My Personal Manager. Margaret Goff Clark. Background Warming-up questions Text appreciation Language understanding Group activities. Background. Margaret Goff Clark is a productive author. She wrote stories about teenagers. Different themes: mysteries science fiction
My Personal Manager
Margaret Goff Clark
Barney is afraid to tell his foster parents that he has seen a UFO behind the house even when a hasty promise to a space boy leads him into trouble.
When Barney's young friend's dog is taken to Mars, extraterrestrial acquaintance Tibbo helps them try to get it back.
The Endangered Florida Panther
There is a good mix of high-interest anecdotes about the panther(黑豹)and the people who study and safeguard it, and of facts and photos that present basic information about the species and its ecological role. Habits and habitat are briefly discussed; history focuses on the panther's endangered status and the efforts to protect it.
In this companion book Clark gives basic historical and scientific facts with eyewitness accounts of the wildlife biologists who study and protect the animals. It is these anecdotes that create a sense of excitement and convey the tragedy of habitat loss that puts various species at risk worldwide. Full-color photographs provide information and a feeling ofrespect. Solidly on the side of wildlife conservation, Clark presents a balanced picture of the bear's relationship with the environment and with humans, discussing conflicts and compromise.
Part I (para.1): suspense of the story
Part II (para. 2-par.6): the first day I
Part III (para.7-para.8): Carlos became
my personal manager.
Part IV. (para.9-end): the success of us.
Carlos---being knee-high to a flea, I realized I was going to have to spend my life in this undersized skin. I just decided to make the best of it and concentrate on being myself.
Karen ---No boy wants to date a girl taller than she is.
Which is how little Carlos Herrera took me and turned me into，well—
Which is how little Carlos Herrera took me and turned me into a cool, pretty, and popular girl.
Karen ran into something solid.
appearance---let my hair grow，wear a fitted sweater and neat skirt;
manners---lift my head and say“Hi”to everyone; I was to volunteer to work on the school paper and go out for dramatics;
Karen refused Reed，and decided to have dinner with Carlos.
(Carloswants topromote big ideas or activities; Karen says:”Do you mean you can promote big things like me？” )
1.to come back to earth/to come down to earth:to return to reality, suddenly or with a shock; to return to a normal way of thinking after a time when you are excited
2. to make the best of it/to make the best of a bad job/to make the best of a bad situation:to accept a sad or unsatisfactory situation that you cannot change and do the best that you can in the circumstances
3. to go through with sth. :to carry out; refuse to be prevented from sth.
4. to know better informed about sth./ to know better than to do sth. : ，be wise enough to behave in a more responsible and acceptable way
1. annoy, irritate, bother
1) Hasn't he ______them enough with his phone calls?
2)I was ______ by his bad manners.
3) Your interruptions only serve to _____the entire staff.
4) Pardon me for _______ you with such a smallmatter.
beat sb. to his knees/bring sb. to his knees
( force sb. to submit)
bend one's knee before /to sb.
The water was knee-deep.
The grass was knee-high.
The boy pleaded for mercy.
She pleaded with the officer not to give her a ticket.
plead ignorance 以不知道情况为借口
plead guilty 服罪
pleading the rights of the unemployed
underground, undergarments, undercurrent
undersized, underdeveloped, underpaid, underdone, undernourished
6. know better than to do:
be wise enough not to do
She is old enough to know better than to spend all her money on clothes.
I know better than to lend him any money.
He ran away from school. He ought to have known better.
7. be through (with)
Are you through with your work?
I am through talking to her.
for all one is worth 尽力；
for what it is worth 不管怎样；
get one's money's worth 钱花得值,
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. （proverb) [谚]井干方知水可贵。
10. laugh, smile, grin, chuckle, sneer, giggle
grin:smile broadly showing the teeth露赤而笑
chuckle：to laugh quietly or to oneself抿嘴轻笑
sneer：to assume a scornful, contemptuous facial
giggle:to laugh with repeated short sounds咯咯地笑
12. come back to earth
13. let loose
How do you think Karen will choose between Reed Harrington and Carlos as her boyfriend according to story? Why do you think so? If you were Karen, which one would you choose?
Write a story.
Pay attention to the plot and dialogue.