Thinking before class:
This is a narrative passage. It talks about two different kinds of lifestyles. Through learning this passage, students can think about their attitudes towards life. And maybe they can improve their life quality.
To read two texts for specific information
To improve the students’ reading ability and expressing ability.
Step 1: Lead-in (pair work)
First ask students the question to arouse their interest.
1. What do you think a perfect day is like?
(Students will give all kinds of answers: go shopping ; watching TV; read novels; listen to music; surf the Internet and so on.)
2. What are your favourite kinds of TV program?
(Students will give all kinds of answers: sports programmes; the news; TV serious; cartoons; game shows; films; and so on.)
3. Draw a conclusion: do all you like to do; live a life in the way you like.
Now read two texts telling you two people’s perfect days.
step2: Fast reading or listen to the passage with books open (pair work)
Understanding the text
Read the text and answer the following questions.
1. What kind of lifestyle do you think the man in a couch potato?
2. Do you ever watch too much TV? How much time do you spend watching TV every day?
3. What kind of lifestyle do you think the man in the second text?
Step3: Careful reading( pair work)
After students read the passage carefully, they will do the following reading comprehension on the paper:
1.Is Brain a lazy person? Can you find two examples of his lazy behaviour?
(Yes. He doesn’t get up early. He doesn’t work but his wife works and she makes his meals.)
2.What do you think “You’ve got the world at your feet ” means?
(It means you are in a position where you have the chance to become very successful. In the text, it is used in a humorous way. It means this person feels he has a successful life because he can watch anything he likes in the TV.)
3.How does Bob spend his morning and evening?
(His morning is very busy, with very little time to get dressed and have all kinds of urgent matters. His evening is not easy, either. He has documents to read and never gets to sleep until mid-night. )
4.Why does Bob’s family complain?
(Because he seldom has time for fun and other activities with his family.)
5.Why does Bob work so hard?
(He wants to make more money for his family and he likes being busy.)
Step 4:Post-reading ( individual work )
1. Which lifestyle do you prefer? Which one is healthier? What can Bob or Britain do to improve their lifestyles?
2. What does a couch potato refer to?
3. What does a workaholic mean?
Step 5: Discussion (group work)
Talk in pairs. Is your partner a “couch potato”, a “workaholic” or neither? Ask questions like these:
What do you do at weekends? Do you often study at weekends?
Step 6: Homework:
Write a composition “My Perfect Day”
Words:100 words or so
Thinking after class:
1.Through many kinds of reading methods, students understand the passage very well, and form certain reading abilities including students-students activity and teacher-students activity. It reflect students’ leading role.
2.Use different Teaching Aids properly.
3.When students discuss, the teacher should become not only tutor but also controller, making every student take part in it.
4.The last work about speaking and writing can make student form the ability of learning by themselves.