In Canada you can find dogs, cats, horses, etc. in almost every family. These are their pets. People love these pets and regard them as their good friends. Before they keep them at their houses, they take them to animal hospitals to give them medical exams so that they won?t carry disease (疾病). They have special animal food stores, though they can get animal food in almost every store. Some people spend around two hundred Canadian dollars a month on animal food. When you visit people?s homes, they would be very glad to show you their pets and they are very proud of them. You will also find almost every family has a bird feeder (食盒) on the tall tree in their garden. All kinds of birds are welcome to come and have a good meal. They are free to come and go and you can enjoy many kinds of beautiful birds at the windows. Nobody is allowed to kill any animals in Canada. They have a law against killing wild (野生的) animals. If you killed an animal, you would be punished. If an animal happened to get run over by a car, people would be very sad about it.
People in Canada have many reasons to like animals. One of them might be: Their family members are not as close as ours. When children grow up, they leave their parents and start their own living. Then the old parents will feel lonely. But pets can solve this problem. They can be good friends and never leave them alone.
1. Do most Canadian families keep pets in their homes?
2. Where do they give their pets medical exams?
3. Do Canadian people put bird feeders on the trees or on the grass in their yard?
4. What can they enjoy with bird feeders at the windows?
5. What?s the Canadians? attitude to the wild animals and how do they treat them?
People didn?t use to throw things away. They used to mend their clothes and reused them until they wore out. When they bought things, they used to carry shopping baskets. But now we don?t reuse things well and more rubbish has been produced. We throw away 25 million tones of waste in our dustbins (垃圾箱) every year. That means one family throw away about one thousand kilos of waste.
We have a strong reason to take it as a serious problem! The fact is that lots of rubbish we throw away could be reused or recycled (回收利用). The so-called rubbish isn?t really rubbish. The UK is one of the worst recyclers in Europe. In other words, in the UK they?re recycling only about 8% of their everyday waste. That?s much less than many other countries. Germany recycles 10%, while Japan recycles 40%. The government has set a goal of recycling 30% of their everyday waste by the year 2010. But it looks that it is not easy to teach it. As we know, some habits are difficult to change and some collection plans are expensive to carry out.
At present, the movement called Recycle Now in the UK tries to change that situation. The Top designer (设计师)Oliver Heath is a strong fan of the movement. In 2005 he designed the first home built completely from recycled things, including metal cans and glass bottles. “It always makes me excited when I make good use of those recycled things,” he said, “Maybe in the near
future, you can also make something from recycled computer printers, plastic bags, bottle tops or CDs.” When his story was reported on TV, more and more people begin to try his ideas.
Some local (地方的) governments have set up recycling centres where it?s easy for families to take their empty bottles and old newspapers. Instead of throwing away the so-called rubbish, some families start doing more about it.
With the effort of the whole country, we are happy to see some progress in some places in the UK.
1. Do people produce more rubbish than before?
2. Why does the writer think rubbish is a serious problem?
3. Which country recycles more than 10%, Germany or Japan?
4. How does Oliver Heath feel when he turns recycled things into something useful?
5. What conclusion (结论) can you get about the recycling work in the UK?
Jackie Joyner-Kersee had a serious asthma attack while running a race at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival.
“I wasn?t afraid of running; I was afraid I might die,” said Joyner- Kersee. “I said ?Don?t be afraid... just hold on.?”
So, what is asthma? It?s a health condition that makes it hard to breathe. Although it comes and goes, once you have asthma, you have it for a long time. Different treatments are used for asthma. There are very strong drugs that can be taken for a long time with few side effects. Today, even people with serious asthma can take part in sports.
Joyner-Kersee has had problems with asthma for many years. She said, “I didn?t have this as a little girl. It wasn?t until I went to California that I noticed it, and then I didn?t want to accept it. When I start feeling good, I stop taking the medicine. It will be all right.... I hope.”
The race was supposed to start at 5:35 p.m. At 5:00, she began to have trouble breathing. She was given a breathing test and treatment by a doctor. She said she thought about not running. She was out of breath.
“It?s just hard running with asthma,” she said. “When I experienced this in practice.... I couldn?t breathe. It was really hard for me.” She said the problem with asthma is that you don?t
know when it will happen. She was fine when she arrived at the stadium. The breathing treatment helped her.
Joyner-Kersee?s experience shows that medical treatment is important. First, if you think you have asthma, see a doctor. Asthma drugs can protect your lungs. Second, pay attention to your health. Tell your doctor immediately if you wake up and have trouble breathing. This means the condition is getting worse. Many people don?t want to be known to have asthma, and then they must go to the hospital.
Most importantly, remember that with asthma, you can have a normal life. You can even win an Olympic gold medal.
1. Did Jackie Joyner-Kersee run at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival?
2. What is asthma?
3. When did Joyner-Kersee first find she had asthma?
4. How can you tell your asthma is getting worse?
5. What do you think is the writer?s purpose of writing the passage?
John Brown, an office worker, lives in Washington. He inherited (继承)$1,000,000 when he was 23. He didn't feel happy at all. His college friends were looking for their first jobs, but he didn't have to. John decided to keep living a simple life like everyone else. He didn't tell any of his friends and gave $100,000 of his money to a charity（慈善团体）that helped poor children to live better lives, but he is much happier.
Up to now, John has helped 15 children from poor countries all over the world , $ 200 a month for each. The child does not receive the money in cash(现金). The money pays for the child's school expenses, food, medical care and clothing. John receives a report each year on the child's progress. They can write to each other, but usually the children do not speak English.
When John first heard about these children, he wanted to help them. “It was not anything special,” he said, “Until I had the chance to go to these countries and meet the children I was helping, I did not know anything about the type of life they had.”
Once John went to meet a little girl in Africa. He said that the meeting was very exciting. “When I met her, I felt very very happy,” he said, “I saw that the money was used for a very good plan. It brought me closer to the child in a way that giving money alone cannot.” “I want to do everything I can. I will go on helping those children in need,” he added.
1. Did John want to look for a job or stay at home after he got the money?
2. What kind of life is John living?
3.The children receive the money in cash, don't they ?
4.Why was John very happy when he met the little girl ?
5.What do you think of John Brown ?
One of the fastest passenger trains in the world is the Eurostar, which covers the distance between London and Paris in just over two and a half hours – a journey which used to take five or six hours and always involved（包含） a slow boat crossing. If you take the Europstar, you can leave London Warterloo at 4 o?clock on a Friday afternoon and be in the centre of Paris at 6:35, in time for dinner. The train also goes to other places, such as Calais, Lille, Disneyworld Paris, and Brussels.
One of the most exciting things about Europstar is that it goes through a tunnel under the sea. This is called the Channel Tunnel, and goes between Folkstone in England and Sangate in France. The tunnel is 31 miles long, and cost $21 billion to build. This part of the journey takes about 20 minutes and you don?t really notice what is happening, but some people choose not to travel by the Europstar because the idea of it worries them. The tunnel has been made safe enough, however, and there are two other tunnels that people can get out of quickly if there is a fire or an accident.
It is also possible to drive through the tunnel, but this takes much longer than the high-speed train. The trains have a top speed of 180 mph (300 kph), and run on special tracks（轨道）. These tracks allow the train to go much faster.
The trains are very comfortable, just like all the other trains, and you can also buy plenty of food and drink in the restaurant car. There is just one thing that many people might feel a little pity – the train travels so fast, especially on the French side where it speeds up quite a lot. You can?t really see anything out of the window.
1. Does the Eurostar travel between London and Paris?
2. How long is the Channel Tunnel?
3. How many tunnels are there to help people get out of if there is a fire?
4. What makes the Eurostar go faster through the tunnel?
5. What?s special about the Eurostar?
There are many famous museums throughout the world where people can enjoy art. Washington
D.C. has the National Gallery of Art, Paris has the Louvre, London, the British Museum. Florida International University (FIU) in Miami also shows art for people to see. And it does so without a building, or even a wall for its drawings and paintings.
FIU has opened the first computer art museum in the United States. You don't have to visit the University to see the art. You just need a computer linked(连接) to a telephone. You can call the telephone number of a university computer and connect your own computer to it. All of the art is stored in the school computer. It is computer art, produced electronically(电子地) by artists on their own computers. In only a few minutes, your computer can receive and copy all the pictures and drawings.
Robert Shostak is the director of the new computer museum. He says he starts the museum because computer artists had no place to show their works.
A computer artist can only record his pictures electronically and send the records to others to see on their computers. He can also put his pictures on paper. But to print good pictures on paper, the computer artist needs an expensive laser printer.
Robert Shostak says the electronic museum is mostly for art or computer students at schools and universities. Many of the pictures in the museum are made by students. Mr Shostak said the FIU museum will make computer art more fun for computer artists because more people can see it. He says artists enjoy their work much more if they have an audience. And the great number of home computers in America could mean a huge audience for the electronic museum.
1. Has FIU opened the first computer art museum in the United States?
2. Where is all of the art stored in FIU ?
3. Why does Robert Shostak start the museum?
4. What do you need to see the art in FIU museum?
5. What does the writer want to tell us in the article?
What will the home of the future look like? A team of architects(建筑师) in Hong Kong say that city homes will be tiny, as populations continue to grow and space becomes more expensive. They have designed "spaceflats" that are just 30 square meters in size. These flats have three small rooms: a living room, a bathroom and a bedroom, as well as a balcony (阳台), but everything is carefully planned to make good use of the limited space.
The living room is the main room of the flat. It can be used as an office, a kitchen even a second bedroom. There is a sofa that can be changed into a bed. The dinning table can be changed into a computer desk. And, if not needed, both the sofa-bed and the table can be folded away and stored into a small space in the wall. There is a flat-screen TV, which can also serve as a computer monitor. In one of the room, a small cooker, a microwave oven and a miniature( 微型 ) refrigerator are hidden out of sight.
The other rooms are small but practical. The bathroom contains a toilet and a
shower. The double bed in the bedroom can also be a sofa, if necessary .The balcony has enough room for two people to sit and enjoy the view from the block of flats. All the rooms have high ceiling to provide as much storage space as possible, while the flat has large windows to let in plenty of sunlight.
"Spaceflats" are now being tested in a building in Hong Kong. "It's wonderful,"
said one resident (居民) ."The flat is so well designed that you feel that there is plenty of space.(290)
1. Do the architects think that “Spaceflat” will be important in the future?
2. Is the “Spaceflat” big or small?
3. How many rooms does a “Spaceflat” have?
4. Why does the resident like that flat?
5. What do you think are the good points about living in a “spaceflat”?
Be Careful about Energy Drinks
Be careful what you drink; something that looks cool may not be good for your health.
The weather is getting hotter and you'll be getting thirstier playing basketball or riding home from school. A cold drink may be just the thing. But be careful what you pour down your throat; something that looks cool may not be good for your health.
There are plenty of so-called energy drinks on the market. Most of them have an attractive color and cool name.
But after a careful check you may find that most energy drinks have high levels of caffeine. These drinks are specially aimed at young people, students, busy people and sports players. Makers sometimes say their drinks make you better at sports and can keep you awake. But be careful not to drink too much.
Caffeine raises your heartbeat. Because of this, the International Olympic Committee has limited their use. The amount of caffeine in most energy drinks is at least as high as in a strong cup of coffee or strong tea.
Research by Australian scientists has found that many teenagers are affected by caffeine. The results of their study show that 27 percent of boys aged 8-12 take in more caffeine than their parents. There are hidden health problems connected to energy drinks. Just one can of energy drink can make you nervous, have difficulty sleeping and can even cause heart attacks.
“Teenagers should not be encouraged to have drinks with high level caffeine in them,” a scientist from the Australia Nutrition Foundation said.
1. Are all the drinks that look cool good for health?
2. What kind of drinks has high level caffeine?
3. Who are these drinks for?
4. Who made the research on the drinks with high levels of caffeine?
5. Why should teenagers not be encouraged to have drinks with high level caffeine in them? ____________________________________________________________________
1. Yes, they do. 2. In animal hospitals. 3. On the trees.
4. They can see many kinds of birds.
5.They love their pets and wild animals. They treat their pets as family members and even feed
wild birds. They never kill wild animals
1. Yes. / Yes, they do.
2. Because lots of the rubbish we throw away could be refused or recycled.
4. Excited. / He feels excited.
5. They have made some progress, but it?s difficult to reach the government?s goal.
三． 1. Yes.
2. It?s a health condition that makes it hard to breathe.
3. When she got to California.
4. If you have trouble breathing when you wake up in the morning, it means that your asthma is getting worse.
5.Don?t be afraid if you have asthma. / You can still have a normal life with asthma./ You can take part in sports with serious asthma.
1. He wanted to look for a job.
2. He is living a simple life./A simple life.
3. No./No, they don?t.
4. Because (he saw) his money was well used.
5. He is a kind /generous person./ He is very kind/generous.
1. Yes, it does.
2. 31 miles long.
3. Three / 3.
4. The special tracks.
5. It runs so fast and it goes through a tunnel under the sea.
1. Yes. / Yes, it has.
2. In the school computer.
3. Because computer artists had no place to show their works.
4. A computer connected/linked to the museum by telephone.
5. To give some information about a computer art museum in Miami, USA.
1. Yes, they do.
2. Small (Tiny).
4. Because there is plenty of space.
5. It?s wonderful, well designed, small but practical.
2. Most energy drinks.
3. For young people, students, busy people and sports players.
4. Australian scientists.
5. If you drink too much energy drinks, you may have hidden health problems. You may become nervous, have difficulty sleeping or have heart attacks.＋ 更多类似范文