I like reading. I spend over seventeen hours a week reading different types of books, including some humorous stories written by Mark Twain, but I like novels best. I enjoy reading the books of Robert Louis Stevenson, because I find1.really exciting. For example, Treasure Island is an adventure story. It 2. also celebrated at that time. It's about a young boy3. sailed the sea to look for the hidden treasure. Jim, the main character in the book, is very careful and brave. People in the story did lots of deals in order to get the treasure.
The story gave me a lot of confidence. While reading the book, I become brave and4.willing to try new things. Good books help me relax after a busy day. They also open up a whole new world to me. I want to travel and have exciting experience in the future. I have decided to write 5.my own stories. Maybe I can become a writer when I am older!
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When I was 14, life was boring for me. But this changed when my parents bought me a1. . Although I didn't know anything about photography, I kept taking photos for different people around me and 2. in the field.
After a month, I 3. I had no talent for taking pictures. My photos were clearly missing something of importance. Soon, I became so 4.with my lack of artistic talent that I gave up my new hobby.
During the summer vacation, I went for a walk on the railroad track 5. my house with my camera. When I was walking on the train tracks only nature around me, I realized how important it was to look at the details of things. I didn't worry about 6.something beautiful.7., I just captured photos of the beauty already around me. After several months, I was finally able to create beauty on 8. own.
So far, my works have been published in two magazines and 9. in two art galleries. They are important to me 10.they are the signs of how much my artistic abilities have grown. And my photos have become something I am proud of.
Everyone has hobbies. But some people are not content with normal ones such as _____ stamps or taking photographs. They're inspired by doing things that most people would never do.
My friend's uncle has a _____ hobby like that. He spends his retirement time travelling to see some of the oldest things_____ the earth. You may not believe, but it's true. That is his hobby.
Last year, he went to see the world's oldest _____. Or at least, that's what he thought. It's in California. It is called Methuselah with a history of 4，770 years. You might expect this to be a really big tree. But that's not the case at all. In fact, it's quite small. It's only 15 meters tall, and its trunk is not really that big either. It _____ only a few centimeters a year.
Why does it live so long? You might assume_____ it would need perfect conditions to live so long, such as plenty of _____ and rich soil. But to your surprise, just the opposite is _____. There is no enough water, _____ the soil had almost no nutrients. In fact, this tree's difficult life makes it______. That's why it has lived so long.
Want to hear something funny? When my friend's uncle______ from his trip to see Methuselah last year, he read an article about the world's ______ tree in a newspaper. He was surprised ______ that a tree was recently discovered in Sweden that is 9，550 years old. It is said that tree is______ twice as old as Methuselah.
My friend's uncle doesn't give up. Next year, he's going to Sweden to see this tree. And he will continue his trip to see more old things. Just like he said “That's the way ______ work. You set your goals, and you do what it takes to achieve them.”
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1.A.finding B.collecting C.picking D.watching
2.A.strange B.new C.same D.famous
3.A.in B.at C.by D.on
4.A.tree B.flower C.forest D.river
5.A.cuts B.grows C.heats D.cleans
6.A.where B.why C.how D.that
7.A.sunshine B.air C.water D.rain
8.A.true B.wrong C.good D.same
9.A.but B.so C.and D.or
10.A.strong B.weak C.tall D.large
11.A.borrowed B.returned C.canceled D.forgot
12.A.old B.older C.oldest D.the oldest
13.A.hear B.to hear C.hearing D.heard
14.A.certainly B.nearly C.normally D.perfectly
15.A.travels B.choices C.hobbies D.difficulties
Recently, a video story has spread among people.
James Anthony has cleaned the halls of Hickerson Primary School for 15 years. Although he is deaf, he never complains. Instead, he greets every child and teacher with smile. Teachers and children love him very much and call him Mr. James.
On the day Anthony turned 60, the school wanted to give him a very special surprise. That day when Anthony walked into a classroom, a group of children started to sign and sing “Happy Birthday” to him. Anthony started smiling as usual. Then his jaw dropped open and he laughed for joy as he realized what was going on. A few teachers led the kids through the whole song as Anthony watched. A wide smile was on his face. As they finished, tears came out from his eyes.
Scott, secretary of the school said, “The children love and respect Mr. James. They give him high fives in the halls, and he even teaches them sign language. Today he has put smiles on faces all around the world.”
1.James Anthony is a ________ at Hickerson Primary School.
2.When did James Anthony get a special surprise?
A.On his fifteenth birthday. B.On his fiftieth birthday.
C.On his sixtieth birthday. D.On his sixteenth birthday.
3.Why did James Anthony cry when the kids and teachers finished singing the song?
A.Because he lost his job. B.Because he was deeply moved.
C.Because the kids didn't like him. D.Because he couldn't hear the kids.
4.According to Scott, we can learn that ________.
A.Anthony used to be a good teacher
B.the kids love and respect Mr. James
C.the kids often help Anthony clean the halls
D.Anthony always greets the kids and teachers by singing songs
5.What's the best title for the text?
A.A Famous Teacher B.Lovely Kids
C.A Special Birthday Gift D.An American School
As we all know, English is an important subject in middle school. Everyone knows that they must learn English well, but some people don't know how to learn it well. Here are some suggestions which may help you with your English.
The biggest problem is people's own fear. They worry that they won't say things correctly or that they will look foolish so that they don't speak English at all. Don't be afraid of being laughed at. Only if we aren't afraid of making mistakes can we learn English well.
The fastest way to learn something is to do it again and again until you get it right. Learning English needs practice. Don't let a little fear stop you from getting what you want.
The best way to learn English is to have a good environment. Take notes in English, put English books around your room, listen to English radios, watch English news, movies and TV programs. Speak English with your friends whenever you can. The more English materials that you have around you, that faster you will learn it.
Many people think that exercises and tests aren't much fun. However, by doing exercises and taking tests you can really improve your English. If_you_never_test_yourself,_you_will_never_know_how_much_you_are_making_progress.
1.The biggest problem of learning English is________.
2.________ is needed in English learning according to the Paragraph 3.
3.What is the best way to learn English?
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no, there is, student, in the classroom
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Lily, Sanya, vacation, is going to , for
can, herself, girl, look after, little, the