1. Teaching material
Senior English for Schools Student’s Book 3--- unit 2 Parents
and Children (reading: A Boy and His Tree).
2. Teaching Aims
1) knowledge object
Learn and master the following words and expressions: shade,
bite, endless, cruel, unconditional, take a nap, chop off, grow up,
go by, go sailing, lean on and so on.
2) ability object
Students are trained to improve their reading abilities and get a
better understanding of the text by finish some tasks in the class.
3) moral objects
a. To develop students’ sense of cooperation.
b. To help students learn to appreciate the parental love or learn
to be grateful to parents.
3. Teaching Key points
Let students master the new words and expressions in the text,
and summarize the whole text to get the morality of the story.
4. Teaching Difficult points
How to improve student’s reading abilities and help them get a
better understanding of the story in the text.
5. Teaching Approaches
1）Situational teaching method
2) Task-based teaching and learning
3) Skimming to get the correct time sequence of the story
4) Scanning to get the detailed information
5) Group work to act it out
6) Discuss some deep questions
6. Teaching Aids: PPT, the blackboard
7. Teaching Time : 40 minutes
8. Teaching Procedures
Step 1Activities before class
Read the first 5 paragraphs quickly and put the pictures into
right order (P15—P16).
Answer: C D A E B
Work in groups to finish the table below；
When What the boy What the tree felt
needed/did and offered
A long time ago, Loved to play around Loved to play with
the tree him
As time went by, Grew up, picked and sad
sold all the apples, left
One day, Returned, chop off the Excited, lonely
branches, left happily and sad
One hot summer, Returned, cut down the delighted
trunk, went sailing
Finally , Returned, sat down on Glad and smiled
the stump and rested with tears
Step 2 Greetings
Greet the class as usual.
Step 3 Presentation
(Show a picture on the screen.)
T : What can you see in this picture?
S1: There is a boy and an apple tree.
S2: The tree is full of red apples…
T: Now imagine “What will happen between the boy and the
S3: The boy planted an apple tree when he was young?
S4: The boy wants to pick some apples.
S6: The boy wanted to steal some apples…
T : Ok, before we get the answer, let’s first invite some students
to tell us the story in their own way.
Step 4 Acting out
Invite some students to act the story out. (The students need to
introduce themselves first.)
(B—boy T--- tree N--- narrator)
N: Once upon a time, there was a boy and a tree. The boy loved
to play with the tree, and the tree also loved to play with the boy.
N: As time went by, the little boy grew up. One day, the boy
T: Come and play with me.
B: I am growing up and I don’t play around trees. I want toys. I
need money to buy toys.
T: I have no money. But you can pick and sell the apples, and
then you will have money to buy your toys.
B: Good idea.
N: The boy did so, left happily. But the tree was sad.
N: One day, the boy returned.
T (excited): Come and play with me.
B: I have no time. My family needs a house. Can you help me?
T: I don’t have a house. But you can chop off my branches to
build your house.
N ：The boy really did it and left happily. He didn’t come back
for a long time. The tree was again lonely and sad.
N: One hot summer day, the boy returned again.
T: Come and play with me.
B: I am getting old and so tired, I want to go sailing to relax.
Can you give me a boat?
T: Use my trunk to build a boat and I am sure you will have a
B: Oh, that’s great!
N: The boy went sailing and didn’t show up for a long time.
N: Finally, the boy came back.
T: Sorry, my dear boy, I have nothing for you now. All that’s left
are my dying roots. <With tears>
B: Oh, I don’t need much now. I am tired. All I need is just a
place to rest.
T: Come, come and sit down with me and have a rest.
N: The tree was so glad and smiled with tears.
Step 5 Filling in the blanks
T : Their performance is wonderful !(All of you did a good job!)
Thank you! Let’s give them some applause! But now it’s your
turn! First, I will divide you into two groups to finish some
blanks, which are about the story. Are you ready?
T : This is a story about an apple tree and a _____.
T: Good. When young, the boy liked to play with the tree,
such as ___________ under the shade…
S8: take a nap
T ：Yes. May be “taking a nap” would be better.
(Time went by, the boy ______. He needed more. The tree
gave the boy its _______ and helped him get the toys.
To build the house for his own family, the boy _____all the
tree’s______. When the boy became very tired and wanted
to go ________, the tree gave him its _____ to make a boat.
Finally, when the boy became an old man, the apple tree
provided its remaining ________ to let him lean and have a
Answer: boy, taking a nap, grew up, apples, chopped off,
branches, sailing, trunk, stump)
T : Most of you really have a good memory . Well done!
Step 6 Discussion
T: After learning the story, there is a question:
Do you think what the boy did was right? Why?
S9: I think what the boy did was wrong because he asked for too
much from the tree.
S10: He never said “Thanks!” to the tree.
T : Well, another question:
What do you think the story want to tell us?
You can discuss with your partners. Two minutes later, I’d like
to share your idea.
S11: To be polite.
S12: Don’t ask too much from other people.
Step 7 Para 6--7
T: Now please read paragraph 6 loudly. I am sure you will find
T(two minutes later): Ok. First please tell me what the apple tree
stands for ？
Ss: Our parents.
T: Right. What do you think the story wants to tell us?
S13: Our parents give everything to us.
S14: We are so cruel to our parents.
T: Right. Our parents are so selfless and did too much for us. It’s
time for us to do something in return. But what can we do (to
repay our parents)?
S15: I will make a lot of money and give all the money to my
S16: When I grow up, I will buy a big house for my parents.
T: Well, before answering the question, let’s first read the last
paragraph aloud and try your best to recite it.
Step 8 Conclusion
T: From the last paragraph we know time is precious and limited.
Well, there are some pictures for you.
(Showing some pictures on the screen)
T: From the picture we know in order to save their children,
some parents gave up their lives in the earthquake. Now let's
jump back to our question:
What can we do in return? Only when we grow up can we do
something for our parents?
T: May be it’s too late. No matter how rich you are in the future,
but if you can’t serve your parents in time. It will be useless. So
what should we do? The answer is: From now on,
Do whatever you can to help your parents.
Share some time with your parents.
Show your love.
Can you do that?
Step 9 Homework
T ：We talked so much today. But actions speak louder than
words. So after class I hope all of you can give a call to your
parents---- that is your homework.