Unit 1 Tales of the unexplained
Part 1: Teaching Design
●Welcome to the Unit
Step 1: Brainstorming
1. Boys and girls, have you ever heard something not only interesting and attractive but also unexplained at all
even with the help of modern science and technology in the world? Here are some pictures on the screen. Can you tell me what they are?
The chances for seeing a UFO are greater for those people who live in small towns or in the country and
are outside late at night.
UFOs. Yes, they are called UFOs, meaning unidentified flying objects.
UFOs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are only small spots of light that move in strange patterns across the night sky.
Some can be seen in the daytime are often disk- or saucer-shaped.
UFOs were once seen in different parts of China. Look at some pictures on the screen, please.
Do you think such kind of things mysterious ? Are you curious about them? Besides UFOs, can you list
anything more unexplained you’ve ever heard or seen in your daily life?
They are Yetis, the Loch Ness Monster, Stonehenge and the Pyramids in Egypt.
2. Open your books and let’s look at page one. Please read the instruction and focus on the five pictures and illustrations first. Then answer the following questions:
Do the five pictures have something in common?
If so, what is it? (unexplained; no satisfactory answers; mysterious; no evidence...)
Can scientists explain these phenomena?
How do you feel about them?
Are you a bit curious?
3. Think of as many expressions as possible to answer the questions above. Try to make up some sentences and read them to the class. I will also offer you some examples.
They are mysterious because no satisfactory answers have been offered to explain them. Though these
mysteries have puzzled people for a long time, they still show great interest in them.
People feel puzzled by the mysteries.
4. Report the information you have collected to the class. Your answers are quite different. Now we will use some of your answers as a prompt for a class discussion. For example,
Teacher: What information have you got about UFOs?