wherever she goes. Sometimes they get into some very sticky situations.
Mark's new folding car
Kathleen came home one day and saw Mark in the garage standing next to a brand new car.
"Where did that come from?" Kathleen asked. "It looks like it's from the future."
"It's a special foldable car. It folds up to the size of a briefcase, so I'll never have to worry about parking again," Mark said.
"Let's go for a ride!"
Kathleen and Mark went into the city. Everyone was looking at their slick new ride.
"Getting downtown is going to be so much easier. No more buses for me," Kathleen said.
"And the car has a rechargeable battery. That way we won't do too much damage to the environment," Mark pointed out.
After driving around for a while, Mark and Kathleen decided to take a walk in the park. Mark pulled the car up to the side of the road, got out, and pushed a button. The car folded up to the size of a briefcase.
"Isn't that simply amazing?" he said to Kathleen.
But Kathleen didn't say anything back.
"Kathleen? Where did you go?"
Mark looked around. Kathleen was nowhere to be seen…(Michael Kearney, staff writer)
1. What were people in the city staring at?
b. Mark's suitcase.
c. The car.
2. Kathleen and Mark were going to go for a walk…
a. before driving around.
b. before reaching the city.
c. after driving around.
Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:
Idea 1: Kathleen hadn't yet gotten out of the car! What happened to her? What does Mark do? Is Kathleen OK?
Idea 2: Kathleen was folded up inside the car. Does she feel cramped? Is she able to unfold? Are her clothes wrinkled?
Idea 3: Kathleen wanted to trick Mark, so she hid behind a tree. Does Mark unfold the car? Where does he think Kathleen has gone? Does he think she has disappeared?
1. foldable adj.
可折疊的 (ke3 zhe2 die2 de5)
例: I brought a foldable chair to the picnic.
2. slick adj.
靈巧的 (ling2 qiao3 de5)
例: Lebron James showed some slick moves last night.
3. ride n.
交通工具 (jiao1 tong1 gong1 ju4)，車 (che1)
例: I'm saving up cash to get a sweet new ride.
4. rechargeable adj.
可充電的 (ke3 chong1 dian4 de5)
例: I got a new rechargeable battery for my computer.
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