必修4 Unit3 A taste of English humor
1. What is Charlie Chaplin’s job?
A. He is a worker. B. He is an actor. C. He is a farmer. D. He is a teacher.
2. What is his charming character?
A. The little tramp. B. A doctor. C. A soldier. D. A gentleman.
3. What happened to Charlie Chaplin in 1972?
A. He wrote, directed and produced the films he starred in.
B. He lived in England and the USA to have a rest.
C. He was given a special Oscar for his outstanding work in films.
D. He was given a special gift for his birthday.
4. Where did Charlie Chaplin spend his last years?
A. In England. B. In the USA. C. In California. D. In Switzerland.
5. What is the type of Charlie Chaplin’s acting?
A. Mysterious B. Creative C. Mime and farce D. Talkative
Title: A____ of_____ Humor
This passage is about_____.
2. Fast reading
Find out the information of Charlie Chaplin.
He was born in____. His job is_____. His type of acting is_____. His charming character is _____. He was given_____ in_____. He died in_____ in_____.
3. Careful reading
1) Find out the main idea of each paragraph.
Paragraph 1: Why people_____.
Paragraph 2: What Charlie’s_____was like.
Paragraph 3: What his______ was like.
Paragraph 4: An_____ of a sad situation that he made_____.
Paragraph 5: His______.
2) Answer some questions according to each paragraph.
Q1 What did Victor Hugo say about laughter?
Q2 Why can humour make people feel happy?
Q3 what was his childhood life like and what made the situation worse?
Q4 Give a description on The Little Tramp?
Q5 Why was “The Little Tramp” loved by many people around the world?
Q6 Which film of Chaplin is mentioned in Para.4?
Q7 Find out some information about the film The Gold Rush.
Time_____. Place_____. Job in the film______.
Were they fortunate enough to find
What troubles did they meet in California? They____ on the edge of a mountain in a____ in a small wooden house.
Q8 Chaplin produced,________, and wrote many movies he _________.He was given a ______for his lifetime outstanding work. He lived the last years of his life in _____, and was buried there in 1977.
4. Post reading:
1).Charlie Chaplin was born in a rich family in 1889.___
2).He became famous for using a particular form of acting, including mime and farce.___
3).Because he had the determination to overcome difficulties so “The Little Tramp ” was loved by many people around the world.__
4).They were fortunate enough to find the gold in The Gold Rush.__
5).Charlie Chaplin died in 1978 in Switzerland.___
1) What is the main idea of this text?
A. It is about the life and work of Charlie Chaplin and the kind of humour we can all laugh at-nonverbal humour.
B. It is about the way of becoming successful after Charlie Chaplin graduated from the college.
C. It is about Charlie Chaplin’s films and his friends.
D. It is about the special kind of films.
2) Why did Charlie Chaplin become an actor?
A. Because he loved to become an actor.
B. Because his parents hoped to make him an actor.
C. Because it was common in acting families to train the children to sing and dance and after his father’s death he had to support his family.
D. Because Charlie Chaplin was good at acting and he was admitted to an art college to be an actor.
3) Which of the following statements is WRONG?
A. Charlie Chaplin was born in a poor family and died in foreign country in 1977.
B. The little tramp could make a sad situation entertaining in The Gold Rush, which was one of Charlie Chaplin’s most famous films.
C. In The Gold Rush The little tramp and his friend met a snowstorm and they had to hide in a small hut on the edge of a mountain.
D. Charlie Chaplin acted in the films which were written, directed and produced by others all his life.
4) What does the sentence—He is loved and remembered as a great actor who could inspire people with great confidence mean?
A. Charlie Chaplin loved his films and his audience.
B. People will remember him forever and he had an active influence over people.
C. Charlie Chaplin will remember all the films that he acted and encourage the others to be actors.
D. People love Charlie Chaplin and will encourage him to act the nonverbal films.
5) Why was Charlie Chaplin successful?
A. Because he acted so many famous films.
B. Because he was a wonderful actor, understood and sympathized with people’s problems and tried to cheer them up.
C. Because people love him very much.
D. Because he got a special Oscar for his outstanding work in films in 1972.
1. He lived in England and the USA but spent his last years in Switzerland, which he was buried in 1977._______
2. Charlie first picks out the laces and eats them as if they are spaghetti. _______
3. Finally he tries cutting and chewed the bottom of the shoe._____
4. His parents often entertain for their friends at weekend._____
5. The general directed the troops attack.________
6. She finds opera bored.________
7. He was in hospital for six months. He felt as if he was cut out from the outside world.________
8. Scientists are convinced by the positive effect of laughter on physical and mental health._______
9. With the teacher’s help, they try to overcame their shortcomings.______
10. In his spare time, he often listens to music or watches entertained films to relax himself.______
1. The house is easily picked out from the rest; it has a large blue door.
2. His speech was cut off by loud scream from the back seats.
3. Your composition will read better if you cross out these worn-out figures of speech.
4. They were walking around of the town in search of a place for the party.
5. Ten years of hard work transformed Mathilde completely into an ordinary housewife.
(be content with)
7. 你应该信任我，我会说服他跟我们一起去那里。(convince sb. to do sth.)
8. 这个人说起话来，就好像他什么都知道。(as if)
9. 贫穷的农民需要毯子，更需要食物。(badly off)
About the year 1890, a small, dark-haired child named Charlie Chaplin was often seen waiting outside the back entrance of London theaters. He looked thin and hungry. He was hoping to get work in show business. He could sing and dance, and above all, he knew how to make people laugh. But he couldn’t get work and therefore wandered about the city streets. Sometimes he was sent away to a home for children who had no parents.
But twenty years later this name Chaplin became the greatest, best known, and best loved actor in the world. Nearly all visitors to the cinema must have seen some of Charlie Chaplin’s films. People everywhere have sat and laughed at them until tears ran down their faces. Even people who don’t understand English can enjoy Chaplin’s films because they are almost silent. It isn’t what he says that makes us laugh. His comedy doesn’t depend upon words or languages. It depends upon little actions, which mean the same thing to people all over the world. Acting out, without words, of common human situations plays an important part in the dances and plays of many countries. It’s a kind of world language.
Chaplin lived most of his life in America and died in Switzerland on Christmas Day 1977, at the age of eighty-eight. There was sadness all over the world at the news of his death.
1. Why was young Chaplin waiting outside the back entrance of the theater?
A He wanted to enjoy a play in the theatre.
B He was hungry and wanted some food.
C He liked to play a part in a play and thus made a living.
D He wished to become a man of business.
2. Little does Chaplin’s comedy depend on____.
A. acting B. feeling
C. expression D. words
3. People all over the world can enjoy Chaplin’s film without translation because____.
A. English is widely known in the world.
B. they can enjoy the film silently.
C. they are most comedies.
D. most of them are silent.
4. What is “a kind of world language” according to the passage?
B. Acting out of common human situations.
D. Films or plays.
5. Which of the following is NOT TRUE according to passage?
A. Chaplin was often seen waiting outside the back entrance of London theaters.
B. He couldn’t get work and therefore wandered about the city streets.
C. Nearly all visitors to the cinema must have seen some of Charlie Chaplin’s films.
D. Chaplin lived most of his life in America and died in Switzerland on Christmas Day 1977, at the age of eighty.
1—5 B A C D C
Title: Master; Nonverbal
This passage is about the life and work of Charlie Chaplin and the kind of humour we can all laugh at—nonverbal humour.
2. Fast reading
1889; an actor; mime and comedy ; the little tramp; a special Oscar; 1972; 1977; Switzerland.
3. Careful reading
1). 1. Why people needed cheering up.
2. What Charlie’s childhood was like.
3. What his most famous character was like.
4. An example of a sad situation that he made funny.
5. His achievement.
2) 1. Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
2. Because it can make people feel more content with their life.
3. He was born in a poor family in 1889. His parents were both poor music performers. His father’s death made the family worse off.
4. A small black hat, a walking stick, large trousers, worn-out shoes, The Little Tramp was a poor and homeless person.
5. Because he had the determination to overcome difficulties and he was the underdog who was kind even when was unkind to him.
6. The Gold Rush.
7. Time: in the middle of the 19th century
Job in the film: panning for gold
Were they fortunate enough to find the gold? No.
What troubles did they meet in California?
They were caught on the edge of a mountain in a snowstorm in a small wooden house.
8. Chaplin produced, directed, and wrote many movies he starred in. He was given a special Oscar for his lifetime outstanding work. He lived the last years of his life in Switzerland, and was buried there in 1977.
4. Post reading:
一: 判断正误: 1—5 F T T F F
二: 单项选择: 1—5 A C D B B
1.which→where 2.are→were3. chewed→chewing4.去掉for 5.troops后加to6. bored→boring 7.out→off 8.by→of 9.overcame→overcome10. entertained→entertaining
5. 十年的艰辛劳动 彻底把马蒂尔德变成了一个普通的家庭妇女。
6. He is not content with what he has achieved.
7. You can depend on me. I will convince him to go there with us.
8. The man talks as if he knew everything.
9. The poor farmers are badly off for blankets, and even worse off for food.
10. Failure is the mother of success.