(1)能把握以下单词：compete, typical, skill, typical, compare,
compare…with, continue, crazy, push, development, cause.
1. Why don’t they just let their kids be kids?
2. Although it’s normal to want successful children, it’s even more
important to have happy children.
Step 1 warming-up
1）Introduce Dalong to the class and enjoy a video of Dalong’s crazy weekend.
2) Talk about what Dalong’s after-school classes and Dalong’s opinion of these activities.
3)Lead the class to talk about if they have some after-school classes to take.
(Purpose:get the students interested in the class and lead in the topic of this period)
Step 2 while reading
Task 1. Skim the whole passage and find out the answer to the following question. What is the common problem for Chinese and American families?
A. Chinese and American students are relaxed.
B. Children have to take so many after-school classes.
(Purpose: During this time of reading, the teacher introduces reading strategy 1—skimming to teach the students how to skim a passage to get the main idea of a passage.)
Task 2. Guess the meaning of the words in bold. Try to choose the right meanings.
(Purpose: During this time of reading, the teacher introduces reading strategy 2-- Guessing the Meaning to teach the students how to guess the meanings of words with the help of the context.)
Task 3. Read para.2 and 3 and fill in the table.
(Purpose:students should be aware that different people have different opinions about after-school classes )
Task 4. Read para.4 and choose the right answer.
(Purpose:read the doctor’s opinion about after-school classes and prepare for the next step )
Task 5. Group discussion
Who do you agree with? Why?
A---I agree/disagree with Linda. Although it’s important to…, it’s more important for kids to...
B--I agree/disagree with Cathy,because it's important for kids to... ,so that they can….
(Purpose:After reading different opinions about after-school classes, let the students talk about their own opinions on this matter. )
Step 3 After reading
This is a special task. Students are supposed to Work in groups and write the letter to Dalong to cheer him up.
Interview the people around you about after-school classes, and write a report on it.