Unit 2 Robots
A biography of Isaac Asimov
Step one Lead--- in
Asimov’s three laws for robots
The first law: A robot must not injure human be
ings or allow them to be injured.
The second law: A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings (as long as human beings are not injured).
The third law: A robot must protect its own existence ( as long as human beings are not injured; and as long as the robot does not disobey the human beings).
Asimov and his famous works
Empire I,robot(1950) 帝国 Trilogy(1951-1953) 我，机器人 基地三部曲
Step two New words
Turn to page 98, and read the new words from “biography” after me.
Step three Fast reading
(Fill in the chart)
1920 1923 1939
Born in Russia Moved with family to New York Began having stories published in science fiction magazines 1942- Worked as junior chemist, Philadelphia 1945 Navy Yard 1948 Got PhD in chemistry 1951Published “The Foundation Trilogy” 1953 1958 Became a full-time writer Had a blood transfusion became infected with 1983 HIV Died in New York 1992
Step four Careful reading
Divide the passage into three parts.
Part1( Para.1 ): Brief introduction of Asimov and his works
Part2 (Para.2): birth and ______ death His ____
Please read Para.3---6 again and answer the following questions 1.What is the main idea of this part? The introduction of his life experience in detail 2. Which sentence in the passage can replace the following one? He worked in his candy store as studying, and continued working there a year after he had got his master’s degree 3. What made him start to take himself seriously as a writer? (Within 30 words) His friend’s misunderstanding the story he wrote as one from a book. 4. Translate the sentence in Para,5? Among his most famous works of science fiction ,one for which he won an award was “The foundation Trilogy, three stories about the death and a rebirth of a great empire in a galaxy of the future.
Asimov was an American scientist and writer, whose science______ fiction stories. He best known work was _______ extraordinary imagination which gave him had an ____________ the ability _____ to explore future worlds. When he was 9, he began working in his candy store, when his mother was ________ pregnant ___ withher third child. __ It was when that his talent ___ for writing Asimov was 11 years old ____ became famous, and he started taking himself ________ seriously as a writer. 1951-1953 he published his The most famous work of science fiction ” ____ Foundation ______”, Trilogy and he developed a ___ set of __________ three laws for robots in “ I, robot”. In 1992, he died of transfusion HIV infection, which he got from a blood ____ __________ nine years earlier.
听 力 材 料
1.Read the passage and recite the first two paragraphs. 2.According to the passage, make up an interview between a reporter and Asimov.
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