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高二教案 第695期
发布时间:2017-12-04

2017-2018学年度第15期总第695期高二教案
Linking humans and AI (P1)
烟台第二中学 孔洁
I. Warming up  
Alpha Go defeated Lee Sedol 4-1.
The pride of humankind was crushed.
Saudi Arabia gave citizenship to a robot named Sophia.
Can humans be replaced by AI?
II. Skimming
Read the passage quickly and decide what abilities AI has
•Consciousness
•Imagination and creativity
•Illogical craziness
•Calculation
•Logic
Read the passage quickly and summarize the main idea.
•It discusses the abilities unique to human beings compared with AI’s abilities.
III. Scanning
Para 1 Judge whether the following are true or false
•Alpha Go has defeated a human Go player once.
•Saudi Arabia gave citizenship to a robot named Sophia last year.
•Everything that separates humans and AI seems to be at risk right now.

Para. 2-5
What sets humans apart from AI?
1) Hao Jingfang    
•Consciousness.
•AlphaGo is intelligent in a ______ way, but not intelligent _________ to ask the important questions – Do I like playing Go? Do I want to play Go today? Why do I have to play Go when you tell me to?” In other words, computer programs don’t have a choice to say “no”. They probably don’t even know what a “choice” is – all they ever do is _________.
2) He Huaihong    
•Imagination and creativity
•A machine couldn’t have _________ the theory of ______ just because it was hit by a _____ apple, he said. It’s human imagination that _______ what seem to be completely random and ________ concepts, something that a machine – which works by _____ rules only – can’t do, at least for now.
3) Viktor Mayer-Schonberger
•Creativity, originality, even plain illogical craziness
•Instead of focusing ____ how computers have overshadowed us _____ calculating abilities than humans, we should probably “consider our qualities ____ a different end of the spectrum: creativity, originality, even plain illogical craziness, instead of hard-nosed logic”.

Para. 6 Read & answer
How could human beings live in harmony with AI?
•Maybe in the future ____ artificial intelligence becomes even more ________, humans and AI will learn to use each other’s talents ________. If AI can handle the boring tasks like calculating and driving for us, we’ll have more time to create, think, and be busy _____ “being human”.
IV. Language focus - sentences
Analyze the marked parts.
•It’s human imagination that connects what seem to be completely random and irrelevant concept, something that a machine – which works by fixed rules only– can’t do, at least for now.
Emphatic sentence强调句
宾语从句
concept的同位语
定语从句,修饰something
定语从句,修饰machine
•random: irregular
•irrelevant: not relating to a particular situation, unrelated
•fixed rules: rules that can’t be changed
•Human imagination can connect irregular and unrelated concepts. But because a machine/AI works by set rules, it can’t make connection between these concepts.
IV. Language focus - words & phrases
Find the following words in the article, paying attention to the word formation.
•irreplaceable
•replace - replaceable -irreplaceable
•consciousness
•conscious - consciousness - unconscious
•irrelevant
•relevant - irrelevant
•illogical
•logic - logical - illogical
V. Discussion   
Can we live in harmony with AI in the future?
VI. Homework   
What other qualities do you think are unique to humans? Discuss them with your partners.


Living life on the highway (P4-5)
烟台第二中学 孔洁
I. Lead-in
•Do you know any road novels or road movies? Have you ever read or watched one?
•A road movie is a film genre in which the main characters leave home on a road trip, typically changing the perspective from their everyday lives.
•The United States is a vast country whose long highways connect very distant places. Many famous American novels and films are about stories that occur while their characters are traveling along these highways.
The Washington Post listed Sing, Unburied, Sing as one of its 10 choices of 2017’s Best Books
II. Skimming
Read the passage quickly and summarize the main idea.
It introduces a road novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, which reflects the influence of racism on a family.
III. Scanning
Read the passage thoroughly and find out the answers to the following questions.
1. What is the novel about?
•The road journey here is ______ Mississippi, as an African-American mother and her two children travel to ________ her white husband – the children’s father – as he’s _____ from jail.
2. Does the family have a joyful journey? Why?
•No.
•Because neither the mother, Leonie, nor the father, Michael, are _____ parents. Leonie __________ is so full of anger and regret that she ________ her unhappiness ____ her children, the 13-year-old Jojo and his little sister Kayla. And the pain of _____ proper financial support makes the journey even harder.
3. What do we know about Jojo?
Jojo, the boy, is the most _________ of them. But it is ________ to read about how he experiences the world. Even though he’s young, he’s already experienced _____________ of life. The opening sentence of the book gives a _____ of Jojo’s ________ maturity: “I like to think I know what death is. I like to think that I could look at it ________.”
4. Why did The Washington Post list the novel as one of its 10 choices of 2017’s Best Books?
•novel as one of its 10 choices of 2017’s Best Books?
•This is probably why The Washington Post _____ Sing, Unburied, Sing as one of its 10 choices of 2017’s Best Books. “The plight of this one family is ____ crimes that stretch over decades,” wrote the newspaper. “These are people pulling all the ______ of history.”
IV. Language focus - sentences
Paraphrase the following sentences.
•1. If you enjoy American stories, you’ll have noticed that quite a few of them take place on the road.
•If you read American stories, you’ll have found that many stories happen on the road.
•2. And the pain of lacking proper financial support makes the journey even harder.
•They are short of money and it makes the journey even harder.
•3. But who, or what, is to blame for these sad circumstances?
•What has caused the sad condition of the family?
•4. When she thinks about the past, she’s of the same mind as him.
•When she thinks about the past, she has the same idea as him.
•5. These are people pulling all the weight of history.
•There are the people bearing the weight of the world.
IV. Language focus – words & phrases
Find out the following words and phrases and pay attention to their usage.
•quite a few
•vast
•occur
•release
•takes out her unhappiness on sb
•lack proper financial support
•sympathetic
•the opening sentence
•maturity
•be to blame for sth
•be of the same mind as sb
•ruin life
•be tied to sth
V. Post-reading  
•Do you like road novels or movies? Why? Share one of your favorite road stories with us.
 


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