《助学工具书系:Read It 高中英语阅读入门(第2版)》针对一些学习不大好的高中生作为启蒙阅读还是比较有用的。内容和题材比较吸引人，题目设置循序渐进，可以尝试。
Read It 是这样制作成的
The Tour de France / The Paralympies
l Went Skydiving at 84！ / Play Games
African Monkey / Space
Wolf / Can Cats and Dogs Live Together？
A Writer and a Publisher / Loan
A Flat Tyre / Skeleton in the Closet
Drinking Water / Mucus
Vacuum Bottle / Welcome to Your Future Life！
5. Social Issues
Old People / Tobacco
Population / Drink Driving
Tooth / The Traditional Thai New Year
Internet / Global Village
7. Legend & Myth
Shooting Star / Bermuda Triangle
Blue Mountains / The Indians' Wigwams
Irish Famine / Pizza
Tutankhamen / When Milk Arrived on the Doorstep
Space Farm / Space Hotel
Space Elevator / Why Explore Space？
10. Famous People
Torn Whittaker / Larry Sehwarz
Nobel / Irene Curie
Sleep / Stress
The Difference / Rational Optimist
Attitude to Life / A Way of Thinking
Habit / Honesty
13. Art & Entertainment
Andy Warhol / Vincent Van Gogh
Mondrian / Arthur Miller and His Famous Play
Mount Everest / Fireworks
Global Dimming / How to Dispose Waste？
Letter / AD/First Aid For a Choking Person
Palace Theatre & Opera House
Feeling blue about world ？ "Cheer up," says science writer Matt Ridley. "The world has never been a better place to live in, and it will keep on getting better both for humans and for nature."
Ridley calls himself a rational optimist--rational, because he's carefully weighed the evidence; optimistic, because that evidence shows human progress to be both unavoidable and good. And this is what he's set out to prove from a unique point of view in his most recent book, The Rational Optimist. He views man- kind as grand enterprise that, on the whole, has done little but progress for 100,000 years. He backs his finding with hard facts gathered through years of research.
Here's how he explains his views.
1） Shopping fuels invention
It is reported that there are more than ten billion different products for sale in London alone. Even allowing for the many people who still live in poverty, our own generation has access to more nutritious food, more convenient transport, bigger houses, better cars, and of course, more pounds and dollars than any who lived before us. This will continue as long as we use these things to make other things. The more we specialize and exchange, the better off we'll be.
2） Brilliant advances
One reason we are richer, healthier, taller, cleverer, longer-lived and freer than ever before is that the four most basic human needs-food, clothing, fuel and shelter--have grown a lot cheaper. Take one example. In 1800 a candle pro- viding one hour's light cost six hours' work. In the 1880s the same light from an oil lamp took 15 minutes' work to pay for. In 1950 it was eight seconds. Today it's half second.
3） Let's not kill ourselves for climate change
Mitigating（减轻）climate change could prove just as damaging to human welfare as climate change itself.