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Unit Eight Travel

I.Teaching Objectives:

Students will be able to :

1.understand the main idea and structure of the text;

2.appreciate the fluid and sensual writing style;

3.grasp the key language points and grammatical structures

in the text;

4.conduct a series of reading, listening, speaking and

writing activities.

II.Text Analysis:

The text is beautifully written. That’s why we arrange a post-reading activity simply for students to share favorite sentences with each other. It may be true that the functional use of English will dominate in their life, but it pays to expose them to the aesthetic side of English.

There is an abundance of sensory impressions in the essay.

All of our five senses are appealed to here. We hear the songs of birds, insects and children. We feel the coolness of drinks and the night. We smell the sweetness in the air.

We observe the wonderful sights and graceful movements on the river, on the lake and in the jungle. We taste the

delicious village food.

Not only does the author move effortlessly from one sensory impression to another, but she also handles the changes in time and place in a smooth, seamless way. In part II, she first writes about what happened “later that night”, then moved back to narrate the incidents of “ that afternoon”, finally back to “now”. she was sitting on a tree stump on the river bank near a palm-thatch village in Part I, then she sat in a camp in Part II, went on a journey away from the river into the jungle and finally returned to riverside village in Part III.

All through these movements there is overall coherence.

There is an echo—“It would be worth it”, “The Napo River: it is not out of the way. It is in the way.”

III.Cultural Notes:

1.Amazon (river): river in northern South America, largely

in Brazil, ranked as the largest in the world in terms of

watershed area, number of tributaries, and volume of

water discharged. Measuring 6,400 km (4,000 mi) from

source to mouth, it is second in length only to the Nile

among the rivers of the world. With its hundreds of

tributaries, the Amazon drains a territory of more than 6

million sq km (2.3 million sq mi), roughly half of which is in Brazil; the rest is in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela. It is estimated that the Amazon discharges between 34 million and 121 million liters (9 million and

32 million galleons) of water per second and deposits a

daily average of 3 million tons of sediment near its mouth.

The annual outflow from the river accounts for one-fifth of all the fresh water that drains into the oceans of the world. The outpouring of water and sediment is so vast that the salt content and color of the Atlantic Ocean are altered for a distance of about 320 km (about 200 mi) from the mouth of the river.

2.Ecuador:republic in northwestern South America,

bounded by Colombia on the north, by Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean on the west. The country also includes the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific, about 965 km (about 600 mi) west of the mainland.

Ecuador straddles the equator and has an area of 272,045 sq km (105,037 sq mi). Quito is the country’s capital.

Ecuador has a diverse population composed of people of European, Native American, and African descent. The majority are Mestizos, individuals of mixed European and

Native American ancestry. Most of the Native Americans live in poverty in the highlands region, where a small elite of European descent controls most of the land and wealth.

Ecuador was a Spanish colony until 1822, when independence forces won a decisive victory over Spain.

Ecuador has had a democratically elected government since 1979, but historically the government has alternated between civilian rule and military dictatorship. Most political conflicts involved squabbles among groups within the upper classes who controlled the nation’s wealth.

3. Andes:the principal mountains of South America and

one of the greatest mountain systems of the world. The Andes include some of the world’s highest peaks. More than 50 of them soar higher than 6,100 m above sea level. Only the Himalayas of south central Asia are higher. The lofty plateaus and high mountain valleys of the Andes contain some of the highest permanent human settlements in the world. The Andes are the longest system of high mountain ranges on earth. They extend for more than 8000 km in a narrow belt along the western edge of the South American continent, from the

coast of the Caribbean Sea in the north to the island of

Tierra del Fuego in the extreme south. Along almost its

entire length, the Andes rise abruptly from the Pacific

coast. The mountains reach into seven countries.

Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and


https://www.sodocs.net/doc/7419275434.html,nguage Study:

1. in the heart of

in the center of 在…中心

e.g. Apartments in the heart of the city are too expensive.

The metropolitan museum is located in the heart of the city.

2. hush

vi. be or become silent 安静下来,变得安静

e.g. Having cried for half an hour, the little boy hushed.

Hush, you’ll wake up the baby.

3. illumine

vt. shine light on 照亮,照明

e.g. The sky was illumined by flashes from the volcano.

My balloon was illumined by the sun that was just rising.

4. now...now...

at one time...at another time... 忽而…忽而…

e.g. The junior officer who came into the room looked nervous; his eyes swiveled quickly, now this way, now that, as if he were scanning the room for danger.

Now soft, now loud, now cheerful, now sorrowful, the voice of Uncle Tom told as much of the tale as his words did.

5. in (all)silence

with (complete) absence of sound or noise (完全)不出声地 e.g. The kids were listening to the music in the classroom, in complete silence.

The soldiers stood in the glaring sin as the minutes ticked away, in all silence.

6. tangle

vt. catch in or as in a net, trap; mix together or intertwine in a confused mass 使卷入,使陷入;e.g. I have the sort of hair that tangles easily.

The bushes were tangles with vines.

7. trail

vi. extend over a surface 蔓延,伸展

e.g. Roses trailing over the walls made her garden so beautiful.

The strawberry is a trailing plant belonging to the rose family.

8. loop

vt. form or bend into a loop 使成环状

e.g. She looped the scarf round her neck and went out into the cold night air.

The man looped the rope over the wooden pole.

9. mute

vt. reduce or stop the sound of 减弱(或停止)…的声音

e.g. At the sight of their teacher walking into the classroom, they muted their voices.

The strings are muted throughout the closing bars of the symphony.

10. dissolve

v. fade away, disappear 消散,消失

e.g. The characteristics of gases vary widely. Some gases are transparent, some dissolve in water, and some have a strong


The panda ate the bamboo rapidly and then dissolved into the shadows.

11. loose

vt. untie, release 解开,放开

e.g. The hunter loosed the arrow without warning.

It’s not a healthy habit to loose your belt when you are full.

12. slump

vi. sit or fall down heavily 重重地坐下(或倒下)

e.g. Kennedy had been hit and slumped to the floor of the automobile.

He slumped into a chair, completely exhausted.

13. be dying to do sth. /for sth.

desire (to do) sth. eagerly 非常想做某事(或得到某物)

e.g. She was dying to tell them the good news that she had won first prize in the speech contest.

Having worked in the sun for four hours, I was dying for a cup of tea.

14. get one's hands on

catch hold of, find or get (sth.) 抓到,得到

e.g. I wish I could get my hands on a copy of Harry Potter.

The book’s here somewhere, but I don’t seem to be able to get my hands on it just now.

15. take apart

separate into its different parts 拆开,分开

e.g. When I was young, my parents never blamed me for taking my toys apart.

When my computer broke down, I took it apart, found what was wrong, and put the whole thing together again.

16. spectacular

a. extraordinary; very attractive or impressive 与众不同的;引人入胜的,壮观的

e.g. The British Museum, one of the most spectacular museums in the world, is renowned for its extensive and diverse collection.

The Sun’s movement can produce spectacular sunrises and sunsets under the right atmospheric conditions.

17. fringe

n. the outer edge or limit of sth. 边缘,边界

e.g. Near the outer fringes of the solar system lies dark blue Neptune, a gas giant that probably has no true surface.

With the new suburbs springing up on the fringes of the city, the urban life has changed completely.

18. in detail

with specifics 详细地

e.g. The police asked the victim of the robbery to describe what happened to him in detail.

To maintain their place in the media world, newspapers try hard to cover news events in greater detail than television and radio do.

19. opaque

n. not clear enough to allow light through 不透光的,不透明的e.g. Milk is often stored in opaque containers to prevent vitamins from being destroyed by light.

Usually transparent, glass can nonetheless also be opaque.

20. smear

vt. make (sth.) dirty;spread (a thick liquid, etc.) over a surface 弄脏;涂抹

e.g. Don't smear the glasses; I've just polished them.

My sister smeared herself with suntan oil as she sat by the swimming pool.

21. flock

n. a group of certain animals (动物)群

in flocks a. in groups 成群地

e.g. Penguins are gregarious birds and are found in flocks even at sea.

Many small birds feed in flocks.

22. dart

vi. move suddenly and rapidly 迅疾地飞(奔)

e.g. The boy darted behind the sofa as his father stormed into the living room.

The lizard darted out its tongue at a fly.

23. repute

vt. believe, consider 认为,称为

e.g. She is widely reputed to be 25 years younger than her


Maradona is reputed to earn over two million pounds a year.

24. strip

n. a long narrow region of land or body of water; a long narrow piece 狭长的地域(或水域);条,带

e.g. About 30 million people live along the Californian coastal strip.

Our pay slips used to be printed on long strips of paper.

25. paddle

v. 用桨划(船)

e.g. Canoes can be paddled by one or more persons.

One of the things you will be taught at the training school is how to paddle a canoe.

26. out of sight

no longer in view 在视野以外,看不见

e.g. The woman didn't go into the house until her daughter drove away and slowly faded out of sight.

When out of sight of land, ancient seafarers used to derive clues about their location by observing the position of the sun.

27. striped

a. 有条纹的

e.g. She looked slim in her green and white striped shirt.

The room was decorated with striped wallpaper.

28. clatter

vi. move quickly and noisily; (cause to) make continuous loud noises by hitting hard objects against each other 喧闹地移动;(使)咔嗒咔嗒地响

e.g. She dropped the bucket and it went clattering down the stairs.

His boots clattered on the stone floor, attracting our attention.

29. fuss

vi. bustle about; give too much attention to small and unimportant matters 忙乱;大惊小怪

e.g. As soon as they saw the manager the waiters began fussing around the tables.

My wife was fussing over the food we were going to take. 30. slap

vt. shoot; hit with something flat 弹射;拍击

e.g. Catherine responded to the man's attempt by slapping him.

The pinch hitter slapped the ball.

31. out of range

too far away to be reached, seen or heard 在射程外的,够不到的

e.g. We thought that we were out of range of their rifles until the bullets started kicking up the dust in front of us.

It was said the flying object was well out of range of their rockets.

32. thrash

vi. move wildly or violently 猛烈摆动,翻腾

e.g. The swimmers were thrashing about in the water.

The dog thrashed around trying to break free.

33. heap

n. an untidy pile of something 一堆,大量

e.g. He left his books in a heap on the floor.

There is heaps of time before I take the examination.

34. glide

vi. move quickly and silently with ease; fly through the air without power 轻快无声地走;滑翔

e.g. At the sight of me she glided across the dance floor to greet me.

The waiters glided between tightly packed tables bearing trays of pasta.

35. swarm

vi. move in a crowd 成群地移动,蜂拥

e.g. A dark cloud of bees came swarming out of the hive.

Panic-stricken, people swarmed to the shops, buying up everything in sight.

36. hop

vi. (of a person) jump on one foot; (of a bird or other animals) jump with two or all feet at once(人)单足跳,跳跃;(鸟和其他动物)齐足跳

e.g. The birds hopped about and pecked the earth briskly, looking for seeds and insects.

He hopped down the steps like an athlete.

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