Success is a choice
(21st Century Practical College English III)
In this unit, the author tells us that the key to success is your own choice to work hard. Write the name of someone who you think is very successful in each of the following careers (职业). Think about these people’s personalities (个性) and experiences (经历). What important factors do you believe lead them to success? Now read the following text and see if your choice agrees with that of the writer.
II. Oral Discussion in Class
1. Who deserves victory according to Winston Churchill?
2. What must one do to realize his or her dream?
3. According to the writer, how were the Sistine Chapel and the first transcontinental(横贯大陆的) railroad constructed?
4. What is common to all great people and all great organizations?
5. Apart from the work ethic, what else can promise you success?
6. In the text, what does fool’s gold (愚人金) refer to specifically? Give an example of it.
7. What standard does the writer’s basketball team set for themselves?
8. Why does the writer believe that his team will win even in close games?
9. What kind of players would have problems working with the writer?
10. What advice does the writer give to people who want to succeed?
11. Why does the writer say that success is a choice?
III. Intensive Reading (Text A)
A.Related Background Information
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) (丘吉尔)
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill became one of the greatest statesmen in world history. Churchill reached the height of his fame as the heroic prime minister of Great Britain during World War II. He offered his people only “blood, toil, tears, and sweat”as they struggled to keep their freedom. Churchill also was a noted speaker, author, painter, soldier, and war reporter.
(From the 1998 World Book Encyclopedia)
The Sistine Chapel (西斯廷大教堂)
The Sistine Chapel is a famous chapel in the palace of the Vatican in Rome. It was erected by Pope Sixtus IV in 1473. The chief papal ceremonies take place in this chapel. The chapel is also where the cardinals vote for a new pope. Canonizations and other ceremonies are held in St. Peters Basilica.
The Sistine Chapel is a simple building, 134 feet (41 meters) long by 44 feet (13 meters) wide, and 85 feet (26 meters) high. But it has on its walls and ceiling some of the greatest art ever produced in the Western world.