Unit 4 A Garden of Poems
The First Period Teaching Aims: Warming-up & Listening Speaking

  1.Talk about rhymes, songs, limericks and poems to raise the students’ interest in poetry.
  2.Improveing the students’ listening ability.
  3.Introduce some poems to the students.
Teaching Difficult points:

  1.To teach the students how to grasp the detailed information to finish the listening task.
  2.How to make every students active in this lesson. Teaching Aids:
  1.a computer
  2.a projector
Teaching Procedures: Step I Greetings and Lead in.
T: Remind the students famous Chinese poems and Chinese poets. Get them to name some famous Chinese poets and recite some famous poems. Do you like poems? Which Chinese poet/ poem do you like best? Why?(romantic, form of poems, special patterns of rhythm and rhyme, use surprising images, absence of rhyme, nature poem, style and atmosphere) What words will you need to talk about poets and poetry? Do you know any English poet/ poem? Can you recite any? What about English songs? Do you often sing English songs? (Get some individuals to sing part of their favourite English songs and make them realize that different songs express different feelings.) Is there any connection between English songs and English poems?
Step II Warming up.

  1) Listen and read the rhyme Good, better, best! Never have it rest! Till good is better! And better, best!
  2) Listen and read the limerick. People laugh and people cry. Some give up, some always try. Some say hi while some say bye. Others may forget you but never I. Ok. Now please open your books and turn to page
  25. Let’s enjoy two more limericks.
  3)Read the limericks and ask “What is the pattern of each poem? I. While reading:
  1. According to the writer, when do we sing?
  2. How do we feel about a good song?
  3. What does the writer think of good songs?
  4. Who gave the writer some advice on how to enjoy poetry?
  5. What was the advice?

  6. How did the writer learn to enjoy the poem? II. Post-reading
  1. Do songs and poems have something in common? If yes, what are they?(a.the image in the passage: They are like bright and warm colours in the middle of grey and shades.b. Both of them show feelings, rhythms, rhymes and the sounds of the words.)
  2. How can we learn to enjoy the poems?( We should start with small poems.) Extension: Limerick is a type of English poems. There are many types of English types. What other types of English poems do you know? Who are the typical poets? (Mention some of the poets in SBP26 Speaking to see how much the students have already known about it.)
Step III. Pre-listening
T: Mmm, it seems poems are really interesting. I’d like to know more about poetry. But where can I find a certain poem? Are poems put together in collections of poetry? Maybe these questions can help us. Who wrote them? What are they about? When were they written?
Step IV. While listening
In collections of poetry, poems are put together because they belong to the same group. They can be sorted by different writers, or they can be sorted by a certain topic or a certain period of time.
  1.Listen to the tape and list the name of the books on poems by different writers. (Suggested answers: A Garden of Poems” “1001 Songs or Poems in English”
  2.Listen to the tape and list the the information of poems by a certain topic Suggested answers: The topic can be human feeings (humour & love…) “Poetry about Nature” (flowers, trees, plants & the old countryside) “The Earth is Painted Green”
  3.Poems by a certain period time Suggested answers: “English Poem of the Early 17th Century” “Poetry Between the World Wars”
  4.OK, Since we learned some about poems. Now let’s listen to the a reader and a woman working in the library. First listen to the tape and tick the words that are used by the woman. Suggested answer: poem, collection, the World Wars , The countryside and nature
  5.Listen to the tape again and answer the following questions.
  1).What is the dialogue about?
  2)What kind of book is A Garden of Poems?
  3)Which period is meant when we say “between the World Wars”?
  4)How should you read a book such as 1001 Songs and Poems in English?
  5)Which topic for poetry does the student like?
Listen to the tape and choose the correct answer.
  1. What is the dialogue about? ( ) A. A student is asking the librarian for advice on how he can choose poems to read. B. A student is asking his teacher about how to choose poems to read. C. A boy is asking his mother about how to choose poems to read.
  2. What kind of book is A Garden of Poems? ( ) A. A collection of poems. B. a book of a garden. C. Poems about a garden.
  3. How should you read a book such as 1001 Songs and Poems in English? We should. ( ) A. read all the poems carefully B. just look at the title, the topic or the first or last lines C. only read those which you like
  4. Which topic for poetry does the student like? ( ) A. nature B. animals C. paintings
  5. Decide whether the following statements are true or false. a. A Garden of Poems and 1001 Songs and Poems in English are sorted by names. ( ) b. English Poems of the Early Seventeenth Century is sorted by period of time. ( ) c. Poetry between the World Wars and the Earth is Painted Green are sorted by topic. Suggested answers: 1?4 AACA
  5. TTF
Step V. Post-listening

  1.T: OK. What topic for poetry do you like? S: ……. T: Sometimes English poems can be read in a really interesting way. Now I’d like you to enjoy one of them. (A rhyme Pick an apple Pick a pear Pick a banana over there. Let’s work and let’s play, Picking apples every day.)
  2.Listen and imitate.
Step VI. Speaking
  1. When did Du Fu/ Li Bai/ George Gordon Byron live?
  2. What’s the topic of his/her poems?
  3. What special feelings does his/her poem show?
  4. Are you interested in his/her poems?
  5. Which one do you want to read?
  6. Listen to the example dialogue and tell what the speaker’s favorite poem is and why.
  7. Collect the useful expressions used to talk about intention from the class. II. While-speaking
Get them to talk about their tastes and preferences of poems and poets, using the expressions in the box of P
StepV Homework.
Recite one or two poems and get ready for tomorrow’s lesson! Record after Teaching
Unit 4 A Garden of Poems
The 2nd period Reading Teaching Goals: (English Poetry)

  1. Learn about poets and poems of different countries.
  2. The similarities and differences between the Chinese and English poets and poems.
  3. Improve the student’s reading ability.
Teaching procedures: Step1 Greeting & Warming-up
(Before the beginning of the class, show the students a clip of video from the movie Dead Poets Society.) T: Just now, we saw a video clip from the movie Dead Poets Society. (Show the poster on the screen) Have you found what is the boy doing? SA: He is creating a poem. T: Yeah, quiet right! He is using his imagination to create a poem. We know poetry is a special form of literature. If you want to write a good poem, you need to put yourself in the dream world of the poem. (Show the words on the screen one by one)
Step 2 Lead-in
T: We know China has long history and splendid culture. Of course, in the field of poetry, we have many of the world’s greatest poets. Can you name some famous poets? SB&SC: Li Bai, Du Fu, Bai Juyi, Wang Wei…… T: Good job! Thanks. (Show the portraits of Li Bai & Du Fu on the screen) Chinese poets, such as Li Bai & Du Fu use their genius to make the dream world of poetry more colorful. Here is a poem written by Li Bai, I think you are familiar with it. ( Show the poem 望庐山瀑布 on the screen) T: Okay, let’s read it aloud together.
Great poet Li Bai use his endless imagination to describe the wonderful scenery of the Lu Shan Mountain Waterfall, we can feel the power & magic of the waterfall through the words that Li Bai use. Can you recite any other poems that written by Chinese poets? (Call several of them to recite) T: Well done! We have taken a look on the art of poetry and Chinese poetry. Next, we’ll take a journey to English poetry (show the theme page on the screen). English poetry is as interesting and attractive as Chinese. I’ll be the guide to show you around. Are you ready? Ss: Yes!
Step 3 Fast-reading
T: So here we go! Open your books and turn to P27, look at the Reading part, English Poetry. First, I want you to go through the text quickly and find the answers to the following 2 questions: Q:
  1. What are the differences between poetry and other forms of literature?
  2. Whose poetry reminds Chinese readers of Du Fu or Li Bai? Whose of Su Dongpo? (Give them 2 minutes to find the answers) T: Well, let’s deal with the 2 questions. A:
  1. ① Poetry plays with sounds, words and grammar. ② Poetry is difficult to write, but interesting to read.③ Poetry calls up all the colors, feelings,experiences and curious images of a dream world.
  2. ① William Wordsworth, George Gordon Byron & John Keats ② John Donne
Step 4 Careful-reading
  1. The main idea of each paragraph T: Good job! How many paragraphs in the text? (
  7) Ok, now listen to the tape & read the text carefully. Then I want you to summarize each paragraph’s main idea.(Then call some of them to give the main idea of the each paragraph)Para. 1 The characters of poetry.Para. 2 A look on Chinese poetry. Para. 3 The first period of Modern English poetry.Para. 4 Modern English poetry in the 19th century. Para. 5 Why modern poets have special attraction? Para. 6 The introduction of English poetry to China.Para. 7 ①The translation of English poetry.②The role that poems act as.
Task 2 A timeline
T: Excellent! Here is a task for you. Please focus on paragraph 3-5 and finish the timeline (show it on the screen), which will help you to get a more clear impression of some great poets in English history. Now do it!
Step 4 Post-reading Task 1
T: Let’s turn to next step. Look at P28, Ex.1, make sure to get the right choices. (After 2 minutes, check the answers) Keys:
  1. A
  2. C
  3. B
  4. D
  5. C Choose the main idea of the passage. ( A ) A. Poetry is a good bridge to connect the East with the West.
B. Different periods of English poems. C. Modern poems of English. D. Differences between Chinese and English poetry.
  1. Read for the detailed information. ( SB P28 Post-reading Task 1?
  2.) Listen to the tape with these tasks:
  1. Post-reading Task
  3. (SB P
  2. Choose the best answer after listening.
  1) From the passage, we got the idea(s):. A. poetry belongs to all human beings B. poetry plays with sounds, words and grammar C. poetry often follows special patterns of rhythm and rhyme D. all of the above
  2) From the passage, we can infer that . A. we’d better read poems in English B. translated poems can’t express exact meaning of original poems C. there is no advantage of reading English poetry in Chinese translation D. Chinese translation poems are as good as English poems
Task 2
T: In several paragraphs, there are some words in bold; can you tell what do they refer to? Para. 1 That makes poetry difficult to write, but very interesting to read. Poetry plays with sounds,words and grammar.Para. 3 Despite its short history,there is a lot of good poetry around. English poetry’s The style and atmosphere in their poems has often…William Para. 4 Wordsworth,Byron,John Keats Para. 5 Finally, modern poets have their special …in the language and images they use. modern poetsPara. 7 They can help us to understand each other better,…poems and literature
Step 5 Further-understanding
T: This lesson, we’ve learnt much of English poetry, it’s an exciting experience. Here is a question for you: the writer talks about the translation of poems in the last paragraph. Think this question;
Task 1
Q: If a poem is translated into another language, is it still the same poem? What are some differences? A: Something of the spirit of the original works is lost (including rhythm, rhyme, figures of speech of the poem, etc.).七步诗.)
Task 2
T: The poet Mu Dan wrote a short poem, “Quietly, we embrace In a world lit up by words.”. Q: Can you use your own words to explain it? A: When people from one country read the poems from another, they will be struck by what is inside the poem, so they will understand each other and become good friends.
Step 6 Enjoyment
T: You have understood the magic that poetry brings, that’s great! There, we can use a image to describe the special role that poems and literature act as, “Poems and literature can be bridges.” Can you give other images to express the same idea? Who’d like to have a try? A:
  1.Poems and literature can be ties that bring the East and the West together.
  2. Poems and literature can be fine wine enjoyed by the East and the West. T: We say, Poems can be fine wine enjoyed by the East and the West. That means not matter you are a English or Chinese, you can find amusement in poem. But how to enjoy a English poem? We need to know several simple principle, do you want to know what principles they are? (Yes!) Well, let’s see a clip of video. (After the end of the video, show the next slide) T: When enjoy an English poem, you should:
  1. Use your heart and emotion.
  2. Imagine you are exactly in the dream world of that poem. Then I saw the Congo creeping through the black, Cutting through the forest with a golden track.
Step 7 Discussio



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