Thiswhole mess started about two months ago, when Jay felt prettyterrible and didn't feel like doing homework.
“Hi,Jay. How was your day? Do you have any homework?” Mom asked, whenhe came home from school. “Uh, I don't have any.” he said. “Ifinished it at school.” It was only a little lie, he thought. Andbesides, he told himself, he would just do his homework on the busride the next morning, so maybe it didn't even matter.
Afew days later it happened again. When Mom asked about his homework,he pulled out his math worksheet but left the rest in his backpack.So easy! Before long, though, his backpack was growing heavy withunfinished homework. The problem was, as the backpack got heavier, sodid his heart.
Jayfeared seeing the look on his parents’ faces when they found out.Walking in the door, he dropped his heavy backpack and walked intothe kitchen. “Hi, Mom,” he said. She hugged him and stood back.“Jay, I got an email from your teacher today. She said you liedabout your homework. We need to talk. ”
Jaysat at the table and buried his head in his arms.
【答案】 Jaysat at the table and buried his head in his arms. Although he wantedto apologize for not telling the truth, he was too ashamed to say aword. He thought they must be disappointed about him. However, hisparents didn’t blame him too much. “If you have any problem, youcan tell us. We are willing to try our best to help you, but tellinglies is not a good way”, his mom said softly. Hearing what his momsaid, Jay began to describe the difficulties in math which he wasfacing and had no idea how to deal with. Finally, with the help ofmom, Jay made up the homework that he left behind.
撒谎：nottell the truth/ tell lies/ lie
不知道：haveno idea/ don’t know
羞愧：ashamed/ blush for
失望：bedisappointed about / disappointment
【点睛】[高分句型1]Although he wanted to apologize for not telling the truth, he was tooashamed to say a word. (运用了although引导让步状语从句)
[高分句型2]Finally, with the help of mom, Jay made up the homework that he leftbehind. (运用了that引导定语从句)
Lauriesat quietly in the empty dressing room at the ice-skatingrink（溜冰场）.Shehad not been skating in any competition since her left knee was badlyinjured in an accident six months ago. As she waited for her turn toskate» Laurie was very nervous. She knew that today was a veryimportant day in her comeback.
“IfI can win today,” she thought, “I can skate in the World Cup nextyear and then maybe I can make it to the Olympics.”
Lauriewas told that she had a tough competition this year, and a girl fromConnecticut named Jinny Jordan who was really strong in everything.“She is the one you have to beat this year,” the coach said.
Minuteslater, the door opened and Laurie saw a young woman who was about herown age. The young woman dumped some of her belongings onto a chair.The bag fell to the floor with a sound.
Lauriefelt uncomfortable as she looked at Jinny. “So this is mycompetitor,” thought Laurie, “Because of her, I may losetonight.”
“Thiscostume（服装）wasmy mom’s idea,” Jinny started the conversation, looking down ather red, white, and blue skating dress. “ looks like a flag.”
Lauriecouldn’t keep from smiling. She pointed to Jinny’s skating bag.“Something fell out of your bag,” Laurie said.
Jinnylooked at the clothing and equipment that lay scattered on the floor.As she began to gather her belongings, the door opened.
“Jinny,”called someone, “You’d better give the tape of your music to thesound engineer right away.”
“Ithought I gave him my music tape an hour ago,” said Jinny,“Tellhim it’s the green box with my initials written in white in theright-hand corner.”
“Hesaid you never gave it to him. and he’s getting angry.”
“ThenI don’t know what I did with it,” said Jinny,hurrying out.
Laurieknew that music was nearly as important to the program as skatingitself. If she lost her music tape, she might as well forget aboutskating. Laurie stood up and walked to the chair to do a few moreknee bends.
Suddenlyshe saw something small and dark green behind the leg of the dressingtable.___________________
Feelingrelaxed, Laurie skated quickly to the center of the rink after theannouncer finally called her name.___
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Suddenlyshe saw something small and dark green behind the leg of the dressingtable. Shepulled it out and saw the white Initials J.J, in the top right-handcomer. “It’s Jinny’s music tape!” She exclaimed. Laurie’sheart started beating fast. “All I’d have to do is forget that Ifound this,” she thought. “If Jinny doesn’t have her music, shemight as well not skate. And then I would win.” Laurie shiveredslightly as she thought about this. Then she wondered,“Does winningmean so much to me that I’d be willing to cheat for it:” Shewalked to the door and called Jinny loudly.
Feelingrelaxed, Laurie skated quickly to the center of the rink after theannouncer finally called her name. Themusic filled the stadium and she skated gracefully and beautifully.Her left knee was fine and she felt herself gliding on the ice. Theaudience applauded from time to time, enthusiastically supporting herin her comeback. When she finished, her coach ran up to her andhugged her. “You did it, Laurie!” She said. Laurie smiled andthought about Jinny’s music tape. “No one will ever know howclose I really came to losing.” She said softly to herself.
Iwas never very neat, while my roommate Kate was extremely organized.Each of her objects had its place, but mine always hid somewhere. Sheeven labeled（贴标签）everything.I always looked for everything. Over time, Kate got neater and I gotmessier. She would push my dirty clothing over, and I would lay mybooks on her tidy desk. We both got tired of each other.
Warbroke out one evening. Kate came into the room. Soon, I heard herscreaming. “Take your shoes away! Why under my bed!” Deafened, Isaw my shoes flying at me. I jumped to my feet and started yelling.She yelled back louder.
Theroom was filled with anger. We could not have stayed together for asingle minute but for a phone call. Kate answered it. From her end ofthe conversation, I could tell right away her grandma was seriouslyill. When she hung up, she quickly crawled（爬）underher covers, sobbing.Obviously, that was not something she should notgo through alone. All of a sudden, a warm feeling of sympathy rose upin my heart.
Slowly, I collected the pencils, took back the books, made my bed, cleaned the socks and swept the floor,even on her side.__________________________________________________________________________________
Slowly,I collected the pencils, took back the books, made my bed cleaned thesocks and swept the floor, even on her side.I got so into my work that I even didn't notice Kate had sat up. Shewas watching, her tears dried and her expression one of disbelief.Then, she reached out her hands to grasp mine. I looked up into hereyes. She smiled at me, “Thanks.” Kate and I stayed roommates forthe rest of the year. We didn't always agree, but we learned the keyto living together: giving in, cleaning up and holding on.
Onecold morning Matt awoke, hearing there was a knock at his window. Outof curiosity, he crept sleepily out of bed, opened the window, andwhispered, “Who’s there?”
“Iam,”replied a tinkling voice, “your neighbor, the little NewYear, ho！ho！”
“Whatare you gonna do?” Matt wore a puzzled expression
“Ineed somebody to help me finish a secret plan.Won’t you please comeout and help?”
“Oh,it’s so cold!” said Matt; “I’d rather go back to my warm bed”
“Nevermind the cold,” urged the New Year; “please help me.”
Stillin doubt but sure of his honesty, Matt hurried into his clothes.Outside was a snow-covered world, as if painted by an amazing artist.In the yard stood a rosy-cheeked boy, a little taller than Matthimself, pulling a large cart which seemed to be loaded with goodthings. On one side of this cart was painted the word “Love”, andon the other “Kindness”.
Assoon as the New Year saw Matt, he said, “Now please take hold andhelp me pull.” Down the driveway and up the hill they traveleduntil finally they came to an old wooden house.
“Hereis where I make my visit,” said the New Year.
“Why?Nobody lives here but an old man and he hasn’t any children!”Matt looked wonderingly at him.
“Heneeds my help,” said the New Year in a firm voice.
Thelittle hands went busily at work, piling up warm clothing, wood and anew year’s dinner. The New Year was singing as he worked:
“Oh,I am the little New Year; ho! ho!
HereI come tripping it over the snow,
Shakingmy bells with a merry din；
Soopen your door and let me in..”
OldJoe, hearing some noise outside, came to thedoor.___________________________________________
Violetsatonthegymfloor,waitingforherturntodosomersaults(翻筋斗).Shelookedatherlittlesister angrily, Tilly, across the room. This was Tilly’s first weekat gymnastics. Violet had done gymnastics for thepasttwoyears.Why couldn’t Tillyfindher own thing to do? It was thesameat home. Tilly followed Violeteverywhere.
“Violet,you’re up!” called Violet’s instructor, Miss Taylor. Violetcame over and pushed off with her legs and straightened her arms. Shedid one, two, three somersaults.Miss Taylor clapped. “Perfect!”
Violetnoticed that Tilly had stepped away from the younger group to watchViolet’s somersaults.“Tilly!” called Tilly’s instructor, Miss Brooke, from acrossthe room. “Your turn to do somersaults.”Tilly walked nervously. She bent down to start a somersault.When she rolled, she fellheavily onthe blanket. Kids laughed in surprise at thenoise.
Tillystood uncomfortablyandthen ran toward the restroom. She was gone from the gym, as Violethad wanted. But it didn’t feel right. After telling Miss Taylorwhere she was going, Violet hurried to the restroom. She found Tillycrying hard. Violet put an arm around her sister. Tilly cried.“Idon’t want to do gymnastics anymore.” This was Violet’s chance.If she said nothing to her sister, Tilly might quit gymnasticsforever.
But Violet knew how excited Tilly had been about joining in gymnastics.
Seeing a smile on Tilly’s face, Violet said, “What about giving it another try?”
ButViolet knew how excited Tilly had been about joining in gymnastics.So Violet decided to cheer her up. Casting a comforting smile atTilly, she helped her sister wipe out tears from her cheeks. “You’rebetter at somersaults than I was on my first day of gymnastics.”Violet explained how embarrassing her first somersault was.” Tillysmiled a little and calmed herself down.
Seeinga smile on Tilly’s face, Violetsaid, “What about giving it another try?” Tillysmiled a little more. “OK.” Picking up all her courage, Tillywalked back into the gym,whereshe did much practice and finally succeeded in doing somersaultsperfectly under the guidance of Violet.Nobodycould feel more on top of the world than herthen.Gratitude to her elder sister filled her eyes.