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     Unit 1 Festivals around the world

    1. Teaching aims of this unit

    Talk about festivals and celebrations

    Talk about the ways to express request and thanks

    Learn to use Modal verbs

    Write a similar story with a different ending 2. Sentence patterns:


     Could/ Would you please…?

    Could I have…?

    Could we look at…?

    I look forward to…

    May I see…?


     It‟s very kind of you…

    Thank you very much/ Thanks a lot.

     I‟d love to.

     It was a pleasure…

     Don‟t mention it.

     You are most welcome.

    3. Modal verbs:

    May might, can could will would shall should must can

     The first period Speaking

    1. Teaching aims:

     Vocabulary: take place, lunar, festival, Army Day, Christmas,

     dress up

     Phrases: Would you like … Could I have…?

     Might I offer help…? May I see…?

     You should try…Could we like at…?

    Can you suggest…? We might take…

    Teaching Procedures

    Step I Leading in

    T: Hello, everybody! Welcome back to school! Did you have a good time in your winter holidays?

    Ss. Yes. Of course!

    T: When did you feel most happy and excited? Ss: At the Spring Festival.

    T: Who can tell us why? Any volunteers?

    S1: Because it is the most important festival in our country. S2: Because I got a lot of lucky money from my parents. S3: Because I needn‟t study at festivals and there was a lot of delicious food to eat. How great.

    S4: Because I met my cousins and friends who I hadn‟t seen for a long time.

    T. Very food! I am glad to hear that. Today we will talk about festivals, which are meant to

    celebrate important events. Please think about some other festivals. Can you name just a few?

    Ss: New year, Yuan xiao festival…

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:T: Quite right. That‟s called the Lantern‟s Festival. How about some other festivals?

    Ss: The Army Day, International Labour‟s Day, National Day, Tomb Sweeping Festival, Dragon

    Boat Festival, Mid-autumn Day…

    T: You have done a good job, boys and girls! .

    Step ?Warming up

    Festivals are meant to celebrate important events. Different countries have different

    festivals. Work in groups and lost five Chinese festivals that you know. Discuss when they

    take place, what they celebrate and one thing that people do at that time. The first one is

    given to you as an example.

    Festivals Time of year/date What does it celebrate What do people do

    Mid-Autumn Festival Autumn/Fall The beauty of the full Give/Eat mooncakes

    moon, harvest, time and watch the full

    with family and moon with family and

    friends friends

Step ? Pre- reading

     Discuss in groups of four

    1. What‟s your favourite holiday of the year? Why?

    2. What festivals or celebrations do you enjoy in your city or town? Do you like spending

    festivals with your family or with friends? What part of a festival do you like best---the music,

    the things to see, the visits or the food?

    Step ?Assignment

    1. Consolidation

    2. Listening to the material again after class to be familiar with it.

    3. Homework: Collect as much information about festivals as possible.

     The second period Reading

    Teaching Aims

    1.Vocabulary: starve, starvation, plenty, satisfy ancestor lamps lead feast bone origin in memory of

    dress up trick poet arrival national gain independence gather agricultural European

    custom awards watermelon handsome rooster admire look forward to religious as

    though have fun with daily

    2.To enable the students to know the earliest festivals with reasons for them and four different kinds of festivals that occur in most parts of the world

    3.To enable the students to master some English expressions and phrases about festivals. 4. Teach the basic reading skills: skimming and scanning.

    5. Try to compare and make conclusion s of different festivals.

    Step ?Revision

    1. Greetings.

    2. Review the new words of this part.

    3. Check the students‟ homework---festivals

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Step ?Reading


    T: Open your books and turn to page one. I‟d like you to do the scanning. Read the text quickly

    and accurately to get the main idea and answer the 6 questions on Page3.

    ( Ask the student to look through the questions and then read the text silently.) ( Four minutes later, check the answers with the whole class. Show the suggested answers on the screen.)

2.Intensive reading

     ( Allow the students to read aloud and carefully this time to understand the main ideas of each paragraph and the important details)

    T: Read the text loudly for a second time and them try to tell if these sentences are True or False. 1. The ancient people needn‟t worry about their food. ( F )

    2.Halloween used to be a festival intended to honor the dead. ( T )

    3.Qu Yuan was a great poet who people honor a lot in China. ( T )

    4.Mid-autumn Festival is held to celebrate the end ot autumn( F )

    5.Easter celebrates the birth of Jesus. ( F )

3.Reading and discussion

     T: Read the text a third time and then work impairs to do Exercise 2 on Page 3. ( Let the students have enough time to read the passage carefully and discuss the chart with their partners. Encourage them to expand their answers according to their own experiences.) 4.Explanation

    (In this part try to help the students analyse the difficult, long and complex sentences and

    guess the meaning of the new words; ask them to deal with the language points in the


    T: Now I will discuss some important sentences and phrases in the passage.

    a. Some festivals are held to honor the dead, or satisfy and please the ancestors, who could

    return either to help or to do harm.

    b. In memory of

    c. In India there is a national festival on October 2 to honor Mahatma Gandhi, the leader

    who helped gain India‟s independence from Britain.

    d. People are grateful because their food is gathered for the winter, and because a season of

    agricultural work is over.

    e. The most energetic and important festivals are the ones that look forward to the end of

    winter and to the coming of spring.

    f. The country is covered with cherry flowers so that it looks as though it might be covered

    with pink snow.

    The suggested explanation:

    a. An attributive clause.

    The sentence means people hold some festivals either to show respect to the dead or to

    make their ancestors happy in case they might come back to do harm.

    b. in memory of … serving to recall sb, to keep him fresh in people‟ minds.

    He wrote a poem in memory of his dearest wife, who died in an accident.

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