Reading strategy: scanning Find out all the bar heights that Michael has jumped over. Comprehension
Find out all the bar heights that Michael has jumped over. paragraphheight P1 & P617 feet / three inches higher than his personal best P717 feet 2 17 feet 4 P12 & P1317 feet 6 ½ increase his personal best by 9 ½ inches P9 Comprehension
Find out all the bar heights that Michael has jumped over. paragraphheight P1 & P617 feet / three inches higher than his personal best P717 feet 2 17 feet 4 P917 feet 6 / nine inches higher than his personal best P12 & P1317 feet 6 ½ increase his personal best by 9 ½ inches Comprehension
Text Organization Reading strategy: skimming Read the first sentences of P1-P6. Find the paragragh(s) which describes Michael’s life before the competition. His palms were sweating. The stands were filled with about 20,000 people, … As long as Michael could remember he had always dreamed of flying. Where he flew would always coincide with his mother’s story. From the age of 14,Michael did just that. All of Michael’s vault today seemed to be the reward for his hard work. Comprehension
P1-2 P3-5 P6-12 P13 The pole vaulting event. Michael’s dream and hard work (flashback). The pole vaulting event. Conclusion of Michael’s achievement. Comprehension Text Organization
With all the media attention and sponsorship possibilities, Michael’s life would never be the same again. It wasn’t just because he won the National Junior Olympics and set a new world record. And it wasn’t because he had just increased his personal best by 9½ inches. It was simply because Michael Stone is blind. Comprehension Listen to the last paragraph.
How can a blind person win the gold medal in pole vaulting event and create world record? Comprehension
All of Michael Stone’s vault today seemed to be the reward for his hard work. (P 6) Hard work Dedication Determination Discipline Training program Comprehension
The intensity of the moment filled his mind with anxiety.(P9) He pictured his mother. He began shaking the tension. It wasn’t working. He became more tense. Why was this happening to him now, he thought. He began to get nervous. Afraid would be a more accurate description. What was he going to do? His mother used to tell him when you felt tense, anxious or even scared, take deep breath. Comprehension
Interpreting the title What does the title “True Height” mean? Comprehension
Obstacles in the competition and life -Hard training -Anxiety in the competition -Being blind True Height Achievement in the competition and life -Win the gold medal -Create world record -Beat his personal best by 9 ½ inches Comprehension Interpreting the title Pun ( 双关 )
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. ----- Moliere Comprehension
faileddumpeddepressed Discussion Pair work Discuss with your partner: 1. What obstacles have you met in your life? 2. How do you overcome those obstacles ？
Tips to overcome the obstacles in your life: 1. Be aware that the obstacles in life are temporary. 2. Do not question or doubt yourself. 3. Get started right now. 4. Break your task into smaller tasks. 5. Ask for help. Discussion
Michael had overcome physical and mental obstacles to win the first place and set a new record in pole vaulting. But what he teaches us is quite beyond that, because he is blind. Summary Obstacles Success Self-confidence Hard work Proper strategies
Homework 1.Read books or search online to find stories of overcoming obstacles. Share the stories in the next class. 2.Write a composition of overcoming obstacles, which can be the great people’s story or your own story.