本单元的中心话题是“自由战士”（freedom fighters），听、说、读、写始终围绕这一主题展开。语言知识和语言技能部分主要是围绕“freedom fighters）这一中心话题进行设计的。课文讲述了美国黑人争取自由的历史，从而说明自由、平等的重要性。同时也表达了对那些为自由和平等权利而献身的勇士们的敬仰。
“听力”（Listening）部分是在“热身”活动的基础上，以听力训练形式进一步帮助学生了解马丁·路德·金，听力中节选了的“I HAVE A DREAM”的部分句子。练习包括四个项目，设计多样，生动有趣。第四题有利于培养学生用英语进行总结概括自己思想的能力。
“口语”（Speaking）部分设计了两个问题，第一题以三人小组的活动形式，组织学生谈论约翰·布朗（John Brown）和哈丽特·塔布曼（Harriet Tubman）的人生经历，引人深思，使学生能用英语阐述自己的意见。第二题以诗歌形式出现，有利于寓教于乐，激发学生学习英语的兴趣。
重点词和词组：freedom, civil, revolution, slavery, abolish, put…into prison, racial, discrimination, join hands, set an example to , regardless of , at first sight, etc.
句型：What happened first was that …
What happened as a result of …
You could expect …because…
That led to …
One of the reasons why … is …
… is often followed by …
在认知策略培养方面，引导学生进一步了解史实和具体事件，加深对种族及种族歧视、不同国家、不同历史年代人物与事件等的认识和理解。另外，课前、课后鼓励学生利用网络和图书馆搜集相关资料，善于获得学习资源，充分利用学习资源，如：进入美国著名歌曲Glory, Glory, Hallelujah; Blowing In The Wind; We Shall Overcome及文化背景网页、斯坦福大学网页http://www.stanford.edu/等获得有关马丁-路德演说录音和部分黑人运动歌曲。在另一方面，着重培养情感策略，激励学生热爱民主、平等、和平、自由、守法，积极上进、奋斗创新。
Period 1：Warming-up and Listening
Period 3-Period 4：pre-reading, while-reading, post-reading
Period 5：Word study and Grammar
Period 6：Integrating skills.
Period 1 Warming-up & Listening
1.Learn and master the new words and expressions in this period.
2.Talk about civil rights and freedom fighters to improve the students’ speaking ability.
3.Do some listening practice to improve the students’ listening ability.
4.Learn about some freedom fighters.
Step 1 Warming up
Task1 Free Talk
T: We are now living in a civilized world with every human race living in harmony with each other. And as a human being, what we are now paying more attention to, is the human right .
Questions : 1. Was every human race are treated equally in the past?
How about now?
2. Were the blacks treated as equal citizens? How did they get their freedom?
3. Who devoted themselves to this? Do you know any famous freedom fighters? (Show some pictures of some famous freedom fighters.)
T: Look at the two pictures and read the notes about them.Then have a discussion in groups of four.Try to explain why they are great men and in which way struggle was an important part in the lives of these men.
T: From the discussion we had just now,we know that in 1993 Martin Luther King,Jr. gave a famous speech—“I have a dream”.Have you ever listened to it? ( Get the students to go through the exercises on Page 25 and Page 26 first. And the play the tape for the first time.)
Questions: What kind of talk did Martin Luther King, Jr give?
What was his talk about? When did he give this talk?
1. Listen for the first time with the book closed
2. Listen again with the book open and individually answer the questions and complete the blanks.
3. Check the answers in pairs.
As freedom fighters, Martin Luther King was murdered and Nelson Mandela was put in prison for about 30 years.
Do you think it is worthy-while?
Why do you think so?
T: In this period, we have talked about two distinguished freedom fighters Martin Luther King,Jr. and Nelson Mandela. And we have also listened to the famous speech—I have a dream. There is no doubt that civil right is very important for everyone, to know more things about is surely necessary.
a. Go overl all the new words and expressions that occur in this unit.
b. Finish the exercise Talk on the workbook.
c. Search some information about the history of American Civil War , John Brown and the evolution of civil right.
Period 2 Speaking
Step 1 Revision
Students retell about the two famous leaders Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, using the information in Warming Up. And students collect information about how the situation has been improved by their struggle.
Step 2 Pre-speaking
The teacher writes the information about the years in Warming Up on the blackboard and raise questions as below:
T: Could you tell us what happened when in 1955?
S: Yes, of course. King graduated and organized his first actions in 1955.
T: What happened in the year of 1957?
S: He formed an organization.
T: What happened as a result of that?
S: They carried out movement. / He became one of the leaders.
That led to the freedom fighting.
S1: What happened to N. Mandela during 1962-1989? What are the reasons?
S2: One of the reasons why …is that he…
S1: What led to his success?
S2: His peaceful action led to his success.
(Teachers use the new expressions on Page 27. Pay attention to the Language Input.
We can change the practice into a filling form if it is too difficult for some students.)
Step 3 Speaking
1. Watch the video (from the film Gone with the wind).
Talk about the situation when in American Civil War. The picture below
is one about a battle.
Some other pictures and Questions:
What was the life of the slaves like ?
How was the life of the whites in the south ?
Are there some people fighting against slavery?
Did people find good ideas to save the poor slaves? They took actions.
fighting struggles demonstration
↘ ↓ ↙
↗ ↑ ↖
wars escaping making laws
(In addition: The civil war of American broke up slavery, and later brought about rapid development of industry . )
Now read the notes about John Brown and Harriet Tubman. Ask them to tell about the two great freedom fighters.
Use the expressions of Page 27 to make up some dialogues in pairs . Then teachers get some pairs to act out the dialogues in front of the class.
To help the students grasp the information , we can use the years or some verbs :
John Brown: in 1800; in the 1840s; in the 1850s ; in 1855
Harriet Tubman: worked as a slave; escaped; joined; saved; fought; opened
Step 4 Post-speaking
If time permits, get students to finish the task of talking ------
What’s your opinion to slavery?
What do you think of John Brown / Harriet Tubman?
(or: is his struggle important to the situation/ improvent? ; notes: their fighting is quite different from King’s or Mandela’s, while they . They fought to create a safe area for black people. )
How did John Brown die? ----- He was killed by the slave owners/ farmers who wanted to