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The Teddy Stoddard Story
1) Pre-reading Questions
2) Background Information
3) Structural Analysis
4) Language Points
6) Quiz on Unit 1 & 2
1. Who is your favorite teacher?
What do you remember him/her
2. What qualities do you expect
of a good or qualified teacher?
3. Have you ever been in a situation
where you were considered “different”
from others? How did you feel?
The Teddy Stoddard Story is a story
many years ago of an elementary
school teacher. The author of this
story is not identified or unknown. It
was edited by Cecilia Wessner,
editor-in-Chief of Popular Science
Originally the story was longer than the text on the text
book with two extra paragraphs for the ending as follows:
• Paragraph 21 They hugged each other,
and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs.
Thompson’s ear, "Thank you Mrs.
Thompson for believing in me. Thank you
so much for making me feel important and
showing me that I could make a
• Paragraph 22 Mrs. Thompson, with tears
in her eyes, whispered back. She then
said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You
were the one who taught me that I could
make a difference. I didn’t know how to
teach until I met you."
• Teddy Stoddard, the boy student in the
story is now a doctor at Iowa Methodist in
Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer
Iowa Methodist Medical Center
• Iowa Methodist Medical Center is the state's
largest private hospital. Established in 1901
in a single building, today Iowa Methodist
has become an important regional medical
center and teaching hospital. It employs
nearly 4,000 people and has 373 staffed
beds (not including beds at Blank Children's
Hospital). In January 2001, Iowa Methodist
marked 100 years of service to central Iowa.
• Some of Iowa Methodist's areas of
specialization include cancer treatment,
cardiac care, maternity and women's
services, emergency and trauma
treatment, physical rehabilitation, wellness
programs, behavioral medicine, surgery,
orthopedics, critical care, primary care,
older adult services and home health care.
• Iowa Methodist is well known throughout
the Midwest for cancer care. In 1956 it
opened Des Moines' first radiation therapy
department. In 1993 the John Stoddard
Cancer Center became the first central
Iowa facility to house all radiation,
oncology and ancillary services in one
Structural Analysis of Text 1
The passage is divided into 5 parts:
• Part 1(paragraph 1-5): Mrs Thompson’s general
impression on Teddy from her own observation
• Part 2(paragraph 6-8):What Mrs Thompson learns
from Teddy’s records
• Part 3(paragraph 9-12):How Teddy’s Christmas
present touched Mrs Thompson—change in attitude
• Part 4(paragraph 13-14):Mrs Thompson’s special
care and encouragement to Teddy
• Part 5(paragraph15-20):The five successive notes
from Teddy about the major stages he went through
his study and work.
1. It got to the point that during the
first few months…
The phrase “to the point” means to
the extent that, or up to the time
when something develops or is
achieved. Here it means her dislike
for Teddy had developed to such an
extent during the first few months…
2. she would actually take delight in
marking his papers with a broad
red pen, making bold X’s…
X’s in the sentence is the plural of “X”
(cross), which teachers use to
indicate the errors on students’
exercises or examinations. “F” here
3. It was all she could do, with the
school play and all until the day
before the holidays began and she
was suddenly forced to focus on
In connection with the previous sentence,
“all she could do” indicates that she could
do no more than just realizing what the
problem was with Teddy, because she had
to organize the school play and everything
1. Summarize the usages of the following words
2. Summarize the main idea of the passage
• Two threads going on:
– Mrs. Thompson’s change
– Teddy’s change
-A good teacher makes a good student
-It is the teacher who teaches with
heart/care rather than instructions that
makes a confident and successful
student, both in study and in life.
Vocabulary Exercises II
• inquisitive - inquisitively – inquisition
• encourage-encouraged-discouraged -
• be in for:
– be going to undergo/experience/suffer from
– be ready to: be prepared/willing to (do sth.)
– swear/promise /declare solemnly
– go away from/leave a place; stop (doing) sth.
• take delight in:
– have pleasure/fun in
• focus on: concentrate on，pay close
• Venture (to)：
– dare to go somewhere/say sth/do sth
• put off: postpone/delay
Quiz on Unit 1 & 2
I. Explain the following words in English (2.5 points)：
II. Fill in the blanks in each sentence with the appropriate
form of the given word in parentheses (2.5 points):
1) When the chairman asked what he
thought about the proposal, He shook
his head in ________ (approve).
2) You must be very ________ (attention)
to the coach, otherwise you can’t follow
all the body movements.
3) Excessive dosage of this drug can
result in _________ （injure）to the
4) You mustn’t be late; he was most
__________ (insist) about that.
5) She is showing signs of ___________
(withdraw) and depression.
III. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate form of the
word with the initial letter to complete the sentence
according to what you have learnt from Unit 1 and 2
1) Although things have been tough since
his father’s death, he had s with
his college education and graduated
with a bachelor’s degree of art.
2) He is under great p these days
because he has taken more courses
than he can possibly manage.
3) Young people in China still take great
d in watching sentimental Korean
serial TV plays.
4) You must q wearing your own
shoes in the bowling alley. You will be
fined if you are caught.
5) An i person is someone who
is curious and fond of inquiring into
other people’s affairs.
IV. Explain the following sentences in your own words (2.5
1) Having claimed his hapa haole
grandson, my father no longer defined
our family by a uniform set of features.
2) But what should have been a mission
of joy filled me with apprehension.
3) It was then that I began to suspect that my father
had wanted to mend the breach as much as I had.
4) On that very day, she quit teaching reading,
writing and speaking. Instead, she began to
5) She got another letter, saying that while things
had been tough at times, he’d stayed in school.