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Unit14 The birth of a festival
Ⅰ. Teaching aims
1. Talk about festival and customs 2. Practice expressing and supporting
an opinion 3. Introduced a festival of China
Ⅱ. Knowledge aims
Words: harvest, honors, ancestor, creatively, generation, purpose, faith, commercial, similar, salute, celebration….. Phrases: hear about, so that, as well as, believe in, get together, play a trick on sb… Sentence: 1. Kwanzaa was born in 1966, when people created a new festival so that African American would be able to celebrate their history and culture. 2. The African first-fruit festivals had many things in common. 3. We must do as much as we can to make our community better and more beautiful. 4. Since Kwanzaa is a time for learning as well as joy, people celebrate it
by lighting a candle each day and discussing one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Grammar hear about=learnt about hear of sb.=have a knowledge of sb. have much/great faith in sb./sth. keep faith with sb. as well as+clause do as much as sb. can do have little/no faith in sb./sth.
have honour to sb.=do honour to sb.(do sb. honour)
Ⅲ . Teaching key and difficult points:
Teaching key: understand the text and using your own words to retell the text. Difficult point：how to use phrases: as well as, so that, have … in common.
IV. Teaching aids:
1) Raising question approach 2) Discussion approach 3) task-based approach
*Teaching means: use the multi-media as an assistant means in teaching.
Ⅳ. Teaching steps:
Step 1 Lead-in
1）Have a free talk about festival in China, and then discuss the question in Pre-reading on page 10. 1. How does your family celebrate the Spring Festival? 2. Why do we celebrate the Spring Festival? 3. Do festivals help us understand our history and culture? 4. What kind of gifts and things do people buy during major festival like Christmas and the Spring Festival? 2） Show the student 3 pictures about Kwanzaa and then discuss what’s the picture about ?
Step 2 Listening comprehensions
1) Present the students the questions before listening to the text. 2) Get the students to listen to the tape and then answer the following questions. ① Why did people create Kwanzaa? ② Many festival around the world are celebrated around the same time. Why do we celebrate these festivals at these times?
Step 3 Fast reading
1) Tell the students the task of reading before they read the text.
2) After reading then summary the main idea of this text.
Step 4 Language points
Phrases: hear about, seven-day, celebrating, get together, so that, have…in common, harvest, honour, as well as, as much as we can do, believe in, so that, keep faith with, show honour to sb., in honour of. Sentence: 1. Kwanzaa was born in 1966, when people created a new festival so that African American would be able to celebrate their history and culture. 2. The African first-fruit festivals had many things in common. 3. We must do as much as we can to make our community better and more beautiful. 4. Since Kwanzaa is a time for learning as well as joy, people celebrate it by lighting a candle each day and discussing one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. .
Step 5 Intensive reading
1) Tell the students the task of reading before they read the passage once again. 2) Get the students to read the passage more carefully and then discuss the following questions in groups.
① Compare Kwanzaa with the Chinese Spring festival and Christmas. In which way are they similar and in which war are they different? ② Look at the seven principle of Kwanzaa. Which one do you think is the most important? Why? Are there any other festivals which have one or more of the same principles?
Step 6 Task—based activity
1) Ask the students act as an announcer and introduce Mid-autumn festival to the class. 2) Show some picture for the students to watch. 3) Give them some key words. August, traditional, Mid-autumn festival, moon cakes, Chang E, celebrate, get together, big dinner. 4) Give the students an example when necessary.
1) Go through the important points and difficult points of this lesson with the students once again. 2) Come to the screen ①To know about the brief history of the Kwanzaa. ②To get more information about the Kwanzaa. ③To master the important words, phrases and sentences.
④To retell the text.
Step 8 Homework
1) Finish some exercises. 2) Write a passage about a festival of China. 3) Preview Lesson15.