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高一英语 Module 1 unit 3 Reading 1

Module 1 Unit3 Reading 1

Teaching aims:

After learning this part, the students will be able to grasp the main topics of the three e-mails—Amy’s problems, how she dealt with them and Zhou Ling’s concerns and advice to Amy and the students’ interest will be stimulated in learning English by expressing their own opinions on the topic “To be beautiful or to be healthy”.Through some practice, the students will improve their reading abilities of skimming and scanning to a certain level.

Teaching procedures:

Step 1 Lead-in

1.      Show the students some pictures and ask them to answer the following questions:

● Do they look good and feel good?

● Whom do you like better, the thin or the fat? Why?

2.  Then show them a picture about a fat man exercising to lose weight which may make the students laugh and ask them this question:

● What’s the man trying to do?

 [Explanation]

通过图片,激发学生的兴趣,引入“减肥”这一话题。

Step 2 Pre-reading

1. Do some pair work to discuss this question?

●If you are the person who is a little over-weight, how would you lose weight?

Suggested answers:

Going on a diet / Doing exercise / Receiving surgical treatment / Taking weight-loss pills

2.      Talk about the ways to lose weight and discuss which methods they prefer, including the advantages and disadvantages. Finally fill in the form.

Two questions for further discussion:

● Which method would you prefer?
● What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of them?

3.      Ask the students to look at the title and predict what will be talked about in the text. (Who, what, how, why, the results…)

[Explanation]

结合图片开展讨论,增加话题的趣味性;要求学生根据文章标题对即将学的内容进行预测,更加激发起他们的学习愿望,对培养他们的发散性思维也大有益处。

Step 3 Reading

1. Fast reading

Ask the students to read the text fast and answer the three questions on page 42 and try to guess the meaning of the title “Dying to be thin …”

Suggested answers:

1) The first is that Amy wanted to be thin very much.

2) The second is that Amy was going to die because she had taken some weight-loss pills.

2. Careful reading

Let the students read the first two emails paying attention to some detailed information and then finish some exercises.

1)      True or false exercises:

(1) In Amy’s first e-mail to Zhou Ling, she says she is going on a diet.

(2) In the last two months Amy has lost 10kg.

(3) In Amy’s second e-mail, she regrets taking those weight-loss pills.

(4) Zhou Ling didn’t answer Amy’s e-mail in time because he has no computer.

(5) In China, people seldom take weight-loss pills to lose weight.

Suggested answers:

1. F  2.F  3. T   4. F  5. F

2)      Multiple choice questions:

1. According to Paragraph 2 in the first email, Amy is an actress, _______.

A. who often exercises  B. who wanted to lose some weight

C. who became ill      D. who ate little

2. Why did Amy decide to take weight-loss pills?

A. She was overweight    B. She was having problems.

C. Her clothes did not fit.  D. She wanted to become slimmer.

3. The pills did great harm to Amy’s _______.

A. heart                               B. lungs                      C. liver                            D. eyes

4. What does Amy do now in order to recover?

A. She goes to the gym every day.

B. She does exercise and eats healthy food.

C. She stays in bed all day.

D. She takes a lot of medicine.

5. Zhou Ling, Amy’s friend, _______.

A. did not want to read Amy’s e-mails

B. was sorry to hear about Amy’s problem

C. thinks Amy should lose weight

D. thinks diets and weight-loss pills are necessary

6. Amy’s experience is _______.

A. an interesting one               B. caused by her family

C. like that of some people in China   D. a problem only for actresses

Suggested answers:

1-6 BDCBBC

3. Detailed reading

1) Fill in the charts about the three periods of Amy’s mood.

What Amy did

Reasons

results

Amy’s emotions

take Fat-less pills

an actress;   ashamed of  being fat.

slimmer; tired and weak

joyful

regretful

 hopeful

be in hospital

liver failure; good medical treatment

dying; recovering

Mother’s words

Health is the most important thing.

Don’t damage your health for a slim and attractive figure.

2) Have a discussion about this question:

Suppose you are Amy’s best friend. If you are going to write a letter to her, what will you say to her? And what advice would you give to Amy?

3)      Read the last email and pay attention to some detailed information and then finish some exercises.

Questions and answers:

(1) Why didn’t Zhou Ling write to Amy until today?

(2) Who does Zhou Ling think should learn from Amy’s story?

Suggested answers:

(1) Her computer was broken.

(2) Many people in China, some of whom are not over-weight at all.

4. Do the pair work to finish Part C2 on page 44. and give the main idea of the text.

Suggested answer of the main idea:

We learn from Amy’s experience of losing weight that we should not be ashamed of our weight problems. It’s important for us to learn to be confident and realize the value of good health.

 [Explanation]

通过问题的设置检验学生对文章细节以及文中各角色的观点行为的理解,通过小组活动要求学生就某一问题提出看法并展开讨论,加深学生对阅读内容的理解,培养学生的语言运用能力。

Step 4 Further Discussion

   Ask the Ss to work in groups to discuss the following questions.

1.      What lessons has Amy learnt from her experience?

2.      What kinds of advice would you give to Amy?

[Explanation]

在学生已经理解全文的基础上进一步拓展学生的思维空间,培养其阅读方面的概括能力和语言表达能力。

 

Step 5 Reading strategy

1. Explain the differences in meaning between the sentences with “however” and “but”.

2. Find out in the text the sentences containing “however” and “but”.

3. Practice (Fill in the blanks with “however” and “but”)

1) Learning the guitar isn’t difficult, ______ you have to practise.

2) Rick was very successful. ________, the last few years of his life were not happy ones.

3) My neighbors like loud pop music, ______ I don’t like.

4) So far I haven’t had any success, _______, I’ll keep trying.

Suggested answers: 1. but  2. However  3. but   4. however

[Explanation]

英语阅读策略是指在英语阅读过程中有意识地调控阅读环节的过程,它是有目的、有计划地灵活运用一系列阅读方法或技能的学习过程。让学生掌握一定的阅读策略,有利于提高学生的阅读技能和培养学生的自主学习能力。 

Step 6 Homework

1.      Read the text again to get a better understanding.

2.      Finish Part A1, A2 on page 94.


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