It is that time of year again. Your child's birthday is just around the corner. There is so much to do to get ready for the party. Planning a child's birthday party is necessary. It can be fun, exciting and sometimes busy. When planning a child's birthday party, there are many important details to remember:
First，you should decide on a theme. It is very important to plan a successful party. Without a theme there would be no party to plan. If the child is old enough，he can choose what theme he wants to have. He can also choose invitations, decorations, cake design，and even games.
Next it is time to decide on a date，a place, and the time to have the party. Most people have the child's party on the weekend for convenience(方便)of the parents' schedule(日程安排).When you have already decided on a date and time, you need to choose a place to have the party. It should be a place your child will enjoy, such as a favorite park，a nice restaurant or your own home.
Another important detail to keep in mind is the guest list. Always be sure to only invite people that your child knows and likes. Let the child help you write out the guest list. This helps avoid(避免) unwanted guests.
【1】The underlined sentence means " _____ ".
A. Your child's birthday is coming soon.
B. Your child will have a wonderful birthday.
C. You can buy your child gifts in the shop around the corner.
D. Your child would like to have his birthday party around the corner.
【2】The writer advises us to decide on ______ first for a birthday party.
A. a place B. a date C. a cake D. a theme
【3】The writer advises us to _______.
A. make a guest list for the party
B. invite very important people
C. have the party in the evening
D. invite as many guests as we can
【4】The passage mainly tells us _______.
A. when and where to have a birthday party
B. how to plan a child's birthday party
C. why a child's birthday party is necessary
D. what a child should do on his birthday party
Once upon a time，some children were playing at seaside when they found a turtle（海龟）．They began to beat the turtle．Just at that time，a young man came and said to them，"Stop!"The children ran（1）_____ quickly．The turtle was very thankful and said，"Thanks for your kindness．I really would like （2）_____ you to a wonderful palace now．"
The young man rode on the back of the turtle and was taken to the secret palace in the sea．When he （3）_____ the palace，he was very surprised and said to the turtle，"What a nice palace!"To thank him，the king of the turtles gave him（4）_____．He had never seen such a dinner before．He received a warm welcome there and was very（5）_____ everything．
After dinner，the king of the turtles said，"I am going to give you two boxes，（6）_____ you can open only one．""You mustn't open both．Don't forget it!"the turtle warned him．"All right．I will open only one，"the young man promised（许诺）．At this time，a large wave sent him out of the sea．
After he（7）_____，he opened the bigger one of the two boxes．（8）_____ the box was full of gold．"My God!"he cried．"I'm（9）_____ now．"Then he thought，"Things in the other box must be expensive，too．"He could not wait any longer．He broke his promise and opened the other box．As soon as he opened it，he became an old man．His hair turned white．His face（10）_____ an old man over eighty years old．It all happened in a moment．He was sorry for what he did，but it was too late．
【1】A. through B. away C. into D. out
【2】A. wanting B. asking C. to let D. to invite
【3】A. left for B. arrived on C. arrived at D. got away
【4】A. a very big dinner B. a very poor dinner C. a very bad dinner D. a very small dinner
【5】A. pleased with B. strict in C. angry with D. sorry for
【6】A. so B. or C. but D. as
【7】A. went back to home B. was back home C. went back to the sea D. was back the sea
【8】A. To his surprising B. To one's surprising C. To one's surprise D. To his surprise
【9】A. a poor man B. a rich man C. an old man D. a young man
【10】A. liked B. felt like C. looked like D. looked
Nate Robinson is unlike any other player in the NBA．This player is the shortest in the NBA，but he is one of the most fearless players．He is 1.75m tall．"In NBA，he looks like a fourth﹣grader among a group of high school students，"according to The Atlantic．
How can he compete （竞争） with them？Robinson makes up for this with his ability to jump．Without moving forwards or backwards，he can jump up to 110cm．However，confidence helps him more．"People talk about my height all the time，but I don't really feel smaller than anyone else，"said Robinson．"I always think I'm on fire （充满激情的）．"No matter who you are or what you've won，he's going to come at you．With that spirit，he has won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest three times．Also，he has made many wonderful blocks （盖帽）．
Chicago Bulls played Miami Heat on May 10，2013．LeBron James，the 2.03﹣meter﹣tall player from Miami Heat，went to shoot．But Robinson blocked him．He also blocked Shaquille O'Neal in Cleveland Cavaliers and even Yao Ming in Houston Rockets．
Nate Robinson is a hero．He has given many basketball fans hope．Maybe one day，you can also block big guys like LeBron James!
【1】According to the report，Nate Robinson once played for_____．
A. Chicago Bulls B. Miami Heat
C. Houston Rockets D. Cleveland Cavaliers
【2】Paragraph 1of the report mainly talks about_____．
A. how great Nate Robinson is
B. how Nate Robinson is unlike any other player
C. how fearless Nate Robinson is
D. who Nate Robinson is
【3】The underlined phrase"makes up"probably means_____．
A. 强化 B. 弱化 C. 弥补 D. 构成
【4】Nate Robinson's_____ is the main reason why he can compete with others．
A. ability to jump B. confidence C. shooting skills D. blocks
【5】Which is TRUE about Nate Robinson？_____
A. He once blocked Yao Ming from Miami Heat．
B. He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest more than once．
C. He gives hope to all NBA players．
D. He feels himself smaller than others and he practises hard．
Look at the notice from the Students'Union．It's a description of students'activities for the coming winter vacation．
Winners of Super Boys will come to our school on January 30th，2014．They are going to give a concert in the school hall at 2：00pm．Please come to the Students'Union to get a half﹣price ticket to the concert before this Friday．
Wouldn't it be great if you could join us and go hiking around the West Hill for two days？We'll start at 7：00am on February 6th．Please come to the Students'Union to sign your name and pay fifty yuan，20percent off for members of the Hiking Club．
Are you interested in being a volunteer？We'll go to a mountain village to give away books to the children there．We'll work and study with them for a whole day．Please come to the school gate at 6：00am on February 13th，2014．Free of charge（免费）．
We'll hold a party for the students who come from poor families and have to stay at school during the winter vacation．Would you like to join us？Please come to the reading room at 5：00pm on January 28th．
【1】The notice is about _______．
A. free tickets B. students'activities C. the West Hill D. poor children
【2】Betty likes music and wants to go to the concert，so she must arrive at the school hall before_______ on January 30th，2014．
A. 2：00pm B. 7：00am C. 6：00am D. 5：00pm
【3】If you are a volunteer，you will go to a mountain village________．
A. on January 30th B. on February 6th C. on February 13th D. on January 28th
【4】If you want to take part in a party for poor students，you should go to________ on January 28th．
A. the school hall B. the West Hill C. a mountain village D. the reading room
【5】How much will Tom，a member of the Hiking Club，pay if he wants to go hiking around the West Hill？_______
A. 2yuan． B. 50yuan． C. 40yuan． D. Nothing．
John Thomas was a student, but he had been a famous champion(冠军). Everybody at Boston University liked this tall, quiet boy. Once he was hurt, everybody at Boston University was____People all over the country____about John Thomas and often asked, "Will he ever jump again?"
John's mother went to the hospital to see her son. She looked at his____leg. Then she looked into his____. She knew what her son would____"You're going to jump again, John, I know it," she said."____will be all right."
If John hoped to jump again, he would have a____to do. He began at once. Even in his hospital bed John started to exercise. He used a wheel(轮子) and other metal things. Soon his____looked like a machine shop!
It was May when John____the hospital. "Is it all right if I go camping this summer?" he asked the doctors.
"Yes," the doctors said. "But take it easy on that foot."
John took only____walks at first. He was taking it easy on his foot. But not on anything else. He went swimming and did other kinds of exercises. He exercised____his body cried for a rest. Some days later, he exercised a little____. In late summer John went back to____. He asked if he could practise with the football team. Football wasn't his favorite, but he had to get that leg____again! He worked hard. "No one pushed him as hard as he pushed himself," said one of his friends. "To____a champion fighting back is a wonderful thing to watch."
【1】A. sorry B. scared C. alone D. tired
【2】A. thought B. talked C. heard D. moved
【3】A. broken B. lost C. missing D. dead
【4】A. face B. foot C. eyes D. leg
【5】A. make B. use C. agree D. do
【6】A. Nothing B. Anything C. Something D. Everything
【7】A. little B. lot C. few D. bit
【8】A. chair B. classroom C. home D. bed
【9】A. reached B. called C. left D. found
【10】A. short B. long C. quick D. fast
【11】A. after B. if C. until D. when
【12】A. later B. better C. more D. less
【13】A. school B. hospital C. shop D. church
【14】A. thick B. strong C. straight D. hard
【15】A. look B. hear C. know D. see
To write a great news story, you have to make sure it is correct, relevant (相关的) and fresh.
For a start, all the information in a story must be correct. Not only the spelling and grammar, but also the facts.
Any mistakes that show up in a story can get a newspaper into big trouble.
For example, if a newspaper said that Yang Liwei was the first man to go into space, it would be wrong. He wasn’t the first. The newspaper would probably lose lots of readers because of that mistake.
A news story does not only have to be correct, but it must also be relevant to its readers. People are mostly interested in news that happens near to them. That’s why you care more about what happens at your school than at schools in America. It’s also why newspapers in Beijing don’t talk much about news in Shanghai or Hong Kong.
Make sure it’s fresh.
Finally, news must always be fresh. When you pick up your evening newspaper, you want to read about news that happened that day. You don’t want to read about news from last week!
So, now you know what makes a good news story. Have a look at our paper and see if it’s full of good news! You can try writing a news story for our paper like a real reporter.
【1】What will happen if there is a mistake in a newspaper?
A. The reporter will probably have a lot of trouble.
B. The newspaper would attract more readers.
C. Many readers won’t buy the newspaper any more.
D. The reporter won’t be able to write for the newspaper again.
【2】Why would it be wrong for a newspaper to say that Yang Liwei was the first man to go into space?
A. Because the information was not fresh.
B. Because the information was not correct.
C. Because the information was not relevant.
D. Because the information was not useful.
【3】People are mostly interested in news that happens near to them, so newspapers in Beijing talk much about news in .
A. Nanjing B. Shanghai
C. Beijing D. Hong Kong
【4】Where does the writer work most probably?
A. In a newspaper. B. In a shop.
C. In a library. D. In a bank.
【5】Which can be the BEST title for the passage?
A. How to write an interesting story
B. Don’t make any mistakes in news
C. How to pick a good newspaper to read
D. How to write a story like a real reporter
Do you know what Oscar is? When did it start? Maybe you can find the background of the awards in the following passage.
The awards started in 1929. Their full title is “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards”. The Academy is a group of people who have worked in the film industry for many years. They decide who will receive the awards. The awards are often referred to as the “Oscar”. This is a nickname given to the awards by a lady called Margaret Herrick. She was once the director of the Academy and she once said that the little gold statue reminded her of her uncle Oscar!
The Oscar is always an exciting event. Each year, at least one unusual thing happens. When the Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni won an Oscar for best foreign film, he danced on stage! When Gwyneth Paltrow, the star of Shakespeare in Love won the Oscar for best actress, she could not make her acceptance speech because she was crying so much with happiness!
In 1987, Roberto Benigni won the award for best director for a film about the last emperor of China. Since then, Chinese film and actors have started to make an impact at the award. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a huge success and it won the award for best foreign language film in 2001. It also won several technical awards for its amazing “flying” people. We expect to see more awards for Chinese film in the near future.
It’s time for the Oscar again. Once more, the stars will dress up in their finest and go to Kodar Theater. There, they will find out who had won the awards for best actor, best actress and best director. Millions of people watch the awards every year to find out who the winners are. Some people watch it to see the stars crying and laughing as they receive their awards.
【1】Who give the awards?
A. In 1927. B. Oscar. C. The Academy of Nicknames.
D. A group of people who have worked in the film industry for many years.
【2】What did Gwyneth Paltrow win an Oscar for?
A. Best Director. B. Best Foreign Film. C. Best Actress. D. Best Actor.
【3】Which Chinese film won an award for best foreign film?
A. Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger. B. Crouching and Hidden Dragon and Tiger.
C. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. D. Crouching, Dragon, Hiding Tiger.
【4】Where are the Oscars held?
A. At the Academy. B. In a Los Angeles restaurant.
C. At Oscar’s house. D. At Kodar Theater.
【5】Why do some people watch Oscars?
A. To see the restaurant. B. To see the fashion.
C. To see a film. D. To see the stars crying and laughing.
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 ocean to see a ship．Boys and girls can see a play，a concert or a game at home．
Televisions bring many places and events into our homes．Some programs show crime and other things that are bad for children，so parents sometimes help them to find other interesting things to do．
【1】Children usually spend_____ a day in school．
A. six hours B. more than eight hours
C. only a few hours D. four hours
【2】Some children spend eight hours or more_____ on Sunday．
A. studying B. playing C. watching TV D. helping their parents
【3】On television children can see_____．
A. games B. big animals C. oceans D. almost everything
【4】"Televisions bring many places and events into our homes．"means"_____．"
A. Televisions make things happen on homes
B. We can know places and events without going to see them
C. We can see houses and buildings on TV
D. We can find them easily
【5】Parents sometimes help their children find other things to do when there is_____ for children on TV．
A. a bad program B. an animal C. a game D. an uninteresting film．