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Unit 1 Reading Boy missing, police puzzled Police in America have stepped up their search for a fifteen-year-old boy who went missing three days ago in Dover, New Hampshire. This interest has

received great interest due to reports of alien visit around the time the boy disappointed. Justin Foster,a high school student,was last seen Friday night. That evening at 8p.m.,Justin went to play baseball with two friends,who both say Justin went home after the game。Witnesses also say they saw Justin walking towards his house at 10.45p.m.Justin’s sister, Kelly, aged nine, says she heard her brother return home at about 11p.m. ‘I was getting ready for bed ’Kelly said. ‘Justin went straight to his room. I didn't see him, but I heard him put on his favorite CD. I went to bed, and was woken up around midnight by a bright light outside my window.’ At first, the young girl thought it was the light of the full moon, but then she realized that it was moving and coming closer. ‘I pulled back the curtains and saw a large spaceship flying outside. It had blue lights all around it, and there were many windows. Standing inside were lots of strange creatures with white skin and large black eyes. I was frightened! ’ Kelly said that the spaceship then moved around to the side of the house, towards her brother’s bedroom. ‘There was a flash of light and I heard Justin shout, and then the UFO just disappeared. I haven't seen Justin since. I'm sure the aliens took him. ’ Kelly then ran and woke up her mother. However, since Mrs. Foster thought that Justin was spending the night with a friend, she assumed that Kelly was having a bad dream, and sent her back to bed. Mr. Foster was working that night on his road construction job, and was not home when these events occurred. When Justin did not show up for lunch the next day, Mrs. Foster became worried and told her husband to call the police. Some people in Dover also say that they saw aliens that night. ‘It’s happened to me! ‘said Mrs. Mavis Wood. ‘The aliens took me aboard the UFO so that they could do research on me. Luckily, they retuned me home without any injuries. The whole experience was terrible! I haven't been sleeping well since I returned home. I think Justin was taken away by them, too. ’ When asked about the possibility that Justin was taken by aliens, Detective Sam Peterson, who has taken charge of the case, told journalists, ‘Sometimes people make up such amazing stories. There's really no hard evidence that aliens took him. So, while we have not dismissed the idea, we are looking into other possibilities as well. We will not give up until we find out what happened. ’

Unit 1 Project Yeti, Big foot and the Wild Man of Shennongjia For centuries, people have reported seeing a wild creature in the Himalayas called Yeti. The Yeti is said to be a large , hairy animal that walks on two feet like a human being. People believe that Yetis sometimes come down from the mountains to attack villagers. In 1998, an American mountain climber said that he saw a Yeti on the Chinese side of the Himalayas. ‘It walked like a human, but it had thick black black fur and was about six feet tall with huge shoulders, very long arms and large hands,’ he said. In 2007, an American TV team saw Yeti tracks 33 centimeters in length in the snow near Mount Qomolangma. They made copies of these tracks and had them examined by a scientist in the USA. He reported that they looked like the tracks of a similar creature, called Bigfoot, which some people believe lives in the forests of the north-west of the USA. Yeti and Bigfoot are similar to a creature known as the Wild Man of Shennongjia. There have been dozens of reports that people have seen a Wild Man in the Shennongjia Nature Reserve in western Hubei Province, China. In one case, a group of engineers ran after the creature, which moved with amazing speed and strength. Large tracks have also been discovered which some people say belong to the Wild Man. Because of these reports and the tracks, there have been several organized searches for this creature, but no strong evidence for its existence has ever been found. Dr Grover Krantz, a scientist from Washington State University, studied reports of such strange creatures for many years. He became convinced they exist. He believed that these creatures are linked to a common ancestor, an animal that lived in Asia some 300,000 years ago. In his opinion, this animal made its way to other parts of the world, and continues to survive even today. Scientists hope that the mystery will be solved one day. If such creatures really exist, we might have the chance to see one with our own eyes.

Unit 2 Reading
An adventure in Africa 30 June Dear Aihua How are you? Sorry I haven’t written for so long. I’ve been quite busy arranging my holiday with my older brother, Colin. Colin and I plan to spend a few weeks travelling before he goes to university. We’re going to visit so many exciting places and do lots of extraordinary things. We will go to Africa first. I can’t wait! Have you ever been there?

We leave London on 15 July, and we’ll be taking a flight to Morocco, in northern Africa. We’re going to ride camels through the Sahara Desert. It’s the biggest desert in the world―about the size of the US! I expect it will be very hot, dry and dusty there. We’ll be travelling by camel with local guides, camping in tents and sleeping on the ground. I’ve heard that, in the Sahara, there is no shade during the day, and the stars seem especially brilliant on clear nights. I’ll bring a flashlight with me so that I’ll be able to see in the dark. Altogether, the trip will take six days. That means I’ll have to sit on a camel for almost a week―how uncomfortable! I hope my camel likes me! After the trip by camel, we’re going to travel down the River Nile. We’ll start at Lake Victoria. A little way down the river from Lake Victoria, the water gets quite rough. So, we’ll go white―water rafting. It’s quite dangerous, but very exciting! You have to wear a helmet and a life jacket for protection, just in case you fall into the water. Then, we’re going on a trip to see wild animals in Kenya. We’ll live with the local people in their villages, and drink whatever they do, including cow’s blood! Do you think I should drink it? Since we’ll be walking for almost two weeks, I’ll need to buy a large backpack in advance to carry my supplies of food and water. During the day, we’ll walk across the land, following the tracks of wildlife such as elephants, lions and giraffes. We’ll try to get as close as possible to the animals, even though they’re dangerous, so that we can take some really good photographs. But don’t worry about me. Our guides will have guns with them for defense―they can use the guns to scare the animals away if they come too near. I really want to see an elephant up close, and Colin wants to see a giraffe. After that, we’ll be moving on to Tanzania, where we’re going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Mountain climbing can be very tiring, and many people feel sick as the atmosphere gets thinner, so Colin and I will make sure that we will get plenty of rest. The Africa part of our trip will take about four weeks. Afterwards, we’re going to the Himalayas. I’ll send you postcards from all the different places we visit! Love Toby

Unit 2 Project Shangri-la Would you like the chance to discover a place of mystery and beauty in the south-west of China? If your answer is 'yes', consider a trip to Shangri-la! How to get there Start in the city of Dali and drive north along the Yunnan-Tibet Highway until you reach Zhongdian (Shangri-la), the capital of Diqin. Zhongdian is 659 kilometres away from Kunming, and there are regular flights between the two cities. The world-famous Chinese Shangri-la The word 'Shangri-la' first appeared in a classic novel by James Hilton. Today, Shangri-la has become a common English word meaning heaven on earth. Hilton described a beautiful kingdom where three rivers joined together, steep mountains reached to the sky, and fields of long grass covered the earth. In this perfect world

lived people who had discovered 15 how to stay young forever. Which place could officially take the name of this wonderful land? There were arguments over which tourist spot would win the name of Shangri-la. Many years after the book was published, some people realized that the Shangri-la of the novel was a perfect match for Zhongdian in Yunnan 20 Province, China. In September 1997, the government of Yunnan Province announced that Zhongdian was the Shangri-la of Hilton's story. What you will see in Shangri-la Three mountains, Meili, Baimang and Haba, which are covered with snow, tower over the land. Their snowy mountaintops form a beautiful picture that will leave you at a loss for words. Below the mountains, the sunshine reflects on the many lakes, making them shine like diamonds against the rich countryside. Sheep, cattle and horses wander on the green grass, and the surrounding forests are home to many birds and animals. In this peaceful land, people live in perfect 30 harmony with nature, far away from the noise and worry of the outside world. Nature has provided Shangri-la with endless natural treasures, making the land a happy home for the local people. What the weather is like The weather changes so quickly that people say you can experience four seasons in one day. The best times to visit Shangri-la are spring and autumn when the temperature is at its mildest. Unit 3 Reading The Curse of the Mummy Howard Carter is one of the most famous explorers the world has ever known. He was brave and loved to visit and explore new places. During his life, he discovered many amazing things. Howard Carter did not go to school, but learnt to draw from his father. who was an artist. He was bright and curious about the world outside his home town. In 1891, at the age of 17, he set sail for Alexandria, Egypt. By the 1920s, he had become an explorer, searching for the tombs of the Egyptian kings. He found several important ones. Inside the tombs, he discovered a great fortune in jewels and gold, along with the preserved bodies of dead kings. These preserved bodies are known as mummies. In 1922, Howard Carter made his most amazing discovery of all, in the Valley of the Kings, in Egypt. He had received money from Lord Canarvon, a British man who was very interested in Egypt. Carter's team was working at a place near the city of Luxor. There, they came across the tomb of King Tutankhamun. It was the most

important tomb that had ever been found. 'The tomb contained more treasure than any of us had ever seen before, as well as the mummy of the king,' said Caner. 'After we looked into the tomb, we closed it and hid its entrance. We wanted to study the tomb later when we had more time. Afterwards, all of its contents would go into a museum.' However, not long after the discovery, people in Carter's team began to fall ill and die. Upon their entering the tomb, Carter's lucky pet bird, which he had left in Cairo, was swallowed by a snake. Then, a few months after Carter had opened the tomb, Lord Camarvon, who was also present when the tomb was opened, fell ill with a fever and died in Egypt. At the moment of Camarvon's death, the lights went out in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Back in England, his dog died at approximately the same time. George Gould, a friend of Camarvon's, went to Egypt after hearing of his strange death. He too visited the tomb, only to catch a high fever the next day. Twelve hours later, he was dead. Carter's secretary Richard Bethell, died of heart trouble four months after the tomb was opened. Arthur Mace, another member of the team, also died shortly after the discovery. Within seven years, 21 people who had something to do with the opening of the tomb died. Howard Carter, however, lived on until the age of 65. Some people say the deaths were just coincidence. Others believe that they were in connection with a mummy's curse, as a punishment for those who enter the resting place of the dead. However, still others believe that there is a scientific explanation. Inside the tombs, there are many viruses. When a tomb is opened, fresh air disturbs the viruses. If breathed in, they can result in illness or even death. Today, when scientists examine mummies, they wear special clothing for protection. What is certain, though, is that 'the curse of the mummy remains a riddle to this day. Unit 3 Project Explorer 16 October 2003 What is the most fun you can have in 21 hours and 23 minutes? On 15 October 2003, Yang Liwei answered this question. His voyage in space took him 600,000 kilometres in orbit, around the Earth 14 times, in just 5 over 21 hours. It made him China’s first astronaut in space. He had worked towards this achievement for many years. Born in 1965, Yang had wanted to fly since he was a young boy. His friends and teachers from Suizhong in 10 the north-east of Liaoning Province have all said that he loved science and technology from a young age. He always had a strong desire to learn how to fly. His dream was encouraged by his parents as well as his older sister and younger brother. In 1983, he joined the army, and went to flight school. He graduated in 15 1987 and

became a pilot. In 1998, he applied to be a member of Project 921, which is now called Shenzhou He was one of the only 14 selected from 1,500 candidates. The team spent the next five years being trained. They not only studied all the subjects required to be an astronaut, but also learnt survival skills and all about how spaceships and rockets are built. Yang 20 scored among the very top in everything the group studied. In September 2003, only three out of the 14 candidates were picked for the Chinese space adventure, and Yang was one of them. He took all kinds of tests to prove he was fit for this important task. Although Yang did not get the best scores on every single test, it was his high scores on the psychological tests that finally won him the status of China's first astronaut. Yang was described by his superiors as hard-working and always in control of himself. Because of these qualities, they were optimistic he would be successful. In the end, Yang was indeed a success. His name will go down in history 30 with those of Yuri Gagarin and Alan Shepard. The people of China can be proud of Yang Liwei, and young people all over the world can look up to him as an example of a man who managed to live his dream.


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