Can a 13-year-old do something to change the world? Valdez, 13, from the Philippines believes so.
At the age of 7, Valdez set up an organization to help other children. So far, he has helped over 10,000 children in his hometown. He won International Children’s Peace Prize on Sept. 10, 2012. In fact, Valdez is a homeless child himself. He found food from trash, lived on the street for most of his childhood. His parents didn’t look after him well and often beat him. Valdez said he felt he was “living in darkness” at that time. But this “darkness” didn’t turn him into a dark person. Valdez got help from community workers. On his first birthday party, at the age of 7, Valdez decided what he wanted most was to help other children who were still living on the street. “I did not have much money but I had a lot of love to give,” Valdez said. Since then, Valdez and his friends visit homeless children and give them bags with slippers, toys and even candy. They nurse their wounds, teach them about their rights, and encourage them.
“I want children in the streets to get the same chance I had,” he said.
1. Valdez set up an organization to help children at the age of ________.
A. 6 B. 7 C. 10 D. 13
2. From the third paragraph, we know that ________.
A. Valdez lost his parents when he was young.
B. Valdez often found food for his friends
C. Valdez often slept with some homeless children
D. Valdez had an unhappy life about his childhood
3. What do Valdez and his friends often do for homeless children?
A. Give them toys and candy. B. Teach them about their rights.
C. Encourage them. D. All of the above.
4. Which of the following is NOT true according to this passage?
A. Valdez was very rich and he often helped others.
B. Valdez’s parents didn’t look after him very well.
C. Community workers helped Valdez when he felt helpless.
D. Valdez and his friends often visit homeless children and give them much help.
When I was nine years old, our family went to Gudareba for a vacation. There we met a ___1___. He was sixteen years old. He played the guitar ___2___ sang. At that time I wanted to play the guitar. I bought my first ___3___ a year later, and at the age of eleven I went to a music ___4___.
My first teacher was quite ___5___. He didn’t care much about how I played. I played one work after another, and at the end of a year, I could ___6___ a lot of music, but all of them sounded ___7___.
When I was twelve years old, I had my ___8___ teacher. That year, I did well in a competition.
The second teacher___9___ me a lot. He told me how to play, and he also ___10___ me why to play like this or like that. I learnt ___11___ from him. The next four years I joined all three of the competitions in ___12___ city, and I won the first prize at each of them.
1. A. man B. baby C. woman D. kid
2. A. or B. and C. but D. so
3. A. guitar B. piano C. violin D. computer
4. A. room B. hospital C. school D. shop
5. A. lazy B. bust C. happy D. sad
6. A. see B. write C. play D. have
7. A. beautiful B. terrible C. glad D. fine
8. A. first B. one C. second D. two
9. A. took B. did C. asked D. helped
10. A. told B. said C. talked D. spoke
11. A. many B. much C. lots D. some
12. A. your B. his C. her D. my
On November 6th, 2012, the people of the United States exercised their right to vote for their president. Their votes made Barack Obama serve a second term as their president. A week later, people voted on another very exciting event: what name to give a baby panda that lives at the San Diego Zoo.
Nearly 35,000 people voted for one of the six possible names for the baby panda on the zoo’s website. Which name won? Most people picked Xiao Liwu which means “Little Gift” in Chinese. That is probably because it is part of a special program in which China lends pandas to zoos in the US and around the world.
Xiao Liwu was born on July 29, 2012. At 21 years old, Xiao Liwu’s mom, Bai Yun is the oldest known giant panda ever to give birth.
Following Chinese tradition, zoo officials waited until 100 days after the baby panda was born to give him a name. At his naming ceremony on Tuesday, Xiao Liwu weighed 9.2 pounds and was 23 inches tall. When he grows up, the giant panda will probably weigh about 250 pounds and be 4 to 6 feet tall.
Giant pandas are an endangered species. It is said that China has the world’s largest population of this kind of animal. Most giant pandas live in the forests of China’s Sichuan Province, and about 300 of them live in zoos.
1. What happened on November 6th, 2012?
A. People in the USA voted for their president.
B. People in the USA voted for the name of the baby panda.
C. A baby panda was given birth in the USA.
D. A baby panda was sent from China to the USA.
2. How many people voted for the baby panda?
A. 200 B. 1600 C. 35000 D. 250
3. People picked up the name of “Xiao Liwu” probably means ________.
A. it is a little animal B. it’s a gift from China to the USA
C. it is endangered D. it’s a gift to American President
4. From the passage we know that ________.
A. Xiao Liwu was born on November 6th, 2012.
B. Bai Yun was 21 years older than Xiao Liwu.
C. Xiao Liwu got his name just after he was born.
D. Bai Yun was about 250 pounds when he was born.
5. Where do most giant pandas live according to the passage?
A. In the zoos in the USA. B. In the forests in Sichuan, China.
C. In the forests in the USA. D. In the zoos in Sichuan, China.
1. He’s from __________. He is Chinese.
2. This year I’m __________ years old and next year I’m thirteen.
3. Five and six is __________.
4. __________ to Beijing, our friends. It’s a big city.
5. Beijing is the __________ of China.
6. In Chinese the __________ name is the family name and the __________ name is the given
7. In the name of “John Brown”, John is the __________ name.
8. Beijing and Shanghai are big __________ in China.
9. This is my __________ lesson, so I don’t know all your names.
10. Our city is very big, but his is __________.
1. ---________ you Mr. Green?
---No. My name ________ John Smith.
A. Are; is B. Are; am C. Am; is D. Is; are
2. My sister is Chinese, so she ________ China.
A. is from B. come from C. is come from D. coming from
3. How old ________ Lucy and Lily?
A. are B. is C. am D. do
4. The girl is from ________ and she is ________.
A. China; Chinese B. English; England C. American; America D. Japanese; Japan
5. His name is John Smith and John is his ________.
A. first name B. last name C. family name D. middle name
6. ---What’s your ________ name?
---Green, you can call me Mr. Green.
A. family B. given C. first D. full
7. He is in China, ________ he can’t speak Chinese.
A. or B. and C. but D. if
8. Wang Hui and Daming ________ good friends.
A. am B. is C. are D. do
1. Helen 和王东不是12岁，他们15岁。
6. Mike 和Mary在三班吗？
Tara and Helen are friends. Tara lives in England and she has a car. Helen lives in the USA and she has a car, too. ___1___.
There are many differences between their cars. When Tara drives in England, she will drive on the left-hand. ___2___. But Helen drives on the right, because Americans drive their cars on the right-hand side of the road.
Tara goes to work five days a week by car. ___3___. Her house is very far from her school. Every day she gets up early and drives to work. There are only some cars on the road because English people like to take a train. And Helen goes to work by car, too. She works only 3 days a week. She is a manager in a factory. It’s not very far from her home. But there are a lot of cars on the road. ___4___.
Tara gets home very late. She usually has supper at 8:00. Helen gets home at 5:00 and she had
American boys and girls love to watch television. Some children spend six hours a day in school and four to six hours a day in front of the television set. Some even watch television for eight hours or more on Sunday.
Televisions are like books or films. A child can learn bad things and good things from them. Some shows help children to understand the news and places from other countries or other times in history. With television a child does not have to go to the zoo to see animals or to the sea to see a ship. Boys and girls can see a play, a concert or a game at home.
Television brings many places and things into our homes. Some programs show crime and other bad things. These things are bad for children, so parents sometimes help them find other interesting things to do.
1. How many hours do American children spend in school a day?
2. What are televisions like?
3. What kind of things can children learn from television?
4. Why don’t children have to go to the zoo?
5. Why do parents help children find other interesting things to do?
It was a cold night in Washington, D.C., and I was heading back to the hotel when a man approached me. He asked if I would give him some money so he could get something to eat. I'd read the signs: "Don't give money to panhandlers." So I shook my head and kept walking. I wasn't prepared for a reply, but with resignation, he said, "I really am homeless and I really am hungry! You can come with me and watch me eat!" But I kept on walking.
The incident bothered me for the rest of the week. I had money in my pocket and it wouldn't have killed me to hand over a buck or two even if he had been lying. On a frigid, cold night, no less, I assumed the worst of a fellow human being.
Flying back to Anchorage, I couldn't help thinking of him. I tried to rationalize my failure to help by assuming government agencies, churches and charities were there to feed him. Besides, you're not supposed to give money to panhandlers.
Somewhere over Seattle, I started to write my weekly garden column for The Anchorage Daily News. Out of the blue, I came up with an idea. Bean's Cafe, the soup kitchen in Anchorage, feeds hundreds of hungry Alaskans every day. Why not try to get all my readers to plant one row in their gardens dedicated to Bean's? Dedicate a row and take it down to Bean's. Clean and simple. We didn't keep records back then, but the idea began to take off. Folks would fax me or call when they took something in. Those who only grew flowers donated them. Food for the spirit. And salve for my conscience.
In 1995, the Garden Writers Association of America held their annual convention in Anchorage and after learning of Anchorage's program, Plant a Row for Bean's became Plant a Row For The Hungry. The original idea was to have every member of the Garden Writers Association of America write or talk about planting a row for the hungry sometime during the month of April. As more and more people started working with the Plant a Row concept, new variations cropped up, if you will pardon the pun. Many companies gave free seed to customers and displayed the logo, which also appeared in national gardening publications.
Row markers with the Plant a Row logo were distributed to gardeners to set apart their "Row for the Hungry."
Garden editor Joan Jackson, backed by The San Jose Mercury News and California's nearly year-round growing season, raised more than 30,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables her first year, and showed GWAA how the program could really work. Texas fruit farms donated food to their local food bank after being inspired by Plant a Row. Today the program continues to thrive and grow.
I am stunned that millions of Americans are threatened by hunger. If every gardener in America - and we're seventy million strong - plants one row for the hungry, we can make quite a dent in the number of neighbors who don't have enough to eat. Maybe then I will stop feeling guilty about abandoning a hungry man I could have helped.