A Tall and Slim Girl
At five feet six inches , Rosa was taller than every other student in the
sixth grade. She worried about this alt the time, in school and at home.
Her mother told her to stand up straight and be proud that she was so tall
"Someday , " her mother said , "you'11 be
happy that you're tall. "
This made Rosa happier, but she was still afraid her classmates were
making fun of her behind her back. One day , all this changed when Mr
Ransom, the coach from the youth club , asked Rosa to play center on their
basketball team. He said that Rosa was a good ball player and her height
would make her valuable as center. Now, she really was proud to be tall.
She was someone special.
Questions on Text B
7. Read the following passage once. Underline the key words while reading
and retell tbe story to your partner.
Better Be a Stupid Man
It was a beautiful spring morning. There wasn't a cloud
in the sky, and the sun was warm but not too hot . so Mr Andrews was
surprised when saw an old gentleman at the bus-stop with a big, strong
black umbrella i' his hand.
Mr Andrews said to him, "Are we going to have rain
today, do you think?"
"No , " said the old gentleman , "I
don't think so. "
"Then are you carrying the umbrella to keep the
sun off you?"
"No, the sun is not very hot in spring. "
Mr Andrews looked at the big umbrella again, and the
gentleman said, "I am an old man, and my legs are not very strong, so
I really need a walk- ing-stick. But when I carry a walking-stick, people
say, `Look at that poor old man' , and I don't like that. When I carry an
umbrella in fine weatber, people only say, `Look at that stupid man'.