College English Integrated Course
Book Three Unit Two
The Freedom Givers
Teacher: zhong wen
Students: 56 sophomores
Content of the textbook: unit-2 text A the Freedom Givers
Textbook: foreign language teaching and research press
Time duration：10 minutes
The author tells three stories about the Underground Railroad and early Black civil rights movement. The three stories are chosen because they are representative of all participants in this movement: John Parke r is a freed slave who later turned into a courageous “conductor”; Levi Coffin is a brave white “conductor”; Josiah Henson is a slave who struggled his way to freedom with the help of the Underground Railroad.
We learn about the name of Josiah Henson at the beginning of the text, yet his full story is not told until the last part. In this way the author achieves coherence of text.
The class is made up of 56 students, with 30 girls and 26 boys ,who have a good knowledge of Basic English, but know very little about the American culture behind the language. So in this introduction part, It is necessary to introduce some background information to the students before reading
Students will be able to:
1.understand the main idea(early civil-rights struggles in the US, esp. the underground
2.grasp the key language points and grammatical structures in the text,
3.conduct a series of reading, listening, speaking and writing activities related to the
theme of the unit
4.Appreciate the various techniques employed by the writer (comparison and contrast,
topic sentence followed by detail sentences, use of transitional devices,etc.);
Step 1 Lead-in
T: Today we are going to talk about the ethic heroes in American history, before the class, I’d like to introduce the slavery to all of you.
T: Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, during his term of office; he led the civil war and abolished the slavery.
T: In the battle against slavery, not only did the president try his best to abolish this system, but also the people, especially the black people living in the South America try hard to fight for their own feat. Today, we will introduce some freedom givers in the American history. Before
the Civil War, a secret system was used in the US to help thousands of slaves to escape to the free northern states or Canada. The slaves were called “passengers”, the people who helped them were “conductors”, and the salves hid in “stations”(safe houses) along the way. And this passage will introduce three heroes escaping or helping others escaping by this Underground Railroad. Please turn to page 34.
Step 2 while- reading task
T: Scan the passage to see if there is any division between parts of the texts. (There is a blank line between each part)
T: We can see that there are four parts in this passage, please scan the passage again and pay attention to the every first and last paragraph of each part, then tell me the name of the three heroes and in which paragraph they were described.
T: We learn about the name of Josiah Henson at the beginning of the text, yet his full story is not told until the last part. In this way the author achieves coherence of text. Now we will have
a intensive reading of part I and par tⅣtogether and learn what happened on Josiah Henson.
Before reading, we will learn these new words.
T: OK ,now read the part I and par tⅣagain and try to find out all of the information of Josiah Henson
S:… since time is limited, we will discuses about Josiah and the other two heroes next time, see you.
Step 3: post-reading tasks
T asks Ss to prepare the next two parts.
1) thin and graceful
eg: She has a long slender neck.
2)not enough to be useful, helpful, or effective
★slender chance/ hope
eg: The company now only has a slender hope of survival.
1)a small village in an area with few people
eg: a settlement on the edge of the desert
2)the movement of a new population into a place to live there
eg: the settlement of the American West
3)an agreement or decision ending an argument, question, etc
eg:After the settlement of our differences, we became friends.
「+that/of」having a belief in one’s own powers or ability
eg:The government is confident of winning/ that it will win the next election.
cf: confidential: adj(spoken or written in secret; to be kept secret)
★keep sth confidential
eg:Doctors are required to keep patients’records completely
1) devote time/ effort/ money etc to
(use your time, effort etc in order to do sth or help sth be successful)
eg:I’m devoting all my time and energy to being a mom right now.
2)devote oneself to (to do everything you can to achieve sth or help someone)
eg: She has devoted herself to caring for the poor.
(important in history)
eg: a historic meeting between two leaders
1)which represents a fact/ facts of history
eg: a historical play
2)connected with history as a study
eg: He gave all his historical papers to the library.
1) 「+from」to find a way out; get out
eg: They escaped from the burning house.
2) 「+v-ing」(of a person) to avoid
eg:He narrowly escaped being drowned.
3)(of an event, a fact, etc.) to be unnoticed or forgotten by
eg: Nothing escaped his attention.
eg: The enemy soldiers were fleeing in all directions, but few of them could escape.