zheng he and his seven voyages exercise 1key words
in addition to, fleet, voyage, supply, sink, exploration
■ ask students what they know about zheng he. encourage them to say as much as possible.
■ look at the key words with the students and see if students already know some of them. do not pre-teach any new words but encourage them to guess the meanings while reading the text.
■ ask students to refer to the notes while reading so that they can understand the passage better.
■ match the key words with the definitions. answers
1 in addition to 2 supply 3 voyage 4 fleet 5 exploration
■ students work in pairs reading the text and answering the questions. answers
1 zheng he was one of china's most famous sailors. he was ordered by zhu di to sail to faraway countries for exploration.
2 zheng he's first mission as admiral was the voyage across the indian ocean.
3 zheng he's ships carried gold, silver, silk, porcelain and other treasures to give as gifts to the rulers of the neighboring countries.
4 zheng he had brought back things like medicines, spices, ivory, pearls and strange animals. the most famous of these gifts were a giraffe and a zebra.
5 after his death, the stories of his travels made him one of china's most famous sailors.
■ if you have time, ask students to work in pairs and ask and answer the questions. encourage them to ask more questions if possible and tell the story of zheng he to the class.
■ in small groups, ask students think of another famous traveler. ask them to talk about what he/she did and make notes. have them write down their own story in english.
■ then ask them to appoint one or two speakers to tell the class about this person in their own words. bulletin board
■ to discuss a problem
■ to write descriptions of sea animals
■ to exchange ideas about different ways to describe things
■ to further explore the theme of the unit
■ students read the notes.
■ ask students what events could be organized for a sea animal show.
■ students discuss ways to describe sea animals.
■ students discuss what information is given in the sea animal descriptions.
■ students choose one sea animal that they are interested in and write a description of it.
■ display the descriptions on the class bulletin board. encourage students to read other students’ descriptions after class.
■ to encourage students to reflect on what they have learned in this unit