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Period 4 Vocabulary and Reading

The Story of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter

A class survey
? 1. Do you want to be a billionaire?
? 2.In you opinion,what do you

need to be a billionaire?

J.K. Rowling only needs a pen, an envelope, and a coffee.

J.k. Rowling,a successful writer

? Tasks: To find out which paragrahs talk about------

? How she succeeded. ? Why she is successful. ? What effect she has brought.

The format of the passage
? ? ? ? ? ? Part1(Para. 1-- 4 ) How she succeeded. Part2(Para. 5 ) Why she is successful. Part3(Para. 6 ) What effect she has brought.

Ⅰ. Skimming

Read the passage quickly and find out the following numbers.

55 Rowling’s books have been translated into more than 55 . 1 billion It was estimated that Rowling had languages accumulated more than one billion dollars on deposit in her bank . 1997 It was only in 1997 that she completed the first Harry Potter story, which, because the publishers in the USA requested an adjustment to the title, was also known as Harry potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone..

Ⅱ.

Scanning

Para. 1
1. When J.K. Rowling added flesh to the bones of the Harry Potter story, she( A ) A. gave more details to the main idea B. created the other characters C. sold the story for food D. finished writing the story.

2.Do the true or false exercise.
J. K. Rowling had the idea of Harry Potter on a delayed train.( T )

Para. 2
1.Looking after a baby and writing a book at the same time ( C ) A. is impossible in Edinburgh B. means you haven’t got much money C. is extremely hard work D. made J.K. Rowling give up

2.Where did she write it?
She wrote it in a cafeteria in Edinburgh

Para. 3 and 4
1.As soon as the first book was a success, ( D) A. J.K. Rowling finished the series more quickly than planned B. the publishers asked her to finish one book a year. C. she wrote The Order of the Phoenix. D. it was clear that others would be successful too.

2. How many books a year did she intend to write?

She intended to have an output of one book a year. 3. Do the true or false exercise Only the first book was very succeful. ( F ) After the first book, the success of each of the following titles was automatic.

Para. 5
1. Harry Potter series are so appealing that they (B )
A. must be included in the school curriculum B. encourage children to read more C. have been criticised for bad style D. are shown on television in other countries.

2. Why is Harry Potter so popular?
The Harry Potter books appeal to readers of all special literary bond ages. They created a between parents and children. Now, it is also claimed that they are responsible for a renewed interest in reading. Harry Potter has become part of the school curriculum .

Para. 6
1. The Harry Potter stories ( C ) A. can now read in only 50 languages. B. are easy to translate. C. have made J.K. Rowling very rich. D. are distributed in 55 countries.

2. Do the true or false exercise Rowling has attained the status of being the first writer to become a millionaire.( F ) billionaire

Match each paragraph with the main idea
Para. 1.
Para. 2. Para. 3.

Para. 4.
Para. 5. Para. 6.

A. anecdotes about how she began writing her first book. B. mainly about how Rowling started writing Harry Potter. C. Rowling’s books appeal to readers of all ages. D. Rowling spent about ten years completing her series. E. Rowling’s first book was published. F. Rowling’s great achievement

The main idea of the passage
Learning to learn We can summarize the main idea of a passage from the title or the main idea of each paragraph.

The story of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter

III. Exercises
1. Find a sentence in para.5 to replace the following one.

We should have new materials to inspire(激 发)our reading interest in the time when we use computer and television so much. In an age of computer games and television programmes, it is also claimed they are responsible for a renewed interest in reading.

2. Translation
1.It was only in 1997 that she completed the first Harry Potter story, which, because the publishers in the USA requested an adjustment to the title, was also known as Harry potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. (Para. 3) 直到1997年她才完成第一部《哈利波特》小 说,由于美国的出版商要求调整书名,这本 书也被称作《哈利波特与魔法石》。

2. Rowling’s style has been a target for

some criticism, but what makes the books
so important is that, because they appeal

to readers of all ages, they create a special
literary bond between parents and

children. (Para. 5)
罗琳的写作风格成了一些批评的对象,但是 这些作品之所以重要时因为他们吸引了各个 年龄段的读者,并且在父母和孩子之间建立 起了一条特殊的文字纽带。

J.K Rowling is the elderstateswomanof British fantasy literature. She is famous as the giftedcreator of Harry Potter. One day she was on a delayed train, the idea for Harry Pottercame to her. When she created the first Harry Potter story, she had to wrote by hand and looked after her baby . In cold winter, she often wrote it in a cafeteria. At last, she completed the first Harry Potter story in 1997 . The Harry Potter series appeal to readers of all ages, because they create a special__________ literary bond between parents and children. In an age of computer games, they make people interested in reading. The books have been translated into over 55 languages and distributed over 250 million copies. So she has attained the status of being the first writer to become a billionaire .

VI.

Homework

1.According to the two questions: How did J. K. Rowling write Harry Potter? Why is Harry Potter so popular?, retell the passage 2.Recite another fifteen new words from wardrobe to elf on page 148


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