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 Teaching procedure
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” ? (para. 1)
“ 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