I. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words: When a child enters school at his/her first level, he/she is not _____________ to __________ his/her mother’s hand. He/she is in a ____________ state of mind. He/she exhibits emotions of ___________ and ____________. The teacher welcomes the child _______________. This first step of the child is a great change in his life. When he/she enters the class, he/she has been compared to a ___________ and the class has been compared to a ___________ (pupa). It is here that the child, with the help and teachings of his teacher, gains ___________ over time and they are now compared to young ___________ who are ready to step into the _____________.
II. Choose the correct answer:
1. What happens every year?
A) the children leave the teacher to move on to the next class. B) the teacher tells the children to go away. C) the children are not happy with the teacher. D) the children are sad to leave their mothers at home.
2. The teacher is amazed to see such a miracle. By the word miracle, she means:
A) how the children have grown. B) children leaving her and going away. C) how children grow into confident young children ready to move on to the next class. D) wonders what she has done to the children.
3. By the term rustling of their wings, she means:
A) she can hear the rustling of the butterfly’s wings. B) the butterflies make too much noise as they fly. C) the flying of the birds. D) the voices of children and their movement as they move out.
4. The teacher feels proud and is in a mood of celebration because:
A) she is happy that these naughty children are leaving her. B) she is eagerly waiting for the new batch of children. C) she is happy that the children have successfully moved on with life. D) she loves to celebrate.
Alliteration: It means repetition of the same initial sound in words that appear in close proximity.
Betty bought some butter
Luke Luck likes lakes.
But the butter was bitter. Luke’s duck likes lakes. So she bought some better butter Luke Luck licks lakes. To make the bitter butter better Luck’s duck licks lakes. Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes. Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.
3. Mo mi mo me send me a toe, Me me mo mi get me a mole, Mo mi mo me send me a toe,
Fe me mo mi get me a mole, Mister kister feet so sweet, Mister kister where will I eat?
III. Write a paragraph on ‘Experiences of my first year in school’. Ask your mother/father/other family members the following questions to write about your first year in school:
1. What was your reaction on your first day to school? Where you scared/happy/reluctant to go?
2. Did you want to go to school the next day?
3. How many days did it take for you to settle down in class?
4. How would you speak of your teacher when you returned home?
5. What did your teacher tell your parents about you?
6. What were the areas you needed to work more at?
7. What type of bonding did you share with your teacher?
8. What were your feelings when you left your teacher after the academic session?
9. How long did you take to adjust in the new class?
10. For how long did you stay in touch with your first teacher?
11. Do you still remember the teacher?
Metaphor: Stating one entity is another for the purpose of comparing them in quality. For e. g. in the poem a child’s first year at school is compared to metamorphosis, the life cycle of a butterfly. Young children have been referred to as caterpillars.
Read the statements that contain metaphors. Then tick the option with the correct answers:
1. Ramesh was a wall; he saved every goal against his team. This metaphor compares Ramesh to a wall because ________
A) he was very strong B) he was very tall C) he kept returning the balls D) his body was made of cells
2. We were not left with much food because Manohar had eaten most of it. He is such a hog. Manohar has been compared to a hog because he _____
A) looked like a hog B) ate like a hog C) smelled like a hog D) was as smart as a hog
3. The old man had no chance to run. The speeding car, a bolt of lightning, hit him hard. The car has been compared to a bolt of lightning because it was _______
A) very fast B) very bright C) not fond of fleas D) very old
4. He refused to listen to anybody. He is such a mule. The metaphor compares him to a mule because he was _________
A) always eating oats B) able to do hard work C) raised on a farm D) very stubborn
5. She could leave her little son with anyone and he didn’t trouble them. He is such an angel. The child has been compared to an angel because _____
A) he is cute B) looks like an angel C) he does not trouble anybody at all D) the mother calls him an angel
6. He has so much energy in him that he can work non-stop for hours. He is really a horse. He has been compared to a horse because ______
A) he resembles a horse B) he has the energy and stamina of a horse C) he is as big as a horse D) he loves horses
Quiz of Prefixes
1. What does the word unhurt mean?
A) hurt badly B) hurt C) not hurt
2. If you take away the prefix im from impolite, then the root word is polite.
A) true B) false
3. If you add the prefix un to the word wrap, what is the correct spelling of the new word?
A) unrap B) unnwrap C) unwrap D) unwrapp
4. What do you do if you re-read a book?
A) read it again B) read it for the first time C) don’t read it
5. If you take the prefix il away from the word illegal, what is the right word?
A) llegal B) legal C) legall
6. If you add the prefix im to the word mature, what is the correct spelling of the new word?
A) imature B) immature C) neither of these
7. Is the word illogical spelt correctly?
A) yes B) no
8. The prefix re used in the words reopen and reapply means:
A) not B) again C) wrong
9. If you misjudge someone, you:
A) don’t judge them B) judge them wrongly C) judge them again
10. To not approve of something means that you:
A) unapprove B) disapprove C) disapprove
Given below is a list of some statements. How often do the following prove to be true to you? Mark the statements as a) always b) usually c) sometimes d) never
I feel very comfortable sharing my secrets with my father/mother.
My mother is not very educated. I am embarrassed to introduce her to my friends.
Given a choice, I’d love to spend time with my parents.
I consult my parents whenever I am in a fix.
I could give up my favorite activity to take care of my parents.
I can discuss my personal problems with my father. I don’t feel embarrassed to express my feeling for my parents.
I hate my parents when they do not allow me to have my way.
I feel that my parents love my sister/brother more than me.
I’d rather celebrate my birthday with my parents than with my friends.
Read the passage and answer the questions that follow:
Enid Blyton was born in London in 1897, the eldest of three children. She began her career as a teacher, but soon turned to journalism, and often wrote about education. She then began to write children’s books. Her first book was a collection of poems for children. In the late 1930s, just before the Second World War, she started publishing Noddy stories for very small children and adventure stories such as The Famous Five and The Secret Seven for older children. Not long after this, she began writing her school series, like Malory Towers and The Naughtiest Girl. Enid Blyton’s stories carry a clear message of right and wrong. Generations of children have enjoyed and continue to enjoy her work. She wrote over 600 books during her career of forty years. She died in 1968 at the age of seventy-one.
1. Enid Blyton is best known for being a:
a) teacher b) writer c) journalist
2. Her first book was a collection of:
a) Noddy stories b) adventure stories c) poems
3. Name four series of books written by Enid Blyton.
4. What is the message in Enid Blyton’s books?
5. When was Enid Blyton born and when did she die?
6. Frame sentences with these words from the passage:
a) career b) adventure c) message
7. Right and wrong is a common English phrase. Join pairs of words from this list with and to make four phrases. Blackgoodherebuttereverywherewhitebadredtherebreadjam
8. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the words in brackets:
a) This bag is _____________ than the one we saw in the other shop. expensive) b)May and June are the __________ months of the year. (warm) c)My _________________ storybook character is Harry Potter. (favourite)
9. Circle the correct words:
a) Rita has (much/many) friends in Dubai. b) Very (few/less) people attended the meeting yesterday. c) I have finished reading (many/most) of the book. d) Salma does not like sweets and _____________ (rarely/usually) eats them. e) My family __________ (often/seldom) visits the cinema as we are all fond of watching films. f) I take my pet dog for a walk ___________ (every/twice) a day.
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