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Module 1 Basketball
I.模块教学目标 技能目标 Skills Goals ▲ Learn about basketball ▲ Talk about basketball and basketball stars ▲ Practise expressing feelings and emotions ▲ Learn and practise the use of Conversion and Suffixes ▲ Explain basketball and prepare a “dream team” of star players II.目标语言 Practise expressing feelings and emotions I was amazed when I saw Yao Ming play for the first time. 功 能 句 式 His ability and power are astonishing. Everyday English look forward to it really hot show a lot of character fast and furious 1. 四会词汇 abrupt, absorb, accelerate, adequate, alongside, ambulance, angle, apologise, appointed, aside, attend, average, awesome, bandage, belly, blanket, bleed, bounce, bound, boundary, boxing, cheek, circuit, collision, commit, complicated, confirm, considerate, deserve, dip, dizzy, dream team, entire, forward (n.) , frustration, generation, gold medal, hit, hop, howl, league, live, immediate, instant, motivation, nationwide, nature, outstanding, oval, referee, obtain, parallel, popularity, professional, pulse, rely, scar, selfish, slim, 词 汇 sneaker, sniff, sock, star, stout, suspension, teamwork, tournament, tie, title, valued, vest, various, weep, wrestling 2. 认读词汇 defend, guard, referee, hoop, court, slam dunk, association, top-class,

talented, hold, consecutive, center, scorer, motivation, steak, shipyard, commentary, half, overtime, coach, commentator, stamina, quarter, dominate, upwards, parallel, horizontal, interval, appoint, typical, controversial, foul, penalty, gymnasium, pole, basis, version 3. 词组 all the time, be based on, be rude to, be used to, draw sb’s attention to , grow up, if necessary, in the history of, take possession of, There is no doubt that …, with an average of 4.重点词汇和短语 apologise, outstanding, be based on, be rude to, be used to, draw sb’s attention to , take possession of, There is no doubt that … Conversion Chamberlain averaged over 50 points a game for an entire season. 结 构 During this time, his average was more than 30 points a game. Suffixes Make adjectives ending in -ful, -less and -ic from nouns. 1. He finished his first season as one of the top scorers in the league, with an average of 28.2 per game. P2 重 点 句 子 2. Millions of fans admire his athletic ability, motivation and confidence. P3 3. They have fantastic stories to tell about Michael Jordan, such as … P3 4. He also found success as an actor in the film Space Jam alongside the famous cartoon character Bugs Bunny! P3 5. The giant player joined the NBA’s Philadelphia Warriors in the 1959-1960 season and was an immediate success. P3 6. But there is no doubt that he deserves the title “outstanding player of his generation” P3 III.教材分析与教材重组 1. 教材分析 本模块以 Basketball 为话题,介绍了篮球知识和一些中外篮球明星。篮球是


世界性的运动项目,也是最受欢迎、集娱乐与锻炼身体为一身的大众活动。作为 游戏,它是一项人们喜闻乐见的全民健身活动的手段,具有活跃身心和健身强体 的功能;作为竞技体育运动,其意义在于它是一项实施奥运争光战略的重要竞技 项目, 通过强者间的对抗与拼斗, 能显示生命的活力, 激励人们树立顽强的意志、 勇敢的作风、 集体主义精神和克服困难、 自强不息、 为国争光而夺取胜利的信念。 对培养勇敢、机智、组织纪律性、集体主义精神和爱国主义情怀都有益处。虽然 篮球是最安全的运动项目之一,但也有危险。通过本模块的学习,同学们还可了 解中外运动员赛场上的不同风格。 1.1 INTRODUCTION 介绍篮球规则和 NBA 组织,为本模块的学习奠定了 良好基础。 1.2 READING AND VOCABULARY 包括两篇文章,分别介绍篮球巨星 Michael Jordan 和 Wilt Chamberlain。 1.3 SPEAKING 要求学生小组谈论美国的 NBA 和篮球运动。 1.4 GRAMMAR( I ) CONVERSION 学习构词法知识:名词与动词之间的词 性转换。 1.5 LISTENING AND VOCABULARY 通过听评球,了解篮球知识;辨别表 达情绪和情 感的词汇,为后面的 FUNCTION 部分打下基础。 1.6 FUNCTION 练习使用正确词汇表达自己的情绪和情感。 1.7 READING AND WRITING 要求学生读一篇关于姚明的报道后, 通过小组 活动, 讨论中外运动员的赛场风格,讨论中国运动员应该怎样同国外选手进行比赛;写 的部分要求学生根据提示给报社的编辑写一封回信。 1.8 GRAMMAR ( II ) SUFFIXES 学习构词法知识:名词加后缀变形容词。 1.9 EVERYDAY ENGLISH 是对一些英语习惯用语的理解。 1. 10 READING PRACTICE 旨在让学生了解虽然篮球运动同其他运动相比 是比较安 全的,但也同样有对运动员造成伤害的危险。读后要求学生思考怎样做才能使篮 球运动更安全。


1.11 CULTURAL CORNER 介绍了 American football, basketball 和 baseball 的由来。 1.12 TASK 要求同学们根据本模块所学内容,说一说自己为什么对篮球如此 感兴趣, 并且要求学生组建一个由明星组成的 “梦之队” 给班上其他同学介绍自己的 , “梦 之队”队员。 2. 教材重组 2.1 将 INTRODUCTION、SPEAKING 和 LISTENING AND VOCABULARY 整合在一 起上一节“听说课” 。重点讨论篮球运动和美国的 NBA,为学习课文打下基础。 2.2 把 READING AND VOCABULARY 和后面的练习题以及 Workbook 的 Vocabulary 放在一起上一节“阅读课” 。 2.3 将 READING AND WRITING, FUNCTION 和 EVERYDAY ENGLISH 结 合在一 起,上一节“综合技能课” 。 2.4 把 GRAMMAR ( I ) 、 (2)与和 Workbook 的 Grammar 整合在一起上一 节“语法课” 。 2.5 将 READING PRACTICE 和相关的练习题以及 Workbook 的 Speaking and writing 放在一起上一节“阅读写作课” 。 2.6 将 CULTURAL CORNER, TASK 和 WORKBOOK 的 Reading 和设计为 一节“泛读课” 。

3. 课型设计与课时分配(经教材分析,本单元可以用 6 课时教完) 1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 4th Period 5th Period Speaking and Listening Reading Integrating skills Grammar Reading and Writing

6th Period

Extensive reading

IV. 分课时教案 The First Period Speaking and Listening Teaching goals 教学目标 1. Target language 目标语言 forward, defend, guard, referee, hoop, court, slam dunk, association, league, top-class, talented, professional, complicated, popularity, live, half, overtime, coach, commentary 2. Ability goals 能力目标 Talk about basketball and listen to people talking about basketball. 3. Learning ability goals 学能目标 By listening to and talking about basketball enable students to have a good knowledge of basketball and NBA. Teaching important points 教学重点 Enable students to have a good knowledge of basketball and NBA. Teaching difficult points 教学难点 How to improve their listening ability. Teaching methods 教学方法 Listening and speaking. Teaching aids 教具准备 A multi-media computer. Teaching procedures & ways 过程与方式

Step I Lead- in T: Good morning / afternoon, class! Ss: Good morning / afternoon, Mr. /Ms … T: Please look at the following words. You can find the most popular ball game in the world. What is the answer? Please check. Show the following on the PowerPoint.

1. Ball 2. Attitude 3. Speed 4. Killer 5. Ed 6. Throw 7. Barcelona 8. Apple 9. Latvia or Lithuania 10. Latitude or Longitude =B-A-S-K-E-T-B-A-L-L

Ss: Basketball. T: Quite right. Now let’s do a quiz to learn about some general knowledge on basketball. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t sure about the answer. You may work in groups and a few minutes later we will check the answers together.

Step II Introduction In order to stimulate students’ interest, give them a quiz. Show the following on the PowerPoint. General knowledge on basketball Multiple-choice exercise 1. What is a travel? a. Starting a fight b. being kicked out of the game d. shooting three times in a row

c. running with the ball

2. How many players can play at once? a. 5 b. 6 c. 4 d. 3

3. What is the maximum number of points can you get for one shot? a. 2 b. 1 c. 5 d. 3

4. What is the place you play at called? a. arena b. rink c. field d. court

5. How long is a game, without timeouts or quarter breaks? a. 20mins b. 32mins c. 1 hour d. until 21 points are scored

6. What is an over and back? a. passing the ball back to the player who passed it to you. b. switching hands while dribbling. c. no such thing d. dribbling over the half court line and back 7. What is the normally the point guard? a. the best ball handler mom 8. How many fouls are you allowed in a game? a. as many as you want b. 5 c. 4 d. 3 b. the tallest person c. the worst player d. your

9. Which is not a type of time out? a. 1 min b. 2mins c. 30 sec. d. none

10. How high is the basketball hoop? a. 10 feet b. 11 feet Key: 1-5 c a d d b c.12 feet d. 15 feet

6-10 d a b b a

After dealing with the quiz, ask students to talk about basketball. Deal with Activity 1 first, then come to Activity 3. When dealing with Activity 3, ask students to describe basketball using the adjectives in the box on Page 1. After they describe it, students will be asked to compare basketball with other sports. Suggested answers: 1.1. They’re attacking. 1.2. They’re defending. 1.3. He is watching the players’ action carefully. Deal with Activity 3.

T: Now let’s deal with Activity 3. Describe basketball using any of the words in the box. S1: I think basketball is exciting. It is my favourite ball game. I like watching basketball games. S2: Basketball is a fast game. Basketball players have to run very fast to play the game well. S3: I don’t think basketball is a fast game. In my opinion, it is slow and it is a team game. Football players have to run much faster. S4: Basketball is a very dangerous game. I broke my leg in the last school games. It took more than 4 months for me to recover. S5: Basketball is complicated, for there are many playing rules. … T: Good. Thank you very much. I’ve learned a lot from you. Now I’d like you to tell the differences between basketball and the sports in the second question. S8: In baseball you use a bat to hit the ball. In basketball you pass the ball with your hands. Baseball is a game played with a bat and ball by two opposing teams of nine players, each team playing alternately in the field and at bat, the players at bat having to run a course of four bases laid out in a diamond pattern in order to score. Basketball is a game played between two teams of five players each, the object being to throw the ball through an elevated basket on the opponent's side of the rectangular court. S9: In tennis you hit the light ball with a racket. It is a game played with rackets and a light ball by two players or two pairs of players on a rectangular court divided by a net. In basketball there is no net at all. It is a team game, so teammates must learn to cooperate. S10: In volleyball you use up to three hits to ground the ball on the opposing team's side of the net. You must stay in your side in volleyball. In basketball you pass the ball with your hands and you can run in both sides of the court.

T: I’m glad you know a lot about basketball. As you know, whenever basketball is mentioned, an association is reminded. What is it?

Ss: NBA. T: Good. Which NBA basketball players do you know? Ss: Yao Ming, Michael Jordan, Shaq, Kobe, Carlos Boozer, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash. T: Good! I guess you are NBA fans. Please tell me what NBA stands for? If you are not sure, you can find the answer in the passage in Activity 2. After reading the passage, deal with the questions. Suggested answers: 2.1. Yes, they are. 2.2. No, the 29 teams are in two different countries: the US and Canada. 2.3. An amateur team doesn’t participate in competition for money and its players are made up of university students. A professional team plays for money and its members are professional players.

Step III Speaking After learning something about the NBA, ask students to work in groups and go on with SPEAKING on Page 5. T: The NBA is being talked a lot. There is a statement about the NBA that everyone in China thinks the NBA is fantastic. Do you think the statement is true? What are the reasons for NBA’s popularity? Please discuss with your group members and give your reasons. You may refer to the reasons on Page 5. S: I think it is popular in China because Chinese people like playing basketball and basketball is more exciting than other sports. S: I think it is popular because there are so many great players in it. They are so skillful and talented. T: Look at the sports listed in Activity 1.3, are they as popular as basketball in China? S: I think soccer is also popular in China. Then let the students work in groups and answers the questions in Activity 3. Suggested answers: 3.1. Yes, I do. I like watching basketball on TV because it is exciting. But I don’t have

much time to watch TV. I often read magazines. 3.2. I prefer watching NBA teams on TV. NBA players have better skills. 3.3. Yes, I do. Sometimes I stay up to watch basketball “live”. 3.4. Yes, I do. I am on the school basketball team. I often play basketball with friend in my spare time. 3.5. Yes, I do. It is a team work. It helps us to learn to compete successfully and cooperate with others. It also builds up our bodies. It helps me grow taller. 3.6. No, I wouldn’t. It is impossible for me to be a professional player because I am not tall enough. Another reason is that I am not a talented player. Or Yes, I’d like to. I have played in several games and have done very well. My coach thinks I am a promising player.

Step IV Listening and vocabulary Activity 1 is pre-listening exercise. This exercise will help students to learn more about basketball. And this exercise will make it easy for students to understand the listening materials. T: Now we shall go on with the topic of Basketball. Please turn your books to Page 7 and look at Activity 1. Now I’ll ask you to answer the questions. Then check their answers to the four questions. Listening After dealing with Activity 1, continue with Activity 2 on Page 7. Students are required to do this activity individually. T: Now you will hear a conversation between two persons. Listen and judge which two people are speaking and when. Before you listen, look through the three choices below. What is a commentator? Find the meaning of this word in your dictionary. S: A commentator is someone on television or radio who describes an event as it is happening. For example, a sports commentator. T: Can you name some famous commentator in China? S: Han Qiaosheng, Huang Jianxiang, Song Shixiong and Zhang Bin.

Teacher can ask students to say something about their favorite commentator. Play the tape for the first time. Check the answer. Activity 3 requires students to listen for specific words. T: Now look at the words listed in Activity 3. We will listen to Part 2 of the passage. Check the words you hear. As you may have found, the words on the first line are all in –ed form, while those on the second line are all in –ing form. So pay attention to this while listening. Play the tape. Check the answer. Activity 4 requires students to listen and check the true sentences. Activity 5 requires students to explain the 5 sentences from the listening materials in their own words. This activity will help students to form the habit of thinking in English.

Step V Homework Deal with Activity 11-12 on workbook.

The Second Period Teaching goals 教学目标 1. Target language 目标语言 a. 重点词汇和短语


hold, consecutive, title, centre, scorer, valued, attend, average, per, motivation, tie, steak, alongside, awesome, shipyard, various, entire, immediate, deserve , outstanding , generation , in the history, dream team, grow up, with an average of, gold medal, There’s no doubt that… b. 重点句型 He also found success as an actor in the film Space Jam alongside the famous cartoon character Bugs Bunny! 2. Ability goals 能力目标 Help students to learn about two great basketball superstars Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.


3. Learning ability goals 学能目标 Help students become interested in basketball; Inspire students learn to compete successfully by Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain’ stories. Teaching important points 教学重点 Help students to learn how great Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain are. The key words and expressions in the text Teaching difficult points 教学难点 The use of some keys words and expressions. Teaching methods 教学方法 Listening, reading and discussing. Teaching aids 教具准备 A multimedia computer. Teaching procedures & ways 教学过程与方式

Step I Revision T: Good morning / afternoon, class! Ss: Good morning / afternoon, Mr. /Ms … T: First of all, let’s check the answers to Activity 11-12 on workbook. Check the answers.

Step II Lead-in After checking the answers to Activity 11-12, introduce the text. T: What did we learn yesterday? Ss: Basketball and the NBA. T: Today we are going to meet two great NBA players. Look at the pictures please. Who are they?


S: The first one is Michael Jordan, but I am not familiar with the second. S: I know. The second one is Wilt Chamberlain. He is a great basketball player. T: Yes, you are right. I know some of you are basketball fans. Can you tell me something about them? Such as the name of their team, their height, their nicknames and so on. S: Michael Jordan is known as “Air Jordan”. He was born in 1963 in Brooklyn, NY. He is the greatest basketball player of all time. S: Wilt Chamberlain is one of only two players who have scored more than 30,000 points in an NBA career. He was basketball’s unstoppable force, the most awesome offensive force the game has ever seen. … T: It seems some of you don’t know much about them. In this lesson, we’re going to learn something about the two great basketball players. Turn to Page 2 please.

Step III Reading First ask students to look through the two profiles and then answer the questions in Activity 1. Three minutes later check the answers with the whole class. Suggested answers: 1.1. No, they didn’t. 1.2. Chamberlain was 19cm taller than Jordan. 1.3. Chamberlain scored more points in his career. 1.4. He was 63 years old. 1.5. They both hold the record consecutive seasons leading score: 7. Reading T: OK. Let’s continue with the introduction of Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. First read the two passages quickly and then answer the questions in Activity 2.You

may work in groups and discuss the questions together. Suggested answers: 2.1. He played for the Chicago Bulls. 2.2. His team won the NBA title six times. (from 1991 to 1993; from 1996 to 1998) 2.3. He is not only successful in the basketball court but also succeeds in business. He also found success as an actor. He is awesome. 2.4. 4 different teams. 2.5. Philadelphia Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. 2.6. Because he was not only tall but also the first to score more than 3,000 points in a season. After dealing Activity 2, ask students to read the text again, and then do Activity 3. Ask students to correct the wrong sentences. Discussion After dealing with Activity 3, ask students to work in groups and discuss which player they like better. T: Up to now, you have learned something about the two great players. Which player do you like better and why? Work in groups and have discussion. Five minutes later ask a group of students to present their discussion to the rest of the class. A sample of the discussion: A: I like Michael Jordan better not only because he was a top score player in the NBA, but also a successful actor. B. Me, too. I admire his athlete ability, motivation and confidence. Many people remember his famous number 23 shirt. Thanks to him, the Bulls won their NBA championship and the Dream Team won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. C. It is true Michael Jordan was the best known athlete in the world in the 1990s, but he was only the second player to score more than 3,000points in a season. The first was Wilt Chamberlain. I like Chamberlain better. He is the only NBA player who averaged over 50 points per game for an entire season. On 2nd March1962, he

scored 100 points in a single game—no one has ever done that since! D. I quite agree. What’ more, Chamberlain was so much better than all the other players that they changed the rules of the game to try to stop him. T: I think it is hard to say who is better. Both of them are great. Both of them deserve the title “outstanding player of the generation.”

Step IV Explanation During this procedure, play the tape for students. Students will underline the difficult sentences. After listening to the tape, Teacher will explain the text and deal with language problems. T: Now we will deal with some difficult language focuses. Now I will play the tape for you. Please make a mark where you have difficulties. After listening to the tape, explain the difficult sentences to students. Before explaining the difficult points, students are asked to refer to the notes to the text. T: Do you have any difficulties with the text? S1: Could you please explain the sentence to us: He also found success as an actor in the film Space Jam alongside the famous cartoon character Bugs Bunny! T: As we know, Michael Jordan is a famous basketball player in the US. He also made a movie called Space Jam. It is a fun movie with cartoon characters and the kids loved it. In the film he played himself, Michael Jordan. Bugs Bunny is the cartoon character. We can understand the sentence like this: He also succeeded in the film Space Jam, in which the cartoon character Bugs Bunny is also very famous. Do you have any other questions? Ss: No. T: Ok, let’s come to the vocabulary exercises. You are given five minutes to do the exercises. Then you may check the answers with your group members.

Step V Vocabulary Deal with Activity 4-5. Activity 4-5 are about words and phrases from the two passages. Students are required to use them freely. Check the answers.

Step VI Homework 1. Finish Activity 5-6 on workbook. 2. Learn more about the two great players: Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

The Third Period Teaching goals 教学目标 1. Target language 目标语言 a. 重点词汇和短语

Integrating skills

selfish, nature, instant, hit, nationwide, dominate, all the time, if necessary, be rude to, be used to, draw sb’s attention to b. 功能句式 look forward to … be delighted to … feel nervous about … The outstanding … is … … is a fantastic Everyday English I’m really looking forward to it. The Rockets and the Bulls are really hot at the moment. Both teams showed a lot of character. The period of overtime was fast and furious. 2. Ability goals 能力目标 Help students to realize aggressive behaviour is a must in sports. 3. Learning ability goals 学能目标 From the way Coach Jeff Van Gundy trained Yao Ming enable students to realize players from other countries are more aggressive than Chinese players. Teaching important points 教学重点 Write a letter to an editor to express one’s opinion about what Yao Ming should do while competing.

Teaching difficult points 教学难点 Compare the way Chinese players play to the way US players play. Teaching methods 教学方法 Reading, discussing and writing Teaching aids 教具准备 A multimedia computer Teaching procedures & ways 教学过程与方式

Step I Revision Check the homework: Activity 5-6 on workbook. Then ask students to say something about the two great players: Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. T: Yesterday we learned something about two great players Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. Who would like to say something about them? S1: Michael Jordan was born on 17th February 1963. He is 1.98m tall. His position was Guard. He played in 1072 games. He scored 32,292 points. His records are as follows: 1. Most seasons leading score: 10. 2. Consecutive season leading score: 7 (1987-1993). His NBA career is 15 seasons. He finally retired from sport in 2003 at the age of 40. He opened his own steak restaurant after retiring from sport and acted in the film Space Jam. He is also successful as an actor. In a word he is awesome. T: Quit good. What about Wilt Chamberlain? S2: Wilt Chamberlain was born 21st August, 1936 and died on 12th, October, 1999. He was 2.17m tall. His position was Center. He played in 1015 games. He scored 31,419points. His records are as follows: 1. Most points in a season: 10. 2. Consecutive season leading score: 7(1960-1966). His NBA career is 14 seasons. He is the only NBA player who averaged over 50 points per game for an entire season. On 2nd March1962, he scored 100 points in a single game—no one has ever done that since! He was so much better than all the other players that they changed the rules of the game to try to stop him. He is the outstanding player of his generation.

T: Quite good! Both of them are super sport stars in the US. China also has such a star. Who is he? Ss: Yao Ming. T: As you know, Yao is playing in the Houston Rockets. Today we are going to learn something about what his coach says about him. Please turn your books to Page 9 and look through the questions in Activity 1 first.

Step II Reading Ask students to answer the questions in Activity 1 after they look through the text. Suggested answers: 1. No, he isn’t. On the contrary he thinks Yao Ming has great potential and will surely become a star if Yao is more aggressive. 2. No. Chinese players are more polite and kind. They are not as aggressive as US players. 3. Yes, he does. If he wants to be a star, he has to be more aggressive. After dealing with the questions in Activity 1, ask students to read the following article. Show the following on the PowerPoint or print the following materials out as handouts. T: OK. After learning about the coach’s comments on Yao Ming, let’s learn what the others said about him. Please try to find the difference between Yao Ming and other players. Yao Ming Message Board What Yao Ming is teaching us is a lesson that the NBA and all who watch it should learn. We live in the age where rookies with even the slightest amount of talent thump their chests and cry out loudly for attention and shoe deals. Sadly, the game of basketball has turned into a game with players who worked together as a team to a group of players lead by one man. They hawk their one-man show in order to promote themselves over their teams, but Yao Ming is changing all that. Yao hops off the bench during a time-out to hand his teammates towels to wipe the sweat out of their eyes. You will rarely see him celebrate some feat he has accomplished, but he will be

the first one to high-five one of his teammates, or pat them on the back whether or not they make the shot. Yao Ming, as opposed to the other rookies in his class, is decidedly a team player. He is an exciting player to watch, but he's also an ambassador to his country. He brings his customs of honor and unity to our shores, and I am thankful we have him. There are many wonderful aspects of the Chinese culture to be shared here in the United States. One only has to watch the Rockets play to see the best of China in this spirited, talented young man. Melissa A. Gonzá from Houston lez Aggressive, Yao! 4/19/2005 4:02:38 PM Everything is where it needs to be, all you need is a bit of aggressiveness. You need to show the fire Yao, the desire that’s deeply imbedded on you, to contest every single ball, every single shot, ultimately to become the centre of the universe. Showing respect is civilized but to show the disrespectful to respect is not uncivilized. Go and get that Shaq by the scruff of his neck. Toss him like a rag doll, that Yao, believe me or not, is the only way you can be respected in the current. 39 amazing points! 8/17/2004 3:00:55 PM Well, we knew it was only a minor hiccup in the game with Spain but you proved it right away! And even though the loss with Spain was hard to take, it was amazing to see you play with such zest and zeal! You threw down a guy alright. It would be even better if you knocked down the guys attempting a dunk on you. Because you know they mean no respect for you. Why give them a chance? And prevention is often better than cure! We’re right behind you and keep up the strong showing. Go Yao!

Discussion Play a short video of a NBA game. Ask students to observe how Yao Ming played when he first joined Houston Rocket. Then show another to ask students to observe his recent play. Then ask students to work in pairs and discuss the questions in Activity 2. They may refer to both the text and the given materials. Five minutes later check the answers. It doesn’t matter if students have different opinions. The most

important thing is to stimulate their interest in sports. By discussing the questions, they will learn to observe and learn to think. Suggested answers: 1. Yes, because in China people are trained to be selfless and kind. They are required to remember they are just part of the team. This will influence their way they play in court. 2. In football games players are more aggressive. 3. I don’t think so. Boxing is very cruel. In boxing a player has to be very aggressive or he will be defeated. But if he is too aggressive, deaths may be caused. 4. Chinese sportsmen and women have to learn to be a little selfish and aggressive, if necessary, to be rude. Writing Deal with Activity 3. Ask students to write a reply to an editor whose paper published the article about Yao Ming. T: Suppose the passage appears on Washington Post. Please write a reply to the editor and say what you think about the Chinese attitude to sport. You may discuss in groups first and then try to express your own opinion in the letter. You can refer to the direction in Activity 3. Make sure you use the expressions suggested in your letter. A sample of the reply: Dear Editor, I’m writing in reply to the article about Yao Ming. The title of the article is Is Yao Ming Too Nice to Be a Star. I like the fact that the article draws attention to the difference between Chinese players and US players. Yes, it is true that Yao is not as aggressive as the US players. But he is a good team player with great skills. He is our Superstar. His humility as well as his skills has gained people’s respect. But playing in the US, he has to adapt to the ways US players play. Just as the coach said “he has to be more aggressive, and if necessary to be rude to his teammates.” Now I would like to say something about how Chinese players are trained. In China players are taught to be “a man” first and then to be “a player.” That is they

should learn to share, to love, to respect and also should keep in mind they are just part of the team. The team’s fame comes first. A very popular slogan in sports field is “Friendship first, competition second”. In my opinion, the reason why Yao is so kind and selfless is that he has been brought up and trained in this way. We Chinese also know the saying “When in Rome, do as Romans do”. I believe Yao will become more aggressive and play very well for Houston Rocket. Soon he will become the most valued player. With him, Houston Rocket will win their NBA championship. Good luck to them!

Yours sincerely Wang Fei

Step III Everyday English Deal with Everyday English on Page 10. This exercise will help students to form the habit of thinking in English. Ask students to do the exercise individually and then check the answers.

Step IV Function Activity 1 on Page 8 will help students to learn the difference between v-ed and v-ing adjectives. Ask students to finish it. Then check the answers. T: What conclusion can you draw from this activity? When do you use –ed adj. and when do we use –ing adj.? S: I think –ing adj. describes the features of things while –ed adj. describes the feelings of people. T: You are right. So can you use the adjectives in Activity 1 to describe your feelings and emotions about basketball? Ask students to give some sentences using the adjectives. T: Now look at the expressions in Activity 3. What kind of feelings do they express? Check students’ understanding of the expressions.

look forward to: to be excited and pleased about something that is going to happen delighted: very pleased and happy nervous: worried or frightened about something, and unable to relax outstanding: extremely good fantastic: extremely good, attractive, enjoyable etc T: These expressions can be used to express different feelings and emotions. Since you have known the meanings of them, now work in pairs and complete the sentences in Activity 3.

Step V Homework Practise expressing feelings and emotions with the target language. Write Activity 7 on Page 93 in exercise-books.

The Fourth Period Teaching goals 教学目标 1. Target language 目标语言


Learn the Grammar — noun-verb conversation and adjectives ending in-ful, -less and –ic. 2. Ability goals 能力目标 Enable students to learn some of word formation. 3. Learning ability goals 学能目标 By practising enable students to have a good knowledge of word formation. Teaching important and difficult points 教学重难点 Word formation. Teaching methods 教学方法 Explaining and practicing. Teaching aids 教具准备 A multimedia computer. Teaching procedures & ways 教学过程与方式


Step I Revision Ask some students to express their feelings and emotions about basketball or something else to review the functional items they have learned in the last period.

Step II Conversion Ask students to read the sentences in Grammar Activity 1 on Page 5 and then discuss the two questions following the sentences. After discussion, give the definition of conversion. Some words are formed from different parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc) but they keep the same form. (Show this on the PowerPoint.) T: Today we are going to learn the noun-verb conversion. Please remember they don’t change meaning when they convert from nouns to verbs. Let’s deal with the grammar activities. After doing the grammar activities on Students’ books, give students the following quiz. Ask students to do the following quiz. Then help students to think more about noun-verb conversion. Show the following on the PowerPoint. 1. When you go to the station to buy a ticket, what do you often do? queue form a queue join a queue

2. You either wear it on a finger, or you need a phone to do it. What is the word? ring a ring

3. This word can mean a short rest from work or damaging something. What is the word? a break break

4. What do you use to stop a car? brakes the brake brake

5. When you want to know the price of something, what do you want to know? the cost how much it costs cost


Step III Suffixes Ask students to do Activity 1-3 in Grammar (2) on Page 10. Then help students to sum up the following. Suffixes change the meaning of a word and sometimes the type of word. -ful -less -ic particular quality / adjectives without / adjectives of, like, or related to a particular thing / adjectives

After summarizing the grammar rules, go on with the activities on Page 10.

Step III Practice Deal with grammar Activity 5 on Page 10. Students may discuss in groups. Several minutes later, some students will be asked to present in front of the class. They are supposed to use artistic, athletic, dramatic, energetic, and fantastic to make sentences. A sample writing: I am a very energetic girl. I have many interests and hobbies. One of my hobbies is arranging flowers in my spare time. I think it is fantastic when you arrange different flowers in an artistic way. I am also an athletic girl. I am good at playing basketball and tennis.

Step IV Workbook Deal with the grammar activities on workbook. Students are asked to do the activities individually. If they have some difficulty, they may ask the teacher for help. Several minutes later show the answers on the PowerPoint.

Step V Homework Go over the grammar in this module. Sum up the phrases used in Everyday English.

The Fifth Period

Reading and Writing

Teaching goals 教学目标 1. Target language 目标语言 a. 重点词汇和短语 wrestling, boxing, upwards, angle, collision, parallel, adequate, sock, sneaker, absorb, bound, vest, abrupt, horizontal, accelerate, bounce, tournament, interval, appoint, typical, slim, stout, belly, obtain, circuit, boundary, controversial, aside, dip, commit, foul, suspension, penalty, howl, bleed, cheek, pulse, confirm, dizzy, bandage, blanket, ambulance, considerate, sniff, weep, frustration, teamwork, scar, take possession of b. 重点句型 Joe immediately took possession of the ball and ran, … Joe was a considerate guy, and apologised as Sackler left, sniffing and weeping, either in pain or in frustration. 2. Ability goals 能力目标 Help students to realize basketball can be dangerous. 3. Learning ability goals 学能目标 From the story that Frank Sackler got injured students will learn basketball can be dangerous. Teaching important points 教学重点 How Frank Sackler got injured. Teaching difficult points 教学难点 How could they have avoided Sackler’s injury? Teaching methods 教学方法 Reading, discussing and writing. Teaching aids 教具准备 A multimedia computer. Teaching procedures & ways 教学过程与方式

Step I Lead-in Ask some students to say something about Yao Ming.

T: I know Yao Ming is your favourite star. Who’d like to say something about his recent games? After some students report his latest games, show the following pictures on the PowerPoint. T: Please look at the pictures. What happened to Yao? Please read the news report.

Scarface One scary moment occurred at the 10:48 mark in the third quarter when Boston’s Brian Scalabrine drove down the middle of the lane and hit Yao in the face with his elbow, drawing a lot of blood next to Yao’s right eye. Yao quickly went to the locker room to get some stitches. If Scalabrine had landed his blow a couple of inches to the right, Yao might have had severe eye damage, but Yao will be okay. The ironic thing is that Yao was called for a foul on the play because he was standing inside the circle around the basket when Scalabrine made contact. Talk about adding insult to injury!

Step II Reading T: From the above news, you have learned more about basketball. Now please discuss in groups and answer the questions in Activity 1 on Page 11. Suggested answers: 1.1. I think it is a dangerous sport. 1.2. Yes, I broke my leg in the last school basketball match. / My classmate had a bleeding nose in a match. 1.3. There are possible personal injuries. T: So we can see basketball can be dangerous. But Yao isn’t alone. Frank Sackler got injured too. And he still has the scar on his face. Now let’s learn how he got injured. Skimming Ask students to read the passage and deal with Activity 2&3. Check the answers.

Careful reading Let students read the passage carefully and then do Activity 4 on Page 12. Check the answers. Discussion Students are asked to work in groups and deal with Activity 5&6. Several minutes later, check the answers with the whole class. Show the suggested answers on the PowerPoint. Suggested answers: 5.1. Basketball is one of the safest sports because the players’ energy is partly directed upwards, at a 90-degree angle to the ground, and over the heads of the others. So there’s less risk of a collision between two players. 5.2. Basketball can be dangerous because when there is an abrupt change of direction in their energy, from vertical to horizontal, there is a real danger of personal injury. 5.3. Joe’s a good basketball player despite the fact he was short and stout, with a large belly. 5.4. The referee thought Sackler was badly injured because he howled loudly in pain and fell with his nose bleeding and a cut on his left check and later he lay very still for a moment. 5.5. Sackler will always remember the match because he still has the scar on his face. 6.1. In my opinion, safety is more important. Winning isn’t everything. The audience cares more about players’ skills. No one likes bleeding. Or I think a fast basketball match is more important because the audience will be very excited to watch a very exciting game. The winners are the heroes on the court. Besides, the winners will be awarded prizes. 6.2. If the referee hadn’t interrupted the match, there wouldn’t have been a suspension of play. Without the suspension of play, Sackler would not have been injured. 6.3. Any answer can be acceptable. 6.4. To make rules to stop collisions between players.


Step III Writing Ask students to discuss the details to make basketball safer. After the discussion students will be asked to write a passage describing what improvements they would suggest to make basketball a better game. T: After discussing and answering the questions in Activity 6, now I’d like you to write a passage describing what improvements you would suggest to make basketball a better game. A sample of suggestions: Playing basketball is very popular, so I will offer a few suggestions to make this truly wonderful game even better: Wear all required safety gear at every practice and game, including knee and elbow pads to protect against scrapes and bruises and mouth guards to prevent serious dental injuries. Never allow players to hold, block, push, trip, or charge opponents. Never allow players to play through pain. Above all, keep basketball fun. Prevent physical and emotional injuries by creating an atmosphere of healthy competition and de-emphasizing a “winning-at-all-costs” attitude. Putting too much focus on winning can make players push too hard, ignore the signs of injury and risk injury by playing in pain. To keep basketball interesting, fair, cooperative and fun, please remember the motto: “Basketball players of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your coaches, your bosses and your landlords”.

Step IV Speaking and writing (workbook) Ask students to talk about all the school sports clubs at their own school (list A). Then discuss and make another list (List B) to show which other sports clubs they would like the school to provide. Discuss which club will be the most popular. Then students will work in groups to write a poster for the club. T: As you know, basketball is very popular in China. Nearly every school has a basketball club. Besides the basketball club, what other sports clubs does our

school have? Please work in groups and make a list. Besides the sports clubs at our school, what other sports clubs would you like our school to have? Please make another list. Then decide which would be the most popular. Five minutes later, collect the information from students and list the clubs that the school has and also those that students would like the school to have. Then they will work in groups and deal with Activity 15-17. Possible answers to Activity 13: List A: Running Club Basketball Club Swimming Club Soccer Club Wushu Club Track &

Fencing Club Volleyball Club Field Club List B: Yoga Club Judo Club Road Biking Club Chess Club

Ping pang Club

Rope-skipping Club

Cycling Club

Kickboxing Club (Taekwondo) Tennis Club

Shadowboxing Club

Shuttlecock kicking Club

Possible answer to Activity 14: Kick boxing (Taekwondo) would be very popular because it’s a comprehensive martial art that can benefit anyone while helping them meet their own individual goals. Possible answer to Activity 15: ? ? ? on the second floor in the school gymnasium Saturday mornings 9:00-10:30am Denise Yinger, Chief Instructor — 3rd Degree Black Belt. Ms. Yinger is a Certified ATA Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer with the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers. ? Everybody, boys and girls, aged 3 and older. All levels, from beginner to advanced. ? Helps to build up bodies and to learn self-defense and also instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life. ? By doing a part-time job, or ask parents to pay for the classes

Possible dialogue for Activity 16:

A: Why do you think it is a good idea to have this sport? B: Because fencing is good for general fitness, balance and it exercises your brain too! A: Who can come to the club? B: Everybody, boys and girls, aged right and older, and all levels, from beginner to advance can come. A: Where do you play? B: In the school gymnasium. A: When do you play? B: From 4:30 to 5:30 on Friday afternoons. A: How much do the classes cost? B: First two lessons are free of charge. A: What clothes will you wear? B: You should wear loose clothes. All equipment are supplied. A: Then who will do the training? B: Experts from the National Fencing Club. A sample of a poster of Activity 17: Kickboxing Club ? Why: Helps to build up bodies and to learn self-defense and also instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life. ? Who: Everybody, boys and girls, aged 3 and older. All levels, from beginner to advanced. ? ? ? ? ? Where: on the second floor in the school gymnasium (Noah Club) When: Saturday mornings 9:00-10:30am Costs: 180yuan three months What to wear: Taekwondo uniforms Teacher: Denise Yinger, Chief Instructor — 3rd Degree Black Belt. Ms. Yinger is a

Certified ATA Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer with the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers.

Step V Homework Finish writing the poster of Activity 17.

The Sixth Period Teaching goals 教学目标 1. Target language 目标语言

Extensive reading

oval, gymnasium, pole, basis, version, be based on 2. Ability goals 能力目标 Help students to learn how American football, basketball and baseball were started. Help students to prepare a “dream team” of star players. 3. Learning ability goals 学能目标 By reading students will learn about the origin of American football, basketball and baseball. Teaching important points 教学重点 How American football, basketball and baseball were started. Explain basketball and prepare a “dream team” of star players. Teaching difficult points 教学难点 Explain basketball and prepare a “dream team” of star players. Teaching methods 教学方法 Reading, discussing and writing. Teaching aids 教具准备 A multimedia computer. Teaching procedures & ways 教学过程与方式

Step I Lead-in T: Good morning / afternoon, class! Ss: Good morning / afternoon, Mr. / Ms …

T: Please look at the following sports. Which is enjoyable to play and which is popular in China in your opinion? Show the three sports on the PowerPoint. American football basketball baseball

S1: I think basketball is very enjoyable to play and also popular. We have basketball lessons and we have school basketball teams. There are basketball matches every term. Farmers and workers also have their own basketball teams. Nearly everyone can play basketball. S2: But I prefer American football. It is very exciting to play and watch. And it has many Chinese fans. … T: Ok, but does any one know the origin of the games? In this class we are going to learn how they were started. Please pay attention to the following words: when, where, who and how

Step II Cultural corner After students finish reading the passage, ask students to sum up how American football, basketball and baseball were started. T: Read the text and fill in the following form. sports American football basketball baseball Seven minutes later, show the suggested answers on the PowerPoint. sports American football when In 1823 where At Rugby School in England who A pupil at Rugby School how He broke the soccer rule by running with the when where who how


ball, and so a new game was invented. basketball In 1891 In a gymnasium Dr James Naismith, To provide in Springfield, Massachusetts a physical exercise for a noisy class through the cold winter months baseball Unknown Became popular in the early 19th century In England Popular in the US Unkown, but in the early 19th century Alexander Cartwright wrote the rules for baseball in 1845. unknown

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Step III Reading (workbook) Deal with the reading passage on workbook. Ask students to read the passage and answer the questions in Activity 8 in groups. Five minutes later check the answers with the whole class to make sure all the students fully understand the passage. After checking the understanding of the passage, go on with the vocabulary Activity 9. Then ask students to work in pairs and deal with Activity 10 on Page 95. T: Turn to Page 94. You will see a webpage on which Rod Smith answering basketball fans’ questions. Rod Smith is a basketball player who plays for Talk of the Town of the UK. Now let’s read it and then answer the questions in Activity 8. Suggested answers: 8.1. Watching his dad play in a lot of local leagues started his interest in basketball. 8.2. The fact that he grew ten centimeters in the summer when he was 16. 8.3. A trainer from the NBA. 8.4. He is going to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the USA.


8.5. Playing alongside best players like Rico Alder and John Swan has helped his game improve. 8.6. Because if you focus only the front or the back of the hoop, you might hit just that part. 8.7. He says Zak needs to keep practicing to make it to the NBA. 8.8. He says “Believe in yourself and that will give you the motivation you need to succeed.” T: Now suppose you are a basketball fan, what questions would you like to ask Rod? Think of two questions and write them down. Then exchange your questions with your partner. Use your own ideas to answer your partner’s questions. Possible questions and answers to Activity 10: A: What are some exercises I can do to be in basketball shape? B: Running, jumping, hopping and skipping are good for you to be in basketball shape. A: How do you understand sportsmanship? B: Good sportsmanship involves respect for fellow team members and members of the opposing team. A good sportsman always follows the rules and always congratulates the opponent after a game. I believe that youth sporting events, at all levels, should be a healthy, fun, and positive aspect of a young person’s life. Participation in sports should impart lifelong values, which are the behavioral foundation. We can learn strong moral values like honor, respect, and integrity from the sports.

Step IV Task Ask students to work in groups and discuss the information they have learned about basketball and great players. Then make a “dream team” of five great players, past and present. T: In this module we have learned a lot about basketball and some great players. Now please work in groups and discuss basketball and the great players. Then make a “dream team” of five great players, past and present.

A possible “dream team”: My “dream team” is made up of Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry. Yao Ming (1980- ) is the captain. He has more than size. He has every physical basketball skill and he always puts the team first. Kobe Bryant (1978- ) scored 81 points -- second All-Time in NBA History -- against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006. In his second season he was voted a starter for the 1998 All-Star Game, becoming at 19 the youngest All-Star in NBA history. Michael Jordan (1993- ) was named the most valued player five times by the Chicago Bull. He was the top scorer in the NBA for seven consecutives (1987-1993). In 1987, he became only the second player to score more than 3,000 points in a season. Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999) was the first to score more than 3,000 points in a season. He is the only NBA player who averaged over 50 points per game for an entire season. On 2nd March 1962, he scored 100 points in a single game--- no one has ever done that since! Rick Barry (1944- ) is the only player ever to lead the NCAA, NBA, and ABA in scoring. His name appears near the top of every all-time offensive list. He scored more than 25,000 points in his professional career and in four different seasons averaged more than 30 points. He was named to 12 All-Star teams, four All-NBA First Teams, and five All-ABA First Teams. Barry was a nearly unstoppable offensive juggernaut, a passionate competitor with an untempered desire to win. I think my “dream team” will beat any team, for all my players are superstars and all of them can cooperate very well.

Step V Homework Write a passage to describe your “dream team” of star players in exercise-books.

附 件 I. 本单元课文注释与疑难解析 1. But there is no doubt that he deserves the title “outstanding player of his

generation”. 但是毫无疑问他配得上“当代最杰出的运动员”的这个称号。 There is no doubt that …毫无疑问 There is no doubt that he is guilty. 毫无疑问,他是有罪的。 There is no doubt that he is the best man for the job. 毫无疑问,他是做这项工作的 最好人选。 doubt vt., vi.不确定;疑惑; 不信任;怀疑; 不相信

You can not doubt your own existence. 你不能怀疑你的存在。 I doubt that he'll come. 我不相信他会来。 I doubt whether Tom has taken my watch. 我不太相信汤姆拿了我的手表。 I do not doubt that he will succeed. 我肯定他会成功。 deserve vt., vi. 值得;应受,该得;应该得到 [+to-v] They deserved to be punished.他们应该受罚。 He deserves this glory.他应该得到这一荣誉。 These people deserve our help. 这些人值得我们帮助。 2. Joe immediately took possession of the ball and ran,乔立马控制了球, (朝自己的 场地)跑去。 possession n.拥有;占有[U] The possession of a degree does not guarantee you a job. 拥有一个学位不能保证你找到工作。 (pl.) (私人)财产 He had few possessions.他的财产很少。 Her possessions could fit in one suitcase. 她的全部财物可以装在一个手提箱内。 in possession 占有;持有,控制(某物) The keys are in his possession. 这些钥匙是他的。 The home team was in possession during most of the fourth quarter. 在第四季的绝大部分时间主队一直处于进攻状态 take possession of 占有; 占据;拥有 He took possession of his new house. 他已住进他的新房子了。


3.Joe was a considerate guy, and apologised as Sackler left, sniffing and weeping, either in pain or in frustration. 乔很体贴,当塞克勒不知是因为疼痛还是失败抽 抽嗒嗒离开时,乔给他道了歉。 sniffing 和 weeping 是现在分词,为 left 的伴随状语。 apologise vi.(+to/for)道歉(亦作: apologize) I apologised to her for stepping on her foot. 我因踩了她的脚而向她道歉。 I apologised to the chairman for being late. 我因迟到向会议主席道歉。 He apologized to her for not going to her party. 他因为没有出席她举行的宴会而向她表示歉意。 apology n. 道歉;歉意 I owe you an apology for my rudeness last night. 昨天晚上我太粗暴,应该向你道歉。 Her open letter was really an apology for her way of life. 她的公开信实际上是对她生活方式的辩护。 You should make an apology to your roommate for coming back so late. 你这么晚回 来应该给室友道歉。

II. 文化背景知识 Basketball Basketball, game played generally indoors by two opposing teams of five players each. Basketball was conceived in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a physical education instructor at the YMCA College in Springfield, Mass., as a way to condition outdoor athletes during the winter months. His original list of 13 rules has undergone a century of revision, leading to faster pacing and greater athleticism. Today basketball is one of the most popular American sports and one the rest of the world has adopted. Basic Rules At each end of the court — usually about 92 ft (28 m) long and 50 ft (15 m) wide — is a bottomless basket made of white cord net and suspended from a metal ring, 18 in. (46 cm) in diameter, which is attached 10 ft (3.05 m) above the floor (usually hardwood) to a backboard made of fiberglass, wood, or other material. Players may

throw, dribble (bounce), or shoot the basketball (an inflated ball usually made of leather or rubber) but may not run with it or kick it. Teams try to advance the ball and shoot it through one basket (the ball must enter from above) and to keep the opposition from scoring through the other. Each field goal, or basket, scores two points, or three points if shot from beyond a specified distance (21 ft/6 m in U.S. colleges, slightly longer in international and professional play). Teams must shoot the ball within a prescribed time limit (24 sec in the National Basketball Association; 30 sec in international games and in most women's play; 45 sec in men's collegiate play). Any player making illegal body contact with an opposing player is assessed a foul; the opposing team may be given possession of the ball, or an opposing player awarded free throws at the basket from the foul line. Each made foul shot is worth one point. Players who exceed the foul limit (usually five, but six in the NBA) are disqualified from the game. International and collegiate basketball games have two 20-min halves, professionals play four 12-min quarters, and high schoolers play four 8-min quarters. Professional Basketball Professional basketball began (1896) in New York City and was at one time played on courts enclosed by wire mesh (basketball players are still occasionally referred to as “cagers”). Until the 1950s it languished in popularity behind college basketball and such touring black teams as the Harlem Globetrotters and the New York Rens. The merger (1949) of the National Basketball League and the rival Basketball Association of America into the National Basketball Association (NBA) led to greater popularity. The appearance of stars like George Mikan, the signing of black players beginning in 1950, the temporary disrepute of the college game owing to gambling scandals in the early 1950s, and the adoption of the 24-sec shot clock in 1954, further boosted the NBA. Its success inspired the formation of several competing leagues, among them the American Basketball Association (ABA), founded in 1967 and merged into the NBA in 1975. In the 1980s the emergence of charismatic players like “Magic” Johnson (see Johnson, Earvin), Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan, combined with aggressive

marketing, made the NBA hugely successful, so that basketball often seemed the premier U.S. professional sport. A labor dispute in late 1998 delayed and shortened the 1999 season. Olympic Basketball An exhibition match was played at the 1904 Olympics, but basketball did not become an official part of the games until 1936. International rules and court dimensions differ slightly from U.S. standards. Still, the United States outclassed the rest of the world until 1972, when the Soviet Union defeated the U.S. team for the gold medal (despite American protests that the Soviets had been allowed to score a basket after the game had ended). In the 1980s, many nations achieved parity with the United States, which was still fielding a team of collegians. The U.S. Olympic Committee therefore assembled for the 1992 games a “Dream Team” composed of one collegian and the finest professional players, who handily won the gold medal. History of Basketball in Canada

Basketball was invented by Canadian Dr. James Naismith.

The roots of basketball are firmly embedded in Canada. In 1891 the game was invented by Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian who hailed from Almonte, Ontario. Having been given the task of creating a new indoor sports activity while conducting a physical education class at the international YMCA training school in Springfield, Massachusetts, Naismith designed what we now call basketball. The original game involved 13 rules and a peach basket hung ten feet above the floor. Even though it took place in the United States, at least ten of the players who participated in the first-ever game were university students from Quebec.

Basketball played by school and local amateur teams has been part of the Canadian sports scene since the turn of the century. Hoops teams representing Canada have participated in Olympic Games since 1936 and in the World Championships since 1954. One of the most storied amateur teams in Canadian basketball history is the Edmonton Commercial Graduates (Grad's), a group of Canadian women who dominated the sport in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Over 25 years, the Grad's played 522 games at home and abroad, against both women's and men's teams. The Grad's accomplished a record-breaking winning streak of 147 games and throughout their basketball tenure won a remarkable 502 times. The National Basketball Association also has origins in Canada. The NBA's first game was played in Toronto over fifty years ago, on November 1, 1946 when the New York Knickerbockers defeated the Toronto Huskies 68-66 at Maple Leaf Gardens. The teams were part of the Basketball Association of America, the forerunner to the NBA. The Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies joined the NBA beginning in the 1995-96 season, becoming the first non-U.S. cities to join the league since the Toronto Huskies were one-year members of the BAA. In summer 2001, the Grizzlies relocated from Vancouver to Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Naismith, who was 30 when he invented the game, continued to be involved in basketball for the next 48 years. He served as a lifetime member of the International Rules Committee. He also introduced basketball to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Dr. Naismith lived his life with the goal to help his fellow man and to leave the world a better place. The silent vow was honored Inventor of basketball James Naismith died on November 28 at the age of 78. He devised 13 rules of basketball games. His rules took one page and less than 600 words. Today, there are more than 30,000 words in the rules. The game is far more complicated than when Naismith hung up the peach baskets in Springfield in 1891. Kobe readies for encore performance


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant says it's just another game. Yeah, right. When the Los Angeles Lakers host Golden State on Friday night, the sports world will be watching to see what Bryant comes up with as an encore to his 81-point performance. "We'll just go out there, do what we do, try to win the game," Bryant said before practice Thursday. "That's about it. Just go out there and do what we do, same old thing. Punch the clock. "It's just normal, it really is." Bryant scored 55 of his 81 points in the second half Sunday night as the Lakers rallied from an 18-point deficit for an 18-point victory over the Toronto Raptors. It was the second-highest single-game total in NBA history, behind Wilt Chamberlain's astonishing 100-point performance nearly 44 years ago. Chamberlain scored 61 points in his previous game, so Bryant needs 80 to equal the two-game NBA record. "Kobe's going to have to resist or cave in to that temptation," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. Bryant said as long as people are excited about Friday night's game, it doesn't matter why. "It's good for us," he said. "I think if anything, it's given a lot of writers a lot to talk about, whether it's good, bad or indifferent." Bryant said he feels good about the Lakers' recent progress. They've reached the halfway point of the season with a 22-19 record thanks to a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. Bryant has averaged 44.5 points during that stretch, raising his season average

to an NBA-leading 35.9. "We've made some significant strides," Bryant said. "I look for us to make more significant strides. We're not in a position where we're playing our best basketball." After facing the Warriors, the Lakers open a seven-game road trip Sunday in Detroit against the streaking Pistons, who have a league-best 35-5 record. "We want to go into the road trip playing with some momentum, playing with some kind of rhythm," Bryant said. Jackson said he hasn't given any thought to how many points Bryant might score against the slumping Warriors (19-22), who've dropped eight of their last 10 games, including a 110-104 loss to the Lakers in Oakland on Jan. 14. Bryant scored 38 in that game. "We're not looking for Kobe to score 50 or 30 or 80," Jackson said. "We're just looking for it to fit together. We want players to blend their talents together." Jackson said he thought it was a good thing that the Lakers will have had a four-day break when they take the floor Friday night. “It was great for us,” he said. “The amount of rehab you can do in four days is remarkable. To have fresh legs is probably the most important thing you can have in this game.” Plus, Jackson said Bryant has been struggling through a few physical ailments, most notably a sore ankle. “He plays beyond pain a lot of times,” Jackson said. “He’ll be fresh-legged.” Smush Parker, whose 13 points against Toronto were the second-most by a Laker, said the attention on Bryant won't have an impact on his teammates. “I don’t think it takes away from the attention of winning,” Parker said. “We’re going to go out and play basketball. If our shots come, we’re going to take it. If his shots come, he’s definitely going to take it.” “We as a team don’t think we rely on Kobe to score 80 points a game. Kobe feels like he can score any time he wants. He puts the team on his back when he feels we need it. We have six or seven other guys on the team who can score a little bit.” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said Bryant expects to play great in every game.

“That's going to be his place in history,” Odom said. “Right now, he’s really focused and feels like it’s his league. Before the 81 points, Kobe should have been getting his due as far as the MVP.” The Warriors, of course, know exactly what they’re up against. “Everybody knows he’s playing at an unbelievable level right now,” Mike Dunleavy said. “All we can do is be aware of where he is, every time down the court, and try to make his shots as hard as possible. That's not really a big deal for Kobe, but you’ve got to try.” Mickael Pietrus said “He is playing amazing basketball. I loved to watch him before I came to the NBA. He is a very tough player to guard. We just have to have a team concept.” AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham in Oakland, Calif., contributed to this report.


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