1. Unit 1 Festivals around the world
  2. 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
  3. Sentence patterns: Request: Could/ Would you please…? Could I have…? Could we look at…? I look forward to… May I see…? Thanks: 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.
  4. Modal verbs: May might, can could will would shall should must
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… :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 ⅡWarming ?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 Mid-Autumn Festival Time of year/date Autumn/Fall What does it celebrate The beauty of the full moon, harvest, time with family and friends What do people do Give/Eat mooncakes and watch the full moon with family and friends
Step Ⅲ 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 bestthe music, the things to see, the visits or the food? Step ⅣAssignment
  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
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 ⅠRevision
  1. Greetings.
  2. Review the new words of this part.
  3. Check the students’ homeworkfestivals Step ⅡReading
  1.Scanning 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 Page
  3. ( 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
  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 context.) 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. in honor of ( showing great respect or high public regard) in hopes/the hope of (hoping) in defence of (defending) c. a noun phrase followed by an attributive clause as the appositive d. two clauses for reason e. energy→energetic adj. ( full of or done with energy) look forward to ( to is a preposition here.) devote to, be/get used to, get down to , stick to e.g. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Step Ⅲ Listening T: Now I will play the tape for you. You can just listen with your books closed or look at your books or read in a low voice together with the tape. It’s up to you. After listening, please write down three things that most festivals seem to have in common.( Comprehending Ex.3 on Page
The third period Learning about language Teaching aims:
  1. Let the students know the usage of modal verbs.
  2. Enable the students to recognize the words and expressions in the reading passage according to what mean the same as them. Step Ⅰ Greeting and Revision ( Ask some students to retell the text we learned .) StepⅡ. Practicing the useful words and expressions Ⅱ T: As we know, there are two important kinds of verbstransitive verbs and intransitive verbs. But many intransitive verbs have the structure “verb+preposition+objects ” Can you give me some examples? Ss: Sure. Such as look at the picture, hear from my friends, listen to the radio and so on. T: Ok. Now turn to page 4, Ex.
  4. You are to make some sentences of your own, using the words given. S
  1. I’m looking forward to hearing form my friend S2: We are talking about verbs. S3: Would you like to talk with me? S4: Who can think of an effective solution to the problem? S5: Please think about my proposal. Step Ⅲ Useful Structures T: Let’s come to the next part. This part is about modal verbs. You are to read the sentences in Ex. 1 and then to find out and write down different sentences with modal verbs form the reading passage and try to explain their meanings. If you have any difficulty in understanding them you can refer to Grammar in Pages 9294 Step Ⅳ Summing up and home work T: Boys and girls, today we have practiced useful words and phrases of this unit and the usage of modal verbs. I think it is not easy for you to master them, after class you should review them. Homework
  1. Practice of WBP42EX.1,2,
  2. Please find out10 sentences with modal verbs, and try to get their meanings.
The fourth period
Teaching aims:
  1. Vocabulary: go with, the big bands, musicians, over and over again, for sale, get
used to, the winners of this year’s awards for the best costumes
  2. Enable the students to know how to get the key words to understand the conversation about the carnival parade, to talk about sth happened and express request and thanks.
Step Ⅰ Revision After checking the WB Ex. 1,2,3 the teacher ask the students to give examples about modal verbs and try to explain them. Step Ⅱ Warming up T: By the way, what’s the topic of this unit? Ss: Festivals around the world. T: Would you like to know something more about festivals around the world? Ss: Of course. T: Now I will show you several pictures. What’s the festival called? Ss: Carnival. T: Yes. This class we will listen to a dialogue about carnivals. First look through the four questions in listening part to find out the listening points. Step Ⅲ Listening T: I will play the tape for you twice. Please listen carefully and pay much attention to the important points. For the first time you are to make notes beside the questions. For the second time, you should write down the answers and then check them with your partners. ( It’s important to encourage the students to adapt their present knowledge any skill to a variety of situations wherever they can. Make sure to allow various expressions of the answers. Do not demand the same words form all students.) Step Ⅳ Speaking This part is intended to give the students the opportunity to practice a telephone conversation using the functional items for requests and thanks. The polite form of English are important and should be practiced in a variety of situations. Step Ⅴ Listening task T: There are about 10 minutes left. Let’s come to listening task. Turn to page 43 and look at the pictures. They have something in common. Can you find it out? Ss: They are all about festivals bout the dead. T: That’s right. I will play the tape for you. For the first time you should try to write down the name of the country where the festival are held. For the next two times you should do Ex
  2. You can make a brief note first and then complete the chart,
according to which you can make a report. The fifth period Extensive reading Teaching aims:
  1. Vocabulary: heart-broken, turn up, keep one’s word, hold one’s breath, drown one’s sadness in coffee, set off for, remind somebody of something,
  2. Learn to compare the festivals in China and in western countries. Step ⅠRevision Check homework Step ⅡReading (
  1) T: As we know, there are all kinds of festivals around the world. We have talked about two Chinese festivals for the dead. Today we are going ti read a sad story, which is to introduce a cross cultural view of lovers’ festival?Qi Qiao and Valentine’s Day. Now please read it quickly and find out the sentence below are true or false. The girl Li Fang loved and waited but she didn’t turn up. But he didn’t lose heart.(F….) Because her most lovely daughter got married to a human secretly, the Goddess got very angry. .(…T.) Zhinv was made to return to Heaven without her husband. They were allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the tenth lunar month, .(F….) Hu Jin had been waiting for Li Fang for a long time with a gift for him. .(…T.) T: I think you have got the general idea of the passage. Now please read the passage once more and answer the questions on Page
  8. Some language points:
  1. turn up: appear
  2.keep her word: keep her promise
  3.hold his breath: wait without much hope
  4.drown one’s sadness/sorrow in coffee: drink coffee in order to forget the sadness/ sorrow
  5.remind sb of sth: make sb think of sth Step Ⅲ Discussion and writing T: That’s for the reading part of the passage. Please think about the ending of the story. Are you satisfied with the ending? Different people have different opinions to a matter. Now any one of you have an opportunity to make up an ending to the story. Please engage imaginatively in the story and use your own ideas. Try to use the vocabulary and structures you have learned of you like. Step Ⅳ Reading(
T: Let’s come to another passage about carnival in Quebec. Please turn to Page 44, read it quickly and answer the questions in Page
  45. Five minutes for you. Added material: Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November is celebrated as ‘Thanksgiving Day’ People thank God for his blessings. People can ‘Thank’ friends, foes and anyone for the experiences, happiness and sunshine they bring into their lives. Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in America during the second winter in the new world. The first winter had been bad as nearly half of the people had perished due to lack o


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