Unit 8 When is your birthday? 语言要点 广东省教育厅教研室 1. --- When is your birthday?
--- My birthday is November 11th.
--- When is Sarah's birthday?
--- Sarah's birthday is January 21st.
在询问某人的生日时，使用when引导的特殊疑问句。日期的常用表达方式有两种：（1）月日年，如：November 11，2005；（2）日月年，如：11 November，2005。 2. --- How old are you?
--- I am fifteen.
人的年龄时，使用how old 引导的特殊疑问句。
3. --- When is the volleyball game?
--- It's April 19th
Unit 8 When is your birthday? 读写综合 任务一：阅读关于名人生日的短文，把他们的名字写在日历相应的日期上。
I am Dido Jones. My birthday is in February. I know many famous（著名的）people's birthdays are also in February. Here are the Americans. President Abraham Lincoln's birthday is February 12th. The famous actor Clark Gable's birthday is February 1st. And the famous inventor（发明家）Thomas Edison's birthday is 11th. For the Chinese, the famous musician Nie Er's birthday is February 4th. Liang Qichao is a politician（政治家）in Qing Dynasty（清朝）, and his birthday is February 23rd. Well, it's my birthday, too. So, you won't forget me!
任务一：February 1st: Clark GableFebruary 4th: Nie ErFebruary 11th: Thomas EdisonFebruary 12th: Abraham LincolnFebruary 23rd: Liang Qichao
任务二：Hello, everyone! I am Bill Gates. I am from the US. I am fifty years now. My birthday is October 28. My birthplace is Seattle, a nice city in the west of America. I have a happy family. There are two daughters and my wife. I like reading, playing golf and bridge.
任务三：New Year's Day: January 1May Day: May 1Children's Day: June 1National Day: October 1Planting Trees Day: March 12Christmas Eve: December 24Christmas: December 25April Fools Day: April 1
Unit 8 When is your birthday? 文化背景知识介绍 1. Ask students about which age groups in their culture like to talk about how old they are and which age groups don't. In the United States, young children like to tell how old they are. Teenagers are sometimes sensitive about age questions because they want people to think they are older than they really are. After age 25, it is not considered polite to ask someone's age, except for business reasons. Many people in the United States think it's good to be young and bad to be old. How is it in the students' culture? Do teenagers like to tell their ages? Do younger or older adults get more respect?
2. Most American children celebrate birthdays with a cake with lighted candles on top, one candle for each year of their age. The birthday boy (or girl) is supposed to make a wish (without telling anyone what it is) and blow out the candles. If he blows out all of the candles with one breath, the wish will come true. Singing "Happy Birthday to You" is also a tradition on birthdays.
Some birthdays are more important than other birthdays, especially in the life of a teenager and young adult.
Age 13: becomes a teenager
Age 16: can obtain a driver's license in the United States (for an automobile)
Age 18: can register to vote
Age 21: can legally drink alcohol
In regard to astrology, many Americans know their sign (of the Zodiac) but most people do not seriously believe in astrology. In China, people sometimes celebrate their lunar birthday rather than their solar birthday. Chinese people also use twelve animals to symbolize the year in which one is born. The animals represent the twelve Earthly Branches, and they are the rat, the cattle, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the pig.