(1)Students grasp the main topics of the three sections---types of stand-up, a famous comedian and the fact that laughter is good for your health.
(2)Students can learn some useful new words and expressions in this part.
Students will improve their reading skills and how to use different reading strategies to read different reading materials.
(1)Develop students’ sense of group cooperation and team work.
(2)Stimulate students’ interests in learning English.
II Teaching Key &Difficult Points
State the main idea of each paragraph in own words.
Know something about Billy Crystal.
To practice laughter is the best medicine in our daily life
III Teaching procedures:
Step 1: Warming up(5mins)
(1)Show students some pictures of Mickey mouse, Donald duck, Tom and Jerry, Mr. Bean, and some comedians.
(2). Ask them:
(a). Seeing these pictures, you can’t help laughing. Why? (Possible answers: silly, stupid, strange, funny…)
(b). What can make people laugh? (Possible answers: jokes, comedians, funny movies, humorous stories…)
(3) What are the health benefits of humor and laughter?
(possible answers: reduce stress, lower blood pressure, protect the heart, improve brain functioning, make you feel good……)
Justification：In this way, students’ learning interest will be aroused. And this free talk can make a good preparation for further reading.
Step 2: Pre-reading(5mins)
Teach students some key words to make sure students can read the passage more smoothly..
Justification：It can help them to use predicting skill properly，and learn some new words.
Step 3: While-reading(20mins)
1. Global reading (5mins):
Ask the students to read the text to get the main idea.T: Now please read the text and find the answers to the following questions. Show the questions on the screen. Write down their ideas in one sentence. Then skim the passage and see if they were right. Invite four students to show theirs results.
2. Detailed reading (15mins):
1. Read the part of “Types of stand-up”
Ask the Ss to find out the different types of stand-up and explain them.
(If the Ss don’t know the meaning the new words of the four types, guide them to guess from the context.)
2. Read the part of “A famous comedian”
(1) Ask the Ss to read the first few lines and answer the question “Who is mentioned here as a famous comedian?”—Billy Crystal
(2) Ask the Ss to read this part carefully and try to complete the file for Billy Crystal. When talking about Billy’s idols, give the Ss some information about Bob Hope and George Burns.
(3) Ask the Ss to discuss in groups of 4: “What special qualities should a comedian have?”
(The teacher can give some answers after the discussion, but don’t limit the students’ answers.)
3. Read the part of “Laughter is good for your health”
Ask the Ss two questions:
(1) What does your brain do when you laugh?
--When you laugh, your brain sends chemicals around your body that are good for you.
(2)What is the English idiom about laughter mentioned in the text?
--“Laughter is the best medicine”
Justification: All this activities are mainly used to help them have a better understanding on this text and cultivate their awareness of using reading strategies, like scanning, skimming, predicting and mind map.
Step 4: Post-reading(10mins)
1.Retell the passage according to these words on the screen.
2.Listen to the tape and try their best to imitate the pronunciation.
3.Divide the Ss several groups and ask them to make a conversation which includes the main ideas in this class .How to keep healthy.
Justification: They can express their feelings about this topic freely. Also, they have more opportunities to use the passive voice in past tense.
Step 5: Summary & Homework (5mins)
1.Ask some students to retell what they have learned in this class, let students look at the blackboard and make summary with me.
2.Ask students to search for more information about the topic, such as videos, stories, books and so on. Let them share what they have collected in the next class.
Justification:This can help students to have a short review of this class.
IV Blackboard design
Justification: show them the key points of this lesson.
Reflection of students: students should be given more chance to practice their oral English
Reflection of blackboard design: there should be more vivid pictures and interesting drawings.