Unit 3 grade 9: Teen Stress And Pressure – Skills 2
1.1. Task 1 Unit 3 Grade 9
a. Listen to an interview with Mis Sweetie, the advice columnist of 4Teen magazine (Listen to the interview with Miss Sweetie, advice column of 4Teen magazine.)
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b. Choose the best answer. (Choose the best answer)
first. Miss Sweetie likes/doesn’t like her work as an advice columnist.
2. She is in/no longer in her adolescence.
3. She thinks giving advice to people is easy/not easy.
4. It takes time/doesn’t take time for her to come up with a piece of advice.
5. She thinks to give good advice we need/don’t need to empathise with people.
Guide to answer
2. no longer in
3. not easy
4. takes time
first. Miss Sweetie enjoys her job as a consultant.
2. She is no longer in her teens,
3. She thinks counseling people is not easy.
4. She took her time to give a piece of advice.
5. She thinks that to give good advice we need to empathize with people.
Interviewer:..So how do you like this work?
Miss Sweetie: Oh very much. I feel like I’m living my teenage years again! (laugh) But really, it’s great that I can help our dear readers in this way
Interviewer: Do you find it difficult to give advice?
Miss Sweetie: Well, yes… I take time to think of the best possible advice that I can give. I think it’s most important that we put ourselves r other people’s shoes.
Interviewer: So it’s about being able to empathise…
Miss Sweetie: Exactly. But even so, we also need to be very careful about how to put the advice into words. We need to be sensitive… It’s not only -about giving the best solution, it’s also about helping the person get over negative feelings. For example, I often use ‘It might be a good idea to…’ rather than ‘You ought to..Or perhaps ‘I think you should…’ for me sounds much better than ‘You must.’
People interview: … So how do you like this job?
Aunt Sweetie: Oh, a lot. I feel like I’m living my teenage years again![cười]). But really, it’s great that I can help our dear readers in this way.
People interview: Do you find it difficult to give advice?
Aunt Sweetie: Ah, yes… I took the time to think about the most helpful advice I could give. I think the most important thing is that we put ourselves in other people’s shoes.
People interview: So it’s about being able to empathize…
Aunt Sweetie: Exactly. But even so, we need to be very careful about how we put advice into words. We need to be quick… Not only is that the best solution, but it also helps the person to overcome the negative emotions. For example, I often use ‘Maybe a good idea…’ instead of ‘You should…’. Or perhaps ‘I think you should…’ sounds much better to me than ‘You must…’.
1.2. Task 2 Unit 3 Grade 9
Answer the question
first. What are the two things that Miss Sweetie likes about her work? (What are two things Miss Sweetie likes about her job?)
⇒ She feels like she is living her teenage years again, and she loves helping readers by giving them advice. (She feels like she’s living her teenage years again, and she loves helping readers by giving them advice.)
2. What did she say was most important when giving others advice? (What does she say is most important when giving advice to others?)
⇒ She said it’s most important that we put ourselves in other people’s shoes. (She says the most important thing is that we put ourselves in the other person’s shoes.)
3. Why does she think the language used for giving advice is also important? (Why does she think the language used to give advice is important too?)
⇒ Because language should be used sensitively so that the person can get over the negative feelings. (Because language should be used sensitively so that the person can overcome negative feelings.)
1.3. Task 3 Unit 3 Grade 9
Which of the following expressions are more likely to be used by Miss Sweetie when she gives advice? (Which of the following phrases is likely to be used by Miss Sweetie when giving advice)
Guide to answer
1. No 2. Yes 3. No 4. No 5. Yes
first. ‘You should talk to her.’
2. ‘I think you should tell her.’
3.’You have to tell her.’
4.’You have to tell her.’
5. ‘It might be a good idea to talk to her’
2.1. Task 4 Unit 3 Grade 9
Look at 2, A Closer look 1 and give one piece of advice to each student (Look at Lesson 2, A Closer Look 1, and give advice to each student.)
A. Have you thought about asking a friend who is confident about maths to help you? Perhaps you just need a little more practice.
Guide to answer
B. I know how you feel, but I don’t think you should worry about this change. It’s normal, and it shows that you’re growing up. (I know how you feel, but I don’t think you should worry about this change. It’s normal, and it shows you’re growing up.)
C. If I were you, I wouldn’t have too high expectations. I would do my best in the exam, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to feel so stressed. (If I were you, I wouldn’t have too high of expectations. I’ll try to do my best in the exam, but I don’t think feeling too stressed is a good thing.
D. Have you thought about telling this to your parents? They might think of a good solution to help you. (Have you thought about telling your parents about this? They might be able to come up with a good solution to help you.)
E. It might help to consider breaking this big task into smaller tasks and then tackle them one by one. (Perhaps it would be helpful to consider breaking this large task into smaller tasks and then tackle them one by one.)
F. It might be a good idea to talk about this to someone. Have you thought about turning to your teacher for help? (It might be a good idea to talk about this with someone. Have you thought about getting your teacher’s help?)
2.2. Task 5 Unit 3 Grade 9
a. Write a short note to Miss Sweetie to her for advice about a problem at school or with your friends. Use the ‘Asking advice’ box on SKILLS 1, page 32 to you. Sign the letter with a made-up name not your real name. (Write a short paragraph to Ms. Sweetie asking for advice about a problem at school or with your friends. Use “Ask for advice” on Skills 1 page 32. Sign with a name other than your real name.)
Guide to answer
Dear Miss Sweetie,
I am in grade 9 at a school in the city. I love my school, my teacher and my parents. But this year, I have to learn too much. My parents want me to become an engineer so I must try my best to enter the best university. Beside that, I have to travel far to learn English. My weekend is also fully booked with music class, swimming class… I do not have time for myself. I do not know how to tell with my parents about this problem. Could you give me some advice about this?
Dear Miss Sweetie,
I am in grade 9 at a school in the city. I love my school, my teachers and my parents. But this year, I have to study a lot. My parents want me to become an engineer so I have to try my best to get into the best university. Besides, I still have to go far to learn English. My weekends are packed with music classes, swimming lessons… I don’t have time for myself. I don’t know how to tell my parents about this.
b. As a whole class, put the notes in a pile and take a diferent note. Write a short answer (2-3 sentences) to give advice about the problem. Use the ‘Giving advice’ box above for help. (The whole class gathers notes and makes another one. Write one short answer (2 – 3 sentences) to give advice on the problem. Use the “Give advice” section to do this.)
Guide to answer
I think you should talk to your parents about what you really want. About your schedule, you should ask your parents to rearrange it so that you can have time to relax. That must be better for not only your physical but also mental health.
I think you should talk to your parents about what you really want. As for the schedule, you should ask them to rearrange so that you can have time to relax. That will be good for you. not only for your physical health but also for your mental health.)
3. Practice Task 1
Choose the best answer
Question 1: Nam wanted to know what time …………
A. does the movie begin B. did the movie begin
C. the movie begins D. the movie begins
Question 2: I wondered the right thing.
A. whether I was doing B. if I am doing
C. was I doing D. am I doing
Question 3: The scientist said the earth ……….. the sun.
A. goes round B. is going around
C. went around D. was going around
Question 4: Peter said that if he ……….. rich, he ……….. a lot.
A. is – will travel B. were – would travel
C. had been – would have traveled D. was – will travel
Question 5: They said that they had been driving through the desert …………
A. the previous day B. yesterday
C. the last day D. Sunday previously
4. Practice Task 2
Choose the word which has a different stress pattern from the others.
Question 1: A.neighbourhood B.assignment C.emotion D.supportive
Question 2: A.experience B.emotional C.emergency D.favourable
At the end of the lesson, students need to do full exercises, practice listening, practice writing a paragraph giving advice and remember the following vocabulary:
- adolescence /ˌædəˈlesns/ juvenile
- come up with /kʌm/ /ʌp/ /wɪð/ find out
- empathise /ˈɛmpəθaɪz/ sympathize
- sensitive /ˈsensətɪv/ delicate, quick
- expectation /ˌekspekˈteɪʃn/ expectation
- tackle /ˈtækl/ solve