Unit 1 Great Scientists
Period 5 Reading and Writing Copernicus’ Revolutionary Theory Teaching Aims: 1. Improve the students’ reading skills. 2. Learn something about Copernicus and his
Revolutionary Theory 3. Learn from the scientists’ scientific spirit and devotion to seeking after the scientific truth. Difficult and Important Points: 1. Reading Comprehension: get the students to present the phenomena with their own words and acting. 2. Help the students understand the passage. Teaching Methods: Student-centered theory and communicative method.
Step 1. Lead-in Bring about the concept “the solar system”. Teach the names of the planets. Tell them the order with a picture. Ask eight students to hold one card each and stand for the planets. Move to the right position as fast as possible. Write down the easy way to memorize the order on the blackboard and test if the students can memorize them more quickly. My Very Easy Method: Just Set Up Nine Planets Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune (Pluto, crossed out from the planets) Step1 Warming up 1. Do you know what is the center of the solar system? 2. Can you name the nine planets in the solar system? 3. Who suggested the idea that the sun was the center of the solar system? Step 2. Fast Reading Read through the passage, and tell whether the following statements are true or false. 1. At Copernicus’ time, Christian Church was in charge of many western countries. 2.Copernicus noticed that observed from the earth, some planets appear in front of or behind the earth. 3.Copernicus didn’t show his new theory to his friends until he completed it. 4. His friends were not interested in his ideas. 5.Since he was not afraid of being attacked by the Church, Copernicus published his book as soon as he finished working on it.
6.Newton, Einstein, and Hawking are all scientists who made contributions to the study of the universe. Step 4. Careful Reading Read the text and answer the following question. 1. Why couldn’t he tell anyone about the theory? 2. How many years did Copernicus work on the problem to complete his theory? 3. When did Copernicus publish his theory? Step 5. Discussion andConclusion We should learn from their devotion to seeking after scientific truth. Read the sentence together: “There’s nothing to be feared. It’s only to be understood.” Step 6. Homework