Unit 6 Dreams Time Lesson
1. In Text A, after reading Text A, students should learn to talk about their dreams.
2. In Text B, after learning the Text B, students should Teaching understand “Never too old to live their dreams.”
3. Teacher may help the students have a better understanding of Objectives the text and leaning the new words and expressions in the
text A and Text B
1. Oral work: to organize the students work in group to discuss Main the question about dreams, for example: What is the most
important in realizing your dream? Points 2. Reading work: teacher helps the students to learn the useful
words, expressions and structures of the Text A and Text B. 3. Exercises: the students do the exercise about the vocabulary
and structure, translating, grammar and writing under the
1. New words, Phrases and Expressions: disapprove,
occupation, community, economical, consequence, etc.
2. structure: Subjunctive mood Difficult
3. Translating: translate the sentences from Chinese to English
and from English to Chinese. Points
4. Grammar: Coordination
5. Writing: Read and understand fax
2. Group discussion: To divide the students into groups and Teaching discuss the difficult points
1. Some pictures Type of Teaching Theory 2. cards
Teaching Steps (More pages can be added)
Review the main points and difficult points of the Unit 5.
Check the homework and explain the difficult points in the homework
Dreams really can come true! No matter how old you are, if you really and truly want something in life, you ca get it if you try your best. When times are through and others don’t believe that you can make your dream come true, look inside your heart and try even harder. When it comes right down to it, only you are in charge of where your life goes. Happy
traveling! Anyone can have dreams and many try their best to realize them. What is your dream? What factors are the most important in realizing your dream/. What may have to be given up for the realization of your dream? Try to answer the following questions:
1) What factor(s) is /are the most important in realizing your dream?
2) What may have to be given up for the realization of your dream?
?. Teaching contents
1. Reading the Text A-Life in a Violin Case. Including learning the new words, phrase,
structure of the text, reading skill, grammar and translation
2. Reading the Text B-Never Too Old to Live Your Dream. Including learning the new words,
phrase, structure of the text, reading skill, grammar and translation
3. Practical Writing-Read and understand fax. The students should write their own fax
?. Teaching Steps
1). Spring Hill College
Spring Hill College is the first Catholic college in the Southeast of the USA, the third oldest Jesuit college in the country and the fifth oldest Catholic college in America. It is a four-year,
coeducational, liberal arts and sciences institution located near the Gulf Coast in Mobile, Alabama.
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2). Columbia University
Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by the Royal Charter of King
George II of England, which defined the institution's goal as "the Institution and Education of Youth in the Learned Languages and Liberal Arts and Sciences". After the American Revolution, the College reopened in 1784 with a new name—Columbia—that embodied the
patriotic fervor that had inspired the nation's search for independence. Located in the City of New York, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.
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2.Words explanation and difficult sentences
1. Life in a Violin Case
Meaning: Leading a Life as a Violinist. This text is about the author's life as a musician and how
he enjoys this kind of life. It is most probable that he plays the violin, so the title is like this.
a violin case: a wooden and leather case for holding a violin
2. In order to tell you what I believe, I must briefly bring up something from my personal
Meaning: In order to tell you my beliefs, I must first say a few words about what has happened to my family and me.
3. The turning point of my life was my decision to give up a promising career in business to
Meaning: An important change took place in my life when I decided to give up my career in
business to study music, though it seemed that I could have achieved great success in business.
4.My parents, although sympathetic, disapproved of music as an occupation.
Meaning: My parents understood my feelings, but they didn't think it was a good choice for me to take up music as a job.
disapproved: vi. have an unfavorable opinion
I disapprove of smoking in public places.
People often disapproved of those who behave in strange ways.
Notice here that disapprove is followed by the preposition of.
5. This was understandable, I thought, in view of my family background.
Meaning: I could understand why they were against me when my family background was taken
in view of: considering; take into consideration
In view of our research, we conclude that we can introduce our new product to the market.
In view of the employees' disapproval, the management is not going to continue the program.
6. My grandfather taught music for nearly forty years at Spring Hill College.
Meaning: My grandfather taught music for almost forty years at Spring Hill College.
7. Despite being greatly respected in the community, he earned barely enough to provide for his
Meaning: Though he was greatly respected by other people in his area, he earned so little that he was almost unable to supply his large family with what they needed for life.
8. My father often said that it was only because my grandmother was so economical that the
wolves were kept at bay.
Meaning: My father often said that they had just enough money to eat and live only because my
grandmother knew how to use money carefully and without waste.
keep the wolves/wolf at bay/from the door: earn just enough money to eat and live
He took on two jobs at the same time, but could only just keep the wolves at bay.
I pity those who have to work in order to keep the wolves/wolf at bay/from the door.
hold/keep somebody at bay: to keep (an enemy or something unwanted) some distance away
She held the gun tightly, trying to keep the stranger at bay.
Try to keep the gangsters at bay while I call the police.
9. As a consequence of this example in the family, the very mention of music as a career carried with it the idea of an uncertain existence.
Meaning: Because my grandfather had set a negative example for the family, if anyone ever
talked about taking up music as a career, the others would think immediately that it meant you'd
have to live without a stable income.
10. My parents insisted upon college instead of music school, and so to college I went.
Meaning: My parents demanded that I go to college rather than to music school, and so I went
insisted (up)on: order or demand (that something must happen or be done)
The manager insisted upon having a job done well no matter how much time is required.
Don't let them tell you what they want. Insist on your own rights.
11. Before my graduation from Columbia University, my family ran into some money
Meaning: Before I graduated from Columbia University, my family was having difficulty
paying all the bills…
12. Before I knew it, I had begun my career in business—a time in my life that I feel was wasted.
Meaning: I had already taken up business as a career before I realized it, and now I feel that the
period of time I spent doing business was wasted.
13. Now, I do not for a moment mean to speak poorly of business; my whole point is that it was just not for me.
Meaning: Now, I do not at all want to say that business is something bad; I just want to say that
business does not suit me.
Notice that here "now" does not mean "at the present time"; instead, it is used to draw attention to a particular statement or question.
14. ... and aside from the satisfaction of being able to help the family, money is all I got out of
Meaning: ... and except for the feeling of happiness that came from helping the family, the only
thing I got from working in business was money.
15. I felt that life was passing me by.
Meaning: I felt that I was not really living the life I was meant to.
pass somebody by/over: pay no attention to; take no notice of
When the presents were given out, the little girl was passed by.
His suggestion was passed over at the meeting the next day.
16. My aim was to save enough money to quit and go to Europe to study music.
Meaning: My goal was to save enough money so that I didn't have to do the job any more and
could go to Europe to study music.
17. I used to get up at dawn to practice before I left for "downtown".
Meaning: I used to get up when the day just broke and practiced music before I went to work in
the downtown area.
Notice that here a quotation mark is used for the word downtown. It might suggest that the author does not like the place—the business center.
18. Instead of lunching with my coworkers, I would seek out some cheap café and order a mean meal.
Meaning: I would not have lunch with my fellow workers, but would try to find a cheap café
and order a simple meal.
19. I continued to make money, and finally, little by little, I saved enough to go abroad.
Meaning: I continued to make money and gradually saved enough money to go to a foreign
country in the end.
20. At that time, my family no longer needed my help, and so I gave up my position and sailed
Meaning: At that time, my family no longer needed me to earn money to help them, so I quit my job in business and went to Europe by sea.
21. I stayed four years, worked harder than I had ever dreamed of working before, and enjoyed
every minute of it.
Meaning: I stayed in Europe for four years, worked harder than I had ever thought I would, and enjoyed every minute of my life when I was studying music.
22. "Enjoyed" is too mild a word, really...
Meaning: The word "enjoyed", as used in the previous sentence, is really not strong enough to
express my feelings...
23. ... I walked on air.
Meaning: ... I was extremely happy.
walk on air: be extremely happy
I walked on air when I learnt that I'd won the prize.
The little boy walked on air after he was able to help the old man.
24. I really lived.
Meaning: Life was really meaningful to me.
25. I was a free man and I was doing what I loved to do and what I was meant to do.
Meaning: I was a free man and I was doing what I loved to do and what I was supposed to do.
26. If I had stayed in business, I might be a really wealthy man today.
Meaning: If I had continued to work in business, I might be a really rich man now.
This sentence, and a number of the following sentences, are in the subjunctive mood, as the
situations described in these sentences are pure supposition and do not exist in reality.
The first part of this sentence is opposite to what happened in the past—that is, "I did not stay in business"; and the second part is opposite to the current situation —that is, "I am not a really wealthy man today."
Similar examples are:
If I had been taller, I would have joined the army.
(I was not tall enough, so I did not join the army.)
If I had started earlier, I would be at the station now.
(I did not start early, so I am not at the station now.)
27. I do not believe, however, I would have made a success of living.
Meaning: But I don't think I would have lived a successful life if I had stayed in business.
(In fact, I have lived a successful life because I did not stay in business.)
28. I would have given up a happiness that money can't buy—something that is all-too-often
done when one's primary goal is making money.
Meaning: I would have lost a happiness that money can't buy. When people's main purpose in
life is making money, they always give up a happiness that money can't buy.
(Fortunately, I did not give up a happiness that money can't buy because I did not stay in business.)
29. When I broke away from the business world, it was against the advice of practically all of my friends and family.
Meaning: When I quit my job and left the business world, almost all of my friends and family advised me not to.
30. So conditioned are most of us to the idea that success is money—so much so that the
thought of giving up a good salary for happiness seems foolish.
Meaning: Most of us are used to thinking that a person is successful only if he has money. We are so convinced of this that we think it foolish to give up a well-paid job just for happiness.
31. If so, all I can say is "Gee, it's great to be foolish!"
Meaning: If a person is said to be foolish just because he/she gives up a good salary for happiness, I can only say, "Gee, it's great to be foolish!"
gee: interj. an expression of surprise
Gee, the present is a lovely dog!
Gee, here's my book! I thought I'd lost it.
32. Money is a wonderful thing, but now I know that it is possible to pay too high a price for it.
Meaning: Money is very useful, but now I know that some people may have to give up too much for money.
3.Structure of text
At the beginning of the text, the author tells the readers about his “personality history”. It is because his grandfather, who took music as an occupation, earned barely enough to provide for
the family that the author’s parents insisted he should not go into music as a career.
Then he tells the reader that he had to go into business to help his family out of their money
problems. But later, he was finally able to go abroad to study music with the money he had
At last, the author expresses his opinion on the major issue raised in this text.
1. Students finish the exercise about the words, expressions and getting massage. Teacher
checks the answer and explain the difficulty points.
2. Students read the sample fax and write the fax
Summarize what we have learned in this unit
1. vocabulary practice, grammar review and writing practice in the Exercise Book
2. Review the Text A and Text
1. After learning the text A and text B, the student’s can retell the main idea of the text.
2. The students can understand the text and use the new words ,phrases and structure to make
their own sentences.
3. The teacher has adopted the effective teaching methods according the students’ reflection.