Unit 1 Making a Difference
(Period 2 Reading)
i)Experience the flowing target language by reading the text:
a. Key words and expressions:
scan, boundary, graduate, research, disable, theory, seek, misunderstand, scientific, observe, match, predict, work on, go by, be/get engaged to sb, use up, go on with, dream of, turn out
b. Key sentence pattern:
Nor did he let the disease stop him from living the kind of life he had always dreamed of. ii)Understand the text:
Enable the Ss to understand the main idea of the text. At the same time make them try their best to find out as much useful information as possible.
2. Ability goals
Develop the Ss’ reading ability and analysis ability.
3. Moral goals
Learn the story of Stephen Hawking and encourage students to become strong-minded. From his story students should learn to solve problems with scientific methods. 4. Learning ability goals
Students are divided into different groups. Each group will be assigned different tasks. They are asked to collect Stephen Hawking’s information from different resources. Each group member should be involved. In these activities students should learn to co-operate and solve problems.
5. Teaching important points
How to analyze the text and grasp the main idea of the text.
6. Teaching difficult points
Learn about how Stephen got rid of his difficulties and became successful. 7. Teaching methods
Task-based Method, Communicative Method, Student-centered Method.
8. Teaching aids
Multi-media computer, mainly including a tape recorder, a projector and a computer. 9. Teaching procedures
Step I Leading in
In this step the teacher can begin with the class by asking: How much do you know about Stephen Hawking?
Then play a video about Stephen Hawking to help the Ss to know about Stephen Hawking.
This step is to arouse the student’s interest to know about Stephen Hawking.
Step II Preparing for reading
In this step the teacher mainly ask the Ss to deal with the flowing pre-reading questions to
make them be eager to know more about Stephen Hawking and be ready for reading.
The pre-reading questions can designed as follows:
Q1: Do you know any disabled person who’s made a difference；
Q2: If a doctor tells you that you had an incurable disease and may not have more than 12 moths to live, how would you feel and what would you do；
Step III Fast reading
Task 1 Understand the title of the text
In this class we are going to learn something about a great scientist. The title is “No
Boundaries”. How do you understand the title?
OK. Have you heard of Hawking’s famous no boundary proposal? He explains his proposal like this: … that both time and space are finite in extent, but they don’t have any boundary or edge. … There would be no singularities, and the laws of science would hold everywhere, including at the beginning of the universe. So when reading the title, people will think of Stephen Hawking. I’m glad you have learned something about Stephen Hawking. The text will tell us more about him.
Task 2 Scanning
Ask the students to scan the text and find out as much information about Stephen Hawking as possible.(见同步课件设计)
Task 3 Skimming
Sum up the main idea of each part.
Ask the students to read through the text and grasp the main idea of the text. Part1 (Paragraph1~3)
This part tells us about Stephen Hawking’s positive attitude towards life in the face of great difficulties. It is his positive attitude that helps him succeed.
His achievements and his best seller A Brief History of Time.
The basic steps of the scientific method.
Science (The speech computer) enables Stephen Hawking to give lectures all around the world.
Step IV Careful reading
Task 1 Answer the detailed questions
In this step the teacher can ask students to read the text carefully and find the answers to the following questions.
Show the questions on the PowerPoints.
1. According to Professor Hawking, how do people misunderstand science?
2. What are the basic steps of the scientific method?
3. What is it that Hawking doesn’t like about his speech computer?
Four minutes later, check the answers with the whole class.
Task 2 Finish reading comprehension exercises
In this task, I think the teacher should ask the Ss to deal with some reading comprehension exercise.(见同步课件设计)
Step V Post-reading
Task 1 Fill in the blanks.
In this task the teacher can design some sentences and ask the Ss to fill in the blanks to consolidate what they have read. (见同步课件设计)
Task 2 Discussion
In this task the Ss are given several minutes to discuss the following questions to help them cultivate their emotional awareness.
Q1:What does Stephen Hawking impress you most?
Q2:What should you do if you want make a difference?
This step is used to consolidate what the Ss have read by finishing the above two tasks. Step VI Homework
1.Surf on the Internet and find more about Stephen Hawking and his contributions to the world.
2.Write a passage about Stephen Hawking.