The key to losing weight is to understand what really motivates you. have you ever been excited about losing a few pounds? 1. And to help you keep your weight under control, you need some coping strategies.

Ask questions. When you’re researching different dieting products and plans or even talking to a doctor about diets, ask as many questions as you can.2.Ask questions like: Do I have to purchase special meals or supplements? Does the program include a part to help me maintain my weight loss?

Get real. 3.Don’t burden yourself with unrealistic expectations. Remember, large amounts of weight loss are not realistic and are most likely not safe or healthy. Talk with your health care professional to determine a healthy weight goal.

4.To maintain your weight, you must balance your intake of calories with the energy you burn. Just 30 minutes of fast walking in most days can take about 10 pounds off your weight each year.

Weight yourself weekly. It’s important to track your weight on any diet or weight loss plan, but don’t get on the scale every day. weighing daily won’t show you the big picture. 5.

A. Stay balanced.

B. Once a week is fine.

C. Stick with your healthy eating plan.

D. Losing one to two pounds a week is a realistic goal.

E. Being well informed will help you choose the best diet for you.

F. Regular weight check-ins will show you your progress over time.

G. If so, you must find a way to turn that excitement into determination.

As a child, I started learning to play to piano, my favorite musical _____ , but I was forced to give up when I started my middle school _______I could concentrate more on my studies.

It’s one of my biggest ______ to stop practicing the piano when I recall sadly today. During the following years, I kept telling my piano teacher that I would _____. However, I didn’t keep my promise because I was ______ with my study. _____ I lost touch with my teacher. Some years later, my teacher died. I was very sad because I lost such a good teacher. She was a very warm and gentle person. It hurts me to think she may have been ______ that I never returned. I haven’t taken lessons since then but to be honest, I ______ to. Sitting at the piano, I couldn’t help recalling many ______—times of my practising at home and playing before my teacher and one time my teacher ______ me after I played entire pieces of music wrong in front of her colleagues. I was so ______ that I could hardly say anything. But her ____ helped ease my shame. These memories, ______, good or bad, never caused my ______ for playing the piano again.

This thought then led me to think that ____ is like music, and that we all try to play different   __ in the instrument of our life. Sometimes the pitch(音高) is _____ when we play it well, but sometimes we are out of tone. However, we all continue to create our own _____ style of music. No matter what style our music is, it is ______ that we sing the songs of joy, quietness and love. Though I may never make it back to piano lessons, it doesn’t _____ that I’ve stopped making music.

1.A. instrument B. performance C. room D. stage

2.A. because B. so that C. now that D. for

3.A. successes B. regrets C. decisions D. hobbies

4.A. play B. graduate C. leave D. return

5.A. occupied B. angry C. satisfied D. patient

6.A. Actually B. Constantly C. Suddenly D. Gradually

7.A. astonished B. glad C. disappointed D. amazed

8.A. liked B. needed C. wanted D. decided

9.A. dreams B. expressions C. words D. memories

10.A. instructed B. hurt C. punished D. respected

11.A. frightened B. moved C. embarrassed D. excited

12.A. happiness B. satisfaction C. comfort D. sigh

13.A. instead B. meanwhile C. therefore D. however

14.A. hope B. courage C. feeling D. effort

15.A. life B. learning C. attitude D. enjoyment

16.A. cards B. sports C. roles D. games

17.A. hard B. wonderful C. surprising D. complex

18.A. unique B. boring C. common D. similar

19.A. necessary B. strange C. possible D. important

20.A. matter B. mean C. report D. appear

King's College Summer School

King's College Summer School is an annual training program for high school students at all levels that want to improve their English. The teachers of King’s College and other colleges in New York give courses. Trips to museums and culture centers are also organized. This year's summer school will be from July 25 to August 15. More information is as follows:

Application (申请) date

●Students in New York should send their

applications before July 18, 2017.

●Students of other cities should send their

applications before July 16, 2017.

●Foreign students should send their applications

before July 10, 2017.

Courses
●English Language

Spoken English: 22 hours

Reading and Writing: 10 hours

●American History: 16 hours

●American Culture: 16 hours

Steps

●A letter of self-introduction

●A letter of recommendation

●The letters should be written in English with all the necessary information.

Cost

●Daily lessons: $200

●Sports and activities: $100

●Travels: $200

●Hotel service: $400

●You may choose to live with your friends or relatives in the same city.

1.You can most probably read the text in _____.

A. a newspaper B. a travel guide

C. a textbook D. a telephone book

2.Which of the following is true about King's College Summer School?

A. Only top students can take part in the program.

B. Only the teachers of King' s College give courses.

C. King' s College Summer School is run every other year.

D. Visits to museums and culture centers are part of the program.

3.If you are to live with your relatives in New York, you will have to pay the school _____.

A. $200 B. $400

C. $500 D. $900

4.What information can you get from the text?

A. The program will last two months.

B. You can write to Thompson only in English.

C. You can get in touch with the school by e-mail or by telephone.

D. As a Chinese student, you can send your application on July 14, 2017.

In his new show, Evan Ruggiero plays guitar, sings pop standards and shows everybody his fine footwork. What makes all of these especially unusual is that Ruggiero, 24, has only one leg.

When he was a 19-year-old musical theater student at New Jersey's Montclair State University, Ruggiero had a rare bone cancer in his right leg. Finally his leg would have to be amputated(截)below the knee.

Such a setback could have easily ended the career of a less tough person, but Ruggiero, who has been dancing since he was five, now puts the experience into his performance. His show, "The One-Legged Song and Dance Man: Volume 3", explains how he returned to dance just 18 months after the amputation. His dance now relies on the use of a peg leg(假肢),he explains.

The secret to his surprising success, he says, was being a "stubborn" patient who refused to give up on his dance and performing studies, despite the advice of his doctor.

“It was a real setback, but after it was all over, I said, ' You know what? I need to pick up right where I left off and continue my career, '” Ruggiero said.

Ruggiero has come to view his peg leg as an instrument. "Tap dancers-they're always calling themselves musicians, and their feet are their instrument, " he said.

Noting that many audience members will never have seen a one-legged dancer before coming to his show, Ruggiero says he won't shy away from the physical "weakness" his performance shows because of his condition.

"A lot of people have come up to me, and they always say, 'You're such a role model and an inspiration, ' "he said. "I'm honored when people say that, of course, but I'm just trying to get on with my life."

1.What makes Ruggiero's new show unusual?

A. One-legged dance. B. His own artworks.

C. The use of instrument. D. Songs of pop standard.

2.According to the passage, it is true that__________.

A. Ruggiero is a tough person with a strong will

B. the setback has ended Ruggiero's dance career

C. Ruggiero is dancing relying on others' support

D. his doctor agreed he kept on dancing and studying

3.When audience attend his performance, they may notice_______.

A. Ruggiero plays piano, sings and dances

B. Ruggiero is a dancer with the help of a peg leg

C. there are many tap dancers in the performance

D. Ruggiero pretends to be a physically normal person

4.What's the author's attitude to Evan?

A. Worry B. Sympathy

C. Encouragement D. Pity

It is true that good writers rewrite and rewrite and then rewrite some more. But in order to work up the desire to rewrite,it is important to learn to like what you write at the early stage.

I am surprised at the number of famous writers I know who say that they so dislike reading their own writing later that they even hate to look over the publishers' opinions. One reason we may dislike reading our own work is that we're often disappointed that the rich ideas in our minds seem very thin and plain when first written down. Jerry Fodor and Steven Pinker suggest that this fact may be a result of how our minds work.

Different from popular belief,we do not usually think in the words and sentences of ordinary language but in symbols for ideas (known as ‘mentalese’ ),and writing our ideas down is an act of translation from that symbolic language. But while mentalese contains our thoughts in the form of a complex tapestry (织锦),writing can only be composed one thread at a time. Therefore it should not be surprising that our first attempt at expressing ideas should look so simple. It is only by repeatedly rewriting that we produce new threads and connect them to get closer to the ideas formed in our minds.

When people write as if some strict critics (批评家) are looking over their shoulder,they are so worried about what this critic might say that they get stuck before they even start. Peter Elbow makes an excellent suggestion to deal with this problem. When writing we should have two different minds. At the first stage,we should see every idea,as well as the words we use to express it,as wonderful and worth putting down. It is only during rewrites that we should examine what we excitedly wrote in the first stage and check for weaknesses.

1.What do we learn from the text about those famous writers?

A. They often regret writing poor works.

B. Some of them write surprisingly much.

C. Many of them hate reading their own works.

D. They are happy to review the publishers' opinions.

2.What do people generally believe about the way human minds work?

A. People think in words and sentences.

B. Human ideas are translated into symbols.

C. People think by connecting threads of ideas.

D. Human thoughts are expressed through pictures.

3.What can we conclude from the text?

A. Most people believe we think in symbols.

B. Loving our own writing is scientifically reasonable.

C. The writers and critics can never reach an agreement.

D. Thinking and writing are different stages of mind at work.

Energy independence. It has a nice ring to it. Doesn’t it? If you think so, you’re not alone, because energy independence has been the dream of American president for decades, and never more so than in the past few years, when the most recent oil price shock has been partly responsible for kicking off the great recession(经济衰退).

“Energy independence” and its rhetorical (修辞的) companion “energy security” are, however, slippery concepts that are rarely though through. What is it we want independence from, exactly?

Most people would probably say that they want to be independent from imported oil. But there are reasons that we buy all that old from elsewhere.

The first reason is that we need it to keep our economy running. Yes, there is a trickle(涓涓细流)of biofuel(生物燃料)available, and more may become available, but most biofuels cause economic waste and environmental destruction.

Second, Americans have basically decided that they don’t really want to produce all their own oil. They value the environmental quality they preserve over their oil imports from abroad. Vast areas of the United States are off-limits to oil exploration and production in the name of environmental protection. To what extent are Americans really willing to endure the environmental impacts of domestic energy production in order to cut back imports?

Third, there are benefits to trade. It allows for economic efficiency, and when we buy things from places that have lower production costs than we do, we benefit. And although you don’t read about this much, the United States is also a large exporter of oil products, selling about 2 million barrels of petroleum products per day to about 90 countries.

There is no question that the United States imports a great deal of energy and, in fact, relies on that steady flow to maintain its economy. When that flow is interrupted, we feel the pain in short supplies and higher prices, At the same time, we derive massive economic benefits when we buy the most affordable energy on the world market and when we engage in energy trade around the world.

1.What does the author say about energy independence for America?

A. It sounds very attractive.

B. It will bring oil prices down.

C. It ensures national security.

D. It has long been everyone’s dream.

2.What does the author think of biofuels?

A. They keep America’s economy running healthily.

B. They prove to be a good alternative to petroleum.

C. They do not provide a sustainable energy supply.

D. They cause serious damage to the environment.

3.Why does America rely heavily on oil imports?

A. It wants to expand its storage of crude oil.

B. Its own oil reserves are quickly running out.

C. It wants to keep its own environment undamaged.

D. Its own oil production falls short of demand.

4.What is the author’s purpose in writing the passage?

A. To justify America’s dependence on oil imports.

B. To arouse Americans’ awareness of the energy crisis.

C. To stress the importance of energy conservation.

D. To explain the increase of international oil trade.

Tips on Young Adult Life

As you grow rapidly through your teenage years, you will experience a lot of changes. The changes may seem difficult. 1. Don’t panic! You will deal successfully with them! You are a young adult now!

With more responsibility, you will find more freedom to make your own choices. This is a time to be well informed about making choices. In this way you can make healthy balanced decisions. 2. You may already know your career path or you may have no idea at all what you want to do. Both situations are fine! Work hard and the right opportunity will present itself to you.

Young adulthood means greater freedom and more choices. 3. But try not to shut your family out of your life. You school learn to think of others even though you are old enough to look after yourself.

It is also perfectly natural at this time for you to spend more time with your friends than your family 4. A true friend will stand by you no matter what happens.

This period is a part of the life cycle. There are some people who will be with you throughout life’s journey. There will be some people with whom you part and go separate ways. Leaving school can be hard. The reality is that you may not even see all of your classmates again.

You are a young adult. It is your life. No one can live it for you. 5. So making the right choices will be important to you. Life is for living. Enjoy your life wisely!

A.Choose your friends wisely.

B.They will help shape the future.

C.They may seem to happen quickly.

D.You will probably want to be independent.

E.You may appreciate what you have in your own life.

F.The choices that you make from now on will be your choices.

G.Your family has been with you since you came into this world.

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