一天又一天
from first to last 从头到尾,自始至终 from head to foot从头到脚,全身
from hand to mouth仅够糊口地 from place to place处处
from start to finish从开始到结束 from time to time有时,不时地
4. spy on: watch secretly 监视
5. jealous: a. 1) trying very carefully to keep sth., or extremely careful in protecting sb. or sth. 惟恐失去的,小心守护的
2) unhappy and angry because sb. has sth. one wants, or because one thinks he might take sth. 妒忌的
eg. 1) 她很珍惜自己的独立,不想结婚。
She is very jealous of her independence, and doesn’t want to get married.
2) 一年年过去了,迪森的一些朋友成了多产作家,这时他开始嫉妒他们取得的声誉,并且开始嘲笑他们写的东西。
As the years went by, and some of his friends became productive writers, Dyson came to be jealous of their reputations and to scorn what they wrote.
6. have the upper hand: have/get the advantage or control over占优势, 占(······的) 上风,胜过
7. fierce: a. showing strong feelings or a lot of energetic activity; strong and powerful; physically violent and frightening 激烈的, 强劲的, 凶猛的
eg. 竞争是激烈的,这就是为什么要用美国的营销方法来帮助英国产品参与竞争。
Competition is fierce and this is where American marketing methods have to be used to help British products compete.
8. tear down: remove or pull down roughly 撕下,拆毁
The photograph of the leader had been torn down in the night by his enemies.
2) 他们打算拆除这家旧医院,建造一幢办公大楼。
They are going to tear down the old hospital and build a block of offices.
9. in/by contrast: used to emphasize that sth. is clearly different from sth. else对比之下,相比之下
Their economy has expanded enormously in the last five years, whereas ours, by/in contrast, has declined.

10. in earnest: seriously and sincerely 认真地
eg. 现在我要比以前更努力地学习英语,每星期要比学生们超前一章。
Now I shall have to study the English language in earnest, keeping one chapter ahead of the students each week.
11. dormitory: n. (= dorm) a large room or building containing many beds, esp. in a boarding school or university 集体宿舍,学生宿舍
dorm: 字根,表示“睡眠”
dormancy n. 蛰伏 dormant a. 蛰伏的
dormition n. 睡眠 dormitive a. 催眠的 dormouse n. 冬眠鼠 -ory: 表示地点的名词字尾
conservatory n. 温室 factory n. 工厂 laboratory n. 实验室;研究室
observatory n. 天文台;瞭望台 territory n. 领土;领域
12. lay out: spread sth. out so that it can be seen easily or is ready to use; present a plan, an argument, etc. clearly and carefully 摆出,展开;设计,安排
eg. 1)他向我展示了如何编排版面。
He showed me how to lay out a printed page.
2) 所有的条款都在合同中列出了。

All the terms and conditions are laid out in the contract
lay aside 留存 lay down 牺牲;制定 lay in 储备,储存
lay off (临时)解雇 lay on 提供(交通工具等) lay up 储存;使因病卧床
13. deliver the goods: carry out or complete a task as expected, or fulfill a promise
eg.1) 我们对英国队寄予厚望,但那一天他们有负众望。
We expected great things of the English team, but on the day they simply failed to deliver the goods.
2) 只要你履行诺言,他会永远信任你的。
As long as you deliver the goods, he will always trust you.

1. Finish the exercise in Section B;
2. Completing Section C;
3. Preview Unit 3.