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Unit 2
Working the land

What are they doing?

They are planting the rice.

? Have you ever grown any plants? If so, what did you do to grow them? They ar

e ploughing the soil. First we ploughed the soil deep. Second we put the seeds into the tunnel.

Finally we covered the deeds by ploughing again.

and Southeast Asian countries. What do ? Some 700,000 central a child somewhere ? every eight seconds, Americans are you think would happen if tomorrow suffering from hunger today, including in the world dies from starvation. More there children at risk ofrice to eat? 6,0006was suddenly no under the to death. than million children starving age of 5 die starvation ? If from happened, every year. most The African countries suffering that people there severely than 800 million peopleAnd ?would sufferfood shortage are Malawi, More from from starvation. in the Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia world whole country would get into the suffer from chronic malnutrition–-and Zimbabwe. 799 million of them are from the trouble. developing world. More than 153 million of them are under the age of 5.

Warming up International Facts on Hunger andRice is a main food in all East Asian Q1. Poverty(2002)

? If you had the chance to do one thing to help end hunger in the world, what would you do? I’ll make a kind of fertilizer to give rice enough nutrition and let them grow quickly and have high product. But first without pollution to our environment. I would invent a new kind of plant to produce more food.

He is father of hybrid rice(杂交水稻),who was lately awarded “the Nobel Prize of Asia ”.He received the honor for his great contributions(贡 献)to hybrid rice research and work he did to improve rice production in developing countries.Now he is head of the National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center in Hunan Province,China(中国湖南省国家杂交水稻 研究与发展中心).He is called a pioneer for all people.

Dr Yuan Longping(袁隆平博士)

? Which of the following statements tells the main idea of the text? It ’s about____
A. a farmer named Yuan Longping B. how Yuan Longping became rich and famous

C. an agricultural pioneer named Yuan Longping who worked hard to produce a new strain of rice
D. a new strain of rice which is called super hybrid rice

Para1
Q1: What does Dr Yuan look like? He has a sunburnt face and arms and a slim, strong body.He is more like a farmer than a scientist. Q2: What is his achievement? He grows what is called super hybrid rice, which makes it possible to produce one-third more of the crop in the same fields. True or False:

1.Dr Yuan is more a farmer than a scientist.
2.Dr Yuan’s kind of rice is the most suitable for China’s farmland.

F T

Para2

?Put Dr Yuan’s biography in right order.

a. He was born into a poor farmer’s family . b. He graduated from Southwest Agriculture college. c. In 1950,Chinese farmers produced 5.5 billion tons of rice. d. 20 billon tons of rice was produced by growing his hybrid rice. e. He searched a way to increase rice outputs without expanding the area of fields.

f. He helps rid the world of hunger by circulating his knowledge in less developed countries.
Proper order: a

c

b

e

d

f

Parag3
Which of the following description about Dr Yuan’s personality(个性) is not true? A. He is satisfied with his life because he is now rich and famous. B. He cares little about money and fame(名声). C. He would rather work than lead a comfortable life. D. He enjoys a simpler life than most rich and famous people.

1.What does “Wishing for things, however, costs nothing.” mean? Dreams are free and everybody can have ideas about what they would like their future life to be. 2.What did Dr Yuan’s rice look like in his dream? The rice plants were as tall as sorghum.Each ear of rice was as big as an ear of corn and each grain of rice was as huge as a peanut.

Para4

3.Dr Yuan has dreams not only when he is _____ asleep awake but also when he is______.

Pairwork:
Match the following headings(标题)to each paragraph. A PIONEER FOR ALL PEOPLE A. Dr Yuan’s dreams. B. Dr Yuan’s personality. C. Dr Yuan’s biography(传记). D. Dr Yuan’s appearance and his achievement.

Para1 Para2 Para3 Para4

Writing a poster(海报) for the text.

Resume
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Name: Nationality: Date of birth: appearance: Education: personality: Achievements: Dreams: Hobbies: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yuan Longping Chinese 1930 Sunburnt, slim, strong Southwest Agriculture College Care little about money and fame Super hybrid rice Produce export Violin, mah-jong, swimming,

Farmers weeding at noon, Sweat down the field soon. Who knows food on a tray,

Due to their toiling day.


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