Unit 7 On not answering the telephone
1. to be more familiar with the writing style of argument
2. to know the disadvantages of having a telephone at home in the author’s viewpoint
I. Pre-reading questions:
1. Can you live without a telephone? What are the functions of telephone in your life?
2. What do you feel when you ignore a telephone?
II. Sum up the main idea:
The writer states his reasons for not having a telephone. It is unnecessary to have a telephone because it brings more trouble than help.
III. Organization and Development:
Proposition for argument: it is unnecessary to have a telephone because it brings more trouble than help.
1. Introduction (1st para.): “I just haven’t got a telephone.”
2. The body (para.2-6): development of his argument by citing examples and facts to strengthen the main idea.
1) The writer can live a normal life without a telephone; a telephone is a pest and a time-waster. (para.2)
2) To have a telephone at home is a nuisance. (para.3)
3) Without a telephone, news either good or bad, will reach anyone just as quickly. (para.4)
4) To have one’s name and address printed in a telephone directory will bring one a world of troubles. (Para.5)
5) A telephone at home is not of much use even in case of emergency. (para.6)
3. Conclusion: (last para.)
To the writer, it is unnecessary to have a telephone at all.
IV . words and expressions
1.I will ring you up.
I will give you a ring.
I will telephone you.
I will give you a call.
I will call you （up ）.
2. What does the writer mean by saying that “ he is taking too much for granted”?
“ To take something for granted” means “ to regard something as true or as certain
to happen” or “never to question something”. Here the author means “He is too sure of himself”.
Mrs. Smith took it for granted that women were supposed to do cooking in the