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Chapter 1 - Who Did Patrick's Homework?

(Working with the Text)

Answer the following questions. (Refer to that part of the text whose number is given against the question. This applies to the comprehension questions throughout the book.)

Question 1

What did Patrick think his cat was playing with? What was it really? (2)

Answer

Patrick thought that his cat was playing with a little doll. But in reality, it was a very small sized man, an elf.

Question 2

Why did the little man grant Patrick a wish? (2)

Answer

The little man granted Patrick a wish as Patrick had saved his life from the cat.

Question 3

What was Patrick's wish? (3)

Answer

Patrick hated doing homework. So he made a wish that the little man homework till the end of the session.

Question 4

In what subjects did the little man need help, to do Patrick's homework? (5, 6)

Answer

The little man was weak in Maths, English, and History. So, he needed Patrick's help in these subjects.

Question 5

How did Patrick help him? (7)

Answer

Patrick sat beside the little man and guided him to do homework. Moreover, he brought books from the library and read out to him.

Question 6

Who do you think did Patrick’s homework - the little man, or Patrick himself? Give reasons for your answer. (9, 10)

Answer

It was Patrick himself who actually did all the homework. Because he had to assist the elf again and again with guidance and books.

(Working with the language)

Question A

Fill in the blanks in the sentences below with the words or phrases from the box. (You may not know the meaning of all the words. Look such words up in a dictionary, or ask your teacher.)

1. Some people find household _____ bore, but I like to help at home. 2. Who stole the diamond is still a _____

3. This _____ we are going to have a class exhibition.

4. _____, the elf began to help Patrick.

5. Can you _____ this word in the dictionary?

6. I started early to be on time, but I was _____. There was a traffic jam!

7. She says she's got a lot of books, but _____ I think most of them are borrowed.

Answer A

1. Some people find household chaos a bore, but I like to help at home. 2. Who stole the diamond is still a mystery.

3. This semester we are going to have a class exhibition.

4. True to his word, the elf began to help Patrick.

5. Can you look up this word in the dictionary?

6. I started early to be on time, but I was out of luck. There was a traffic jam!

7. She says she’s got a lot of books, but between you and me I think most of them are borrowed.

Question B

Use the clues given below to complete this crossword puzzle.

Across

1. very tired

2. had an angry look on the face

3. short trousers

4. a fault in a machine that prevents it from working properly

5. a small and naughty boy-fairy

Down

6. work that must be done every day, often boring

7. a basket with a lid

8. gave a short, high-pitched cry

(Speaking)

 

Question A

In the story, Patrick does difficult things he hates to do because the elf pretends he needs help. Have you ever done something difficult or frightening, by pretending about it in some way? Tell your classmates about it.

Or

Say what you feel about homework. (The words and phrases in the boxes may help you.) Do you think it is useful, even though you may not like it? Form pairs, and speak to each other.

For example:

You may say, “I am not fond of homework.”

Your partner may reply, “But my sister helps me with my lessons at home, and that gives a boost to my marks.”

Activity for Student

(Writing)

Question A

This story has a lot of rhyming words, as a poem does. Can you write out some parts of it like a poem, so that the rhymes come at the end of separate lines?

For example:

Patrick never did homework. “Too boring,” he said.

He played baseball and hockey and Nintendo instead.

Answer A

The man was too small in size

He was true and wise.

The elf promised to all that

As Patrick saved him from cat

Patrick loves the play not work

Always keep pending homework

Question B

Look at these sentences.

1. “Too boring,” he said.

2. Cleaned his room, did his chores.

When we speak, we often leave out words that can easily be guessed.

We do not do this when we write unless we are trying to write as we speak (as in the story).

So, if we were to write carefully, we would say:

  • “Homework is too boring,” he said.
  • He cleaned his room and did his chores.

Question C

Rewrite the following incomplete sentences carefully, so that the reader does not have to guess what is left out.

1. more and more books

2. too difficult

3. got up late, missed the bus

4. solved the mystery

Answer C

1. My teacher read more and more books.

2. Geometry is too difficult to understand.

3. When he got up late on Monday morning, he missed the bus for school.

4. ISRO and NASA solved the mystery of the universe.

Question D

Look at this cartoon by R.K.Laxman. Read the sentence given below the cartoon. Discuss the following questions with your partner.

  • What is it about?
  • Do you find it funny? If so, why?
  • Do you think a cartoon is a serious drawing? Why or why not?

  • It is about a parent's concern for the betterment of the child to work hard (labour).
  • Yes, the cartoon is really funny. Father orders the child to work hard (labour) with studies. But he forbids the boy to read the laws against child labour.
  • A cartoon is chiefly meant to make us laugh. It is also a serious drawing in one sense. It draws our attention to some problem that affects us all.

Poem 1

(Working with the Poem)

Question

Do you agree with what the poet says? Talk to your partner and complete these sentences.

(i) A house is made of ___________________________________________

(ii) It has _________________________________________

(iii) A home is made by ______________________________________

(iv) It has _____________________________________________

Answer

(i) A house is made of lifeless brick and stone.

(ii) It has window glasses, a courtyard, tile floors, doors and a roof.

(iii) A home is made by loving and caring parents and children.

(iv) It has members who understand each other. They love and care for one another.

Question

Now complete these sentences about your house and home.

(i) My house is _____________________________________________

(ii) The best thing about my home is ______________________________

Chapter 2 - How the Dog Found Himself a New Master!

(Working with the Text)

A. Discuss these questions in pairs before you write the answers.

Question 1

Why did the dog feel the need for a master? (1, 2)

Answer

The dog usually gets tired and sick when he went for food searching alone. Moreover, he did not feel safe. So, he decided to have a master.

Question 2

Who did he first choose as his master? Why did he leave that master? (3)

Answer

The dog first chose a wolf as his master. But he found the wolf afraid of the bear. So, he left the company of the wolf.

Question 3

Who did he choose next? (5)

Answer

After wolf, the dog decided to choose a bear as his master. Because he was stronger than the wolf.

Question 4

Why did he serve the Lion for a long time? (8)

Answer

The dog served the lion for a long time because he had no complaint against him. He felt safe and secure with the lion. No other wild animal dared to displease or hurt him.

Question 5

Who did he finally choose as his master and why? (9, 10)

Answer

The dog finally chose a man as his master. Because man is the most powerful creature among all. Even the lion was afraid of man.

Question B

A summary of the story is given below. Fill in the blanks to complete it taking appropriate phrases from the box.

This is the story of a dog, who used to be his own master. He decided to find a master stronger than anyone else. First, he found a wolf, but the wolf was afraid of the bear. The dog thought that the bear was the strongest of all. After some time the dog met a lion, who seemed the strongest. He stayed with the lion for a long time. One day he realised that the lion was afraid of man. To this day, the dog remains man's best friend.

(Working with the Language)

Question A

Each word in the box given below indicates a large number of...

For example, ‘a herd of cows’ refers to many cows.

Complete each of the following phrases with a suitable word from the box.

  1. _____ of ships.
  2. _____ of flowers.
  3. _____ of chicks.
  4. _____ of cattle.
  5. _____ of sticks.
  6. _____of sheep.
  7. _____of fish.
  8. _____of wolves.

Answer

1. a fleet of ships

2. a bunch of flowers

3. a brood of chicks

4. a herd of cattle

5. a bundle of sticks

6. a flock of sheep

7. a school of fish

8. a pack of wolves

Question B

Make nouns from the words given below by adding –ness or – ity. (For some words we need to add just –ty, or –y.)

1. honest _____             7. creative _____

2. kind _____              8. sincere _____

3. cruel _____             9. cheerful _____

4. calm _____             10. bitter _____

5. sad _____                11. sensitive_____

6. active _____            12. great _____

Answer

1. Honesty

2. Kindness

3. Cruelty

4. Calmness

5. Sadness

6. Activity

7. Creativity

8. Sincereness

9. Cheerfulness

10. Bitterness

11. Sensitivity

12. Greatness

Question C

Wordsearch

• There are twelve words hidden in this table.

• Six can be found horizontally and the remaining six vertically.

• All of them are describing words like ‘good’, ‘happy’, etc.

• The first letters of the words are given below:

Horizontal: H      R      F       F         S         G

Vertical: A     W      S       F      L      Q

Horizontal words: Hasty, Ready, Fierce, Frightened, Strong and Good.

Vertical words: Angry, Worse, Surprised, Free, Loyal and Quiet.

Read the following passage and do the exercises that follow. Then

complete the family tree of dogs given on the facing page.

The Dog Family

The dog family is one of the 11 families that make up the Carnivores,

a large group of intelligent, flesh-eating, backboned animals. In this

group are such varied animals as bears, pandas, raccoons, cats, hyenas, and even seal. The dog or canine family has many wild species like wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals, and wild dogs.

The dog is the only domesticated member of the canine family though now and then someone tames a wolf, fox or coyote as a pet.

All members of the dog family are descendants of a wolf-like animal which lived about 15 million years ago. From this distant ancestor, true dogs gradually developed. But nobody knows the exact ancestor of the modern domestic dog.

Several wild dogs look and behave like domestic dogs. The dingo or wild dog of Australia is one of these. It is possible that the dingo was a tamed dog brought to Australia long ago which then ran wild.

Dogs were the first animals tamed by humans — perhaps 20,000 years ago. Tamed dogs were brought from Asia to the New World 5,000 or more years ago. Dogs were first used for hunting.

1. Find the opposites of these words in the text above.

(i) ancestor — — — — — — — — — —

(ii) wild t — m —

(iii) ancient — — — — — —

(iv) near d — — — — — t

(v) suddenly gr — — — — — — —

2. Complete the following sentences.

(i) The dingo is ————————— .

(ii) Dogs were the ——————animals tamed by humans. The other animals tamed by humans are —————————————

(Think and name some other such animals.)

(iii) The New World refers to ————————————— .

Dogs were brought there from ————————— .

Answer

1.

(i) ancestor-descendant

(ii) wild tame

(iii) ancient modern

(iv) near distant

(v) suddenly gradually

2.

(i) The dingo is a wild animal.

(ii) Dogs were the first animals tamed by humans. The other animals tamed by humans are horses, elephants, donkeys, cows, bulls, etc.

(iii) The New World refers to Amerika. Dogs were brought there from Asia.

 

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Poem 2 - The Kite

Question 1

List out the action words in the poem.

dive, dip, snaps, ——————, ——————, ———————,

——————, ——————

Find out the meanings of these words.

Answer

dive, dip, snaps, soars, rides, pulls, flaps

drive - to plunge

dip - bend

snaps - make a sharp sound

soars - rises

rides — sits on the back

pulls — drive forward

flaps — flutters

2. Read these lines from the poem:

Then soars like a ship

With only a sail

The movement of the tailless kite is compared to a ship with a sail. This is called a simile. Can you suggest what or who the following actions may be compared to?

He runs like —————————————––———

He eats like ——————————————–—–—

She sings like ————————————––——–—

It shines like ————————————–––———

It flies like ——————————————––———–

Answer

  • He runs like a deer.
  • He eats like a dog.
  • She sings like a bird.
  • It shines like a star.
  • It flies like a kite.

3. Try to make a kite with your friends. Collect the things required

such as colour paper/newspaper, thread, glue, a thin stick that can be bent. After making the kite see if you can fly it.

Answer

Activity for Students

Chapter 3 - Taro’s Reward

(Working with the Text)

Question A

Answer the following questions.

1. Why did Taro run in the direction of the stream?

2. How did Taro's father show his happiness after drinking saké?

3. Why did the waterfall give Taro saké and others water?

4. Why did the villagers want to drown Taro?

5. Why did the Emperor reward Taro?

Answer A

1. Taro ran in the direction of stream because he had never heard before that sound of falling water. He was thirsty also.

2. After drinking sake, his father warmth as well as energetic. He stopped shivering and started dancing.

3. Taro was a thoughtful son. Therefore the waterfall obliged Taro and changed water into sake as a reward for him. But the other people were greedy. So, it remained plan water for them.

4. The villagers also went to collect sake. But they got only plan water. They thought Taro made them fool. So, they wanted to punish him.

5. Taro was fully devoted towards his parents. The emperor wanted to encourage all children to respect, obey and serve their parents. So, he rewarded Taro as a role model.

Question B:

Mark the right item.

1. Taro earned very little money because

(i) he didn't work hard enough.

(ii) the villagers didn't need wood.

(iii) the price of wood was very low.

2. Taro decided to earn extra money

(i) to live a more comfortable life.

(ii) to buy his Old father some saké.

(iii) to repair the cracks in the hut.

3. The neighbour left Taro's hut in a hurry because

(i) she was delighted with the drink.

(ii) she was astonished to hear Taro's story.

(iii) she wanted to tell the whole village about the waterfall.

Answer B

1. Taro earned very little money because

(iii) the price of wood was very low.

2. Taro decided to earn extra money

(ii) to buy his old father some saké.

3. The neighbour left Taro's hut in a hurry because

(iii) she wanted to tell the whole village about the waterfall.

(Working with the Language)

Question A

Strike off the words in the box below that are not suitable.

Taro wanted to give his old parents everything they needed.

This shows that he was ...

Answer A

Taro wanted to give his old parents everything they needed. This shows that he was honest, trustworthy and efficient.

Question B

1. “This made Taro sadder than ever.”

‘This’ refers to

(i) a strong wind that began to blow.

(ii) Taro’s father’s old age.

(iii) Taro’s inability to buy expensive saké for his father.

(Mark the right item.)

Answer B

"This made Taro sadder than ever."

'This' refers to (iii) Taro's inability to buy expensive saké for his father.

2. “This, said the emperor, was to encourage all children to honour

and obey their parents.”

‘This’ refers to

(i) the most beautiful fountain in the city.

(ii) rewarding Taro with gold and giving the fountain his name.

(iii) sending for Taro to hear his story.

(Mark the right item.)

"This, said the emperor, was to encourage all children to honour and obey their parents."

'This' refers to (ii) rewarding Taro with gold and giving the fountain his name.

C. Arrange the words below in pairs that rhyme.

Example: young – lung

money – sunny

Answer C

Sad - Bad

Could - Wood

Sound - Round

Last - Fast

Wax - Axe

Way - Day

Chop - Stop

D. 1. Fill in the blanks with words from the box.

A ———— woodcutter lived on a ————–— hillside. He was a ———— son who worked ————— but earned ————— money. One day he saw a ————— waterfall hidden behind a rock. He tasted the water and found it —————.

Answer D (1)

Fill in the blanks with words from the box. A young woodcutter lived on a lonely hillside. He was a thoughtful son who worked hard but earned little money. One day he saw a little waterfall hidden behind a rock. He tasted the water and found it delicious.

2. Find these sentences in the story and fill in the blanks.

(i) This made Taro ——————–——— than ever. (3)

(ii) He decided to work ——————–——— than before. (3)

(iii) Next morning, Taro jumped out of bed ——————–——— than usual. (4)

(iv) He began to chop even ——————–———. (4)

(v) Next morning, Taro started for work

Answer D (2)

Find these sentences in the Story and fill in the blanks.

(i) This made Taro sadder than ever.

(ii) He decided to work harder than before.

(iii) Next morning, Taro jumped out of bed earlier than usual.

(iv) He began to chop even faster.

(v) Next morning, Taro started for work even earlier than the morning before.

(Speaking and Writing)

A. Speak the following sentences clearly but as quickly as you can. Learn them by heart.

(i) How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood.

(ii) Betty bought a bit of butter, but the bit of butter was a little bitter so she bought some better butter to make the bitter butter better.

Answer

Activity for Student

B 1. The story ‘Taro’s Reward’ shows that Taro is thoughtful, hardworking and also wise. Read aloud the parts of story that show these qualities in Taro.

2.

(i) Like Patrick in the story ‘Who Did Patrick’s Homework’, Taro is helped by magic. Do you believe in magic? What are the magical things that happen in these stories?

(ii) Which story do you like better, and why? Do you know such stories in other languages? Discuss these questions in class.

3. Now write a paragraph or two about these two stories, comparing

Them.

1. "All day long he chopped wood in the forest. Though he worked very hard, he earned very little money. This made him sad, for he was a thoughtful son and wanted to give his old parents everything they needed."

2. (i) I don't believe in magic. It is just playing trick and practice. In this story, the magic is done as there appears a waterfall behind the rocks and the water tasted like sake.

(ii) Both the stories are based on the fact that hard work is the key to success. But I like Patrick's most as it is more adventurous.

3. Who did Patrick's homework be more adventurous than Taro's Reward? Patrick was hardworking but still hated homework. He was good at sports. The story was quite natural and leaves a message that hard work always pays. On the other hand, Taro was a thoughtful, wise and hardworking boy. He was just opposite to Patrick. He was fully devoted to his parents and was rewarded by the emperor for the same thing.

C. 1. Listen to these children. What are they talking about?

2. Work in groups. Come to some agreement on each of the activities given below. Decide which is the most interesting, dullest, most dangerous, safest, most rewarding, most exciting.

1. They are discussing about the difficulties related to driving or learning English. On the same fact one of them is agree but other is not.

2.

Most interesting: dancing, listening to music and watching TV. Dullest: knitting, learning language and sewing.

Most dangerous: mountain climbing.

Safest: Walking, stamp collecting.

Most rewarding: reading, fishing. Cooking and painting.

Most exciting: Playing football and swimming.

The Quarrel

Dictation

Your teacher will speak the words given below. Write against

each two new words that rhyme with it.

1. bed —–———–———— —–———–————

2. wax —–———–———— —–———–————

3. fast —–———–———— —–———–————

4. chop —–———–———— —–———–————

5. young —–———–———— —–———–————

1. bed - led, shed

2. wax - fax, wax

3. fast - cast, last

4. chop - flop, shop

5. young - among, belong

(Honeysuckle)

(Chapter 4 An Indian - American Woman in Space: Kalpana Chawla)

(Working with the Text)

Question A

Answer the following questions.

1. Where was Kalpana Chawla born? Why is she called an Indian - American?

2. When and why did she go to the U.S.? Who did she marry?

3. How did she become an astronaut? What gave her the idea that she could be an astronaut?

4. What abilities must an astronaut have, according to the journalist? 5. Describe Kalpana Chawla's first mission in space.

6. What does Kalpana Chawla say about pursuing a dream? Do you agree with her that success is possible?

Answer A:

I. Kalpana Chawla was born at Karnal, in Haryana. She was born in India but married to an American and became a naturalised citizen. That is why she is called an Indian-American.

2. After completing her bachelor degree in aeronautical engineering, she went to the U.S. for master degree in aeronautical engineering. She married an American, Jean-Pierre Harrison, who was a flight instructor.

3. After completing her bachelor degree in Aeronautical engineering, she went to the U.S. for master degree in aeronautical engineering. She earned her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and was selected by NASA for training as an astronaut in 1994. People around her always encouraged to become what she wanted.

4. An astronaut should have lots of knowledge about aeronautical engineering and biology.

5. Kalpana Chawla's first space mission in the space shuttle Columbia, was 15 days, 16 hours and 34 minutes long. During this time she went around the earth 252 times, travelling 10.45 million kilometres. Among her colleagues were a Japanese and a Ukrainian astronauts. They performed so many experiments.

6. Kalpana said, "The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get onto it.... Wishing you a great journey." Yes, I do agree with her. If we make a goal and work hard for the same, later or sooner, we will definitely achieve it.

Question B:

Read the newspaper report to find the following facts about the Columbia's ill-fated voyage.

l. Date and place of lift off:

2. Number of astronauts on board:

3. Number of days it stayed in space:

4. Number of experiments done by scientists:

5. Date of return journey.

6. Height at which it lost contact:

Answer B:

l. Date and place of liftoff: 16 January 2003

2. Number of astronauts on board: 7

3. Number Of days it stayed in space: About 16 days (15 days, 16 hours & 34 minutes)

4. Number Of experiments done by scientists: 80 experiments

5. Date Of return journey: 1 February 2003

6. Height at which it lost contact: 200,000 feet

(Working with the Language)

Question A:

Answer:

Question B:

Use these phrases in sentences of your own, after finding out their meanings.

1. broke apart

2. streaked over

3. spread across

4. lifted off

5. blast Off

6. went on

7. cheered along

8. on board

9. carry on

Answer B:

I. broke apart — Separated: The two friends broke apart just because Of some confusion.

2. streaked over - Left a thin line: The jet plane streaked over the building high in the sky.

3. spread across - widely known: During October, the Dengue fever was spread across the city.

4. lifted Off— Rose from the launching site: The helicopter lifted Off the helipad with all of its passengers.

5. blast off— Take of noisily: Normally the satellites blasted off in the morning time.

6. went on — Continued: The debate competition went on for 5 hours. 7. cheered along — Encouraged: During the match, players are cheered along with their fans after every good shot.

8. on board — Inside the plane: The ship has about 400 passengers on board.

9. carry on — Continue doing: He was car n Studying even after exams were over.

Question C: We add 'un-' to make opposites. For example, true — untrue. Add 'un'— to the words below to make their opposites. Then 100k up the meanings Of the words you have formed in the dictionary. l. identified 2. controlled 3. attended 4. successful 5. Important

Answer C

l. identified - unidentified  Meaning: Not recognised

2. controlled — uncontrolled  Meaning: Lawless

3. attended — unattended  Meaning: Not looked after

4. successful - unsuccessful Meaning: Failed

5. important - unimportant Meaning - Not Necessary

6. educated - uneducated  Meaning - Illiterate

7. interesting - Uninteresting Meaning - Boring

8. Qualified - unqualified Meaning - Failed to clear criteria

9. trained - untrained Meaning - Without Experience

10. answerable - unanswerable Meaning - Failed to reply

Speaking

Question:

In her message to students of her college, Kalpana Chawla said, "May you have the vision to find the path from dreams to success„. Wishing you a great journey." Form pairs. Use "May you.„" and "I wish you/ Wishing you" to wish your partner good luck and success in

(i) a sports event,

(ii) a quiz or a competition, and

(iii) a test or examination.

Be sure to thank your partner when she/he wishes you in turn. You may also 100k up to a telephone directory, or go to a post office, and get a list in English and Hindi of standard phrases that can be sent in greeting telegrams anywhere in India. Discuss which of these you might use, and when. Compare the English and Hindi phrases for expressing good wishes. Do you know such phrases in other languages?

Answer C

(i) Wishing you a great score in this cricket match.

(ii) Have a great success in this quiz competition.

(iii) Have success with flying colours in this test.

English and Hindi phrases for expressing good wishes:

Happy New Year - नया साल मुबारक हो

Happy Diwali - शुभ दीवाली

Merry Christmas - क्रिसमस की बधाई

Writing

Question A:

Do you have a 'dream', or something you very much wish to do? Write a paragraph saying what you want or wish to do. Then say (in another paragraph) how you think you can make your dream come true.

Answer A:

Activity for student

Question B:

Given below are some words that are spelt differently in British and American English. Fill in the blanks accordingly.

S.no

British

American

1

Colour

_____

2

_____

labor

3

_____

traveler

4

Counsellor

_____

5

Centre

_____

6

_____

theater

7

_____

organize

8

realise

_____

9

_____

defense

10

offence

_____

Answer B

S.no

British

American

1

Colour

Color

2

Labour

labor

3

Traveller

traveler

4

Counsellor

Counselor

5

Centre

Center

6

Theatre

theater

7

Organise

organize

8

realise

realize

9

defence

defense

10

offence

Offense

 

Chapter 5 - A Different Kind of School

(Working with the Text)

Question A:

Put these sentences from the story in the right order and write them out in a paragraph. Don't refer to the text.

I shall be so glad when today is over.

Having a leg tied up and hopping about on a crutch is almost fun, I guess.

I don't think I'll mind being deaf for a day — at least not much.

But being blind is so frightening.

Only you must tell me about things.

Let's go for a little walk.

The other bad days can't be half as bad as this.

Answer A:

Let's go for a little walk. Only you must tell me about things. I shall be so glad when today is over. The other bad days can't be half as bad as this. Having a leg tied up and hopping about on a crutch is almost fun, I guess. I don't think I'll mind being deaf for a day — at least not much. But being blind is so frightening.

Question B:

Answer the following questions

1. Why do you think the writer visited Miss Beam's school?

2. What was the 'game' that every child in the school had to play?

3. "Each term every child has one blind day, one lame day..." Complete the line. Which day was the hardest? Why was it the hardest?

4. What was the purpose of these special days?

Answer B:

1. The writer had heard much about Miss Beam's different teaching methods. He wanted to see this method personally. So, he visited her school.

2. Every child in the school had to play the role of being blind, deaf, dumb, injured and lame for a particular day. It was a game and a part of the training.

3. "Each term every child has one blind day, one lame day, one injured day and one dumb day". The blind day was the hardest day because students felt that they were going to hit by something every moment.

4. The main purpose of these special days was to realise the feelings of other difficulties. They help the needy in society.

(Working with Language)

Question A:

Match the words and phrases with their meanings in the box below. paragraph numbers

 

Paragraph numbers

1. homesick

(3)

2. practically

(4)

3. It pains me

(7)

4. appreciate

(9)

5. thoughtless

(10)

6. exercise

(11)

7. relief

(13)

8. ghastly

(14)

 

 

 

 

Paragraph numbers

1. homesick

Wanting to be home

2. practically

Almost

3. It pains me

Its hurts me

4. appreciate

Understanding the difficulties

5. thoughtless

Not very caring

6. exercise

Test the strength of

7. relief

A welcome change

8. ghastly

terrible

Question B:

Re-word these lines from the story:

1. I had heard a great deal about Miss Beam's school.

2. Miss Beam was all that I had expected — middle-aged, full of authority. 3. I went to the window which overlooked a large garden.

4. "We cannot bandage the children's mouths, so they really have to exercise their will- power."

Answer B:

I. The writer had heard people praising the teaching methods at Miss Beam's school.

2. The Writer found Miss Beam as a person of middle-aged and full of authority.

3. The writer looked out of a window and saw a large garden. 4. The children had to use their will power to keep quiet.

Question C-1:

Given below is a page from a dictionary. Look at it carefully and

(i) find a word which means the same as ghastly. Write down the word and its two meanings.

(ii) find a word meaning a part of the school year.

(iii) find a word that means examination.

 

Answer C-1:

(i) ghastly: terrible — fearful, Very bad

(ii) a part of the school year. term - a period of time, a part of the school session. (iii) examination: test — to check the ability, qualifying criteria.

Question C-2:

Now make lists of

(i) all the words on the page (plus any more that you can think of that begin with terr-

(ii) five words that may follow the last word on the page, that

(iii) write down your own meaning of the word thank. Then write down the meaning given in the dictionary.

Answer C-2:

(i) terr — Terrence, Terrible, Terrify, Terrain, Territory.

(ii) that — After, Given, Such, Bring, Before.

(iii) thank to express the gratitude for kindness, help or service. Grateful to someone.

Question D:

A poem for you to read

All but Blind*

All but blind

In his chambered hole

Gropes for worms

The four-clawed Mole.

All but blind

In the evening sky

The hooded Bat

Twirls softly by.

All but blind

In the burning day

The Barn Owl blunders

On her way.

And blind as are

These three to me,

So, blind to Someone

I must be.

          WALTER DE LA MARE N/A

Question A:

Make a short list of things you find difficult to do.

For example:

Turning a somersault