Lesson 1. Three Misfit Friends
I was sitting next to Sarah in my eleventh-grade world history class when Mrs. Taylor announced a new project. In groups, we were to create[= ] a newspaper on the cultures we were studying. On a sheet of paper, we wrote the names of three friends we wanted in our group. After _________[collect] all the requests, Mrs. Taylor informed us that she _______[will] consider the names we chose and would let us ______[know] the groups. There were 소수의[quite a few / only a few / not a few] good students in the class and Sarah was one of them. I knew we [have / had] chosen each other.
The next day, I anxiously [awaited / awaited for] the class. After the bell rang, Sarah and I stoped [to talk / talking] as Mrs. Taylor called for our attention. She started to call our names. When she [reached / reached at] Group 3, Sarah's name was called. "So I'm in Group 3," I thought. The second, third, and fourth members of the group [was / were] called. To my disappointment[해석 ], my expectation was wrong. My name was not included in that group[ ]. There must [be / have been] some mistake! Then I heard my name, Jennifer. "Group 5: Jack, David, Rachel, and Jennifer." I could feel the tears well up in my eyes. That was really the [first / last] group that I wanted to assign to[틀린부분?]. How could I get along with the boy who barely speaks, the other boy who is ugly, and the girl who wears weird clothes?
Oh, how badly[뜻: ] I wanted to be with my friends! I fought back the tears as I walked into Mrs. Taylor's office. She looked at me and knew what I was there f____. I was determined to convince her I should be in the "good" group. "Why?" I started. She gently [lie / lay / laid / lain] a hand on my shoulder. "I know [that / what] you want, Jennifer," she said, "but your group needs you. I need you to help them ______[get] a passing grade on this assignment. Only you can help them." I was stunned. At the same time, I was humbled. She had seen something in me I hadn't seen myself. "Will you help them?" she asked. "Yes," I replied. I couldn't believe it[가리키는 것: ] came out of my mouth, but it[가리키는 것: ] did. I decided ____ commit myself to [help / helping] them.
As I bravely walked[분사구문으로: ] to my group members, I could hear the laughter from my friends. I sat down and we started. Different newspaper columns were assigned according to each group's interests. We did a survey and some research. Halfway through the week, I felt myself [enjoying / enjoyed] the company[뜻: ] of my three groupmates. There was no need for pretending ― I grew sincerely interested in learning something about them[가리키는 것?]. I found out Jack was struggling with a lack of motivation in his studies and w_____ his poor communication skills. David was always by himself, deeply lost in his thought. Rachel, who had requested to do the fashion column, wanted to be a fashion designer. She had a lot of unique ideas.
They were not misfits ______ just people that no one cared enough about to try to understand ― except Mrs. Taylor. Her insight and thoughtfulness brought out the potential in four of her students. I don't recall what the newspaper's headline was or even the culture we wrote about, but I ____[do] learn something important that week. I [gave / was given] a chance to see other people in a new light[뜻: ]. I was given the opportunity to see in myself a potential that inspired my actions in later years. I learned that wh____ we are[우리의 현재 인격] is more important than wh____ we appear to be[우리의 겉으로 드러난 모습].
After that semester ended, I always received a friendly hello from my former groupmates. And I was always genuinely happy to see them. Even now I clearly remember Mrs. Taylor's [compliment / complement] : "I think your project is excellent. All of you deserve an A." At the same time, I truly feel that Mrs. Taylor is the one who deserves the cre____[공로, 학점].