Unit 6 Woman, Half the Sky. Objectives. to grasp the main idea and structure of the text to appreciate how the author achieves coherence for her essay to master key language points and grammatical structures in the text to enhance the awareness of gender issues.
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Global Reading and Detailed Reading
Writing Genre and Vocabulary File
Discuss: What can you see from the finding?
Do you think men and women play the same role in a family/ the society?
How do you like the word “superwoman”?
“Women can hold half the sky.” (Chairman Mao)
“One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” (Simon de Beauvior)
"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." (Hedy Lamarr)
Text Organization & Text Comprehension
Think of the main idea of each part in the division on the right about the text.
(The belief in superwoman encourages average women to achieve their goal.)
“Get + infinitive”:
e.g. … but he forgot to add that they don’t get to be superwomen that way.
e.g. How did the writer get to know a superwoman face to face?
e.g. (L59) Mostly I sink into a chair … while I imagine how lovely life would be if only I possessed the organizational skills and the energy of my superheroines.
If only you knew how I felt.
I wondering what life would have meant to me if only I hadn’t made the decision.
1) unfasten, untie, or loosen
2) cancel or reverse the effects or results (~ the damage)
3) cause the downfall or ruin of (His hatred of women undoes him.)
devour: eat hungrily or quickly
read quickly and eagerly (~ the classics)
If fire, flame, disease devours a place, it ______. (e.g. The flames devoured the old house.)
completely destroy it
Since I seldom manage my time as scheduled, I feel amazed and guilty when I know what she has accomplished.
(L41) … that I am by nature completely unable to get my act together.
I am born to be one who cannot organize my life effectively.
e.g. Get your act together or we’ll miss the bus.
n. an event or an item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure.
e.g. take her to the pictures as a ~
don’t believe in
tend to disagree with what other people tell you
eat or drink
e.g. He publicly reproach his son for his behavior.
You’ve got nothing to reproach yourself for—it was his own decision.
above/ beyond ~ (impossible to criticize, perfect)
e.g. an era of harmony and peace
be in harmony with
If you collapse, you suddenly sit down, usually because you are very ____ and want to_____.
e.g. I was so exhausted when I got home, I collapsed on the sofa.
possess: have a particular quality or ability
~ different skills/ a fortune/ nuclear power
you want very much
experience of life
(The end works in concert with the beginning.)
Remember to prepare for Listening Quiz 3 next week. heroine is something worth doing.
If some work is carried out with precision, it is done in a carefully planned and exact way.
~ information/ sales figures/ location; to be
If you do sth. with military precision, you do it in a very organized and exact way.
e.g. paras 8-10
e.g. the occurrences of Brooklyn Bridge or the bridge, other synonyms
e.g. the comparison between “my” daily struggle and the achievements of Kate L.