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M2 Unit 1 Reading (1) Boy missing, police puzzled

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钱晓平   蔡炳山

Teaching aims

1. To help students read and understand a newspaper article about a missing boy.

2. To develop students’ reading skills such as skimming, scanning, understanding the gist, understanding the major details and analyzing the writing style.

3. To develop students’ reading strategy for reading a newspaper article.

4. To develop students’ team spirit and communication skills in group work.

5. To inspire students’ imagination.

Teaching important points

Understand a newspaper article about a missing boy.

Teaching difficult points

Analyzing the writing style of the newspaper article.

Preparation

1. Try to remember the new words and phrases as quickly as possible.

2. Recall the news you have read before, and think that where you can find the main idea in a news report.            

Teaching Procedures

Step 1 Warm-up questions

Questions

1) Do you often read newspapers?  _______________________________________________

2) How do you read a newspaper article to get a quick and general idea of what it is saying?

_____________________________________________________________________________

Step 2 Predicting

1. Read the title and find out the features (特征) of the title of a newspaper article.

   Question: What words have been left out in the title?

     ( Boy missing, police puzzled ______________________________________)

2. Read the pictures and captions(说明) in the text and answer the following questions.

Questions: (1) What is the boy’s name?   ____________

         (2) Who might have taken the boy away? _______________________

         (3) What place can the boy have been taken away from? _____________________

3. Predict what the article is mainly about

Question: What do you suppose this newspaper article will mainly tell you?

____________________________________________________________________

Step 3 Developing reading strategy

1. Have students read the Reading Strategy and answer the following questions:

 Questions: (1) Which paragraph gives the main idea?

             __________________________________________________________________

          (2) What information does the second paragraph give?

             __________________________________________________________________

          (3) What does the rest of the story introduce?

             __________________________________________________________________

2. Present the inverted pyramid structure of a nespaper article.

Step 4 Reading for gist (要点)

1. Skim and scan the passage, trying to find the answers to the following.

Boy missing, police puzzled   It’s about ________

the first paragraph: when                   ; where              ;

who                      ; what                      ;

how                      ; why                       .

  the following paragraphs: evidence given by                                         

2. Fill in the blanks to get a clearer idea of the gist.

  Justin Foster, aged (1)     , went missing (2)     days ago in (3)   , New Hampshire. He was last seen (4)     night. (5)     are supposed to have taken him away. Now (6)     is in charge of the case.

Step 5 Reading for important details

Find the supporting details.

1) Complete the table

Main points

Supporting details

Justin Foster went missing

1)Mrs Foster thought _________________________________

2)Justin Foster_________________________________

Justin Foster returned home

1)Justin’s friends said_________________________________

2)Witnesses said _____________________________________

3)Kelly heard _______________________________________

Justin Foster was taken away by aliens

1)Kelly saw_________________________________________

2)Kelly heard________________________________________

3)Mavis Wood said___________________________________

2) Find the best answers to the following questions:

1The reason why people were interested in the disappearance of the boy is that __ ___.

A.     The lost boy was 15 years old.

B.      The police advised them to do so.

C.      The disappearance might have something to do with the UFO and the alien.

D.     All of the above.

2In the second paragraph, “show up” means _________.

Aarrive or appear            Breach

Cdisappear                 Dreach for

3We can infer that the boy might go missing ________.

Ain his own room              Bon the playground

Cin Kelly’s room               Din his brother’s room

4What is the attitude of the police to the disappearance of the boy? _______

AThey can’t make sure that Justin was taken away by aliens.

BThey think it possible for some people to make up an amazing story.

CThey are looking at other possibilities, such as murder.

DAll of the above.

5We can know _______.

AThe police have known the cause of the boy’s disappearance

BThe police haven’t found hard evidence about the boy’s disappearance

CThe police will catch the aliens who took away the boy

DThe police won’t get any information about the boy’s disappearance.

Step 6 Consolidating

1. Task-based reading

  Fill in the blanks according to the text.

Topic

People

Details

Boy missing,

police puzzled

Parents

They thought the boy   1      out late with his friends but felt worried when their son didn’t   2      up the next day.

Kelly

••Heard Justin   3      home and   4       on his favourite CD.

••Claimed to see a large   5      flying outside, in which stood many strange creatures   6       white skin and large black eyes.

••Thought that Justin had been taken away by the   7      , for she heard him shout and never saw him after that.

Mrs Mavis Wood

Believed Kelly’s words, for she herself had ever been  8      away by the aliens.

Detective Sam Peterson

Thought stories about aliens were made up by people.

•• Will look into other   9      as well.

•• Won’t  10      up until the truth is found out.

2. Work in pairs and practice an imaginary inte, rview.

Suppose you are a reporter from BBC. You are making a face-to-face interview with one of the four persons related to the case of Justin’s disappearance (Mr. Justin, Mrs Foster, Kelly and Dective Sam Peterson). Each group should choose one of the interviews and then practice having an interview with your partner.

Work like this:

A: Can you tell me what happened ... ?

B: I .... My wife told me .... I’m now feeling ....

A: Don’t worry too much. I think ....

B: I hope so.

A: Thank you for accepting my interview.

Step 7 Discussing the ending of the case

All the people are concerned about Justin’s disappearance. What do you think might have happened to him? Please work in group of 4 or 5 to discuss and give an ending to the story.


英语新授课教学设计

M2 Unit 1  Reading (1)

Boy missing, police puzzled

教者:钱晓平  

Teaching aims

1. To help students read and understand a newspaper article about a missing boy.

2. To develop students’ reading skills such as skimming, scanning, understanding the gist, understanding the major details and analyzing the writing style.

3. To develop students’ reading strategy for reading a nespaper article.

4. To develop students’ team spirit and communication skills in group work.

5. To inspire students’ imagination.

Teaching important points

Understand a newspaper article about a missing boy.

Teaching difficult points

Analyzing the writing style of the newspaper article.

Preparation

1. Try to remember the new words and phrases as quickly as possible.

2. Recall the news you have read before, and think that where you can find the main idea in a news report.            

Teaching aids

Multi-mediaa tape recorder

Teaching Procedures

Step 1 Warm-up questions

Questions

1) Do you often read newspapers? 

2) How do you read a newspaper article to get a quick and general idea of what it is saying?

 (By reading the title or subtitles, pictures and captions, if any.)

Step 2 Predicting

1. Have students read the title and find out the features of the title of a newspaper article.

   Question: What words have been left out in the title?

     ( Boy missing, police puzzled A boy is missing, and the police are puzzled.)

   Conclusion: The title of a newspaper article is usually incomplete, attractive, exact and direct. It tells readers about the main event discribed in the article.

2. Have students read the pictures and captions and answer the following questions.

Questions: (1) What is the boy’s name?   (Justin Foster)

         (2) Who might have taken the boy away? (The aliens from a UFO)

         (3) What place can the boy have been taken away from? (Perhaps from his bedroom.)

3. Have students predict what the article is mainly about

Question: What do you suppose this newspaper article will mainly tell you?

Step 3 Developing reading strategy

1. Have students read the Reading Strategy and answer the following questions:

 Questions: (1) Which paragraph gives the main idea?

             (The first paragraph, or the lead.)

          (2) What information does the second paragraph give?

             (It gives the important facts that are not included in the lead.)

          (3) What does the rest of the story introduce?

             (New but less important background information.)

2. Present the inverted pyramid structure of a nespaper article.

Step 4 Reading for gist

1. Tell the students it’s time for them to check their prediction of the story. Ask the whole class to skim and scan the passage, trying to find the answers to the following. (PPT10)

Boy missing, police puzzled  It’s about ________

the first paragraph: when______; where_______; who________; what________; how______; why________

  the following paragraphs: evidence given by___________________________

2. Ask how many of the students guessed the story right at the beginning of the class. Tell the students to attach importance to news titles if any while reading news stories.

3. Have students fill in the blanks to get a clearer idea of the gist.

  Justin Foster, aged (1) fifteen, went missing (2)three days ago in (3)Dover, New Hampshire. He was last seen (4) Friday night. (5) Aliens are supposed to have taken him away. Now (6) Detective Sam Peterson is in charge of the case.

Step 5 Reading for important details

Since every news story has details to support the main points in them, please listen to the tape carefully and find the supporting details.

1) Complete the table

Main points

Supporting details

Justin Foster went missing

Mrs Foster thought he was spending the night with a friend.

Justin Foster didn’t show up at the family lunch the next day.

Justin Foster returned home

Justin’s friends said that Justin went home after playing baseball with them.

Witnesses said that they saw Justin walking towards his house at 10.45 p.m.

Kelly heard him put on his favourite CD after he went to his room.

Justin Foster was taken away by aliens

Kelly saw a large spaceship flying outside.

Kelly heard Justin shout.

Mavis Wood said that the aliens took her away so that they could do research on her.

2) Find the best answers to the following questions:

1The reason why people were interested in the disappearance of the boy is that __C___.

E.      The lost boy was 15 years old.

F.      The police advised them to do so.

G.     The disappearance might have something to do with the UFO and the alien.

H.     All of the above.

2In the second paragraph, “show up” means _____A____.

Aarrive or appear     Breach    Cdisappear    Dreach for

3We can infer that the boy might go missing ___A______.

Ain his own room             Bon the playground

Cin Kelly’s room              Din his brother’s room

4What is the attitude of the police to the disappearance of the boy? ___D____

AThey can’t make sure that Justin was taken away by aliens.

BThey think it possible for some people to make up an amazing story.

CThey are looking at other possibilities, such as murder.

DAll of the above.

5We can know ___B____.

AThe police have known the cause of the boy’s disappearance

BThe police haven’t found hard evidence about the boy’s disappearance

CThe police will catch the aliens who took away the boy

DThe police won’t get any information about the boy’s disappearance.

Step 6 Consolidating

1. Task-based reading

  Fill in the blanks according to the text.

Topic

People

Details

Boy missing,

police puzzled

Parents

They thought the boy   1  out late with his friends but felt worried when their son didn’t   2   up the next day.

Kelly

••Heard Justin   3   home and   4   on his favourite CD.

••Claimed to see a large   5   flying outside, in which stood many strange creatures   6   white skin and large black eyes.

••Thought that Justin had been taken away by the   7   , for she heard him shout and never saw him after that.

Mrs Mavis Wood

Believed Kelly’s words, for she herself had ever been   8   by the aliens.

Detective Sam Peterson

Thought stories about aliens were made up by people.

•• Will look into other   9   as well.

•• Won’t  10  until the truth is found out.

2. Get the students to work in pairs and practice an imaginary interview.

1) Suppose you are a reporter from BBC. You are making a face-to-face interview with one of the four persons related to the case of Justin’s disappearance (Mr. Justin, Mrs Foster, Kelly and Dective Sam Peterson). Each group should choose one of the interviews and then practice having an interview with your partner.

Work like this:

A: Can you tell me what happened ... ?

B: I .... My wife told me .... I’m now feeling ....

A: Don’t worry too much. I think ....

B: I hope so.

A: Thank you for accepting my interview.

2) Choose one or two pairs from each group to present their interview in front of the class.

Step 7 Discussing the ending of the case

All the people are concerned about Justin’s disappearance. What do you think might have happened to him? Please work in group of 4 or 5 to discuss and give an ending to the story.

Step 8 Summarizing

1. Make a summary of the lesson.

   Today we read a nespaper article about the strange disappearance of a boy named Justin Foster, who is supposed to have been taken away by aliens. Keep in mind how we shall read a newspaper article, especially where we can find its main idea. Besides, pay attention to the characteristics of its title. Last but not least, do think about what we would do if one of our friends disappeared some day mysteriously. Never forget to lend a helping hand. Hopefully, Justin will come back to his family soon.

2. Assign homework.

1)      Finish the rest exercises on pages 4-5.

2)      Do Parts A1 and A2 on page 86 in the workbook.


英语新授课课堂实录

M2 Unit1 Reading

钱晓平 蔡炳山

T: Good morning, every one. Happy to see you again. Do you often read newspapers?

Ss: Yes.

T: Good. Then how do you read a newspaper article to get a quick and general idea of what it is saying? How can you get a general idea and a quick idea of the newspaper article? How?

S1: I read the beginning of the article.

T: Read the beginning. Good. Sit down, please. Anyone else?

S2: The first paragraph and the last paragraph.

T: The first paragraph and the last paragraph. When you read an article, will you read the title for the general idea?

S2: Yes.

T: Yes. Good. Sit down. So we can see the title and also the pictures and the captions to get the general idea, right?

Ss: Yes.

T: Yes. Now here we have a newspaper article in our textbook. “Boy missing, police puzzled”. Can you complete the title? S3.

S3: (don’t know)

T: “Complete” means “完成,补充”. This title is incomplete, right?

S3: Yes.

T: Can you put the missing words into the title?

S3: (still don’t know)

T: Sit down. Think it over. S4, can you complete the title?

S4: A boy was missing, and the police were puzzled.

T: The boy is missingsit down pleaseand the police are puzzled, right. So, here we can see a title of an article is often incomplete, right? And it is often brief, attractive. Is it attractive?

Ss: Yes.

T: And we can get the general idea from the title. So these are the features of the title of a newspaper, understand?

Ss: Yes.

T: Can you see the pictures in your textbook? Here, what can you see in the pictures?

 What’s the name of the boy?

Ss: Justin Foster.

T: Who might have taken the boy away?

Ss: The aliens from a UFO.

T: Good. Then what place can the boy have been taken away from?

Ss: Perhaps from his bedroom.

T: Ok. Later we’ll check whether your prediction is right or wrong. Now, please read the reading strategy on page 3. And the answer the questions on the screen. 

(1)Which paragraph gives the main idea?

  (2) What information does the second paragraph give?

  (3) What does the rest of the story introduce?

Now please read it.

(Students read the Reading Strategy and the teacher goes around the classroom to see whether the students have understood the instruction and do as the teacher asks them to do.)

T: We can see from the title we can get the

Ss: Main idea.

T: The general idea. The first paragraph tells us? About what? S5.

S5:The first paragraph gives the main idea and most important facts.

T: And also the first paragraph will tell usThe answers to?

S5: The first paragraph will also answer who, what, when, where, why and how questions with information.

T: Aright. Sit down please. How about the second paragraph? S6.

S6: The second paragraph gives the important facts that are not included in the lead.

T: Good. How about the following paragraphs?

S7: Some other information about the people giving on the boy’s going missing.

T: Some detailed information about the article, right? OK. Sit down. So we can see the structure of a news story is like an inverted pyramid, right? 像倒立的金字塔一样。

T: So since we have known how to read a newspaper article, then let’s come to our text. Please go through the text as quickly as possibly and fill in the blanks on the screen.

(Ss read the text as the teacher tells them to.)

T: OK, S8. Boy missing, police puzzled  It’s about ________

S8: It is about UFO.

T: This is about a boy, a …

S8: A missing boy.

T: Sit down. OK. From the first paragraph, we can seewhen did this happen? When?

Ss: Three days ago.

T: Three days ago. Where? S9.

S9: In Dover, New Hampshire. (读音不准)

T: In Dover, New Hampshire. Read after me, in Dover, New Hampshire.

(Ss read this twice together.)

T: Sit down please. Now, who? Together.

Ss: Justin Foster.

T: Then what? What happened?

Ss: He went missing.

T: He disappeared strangely, or he disappeared mysteriously, right? How?

“receive great interest” This incident has received great interest, why? S10.

S10: Because of the reports of strange lights and of alien visits around the time

T: Yes. Good. Sit down. The following paragraphs? There were evidence given by… who? S11.

S11: Kelly.

T: Justin’s sister. Anyone else?

S11: Mrs. Mavis Wood. Detective Sam Peterson.

T: Anyone else? S12.

S12: Justin’s friends. Witnesses.

T: And also Justin’s parents – Mr. Foster and Mrs. Foster. OK. Good. This is the general idea of the text. Now, let’s complete the passage and read it.

Ss: Justin Foster, aged (1) fifteen, went missing (2)three days ago in (3)Dover, New Hampshire. He was last seen (4) Friday night. (5) Aliens are supposed to have taken him away. Now (6) Detective Sam Peterson is in charge of the case.

(After the students read the gist, the teacher has them read the word “aliens” and phrase “Detective Sam Peterson” together.)

T: OK. For more detailed information, let’s complete the table after listening to the tape.

(The teacher plays the tape and the Ss read the text in a low voice, following the tape.)

T: Justin foster went missing. Here we have evidence to support this point. S13

S13: Mrs. Foster thought he was spending the night with a friend.

T: Yes. Sit down. S14.

S14: Justin was last seen Last Friday night.

T: Yes. Justin was last seen Last Friday night. S15, what’s your opinion?

   Did he show up for lunch the next day?

S15: Justin Foster didn’t show up for lunch the next day.

T: So we think Justin Foster went missing.

Then, Justin went home. What is the evidence? S16.

S16: Justin’s friends said that Justin went home after playing baseball with them.

T: Yes. Sit down. S17, witnesses said…?

S17: Witnesses said that they saw Justin walking towards his house at 10.45 p.m.

T: Yes. S18, Kelly heard …?

S18: Kelly heard him put on his favourite CD after he went to his room.

T: Now, Justin Foster was taken away by aliens. What is the evidence? S19.

S19: Kelly saw a large spaceship flying outside.

S20: Kelly heard Justin shout.

S21: Mavis Wood said that the aliens took her away so that they could do research on her.

T: Now, for more detailed information, let’s do some multiple choice exercises. (Check the answers. Ss speak out the answers together.)

 Now, please finish this table according to the text. (Task-based reading. Two students come to the front to finish this exercise on the blackboard)

T: Have you finished?

Ss: Yes.

T: OK. Let’s check the answers. (Check the answers on the blackboard with the whole class.)

 Now, since we are quite familiar with the text, we will have an interview. You can work in pairs. One of you acts as the reporter from China Daily and the other acts as one of the characters. You can make a dialogue just like this. (a dialogue example on the screen)

(Ss prepare for the dialogue.)

Pair 1:

A: Nice to meet you, Mr. Justin.

B: Nice to meet you.

A: Can you tell me what happened to your son?

B: I was not home that night. My wife told me my son was missing and I am now feeling worried.

A: Don’t worry too much. I think the police will help you and your son will be saved.

B: I hope so.

A: Thank you for accepting my interview.

B: Not at all.

T: Good! Very good. Now the next group.

Pair 2

A: Can you tell me what happened to your brother that night?

B: I saw a large spaceship flying outside. There was a flash of light and I heard Justin shout, and then the UFO just disappeared. I thought he was taken by aliens.

A: Don’t worry too much. I think everything is OK and your brother will be safe.

B: Thank you.

T: OK. Good. Next group.

Pair 3

A: Can you tell me what happened that night?

B: A boy called Justin was missing and the witnesses said he was taken by the aliens.

A: Don’t worry too much. I think the boy will come home soon.

B: I hope so.

A: Thank you for accepting my interview.

T: And you can also change the words and the pattern of the saying. OK?

Pair 4

A: Can you tell me what happened when your brother was missing?

B: Oh, I’m now feeling very frightened. That day, I saw a large spaceship flying outside. And standing inside were lots of strange creatures with white skin and large black eyes. I heard Justin shout and then the UFO just disappeared.

A: Don’t worry too much. I think the police will find your brother as quickly as possible.

B: I hope so.

A: Thank you for accepting my interview.

T: OK. Good. Sit down. All the people are concerned about Justin’s disappearance. What do you think might have happened to him? Please work in group of 4 or 5 to discuss and give an ending to the story. Discuss with your group members, understand?

(Ss discuss about this question actively. The teacher gives some groups necessary directions)

T: OK. After discussion, please write down your ending.

(Ss write down the ending of the story separately.)

Five students give their own story about Justin Foster, and all of them are full of imagination. The teacher gives proper comments and other students are interested in the stories.

T: Today we have learned about a new story about a missing boy named Justin Foster. He disappeared mysteriously. Keep in mind how we shall read a newspaper article, especially where we can find its main idea. Besides, pay attention to the characteristics of its title. Last but not least, do think about what we would do if one of our friends disappeared some day mysteriously. Never forget to lend a helping hand. Will you lend a helpful hand?

Ss: Yes.

T: Good. After class, please finish the rest exercises on pages 4-5 and do Parts A1 and A2 on page 86 in the workbook. OK, class is over. Thank you.

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