Unit 6 Women, Half the Sky Text A I’m Going to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge Objectives grasp the main idea appreciate how the author achieves coherence for her essay master key language points and grammatical structures Pre-reading tasks Listen to the song I Am Woman and answer:
Text A I’m Going to Buy
the Brooklyn Bridge
Listen to the song I Am Womanand answer:
1 Why can’t women be ignored?
2 What happens to women if you try to break their will?
1 Because of their huge numbers.
2 You can bend them but you can never break them. It only serves to make them more determined to achieve their final goal.
The expression selling the Brooklyn Bridge to sb. means tricking sb. in a deal.
1) P1-3 Despite her friend’s advice, the author falls for superwomen stories again.
2) P4-7 Her encounter with a superwoman and its impact on her.
3) P8-11 She tells about what prevents her from becoming a superwoman herself.
4) P12-14 She analyzes why she is still fascinated by modern superwomen tales.
5) P15 She comes to the conclusion that to her, admiring a heroine is sth. worth doing.
d. Mainly by personal experience.
1 She is unable to get act together.
2 She can almost expect sth to go wrong as soon as she sets to work.
3 Anything might happen that would take up more of time she puts aside for a certain job.
4 She usually feels exhausted after a busy day.
Her friend was laughing at her for her believing in all the stories she heard. /
Her friend thought she was too gullible if she bought the stories she heard. /
Her friend didn’t believe the stories and suggested that the author should not be easily tricked into buying them either.
An incredible story, something impossible, etc.
Note: Folktales about people who are so gullible they have been persuaded to buy a well-known landmark by confidence tricksters are numerous in America and elsewhere.
1. (fml) disturb or upset greatly
My roommates’ idea about wealth undid me.
2. untie, open
~ the knot/parcel/button...
It’s so warm inside. He undid his coat and took it off.
His criticism hit home. I was really selfish.
I could see from her expression that my comments had hit home.
~ about / of
He is absolutely ___ that the plan will work, but I’m still a bit ~ about it.
(certain / sure / convinced,...)
Some scientists think global temperature has risen due to the ____. Others are ____ global warming.
( greenhouse effect, ~ of /about)
1) eat or drink
The children ~d lots of chocolate ice-creams at the party.
2) use up
The old car ~d much gasoline.
If consumers don’t ~, then workers don’t have to work.
1) take care of
The old man had a stroke a month ago. His son hired a nurse to ~ him.
2) like or love (in negative or interrogative sentences)
I don’t ~ much for country music.
“Would you ~ dessert?” asked the hostess.
Switzerland is famous for producing watches which are very precise.
If you wonder aloud, you express your thoughts as they occur to you rather than thinking first and then speaking.
She loved her boyfriend so much that she didn’t reproach him for breaking his promise.
I am not ~ a violent man, but these insults were more than I could bear.
He is ~ rather an aggressive person.
Steve will have to get his act together if he is going to pass the exam. He can’t just sit about doing nothing all day.
Come on, you two, get your act together or we’ll miss the bus.
When I ~ yesterday, vivid memories came flooding back of my first day in school.
The instant he ~, his four-year-old son would sit beside him quietly.
Having finished the work, I spent the ~ of the day reading novels.
Three potatoes will be enough; the ~ we can use for a salad.
* remains: the ~ of a meal 残羹剩饭
1) sth. that happens ~ happens occasionally
2) sth. that exists ~ exists here and there
The interview continued, with Smith breaking off ~ to consult his notes.
Trees have been planted ~ along the waterfront.
I have a little money ~ for emergencies.
My brother sets ~ half an hour every morning to do sports.
It refers to a bank which is alien to shop assistants.
Only the manager can give his approval for accepting the woman’s check.
The semester is coming to an end. We have to ~ every day to prepare for our final exams.
The deadline will be due tomorrow. We have to ~.
I’m planning to change my job, but I’m just biding my time until the right opportunity comes up.
She bided her time, planning revenge.
She was so smart that she couldn’t be taken in by her colleagues.
The students played a trick on their teacher. Unfortunately he was taken in completely.
He was making great efforts to achieve his heart’s desires.
When she agreed to marry him he felt he had achieved his heart’s desire.
Shopping on line is ~ for the five-year-old.
Getting in touch with his overseas friends via email is ~ for the old man.
1) worldly-wise; showing knowledge of the world
Richard was still young, but he was ~ enough to know when people were not telling the truth.
2) advanced or complicated
The missile has a sophisticated guidance system.
She ran this shop for ten years before deciding to ~ the real estate business.
Moving ~ the question of the concert, we still need volunteers to sell tickets.
Then the author will tell her friend a story about her choice to follow her dreams and her discovery that following her dreams was a good choice.
Men are encouraged to achieve their goals in life, but women know that they can only achieve some goals at the expense of other goals.
(Refer to Writing Strategy on page 202.)
the topic: (the last sentence of para 8) No
matter how carefully I plan my
time, the plan always goes wrong.
Para 9: Sth. must go wrong with the kids
when “I” make schedules of
Para 10: “Other days, every item on my sche-
-dule will take three times the
number of minutes set
Brooklyn Bridge/ the bridge
Scan the text and find out the words/phrases that serve the following functions.
1) The occurrences of the phrase that weave the essay into a coherent piece;
2) Synonyms used to remind readers of the topic of this essay;
3) the phrase (5 instances) used to emphasize the amazing fact that some super-capable women can still find spare time in their tight schedule;
4) synonymous phrases used to point out the fact that many people do not believe in super-women stories.
in her spare time
modern fairy tale, fantasy,
dream, incredible achievements,
Comparison(some may regard it as parallel): “my” daily struggle and the achievements of Kate L., the daughter of a politician, the woman executive, etc.
1) used to mean one has the opportunity to do sth. or is allowed to do it
(L56)… they don’t ~ to be superwomen that way.
I got to do a little work in GM when I was in Detroit.
2) used to mean one gradually acquires sth. or gradually becomes aware of sth.
Sam is nice when you ~ to know him.
e.g. If only there were forty-eight hours in every day.
( Refer to P191 Ex1 for more practice.)
They reflect the traditional role of women as food-providers.
1. The sight of the animal’s suffering ___ me.
2. He presented his thesis at the conference, but some professors were ___ about his findings.
3. Jim ___ nearly a pound of cheese per day.
4. The college students volunteered to ___ the elderly in their community.
5. He ___ himself constantly for not having visited his sick mother before she died.
6.We’re about to __ the 2nd stage of the project.
(move on to)
7. We can’t afford to waste even one minute. __ or we’ll never finish it.
(Get your act together)
8. The trains leave the station ___ of half an hour.
9. Each week she tried to ___ a few dollars.
10. Diana had become a __ woman who knew all the rich and famous people in Paris.
11. He was badly ___ when he bought that second-hand car.
( taken in)
See you !