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中考英语阅读理解材料:美梦成真

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中考英语阅读理解材料:美梦成真

她的脸只在真人秀节目《英国达人》中出现过几分钟,但是,这已经足以让47岁的她在这一瞬间一夜成名!

  Susan Boyle: A Dream Come True
  Her appearance on the reality show Britain’s Got Talent (真人秀节目“英国达人”) lasted just a few minutes, but that was enough to bring 47-year-old Scottish church volunteer Susan Boyle to instant fame.
  Stunning performance
  On the show, viewers saw the plain and plump (胖胖的) Boyle step onto the stage and say that her dream is to be a professional singer like Elaine Page*.
  The judges snickered. There was laughter from the audience, and viewers, both live (在现场) and at home, were ready to see another hopeless loser. But when Boyle opened her mouth and sang I Dreamed A Dream (《我曾有梦》) from Les Misérables (《悲惨世界》), the judges were shocked, the crowd went wild, and—Boyle became a star.
  A global phenomenon
  The rise of Susan Boyle has been a global phenomenon.
  From Japan to Denmark to the U.S., the clip of Boyle’s performance has fascinated viewers. Her clip was the most watched video on global network YouTube the week before last (上上周), attracting over 12 million hits (点击). Boyle’s face has appeared on the front pages of newspapers in Britain and other countries. She has been offered a seat on Oprah’s sofa*, and it has been predicted that she will have a worldwide number one album.
  An underdog
  Boyle has shattered the prejudices surrounding age, appearance, and talent in the entertainment industry (娱乐业). She has proved that you don’t have to be young and attractive to be talented, and recognized as such.
  “This is completely unprecedented,”says Andrew Llinares, executive producer (监制) of Britain’s Got Talent.“We have had big responses in the past, but we have never seen anything like this before. People love an underdog and she is the ultimate underdog.”
(材料四)地球需要“休息”:不仅仅是每年一小时的演示,更是我们365天的努力。
  Electric Heroes
  On March 28, where were you when the lights went out? Well, if you were like the millions of people around the world who were celebrating Earth Hour*, you were... in the dark! On that day, at that hour (8:30 to 9:30 p.m.),“electric heroes” in 4,000 cities in 88 countries chose darkness over the lights to show their concern for global warming (全球变暖).
  An electric hero is someone (like you!) who limits their energy use whenever possible. It can be a simple thing such as turning off the lights when you leave a room, or just spending less time on the computer or watching television. These small energy savings can add up to big energy savings when done by millions of people. And that’s important for a country like China.
  China’s economy has been growing rapidly, and its energy consumption has been growing even faster. Most of the energy China uses comes from fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. They are called fossil fuels because they come from living (有生命的) material that died millions of years ago. All living things are made of carbon, and when they are burned as fossil fuels, the carbon is released into the air in the form of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (导致“温室效应”的气体). It is these greenhouse gases that scientists say are the cause of global warming.
  As part of the five-year plan announced in 2006, China has promised to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by the year 2010. So far, they are on track to achieve that goal; mostly by making industry more efficient. But more can be done, and that’s where you come in(我们还可以做更多,而这正是你可以参与其中的).
  By being more aware of the energy you use and by using less energy whenever possible, you can help reduce greenhouse gases. It’s so simple to do... and so heroic, too!

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