For about three years now , I have been writing poetry .It was not until my junior year in hing school that I developed an interest, love , and skill for writing poetry.
Back in elementary school , I love to write stories. I would write stories on post-it notes and anywhere I could Yet when I had to write a limerick(五行打油诗) for an assignment , I could not wrap my head around poetry. I had a very hard time figuring out how to rhyme words and have the words make sense. I eventually tossed the paper with the attempted limerick in the trash. I did not try my hand at poetry again until several years later.
Many years later in my freshman year of high school, my English teacher gave my class a poetry project as an assignment . I still remember my limerick assignment and was afraid of doing the poetry . For the project ,we had to analyze a poem and write a response to it . I choose to respond to Robert Frosts poem Fire and Ice . I also worte my own poem first . I become really excited when writing the poem.
Two years later , I started writing poetry , as a hobby and for fun . To learn hoe good or bad my poems were , I handed them in to some magazines and contests . I won second place in the North Carolina Poetry Societys Sherry Pruitt Award Contest with a poem called The Ocean , and had my two poem published as high merit（优等 ） poems. I have continued to write poetry , and have even self-published three collections of poetry in both print and e-book formats , which can be found at my store on Lulu.
Now, I love writing poetry , but I don't hate writing sgort stories , I just find it more diffichlu and not my style of writing , even though I still write short stories occasionallu.
1. When the author was a pupil, he( )
2. When given the poetry project in high school, the author was( )
3. The author took up writing poetry as a hobby when he ( )
4. How did the author increase his confidence in writing poetry? ( )
I know that something you get that sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work---your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star . 16
The truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject that you study. 17 Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time your try.
That’s okay. 18 JK Rowling---- who wrote Harry Potter---her first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. He lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.
These people succeeded because they understood the secret of success ---you can’t let your failures define you. 19 You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time. So if you get into trouble, that doesn’t mean you are a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to act right. 20
A. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.
B. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who have had the most failures.
C. You have to let your failures teach you.
D. You won’t get along well with every teacher that you have.
E. So many of you dream of being successful by hard work.
F. Failures can lead you to success.
G. Chances are you’re not going to be any of those things.
The associates I hired in my bicycle and lawn mower shop like myself were never perfect; however, they were excellent. Working with them as they improved taught me new ways to show forgiveness, understanding, and patience.
One day the placement officer asked me to interview a young man who was having trouble finding a job. He told me that David was a little shy, did not talk much and was afraid to go on with interviews. He requested that I give David an interview just for practice. He plainly told David that I had no positions open at the time and the interview was just for practice.
When David came in for the interview, he hardly said a word. I told him what we did at the bicycle shop and showed him around. I told David to keep showing up because the number one thing an employer wanted in an associate was dependability.
David was very quiet ( he was evaluated as a slow learner in school). Every ten days or so, for weeks after the interview, David walked into the bicycle shop and stood by the front door. He never said a word, just stood by the door.
One day, shortly before Christmas, a large truck came to the shop, packed with 250 new bicycles. It had to be unloaded right away or the driver would leave.
It was raining. Some of my workers (without physical limitations) chose not to brave the weather to get into work, so I was short-handed. It seemed everything was going wrong and on top of it, David came in the front door and just stood there. I looked at him and shouted, “Well, all right! Fill out a time card and help me unload this truck!”
David worked for my bicycle shop for eighteen years. He came to work every day thirty minutes early. He could talk; however, he rarely chose to. He drove my truck and made deliveries. The customers would praise David, saying, “He doesn’t talk, but he really shows you how to operate a lawn mower!”
5.The author gave David an interview to ( )
6.The author finally hired David because( )
7.We can infer from the last paragraph that( )
The future of pinnipeds (鳍足动物)looks much brighter today than it once did. At one time, about 100 years ago, it seemed certain that many pinnipeds in the world would be destroyed by human hunters. Today, it appears that most species( 物种) of pinnipeds are out of danger.
Hunting was not controlled during the 18th and 19th centuries, because little was known about the lives of pinnipeds. Whales and pinnipeds were hunted for the oil from their body fat. This oil was used in lamps before electric lights were invented. Millions of seals and other pinnipeds were used to provide oil for the lamps of the world. As a result, the numbers of many pinniped species fell rapidly.
Several things happened that helped to save pinnipeds. First, species that were hunted to near extinction (灭绝) were left alone because their numbers were too low and the cost of hunting them went up greatly. At the same time, electric lights were invented and the market for seal oil became smaller. Finally, governments around the world made laws to protect pinnipeds.
As a result of all these things, the numbers of most pinniped species have grown in recent years. With some species, such as Northern fur seals, there may be as many animals alive today as there were before all the hunting began.
However, oil is still a danger to pinnipeds and all sea animals. But this time it’s not because they are hunted for their oil. The oil that puts them in danger is from oil spills(泄露) in the sea. The oil covers their fur and reduces their body temperatures. Oil also sticks to the foods they eat. This modern danger to pinnipeds and their environment is one we must work to prevent.
8. During the 18th and 19th century, ( )
9. What does Paragraph 3 mainly talk about? ( )
10. It can be inferred from the passage that( )
11. In which part of a magazine can we most probably read this passage? ( )
Dogs are known for a strong sense of smell. Their noses can be trained to identify different smells. Dogs are often used in search and rescue operations and to sniff for things like drugs and explosives. Some dogs have even been trained to sniff for cancer in people.
Researchers have been trying to reproduce the extraordinary sense of smell that real dogs are born with. Now, officials at the Glasgow airport in Scotland are testing a new security device called an “electronic sniffer dog”. The electronic sniffer dog represents one of the latest developments in the area of smell technology.
A Scottish company, Cascade Technologies, joined with the French security company Morpho to develop it. The device uses lasers to identify explosive materials in gases in the air. The purpose is to identify explosives that may be hidden on a person’s body.
The machine looks similar to the metal detectors now used at airports. Passengers walk through the machine as the lasers test the surrounding air. People are not required to take off their coats, belts or shoes as part of the security process. And, unlike full-body scanners, the new device does not show images of the passengers.
Officials at Cascade Technologies say the machine can process one person per second and produce almost immediate results. They say future development could cut security processing times at airports by screening all passengers at walking speed.
Professor Yushan Yan, the head of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, points out that unlike real dogs, electronic devices do not get tired or need to be walked or require food and water. Professor Yan says real dogs also have other needs. “They also need very extensive training that could be expensive. And when they work they have to have a very skilled handler around them.”
But Professor Yan says there is an important area where man’s best friend still wins compared to technology. “In terms of sensitivity and selectivity, the current technology out there is still inferior. The real dog has amazing capability of identifying some really minor amount of explosives.”
12. The electronic sniffer dogs will be used to( )
13. Which of the following is true of the electronic sniffer dog? ( )
14. The advantages of the electronic sniffer dog over the real dog include the following EXCEPT( )
15. The underlined word “inferior” in the last paragraph most probably has the meaning of( )
Keeping a diary in English is one of the most ___ _ ___(eff ect) ways to improve our English writing ability. _____ _ ____ (compare) with other forms of writing, it is shorter and takes _____ _ ____(little) time. It can help us to develop the habit of thinking in English. __ _ ___ we persist in this practice, gradually we’ll learn how to express ourselves in English. I n keeping a diary in English, we certainly run up against many ___ _ _____. （difficult）In the first place, ____ _ ___ often happens that we have trouble finding appropriate words and phrases to give expression to our mind. Secondly, there are many idiomatic ways of saying things in Chinese. And it is extremely hard for us to put them into English properly. As far as I ____ _ ____ (concern), my ___ _ _____ (suggest) is that we should always have a notebook and a Chinese-English dictionary within easy reach . Whenever something g beats us, we can first put it down in our notebook and then consult our dictionary. We can also turn to our English teacher for help, if necessary. In short, I believe that it is ____ _ ___great use to keep a diary in English for __ _ ____ development of our writing skills.
51.短文改错 The first time I decide to leave home was when I was upon graduation from high school．I was having trouble get along with my parents．I had about fifty dollar in my pockets, and I thought about leaving home．It was only two weeks since I started to feel homesick．Living on my own is a total different experience for three main reasons: being more responsible, more decisive and more creative．Because of I'm on my own, I get to deal with my duties without being told to．I have to be more careful because my parents are here to give me their advices．In the other hand,I can make my own future plan．I have made rules for me to follow．
The Internet has long been regarded as a wonderful tool that allows students to gain insight to useful resources and information. However, this is not always the case.
A few days ago, my sister Liz and talked about Dad, and we decided to get him a little something for Father’s Day. We talked about the tines when we were _ up and how Mom and Dad used to play the good cop, bad cop thing on us , Dad has been a person of few words since we were _ ,He raised us more by _ than anything else. When he spoke,though we listened ,he was always mysterious and difficult to understand .There was always a(n) _ meaning that I never got, but Liz always _ to decipher(破解) him, By the time I got to high school, I had wanted a skateboard and I _ Iwas too old to ask money from my parents, so I worked at a burger joint(美式汉堡店) . One day ,I was really angry about annoying burgers. I came home huffing and puffing(气喘吁吁). Dad saw me and asked me what was the _ . I told him that I was fed up with annoying burgers. He said that we all have to start somewhere, that we may not know it now, but the skills we learn even in a burger joint might come in handy __ _____in life, ‘Who knows, you might end up having to run a _ or even own one when you grow up,’ said Dad. He _ me down and I kept what he said in mind, even though I really didn’t agree with it.
A couple of years later, when I got to college, I worked in a restaurant. During one of the really _ days that we had, we were short on kitchen staff. Our customers were getting impatient and the _ were getting delayed. We were sure any minute something terrible would _ out. I couldn’t stand the _ any more, so I rolled up my sleeves, got myself a hair net and helped out in the hot kitchen. We caught up with the orders _ . The owner saw what I did and called me over around _ time. He said that he was very _ . He raised my salary and made me the assistant manager even though I could only go part-time. That was _ I realized that what my dad said to me all those years before was absolutely true.
I’ve never forgotten what my dad said that day. And whenever I have to do something that requires new skills, no matter how insignificant or _ it seems, I have a new perspective(看法) that it might really help me later on or even right now and I just don’t know it. Experience is everything and it _ a lot when you take lessons from it. That’s my life’s philosophy.