My First Ride on a Train
Reading Module 3
Sydney Opera House
澳大利亚联邦（The Commonwealth of Australia）
? 1. It is the 6th large country in the world, but has a relatively small population. ? 2.There are 19,731,984 people living there.
? 1. Try to find out the main idea of each paragraph. ? Para 1: I had my first ride on a long distance train ? Para 2: The scenery along the railway ? Para 3: How I spent the time in the train ? Para 4: Why is the train called Ghan? ? Para 5: Things about the camels ? Para 6: The fate of the camels nowadays
Which part of Australia did the writer travel to?
The central part of Australia.
Read the passage quickly and loudly, judge T or F and correct the error:
1. Alice got on in Alice Springs,and got off in Sydney.(F)
2. The scenery of the whole journey is very colorful. ( F )
3. On the train,Alice still studied. (
4. They used camels instead of horses because horses are
not good at traveling a long distance. (
5.The government built a new railway line in 1925.(F )
1.Did Alice travel on the train a long time ago?
( Paragraph 1, Line 3 )
2.Was her destination on the coast of Australia?
( Paragraph 1, Line 7 )
3.Was the scenery the same during the whole journey? ( Paragraph 2, Line 3 ) 4.Did she study while she was on the train? 5.Did the Australians use horses to travel to the central part of the country? ( Paragraph 4 , Line 6 ) 6.Do they still use camels to deliver goods?
( Paragraph 6, Line 1)
? 1. No . She travelled on the train recently. ? 2. No, it was Alice Springs in the central part of Australia. ? 3. No, at the first there were fields , then it was desert. ? 4. Yes, she studied Chinese. ? 5. Yes , at first , but the horses didn’t like the hot weather. ? 6. No, they use the train now.
Name: Alice Thompson Come from: Sydney,Australia Age: 18 Things she did First ride/Ghan train;got on in/got off in recently: The first few hundred Colourful/ fields/ soil/ dark red KM: Desert /sun shone/ no wind/ no clouds/ After that: saw abandoned farms Day: Night: Sat and looked out of /talked to/read and listened to Watched sky/the stars shone like
A long time ago: Needed a way to/tried riding /but didn’t like 150 years ago: Brought camels/Afghanistan/better than Until the 1920s: Built/railway line/didn’t need/any more
Fill in the blanks:
long-distance Recently I had my first ride on a __________ train with my friends, We ____ two days on the train.For the spent first few hundreds kilometers of the journey,the scenerywas _____ abandoned very colorful, suddenly ,we saw __________ farms.During the day,I sat and looked out of the window,and talked to the other _________. I listed to my Chinese cassettes _______.At passengers midnight, the stars shone like diamonds .Why was the train ______ called Ghan? A long time ago, Australians needed a way riding to travel to the middle of the country.They tried________ horses, but the horses didn’t like the hot weather and sand.They brought camels from__________.Camels are Afghanistan traveling much better than horses for _______a long distance.Then the government built a new ________ line, so they didn’t railway need the camels any more.
What’s passage about?
The writer travelled on a train taking him to Alice Springs, right in the middle of Austrilia.
Say sth. about your travel:
When: Where: With whom: How did you go there: What did you do and
What’s your feeling:
1.Write a summary of the passage. 2.Write a composition about your trip.