Unit1 the picture of peace
Once upon a time, a good king was worried about the problems in his kingdom. There were wars all around the land and he wanted peace. One day, he called for the two best artists in his kingdom. He asked each of them to paint a picture of peace. The best painting would become the symbol of peace for the kingdom.
The first artist went to work right away. He painted his favorite place. He thought that it was the most peaceful place on earth. It was a beautiful lake beside a mountain; The lake was calm and like a mirror; it reflected the mountain and the clouds above it.
The second artist sat and thought about the true meaning of peace for a very long time. The he began to paint. He also painted a mountain, but his was steep and dark. A violent lightening storm with pouring rain hung over the side.
A powerful waterfall rushed down its side. But behind the waterfall was a small tree. In the tree was a nest with a bluebird. She was calmly feeding her two tiny baby birds.
The day came for the king to choose the best painting. He admired the first artist’s work. Then he looked at the second artist’s painting. He saw the violent storm clouds and rushing water. Then he saw the mother bird with her babies. “This,” the king said, “is real peace.”
The first artist was angry. “That’s not peaceful!” he shouted. The king explained, “If you can be in the middle of all the noise, violence, and danger of the world, and yet be calm in your heart, then you have found true peace.”
Unit2 getting along
The No.8 Middle School Peace Club was having an important meeting to plan activities for the school’s annual Peace on Earth Fair. Jamie, the club president, asked the kids for their ideas.
Vincent suggested a play, Amy thought it was a stupid idea; it would be easier to just sing a song. Karen said that Amy was lazy. Gina wanted to invite a famous rock band, but Chris said she was dumb because they couldn’t afford a rock band. “We should set up tables for people to write letters to world leaders,”suggested Jill.
Soon, they were fighting. Everyone shouted and nobody listened. Jamie couldn’t stand it anymore.
“Everyone, be quiet!” she screamed. “This club is supposed to be about peace, but everyone is fighting! We can’t teach other people about being peaceful if we can’t show respect for one another. We shouldn’t call each other names or attract others’ ideas. We should listen to and respect every idea and build a plan using all the ideas. Vincent, will you begin again?”
“Well, my idea was a play,” said Vincent. “ But I like Amy’s idea about a song.”
“Gina had a fun idea about rock bands,” said Amy. “But I think Chris is right. It’s too expensive. What if we pretended to be rock stars?”
“That would be really fun! It would be like Vincent’s idea for a play,” added Chris. “We could sing songs about peace.”“What a creative idea!” said Karen.” I also like Jill’s idea about writing letters.”
Soon the room was noisy again, but this time everyone was happy and excited. They were all working together in peace. And they planned the best Peace on Earth Fair ever!
Unit3 building bridges
Once there were two women named Molly and Dolly, who were neighbors. Dolly was a wonderful gardener and Molly was a great cook. The two women shared their talents: Dolly grew tasty vegetables for Molly and every night Molly invited Dolly to her house for a delicious dinner.
Then Dolly began to envy Molly’s talent. She wished she could cook as well as Molly. Molly began to wish that she could grow tasty vegetables like Dolly did.
One night when they were eating, Dolly said, “You know this soup tastes bitter,” Molly was shocked .”Well,” she said,”perhaps if the vegetables were bitter, the soup would taste better.” The two women argued until Dolly left Molly’s house in anger.
The next day, Dolly got a worker to dig a stream between their houses. The day after that, Molly called a carpenter. She showed him the stream and told him about the argument.”So, I want you to build me a high fence,” Molly continued, “I don’t ever want to see that mean woman again!”
The carpenter sent Molly into town to get some paint. When Molly came back, the work was finished, but instead of a fence, she saw a beautiful bridge. And Dolly was coming over the bridge. “Molly! I am sorry!” Dolly said. They apologized for the argument and hugged each other.
The Molly noticed the carpenter leaving. “Wait!” yelled Molly. “Where are you going? I haven’t paid you yet.” “There’s no need to pay me,” the carpenter said.“Besides, I have to go. I have many more bridges to build!”
Unit4 wang wei’s dream
Wang weis’ parents were waiting for him when he got home. His Dad handed him a letter. It was form the university. His hands were shaking as he took the letter-his future was inside.
Ever since Wang Wei was little, he wanted to be an engineer. He often took his toys apart and put them back together. One day, Mom was upset to see that Wang Wei had taken apart the television! Dad told her to have faith in Wang Wei, and sure enough he put the television back together perfectly.
Wang Wei’s teachers all noticed his talent. They told his parents that Wang Wei should go to the university. Wang Wei was very excited about this. No one in Wang Wei’s family had ever been to the university before. Mom was not sure if it was a good idea. But Dad said, “Have faith in Wang Wei and his dream.”Wang Wei studied hard every day.
His family did not have enough money to par for university, but Wang Wei found out about scholarships that would pay for his tuition. Mom was doubtful, 2
and this time even Dad felt a bit uncertain. But he said,”We must have faith in Wang Wei and his dream.” So Wang Wei studied extra hard every day, and applied for the scholarships.
Now Wang Wei had the letter in his hand that would tell him if he could go to the university. He took a deep breath and opened the envelope. His parents looked over his shoulder. Wang Wei smiled. “I says, “Congratulations. You have been accepted to the university on a full scholarship!” Mom hugged him with tears in her eyes. “I am so proud of you!:” she said.
Dad patted his back, “I always had faith in Wang Wei and his dream,” he said.
Unit5 the secret to success
It was Career Week at school. Each day, a different person came to talk about his or her career. Kelly’s class had visits from a fire fighter, a doctor, an artist, and a computer programmer. All the talks were interesting. Kelly was inspired to think of all the careers she could have.
But Kelly was most excited about the last person coming to visit. Andrew Fisher, a famous television reporter, who also wrote many books about his travels all around the world. Kelly was very anxious to hear him talk.
Mr. Fisher talked about growing up in a poor family in the mountains, with very little education. He talked about being a reporter during exciting and dangerous events. He talked about climbing Mt. Qomolangma and sailing down the Nile. He had many interesting stories, and the students paid close attention. Then he asked if anyone had questions. Immediately, Kelly raised her hand.”Mr. Fisher, how did you get to be successful?” Kelly asked.
“Here’s the secret.” Mr. Fisher said,.”I write all my goals down in a special notebook. Every morning, I look at my notebook and read my goals. Then I say to myself, “How can I get one step closer to my goals?”
Mr. Fisher continued:’Try it yourselves. Picture your dream in perfect detail and write it down. Don’t be afraid if your dreams seem impossible. No one ever believed that the Wright Brothers could build an airplane. And people laughed when Christopher Columbus said that he wanted to sail around the world. But these people believed in their dreams. They though about their dreams every day. And each day they took little steps to get closer to their dreams.”
Unit 6 a girl named wilma
In 1940, a little girl name Wilma Rudolph was born. She was small and sick. In her early childhood, Wilma had many serious illness. But her family’s love always helped her get better. When Wilma was four years old, doctors noticed her left leg was not straight. They told her family that she had polio, and that she would never walk. Wilma and her family didn’t want to believe the doctors.
Wilma exercised every day until she was able to walk with a brace. Then she was able to go to school. All her friends played basketball after school. Wilma sat and watched them every day, dreaming of being an athlete. Of course, people thought she was crazy. But Wilma was determined. By the time 3
she was nine years old, she could walk without a brace! She began playing basketball. In middle school, she was the star of the basketball team. A running coach saw he play. He thought Wilma could be a great runner. Soon Wilma was training for the Olympics.
When she was sixteen, she flew to Melbourne for the 1956 Olympic Games. Wilma and three teammates won the bronze medal in the relay race. Over the next four years, Wilma continued to train as a runner.
In 1960, Wilma went to the Rome Olympics, determined to do better. Two days before her first race, she twisted her ankle. She was worried about that her chance was gone. But she won the 100-meter race. Three days later,she won the 200-meter race. After that, she and her teammates won the 400-meter relay race. Wilma Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics!
Unit7 the bad attitude
Once there was a carpenter who worked hard his whole life building houses for his company. Now he felt too old to do his work, and it was time to retire. Unfortunately, he and his wife had not saved much money.
“You have been a good worker,” said his boss.” Please help me with just one more project before you retire. I need a special house built, so I want my best worker to build it.” The carpenter agreed.
The carpenter started working on the house. At first he worked hard, as usual. But soon, he developed a bad attitude. “I have worked hard all my life building nice houses,” he thought. “Other people live in the nice houses I built. But I will live the rest of my life in a little apartment.” So he became lazy. He didn’t concentrate on his work. He bought cheap materials. It didn’t matter that his boss had always been a fair employer--the carpenter’s bad attitude had taken over.
When the house was completed, the carpenter knew that his work was poor. He knew that the floors were uneven, and that the roof would leak.
When the boss met the carpenter, he said, “You have been a very good worker. Now I want to reward you.” He gave the house key to the carpenter. “This house is yours.”
The carpenter felt ashamed. If only he had kept a good attitude and worked to the best of his ability! For the rest of his life, the carpenter and his wife would have to live in the poor house that he built.
Unit8 you find what you are looking for
In the mountains above a busy, crowded city was a little town called Pleasantville. People from the city often moved there because it was a quiet and peaceful place to live. Noble was a real estate agent in Pleasantville.
One day, a young couple came to her office, “We are thinking about moving there,” said John. “Can you tell us what kind of people live here? We want people just like our current neighbors, who are helpful, kind, and considerate.” Mrs. Noble replied, “I think you’ll like the people here just as much as your current neighbors. I think you will fit in every well.” Cathy and 4
John were happy to hear that.
Then, another man from the city came in. He said his name was Frank and he was thinking of moving out of the city, because he didn’t like his neighbors and coworkers there. When Mrs. Noble asked him why, he complained about all the negative qualities of the people around him. When he finished speaking. Mrs. Noble replied, “I’m afraid you’ll find the people here to be the same.” The man said he would not live in such a place and left the office.
Cathy and John were upset. “You told us that we would find wonderful people here, but you told that man that he would find only rude and inconsiderate people,” said Cathy.
“Yes, I did,” said Mrs. Noble. “And I was tellin the truth. You are looking for the best in people, so you will find good people here. He can only see the worst people. In my experience, people find what they are looking for.”
Unit9 optimism and pessimism
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Optimists are always hopeful and positive. Pessimists always expect the worst and see the negative side of things. The optimist says, “The glass is half-full.” The pessimist says, “The glass is half-empty.”
Dr. Seligman is a psychologist whose studies show that optimists are healthier than pessimists. Pessimists suffer from depression more often than optimists do. There were a group of men who had heart attacks. After eight years, most of the optimistic men were still alive, while most of the pessimistic men had died from another heart attack.
Dr. Seligman also says that optimists are more successful. Athletes, politicians, and businessmen who have optimistic views of the world tend to succeed.
Here’s the good news:Everyone can learn to be more optimistic. The main way is to change the way you talk to yourself. When something bad happens to pessimists, they believe it will affect them their whole lives. When something bad happens to optimists, they see that it just one event. They also believe that they can correct the problem, so it won’t happen in the future. Here’s an example:
An optimist and a pessimist take a math test. They are both good students, but both of them fail this test. The pessimist thinks,” I’m probably going to fail every test. I’m never going to learn math. It’s too difficult for me. Nobody will like me because I’m a terrible student.” The optimist thinks, “It was only one test. I’m a smart student. I know I can do much better next time.”
Be kinder to yourself. Be more hopeful. Always see the glass as half-full! 5