Each unit begins with an illustration (cartoon, comic strip, photo with speech bubbles, advertisement) that introduces the grammar point in natural language and sets the general theme of the unit.
Here are some general suggestions for presenting the illustration.
1. Ask pre-reading questions. These questions help set the context and focus the students’ attention on the meaning of the illustration. (See the Unit-by-Unit Notes for suggested pre-reading questions and possible answers.)
2. Have students read the text of the illustration to themselves. Alternatively, you may read the text to them as they follow along in their books. For cartoons that have more than one speaker, you may wish to have the students read the text in pairs.
3. Have students do the Check Point. This can be done individually or in pairs. Check their answers. Ask why they chose their answers and why they rejected the other answer choices.
4. Focus on the grammar point (usually the words in bold print) in the text. Ask students questions about its use and meaning. (See the Unit-by-Unit Notes for suggested questions and answers.)