Unit 1 Festival around the world
Part 1 Teaching Design
Period 3 A sample lesson plan for Using Language
(A SAD LOVE STORY)
Language is learned to be used in and for communication. So in this period we shall have the students read, listen, write and speak in English, making use of the focused words, expressions, structures and topic ideas covered in this unit. Warming up by talking about “carnival” is to be followed by listening and speaking. Reading is done by having students reading and underlining. Then speaking and acting are carried out based on the reading. A guided writing is then offered. Further applying（Finding information，Writing letters）is presented here for the teacher’s choice. To end the period students may be asked to read the poem on page 8.
To help students read the passage A SAD LOVE STORY
To help students to use the language by reading, listening, speaking and writing
1. Warming up by talking about “carnival.”
What is a carnival?
1. The period of merrymaking and feasting celebrated just before Lent.
2. A traveling amusement show usually including rides, games, and sideshows.
3. A festival or revel: winter carnival. carnival, communal celebration, especially the religious celebration in Catholic countries that takes place just before Lent. Since early times carnivals have been accompanied by parades, masquerades, pageants, and other forms of revelry that had their origins in pre-Christian pagan rites, particularly fertility rites that were connect ed with the coming of spring and the rebirth of vegetatio n.
In recent times, the term carnival has also been loosely appli ed to include local festivals, traveling circuses, bazaars, and other celebrations of a joyous nature, regardless of their purpose or their season.
There is a big and famous carnival in Trinidad every February. Li Mei and Wu Ping are there. Listen to the tape and answer the questions on page 6.
You have visited America and you have returned home to China. You are phoning your friend in America to thank him for the visit. These expressions might help you.
Could/ Would you please…? I’d love to…
It’s very kind of you… I look forwa rd to…
Thank you very much/ Thanks a lot. It was a pleasure…
You’re most welcome. Don’t mention it.
4. Reading and underlining
Next you are to read and underline all the useful expressions or collocations in the passage A SAD LOVE STORY. Copy them to your notebook after class as homework.
Collocati ons from A SAD LOVE STORY
meet sb. at the coffee shop在咖啡店遇到某人, after work下班后, turn up突然出现；到场；调低（收音机等）, right now, laugh at 嘲笑, keep one’s word守信用；履行诺言, look forward to ~ing期待做某事, all day整天, be alone with sb.与某人在一起, be like a fool像个傻瓜, hold one’s breath屏息；屏气, drown one’s sadness in coffee, it is obvious that…显然……, wait for…to leave等待……离开, wipe the table擦桌子, sit down坐下, turn on the TV打开电视, a weaving girl织女, a herd boy牛郎, fall in love with与……相爱, get married secretly秘密结婚, be married to sb.嫁给/娶了某人, become angry变得生气, return to Heaven, cross the river过河, once a year一年一次, make… of…, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month每年七月初七, hear about听说, set off for home动身回家, throw… away, remind sb. of…提醒某人想起……, pass… on the corner on one’s way home在回家路上, hear…~do/ ~ing, wave at sb. 向某人挥手, have a gift for sb.给某人一个礼物 a happy Valentine’s Day一个快乐情人节
Turn to page 8 and with a partner, find the answers to the questions:
① Why did Li Fang feel like a fool? →Because he was alone and heart-broken.
② What was Li Fang afraid t hat Hu Jin was doing? →She could be with her friends laughing at him.
③ How did Li Fang know the manager wanted to shut the coffee shop? →He saw the manager wipe the tables, sit down and turn on the TV.
④ Why do people want the weather to be fine on Qiqiaojie? →Because if it rains Zhinu would weep and the couple wouldn’t be able to meet.
⑤ What is the reason why Li Fang and Hu Jin did not meet on time? →For Li Fang had gone to the wrong place to meet Hu Jin. They should meet at the tea shop.
⑥ Why was Li Fang so worried at the end of the story? →Because he had no gifts for Hu Jin.
6. Acting a text play
Next we are going to put the text A Sad Love Story on stage, that is, to play the story.
A text play of A SAD LOVE STORY
(Time: Valentine’s Day; Place: the coffee shop and the tea shop; People: Li Fang, the coffee shop manager and Hu Jin )
Li: (heart-broken) (to the manager) What time is it now, Sir?
Manager: It is ten to ten. Are you waiting for someone here?
Li Fang: Yes, I am meeting my girl friend here. She said she would be here by seven o’clock. It is almost ten now. We agreed to meet here, at this coffee shop after work. But she has not turned up yet.
Manager: You look heart-broken. Don’t worry. I am sure she will be here very soon. Maybe she is with someone right now, doing something. But she will keep her w ord.
Li Fang: I don’t think she will come to meet me. I look forward to being alone all my life. She is laughing at me. Oh, my God. I look like a fool, being alone on this Valentine’s Day, with nobody loving me in this world.
Manager: So hold your breath for me to calm you down. Don’t drown your sadness in coffee.
Li Fang: It is obvious that you want me to leave, don’t you? What ar e you doing? Are you wiping the table? Why did you sit down and turn on the TV?
Manager: No, I won’t ask you to go. Look! It’s a sad Chinese story about love, on TV.
Li Fang: I do not watch TV plays very much.
Manager: But this one you must watch! It tells about a weaving girl and a herd boy. They have fallen in love with each other.
Li Fang: Are they married?
Manager: Yes, they got married secretly. But the mother of the girl, the Goddess, doesn’t lik e her daughter to be married to a human. See she becomes angry and orders her to return to the Heaven.
Li Fang: How about Niulang? Will he follow the girl back to the Heaven?
Manager: Yes, he tries to follow her. But…