The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Students can have a better understanding of the reading material about The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Students will learn some useful expressions to introduce places of interest.
Students are able to use different basic reading strategies like grasping details correctly in their reading process.
Students will be interested in traveling more places of interest all over the world.
Key and difficult points
To understand the content of the passage and know how to introduce the place of interest.
To grasp the reading strategy and raise their interest in traveling more places of interest all over the world.
Step 1: Warming-up
1. Greet students by using different languages.
2. Sing a song named You and Me together with the class:
You and me, from one world.
We are family.
Travel one dream, a thousand miles.
Meeting in Beijing.
Invite students to introduce the background of this song and share some information with students that every four year countries all over the world will take part in the Olympic Games and ask students whether they know the amount of countries in the world and whether they can name some.
Step 2: Pre-reading
Show students pictures of the Roman Colosseum and Venice, ask students to describe them and then ask them whether they know where they are and which country they are in.
Step 3: While-reading
1. Extensive reading
Ask students to read the passage quickly for the first time and try to figure out what the passage is mainly about. Then invite one student to share the answer: the main idea is the introduction of The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
2. Intensive reading
Ask students to read the passage for the second time and at this time, let them pay attention to some key numbers which refer to years. Then try to make a timeline according to the passage.
Then invite some students to come to the stage to show their answers on the blackboard.
3. Ask students to read after the teacher to imitate the intonation and pronunciation.
Step 4: Post-reading
Ask students to work in groups of 4 and 8 minutes will be given to them to share their own traveling experiences, and introduce more places of interest they know or they have traveled to their group members. When the time is over, invite 2 groups at random to share and give proper evaluations.
Step 5: Summary and Homework
Summary: invite the monitor to make a summary and also share his own opinions on the topic. Then remind students to protect the environment wherever they travel.
Homework: ask students to find more information about places of interest and then choose one they like best to recommend to the doctors and nurses who work hard during the epidemic.
1. How should we improve students’ interest in reading?
The cultivation of reading interest is very important for English learning, and it is a great source for students to input knowledge. Therefore, I will help students develop their interest in reading from the following aspects.
First of all, the type of reading materials should fit students’ interests. Students in junior high school have the ability to appreciate simple literary works, so students can be recommended to read some simple works of British and American literature. In addition, both slightly longer works and vivid as well as interesting script works can also be recommended to them. Secondly, in reading class, the teacher should pay attention to the penetration of reading skills to help students improve their reading ability effectively. Thirdly, after reading, expansion activities should be correspondingly arranged, for example, let students discuss the topics of the articles they have learned, cultivate students’ awareness of communication, give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned, and then enhance their sense of confidence in learning.
In a word, the cultivation of reading interest is the long-term goal of teaching and learning. Teachers should try their best to help students.
2. What is scanning? What is skimming?
Thanks for your question. Both of these two skills are useful, and students should master.
Scanning and skimming are very practical reading skills, which can help students get information from articles quickly and accurately. The skimming is to browse the article quickly and get the general idea of the article. However, scanning, as its name implies, requires readers to scan articles like a printer scanning files. Before scanning, readers should have the information they need to obtain, so that they can accurately find the location and obtain detailed information during scanning.
As a teacher, we should implement the use of two skills in reading class, and cultivate students’ reading habits of using these two skills, so as to improve their reading ability.