Unit 3 Life in the Future
【单元导航】 Einstein’s theory of relativity brought space and time together in a single, four-dimensional arrangement that he called spacetime. The Universe is full
of heavy objects exerting gravitational effects and the net result is that spacetime is not flat at all but curved. Everything, including light, has to follow curved paths in spacetime. Black holes have such a huge gravitational pull that nothing can escape from them, not even light. Period 1 Warming Up and Reading
Step 1. Pre-reading 1. Imagine what changes will happen in the next century in your life. For example in housing, transport, jobs, families and education. 2. Make a list of the problems you think human beings are facing today. 3. Mark out which problems may be solved in 1000 years and which may not. Then choose one of the “may not” and discuss in a group whether it will be better or worse by AD 3008, and give the reasons. Step 2. Fast-reading （方法导引：略读或浏览阅读 skimming：忽略不懂的句子和生词， 快速阅读原文。目的只是为了了解阅读材料的大意） 1. Skim the passage and answer the questions. 1) Why did Li Qiang go into the future? 2) How did he feel when he left his own time? 3) How did he get to the year 3008? 4) What did he notice first when he arrived in AD 3008? 2. Scan the passage quickly and write down the main idea of each paragraph in your own words. Paragraph 1 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 3 Paragraph 4 Step 3. Careful reading （方法导引：采用扫描式阅读 scanning：进行有目的的阅读， 目的是寻找某些资料或信息，对于无关部分可以忽略。 ） 1. What’s the text about? A. An e-mail written by a man who has taken up a trip to the future B. The man have his first try to master a hovering carriage. C. The man are surprised at the Wang ping’s home. D. The preparation of the trip. 2. Do you think Li Qiang feels comfortable in the future? What words does he use that he gives you that impression? Please fill in the chart. Good changes Time travel
Transport Houses Towns Air quality 3. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) Detail reading, and answer these questions. Why did Li Qiang has the chance to travel to the year AD3005? What is a “time lag”? How did they travel to the year AD3005? Who guided the trip? Why did Li Qiang’s guide give him some tablets? Who transported them to the future? What was the air like there? In what way did people there travel? What were houses like there?
Step4. Activity Discuss the following topic with your partners in a group of six. What improvements do you think there will be to your home city or homevillage one thousand years in the future? What problems might there be? Step5. Homework: Retell the text in your own words. [学后反思] 我的阅读 完成情况 呃，我还要努力！
Pre-reading Tips: global warming, acid rain, growing areas f desert, overlarge world population, lack of enough drinking water ? Fast-reading 1. 1) Li Qiang went into the future because he had won a prize that gave him a tour. 2) He felt rather anxious when he left his own time but soon got it over.. 3) He went by time capsule. 4) The first thing he noticed was the poor quality of the air and it gave him a headache. 2. Paragraph 1 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 3 Paragraph 4 How I came to take a time travel journey. The journey. My impression of life one thousand years into the future. Staying in Wang Ping’s home.
Step 3: Careful-reading 1. A 2. Good changes Time travel Transport Houses Towns Air quality can travel to different times as you wish can move swiftly save living space busy; look like markets own family oxygen supply Bad changes after-effects of travel disorganized; difficult to find way short of space easy to get lost poor quality in public places
3. 1）I took up the prize I won the year before. 2) “Time lag” means a person gets flashbacks from his previous time period. 3) In a time capsule. 4) My friend Wang Ping is my guide to the future. 5) The tablets could help me feel less nervous and uncertain. 6) Wang Ping’s parents’ company transported us to the future. 7) The air seemed thin as if it had little oxygen left; people there travelled in a hovering carriage driven by computer. 8) Bright, clean, green, moving walls, brown floor and soft lighting, trees inside room, movable furniture.