M2 Unit 1 Reading
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Boy Missing, Police Puzzled
To help Ss know the way of writing a newspaper article To develop students’ ability
of reading a newspaper article To master some useful words and expressions
Important and difficult points:
The way of writing a newspaper article and the way of reading it
Step 1 Lead in 1. Tell students a piece of news which is about the popular singer, Jay Zhou’s disappearance. The content is as follows. Missing Jay Zhou The popular singer, Jay Zhou, has been missing for 2 days. His family, friends and funs are very worried about him. If anyone sees him, please call me on 13862208888. “What do you think happened to Jay Zhou?” 2. Someone says maybe Jay Zhou was taken away by aliens(外星人), just like the boy in this video. Step 2 Reading strategy Here is a news story , which is also about a missing boy. “Is this boy taken away by an alien?” Let’s have a look at the title. 1. Is there anything wrong with the title according to the grammar? (the title is incomplete) 2. How can you complete the title? 3. Why did the writer use an incomplete sentence as its title? (brief) 4. Can you name some other features of a news title? 5. How to read a news article? title: ‘Boy missing, police puzzled’ (general idea, some words are left out) the first paragraph (lead): ( key infomation ) the first sentence in the first paragraph: (the most important information) the following paragraphs: (new but less important background information) Step 3 1st Reading Ask the students to finish reading the rest of the text and get the answers.
1.Where does Justin Foster live? (He lives in Dover, New Hampshire.) 2.Why did Justin’s mother go to bed early?
(She went to bed early because of a headache.) 3. What time did the witnesses see Justin? (At 10.45 p.m.) 4. What color were the aliens? (They were white) 5. Who else has been taken by the aliens? (Mavis Wood has been taken by the aliens.) 6. Who was in charge of the case? (Detective Sam Peterson was in charge of the case)
Step 4 Listening to the tape and filling in the blanks A 15-year-old boy called Justin went 1 suddenly last Friday. At 8 pm that evening Justin left home to play 2 with tow friends. After the game he returned 3 at about 11 pm. During the time when he put on his 4 CD, a bright light 5 outside Kelly’s window. Kelly saw a large 6 flying outside. She also saw many white-skinned, strange-looking 7 with large black eyes 8 inside. Then the spaceship moved towards Justin’s 9 . Kelly heard Justin shout. Since then 10 has ever seen him. (1. missing 2. baseball creatures 8. standing 3. home 9. bedroom 4. favourite 5. appeared 10. nobody ) 6. spaceship 7.
Step 5 Discussion in groups Suppose you are Justin and has come back., a reporter is interviewing you, asking what you did during your disappearance.
预习作业 一、读文章并完成下列表格： A newspaper article always gives details to support the main points of the story. Idntify the supporting details for each point below. Main Points Justin Foster went missing. Supporting details Mrs Foster thought __________________. Mr Foster was surprised ______________. Justin Foster _______________________.
The police found that Justin Justin’s friends said __________________. returned home. Witnesses said _____________________. Kelly heard ________________________.
The boy was taken away by Kelly saw __________________________. aliens. Kelly heard ________________________. Mavis Wood said ____________________.
二、再读文章并完成下列信息： At 8 p.m Justin Foster At 10.45 p.m At 11 p.m. After 11 p.m. The next morning its appearance its inside he was heard he was found shape strange objects colour size
1. Ask the students to read the first paragraph quickly and find out the answer . “What is the article about? ” (a boy was missing and the police were puzzled)
2. Read the first paragraph carefully to get other important facts such as: (1) When and where was the boy missing? (2 days ago in Dover, New Hampshire) (2) What caused the boy's sudden disappearance? (Not mentioned) (3) How old was the boy? (15) (4) Why did people show interest in his disappearance? (It was related to Eliens)
Step 6 Retelling Retell the story according to this diagram Justin Foster: At 8 p.m. ______________________ At 10.45 p.m. _________________________ At 11 p.m. _________________________ After 11 p.m. , he was heard ______________ The next morning, he was found __________ strange objects: its appearance : shape / colour / size its inside
Ask students to give an ending to the story. Though the police have made efforts to investigate the case, how Justin was missing remained a mystery. Was he really seized by aliens or were there any other reasons? All the endings are acceptable. If time doesn’t permit, the teacher can assign this activity as homework.
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