English : Term 3 Unit 2 : Prose : That Sunday Morning
SPIN A YARN
The starting of a story is given. Develop it into a humorous story.
Once there lived a boy who bragged endlessly about himself
One day he was walking along with his friend Gopi. As usual he started boasting about himself. They came to a tree close to a ditch. The boy said that he could climb up the tree easily and pluck the fruit. Gopi warned him not to do so as the branches of the tree were thin and weak but the braggart did not listen to him. He quickly climbed up the tree and went up to the end of the branch. All of a sudden the branch broke. The boy crashed into the ditch along with the branch. Slowly he rose to his feet with his clothes soiled and dirty. What a pathetic sight the poor boy was!
Answer in one or two sentences.
1. Why did the family move to Patna?
The father was posted in Patna. So the family moved to Patna.
2. Who was challenged for a race?
The sister was challenged for a race.
3. Is the brother boastful? What makes you think so?
Yes, the brother is boastful. He crowed about his winning for days.
4. Why did the trees become a green blur?
The bicycles raced fast. So the trees became a green blur.
5. Which line tells you that the girl was faster than the boy?
… … and then gradually I moved ahead.
exploring – travelling for discovery
imposing – grand or impressive
invariably – always crowed – boasted
billowed out – to flare out in the wind
threatening – warning
blur – unclear
The teacher to a student: Conjugate the verb ” to walk” in simple present.
The student: I walk. You walk … The teacher interrupts him: Quicker please.
The student: I run. You run …
Once there were three turtles. One day they decided to go on a picnic. When they got there, they realized they had forgotten the soda. The youngest turtle said he would go home and get it if they wouldn’t eat the sandwiches until he got back. A week went by, then a month, finally a year, when the two turtles said,”Oh, come on, let’s eat the sandwiches.” Suddenly the little turtle popped up from behind a rock and said, ” If you do, I won’t go!”
Why was the math book always worried?
Because it had so many problems
What’s bigger than an elephant but doesnt weigh anything?
Where can you always find a peacock?
In the dictionary
What dies but never lives?
What has two legs but can’t walk?
A pair of pants
What makes a skeleton laugh?
When something tickles his funny bone.
Funny usage of English language
* Both of you stand together separately.
* Will you hang the calender or else, I will hang myself.
* Give me a blue pen of any colour.
* Pick up the paper and fall in the dustbin.
* Why are you looking at the monkeys outside when i am inside?
* All of you stand in straight circle.
* I have two daughter both are girls
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Read the events of the story. They are in the wrong order. Put them in the correct order.
* And it charged straight at the cavalry officers on horseback. 6
* And so she flew onto the back of the cow. 4
* So everybody panicked and made a general rush to safety. 7
* The startled cow charged off in fear. 5
* She applied the brakes, but was thrown off the cycle. 3
* Just then she saw a lone cow in the middle of the road. 2
* Finally the cow fell into a ditch and dislodged the girl. 8
* The girl cried out in delight as she overtook her brother on her cycle. 1
1. The girl cried out in delight as she overtook her brother on her cycle.
2. Just then she saw a lone cow in the middle of the road.
3. She applied the brakes, but was thrown off the cycle.
4. And so she flew onto the back of the cow.
5. The startled cow charged off in fear.
6. And it charged straight at the cavalry officers on horseback.
7. So everybody panicked and made a general rush to safety.
8. Finally the cow fell into a ditch and dislodged the girl.
abruptly – suddenly
momentum – the force of a moving body
unfortunate – unlucky
startled – frightened
resplendent – brilliant in appearance
cavalry – a unit of the army serving on horseback
magnificent – grand
stampede – rush
dislodged – freed
Based on your reading, put (✓) for the correct and (×) for the incorrect statements.
1. The man didn’t want to get up because he was tired as he was thrown into the ditch. ×
2. The boy was rather unsympathetic to his sister. ×
3. The girl was badly hurt. ×
4. The boy and the girl were taken by the cavalry to explain their action. ×
5. They rode back home quickly. ✔
6. The girl admitted to her brother that she was badly frightened. ×
groan – an utterance expressing pain
bellowed – the cry of a cow
scrambled – to move or climb hurriedly
awkward – sensitive
haughtily – arrogantly
scowl – threatening look
retreat – to move away
unpleasant – disagreeable
READ AND UNDERSTAND
A. Answer the following questions.
1. How does Patna differ from Delhi?
There are imposing buildings or monuments in Delhi. We cannot see such buildings in Patna.
2. What was the girl determined to do? Why?
The girl was determined to win the bike race because during the previous races her brother was always the winner.
3. How did the cavalry officers look? What happened to them finally?
The cavalry officers were brilliant in appearance. Finally the horses ran in different directions. One of the riders was thrown in a ditch.
4. Haughtily means proudly or having or shoving arrogant superiority.
Why did the girl reply haughtily?
Her brother laughed at her. The girl was afraid that he would make fun of her. So she replied haughtily.
5. Were the girl and her brother friendly with each other?
Yes they were friendly with each other.
6. “I think it would be nice if we moved quickly from here.”
a. Who does ‘I’ refer to?
‘I’ refers to the brother.
b. Why did they want to move quickly from there?
The rider and the owner of the cow looked very angry. The brother was afraid that they would be called in for a lot of explanations. So they wanted to move quickly from there.
B. Think And Answer
1. Work in groups. Discuss and have a debate on life in bustling cities and life in calm towns.
2. Imagine you are the girl and give a different ending to the story.
C. Match the phrases with their meanings.
Phrase: Phrases are groups of two or more words that work together to perform a single grammatical function in a sentence. Phrases do not contain a subject or a predicate.
drew level with : ran very quickly in panic
whoop with glee : to leave a place quickly
jammed on the brakes : as if one’s life depends on it
clung for dear life : tried to stop the motion immediately
charged up the road : rose to an equal level
beat a hasty retreat : shout with enthusiasm and happiness
drew level with : rose to an equal level
whoop with glee : shout with enthusiasm and happiness
jammed on the brakes : tried to stop the motion immediately
clung for dear life : as if one’s life depends on it
charged up the road : ran very quickly in panic
beat a hasty retreat : to leave a place quickly
D. Refer to a dictionary and find out the meaning of the words given below.
beam – to smile broadly
smile – to show pleasure by drawing up the corners of the lips.
guffaw – to laugh loudly.
laugh – to make sounds with the voice in showing amusement or happiness.
giggle – to make a slight laugh in a nervous or silly manner.
E. Read the sentences given below. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the appropriate laughter words from the exercise above.
1. Kavitha s face beamed with joy as she arrived India.
2. The show was enjoyed by all the audience and they guffawed out loudly all the while.
3. When tickle ishanth, he always makes a loud laugh.
4. Bharani didn’t mean any harm, he just did it for a giggle.
5. Things will calm down, you just keep smiling.
F. Pick the word from the text that is similar to the words or phrases given below.
1. threatening and extremely angry scowl.
2. a heavy blow or hit thump.
3. happening gently and slowly gradually.
4. any building of a past age, regarded as a historically important place monument.
5. bad luck unfortunate (misfortune)
G. Match each word with its antonyms.
1. shady misery
2. bored calm
3. glee interested
4. panic slow
5. hasty sunny
1. shady × sunny
2. bored × interested
3. glee × misery
4. panic × calm
5. hasty × slow
Make a sentence of your own for any five words from the above.
1. We stood under the shady tree.
2. They felt bored as the film was uninteresting.
3. The announcement of a holiday filled them with glee.
4. The explosion in the street filled us with panic.
5. You have done a hasty job.
H. Here is a humorous story. But there are some words missing. Listen to your teacher and fill in the blanks to complete the story. Then give a title and a moral to the story.
Once there lived three friends Vani, kavi and sumi. They always played pranks on one another. One day Vani bought some delicious berries and she decided to share them with her friends.
Kavi and Sumi were delighted to see the berries. The three of them sat and started eating the berries. Suddenly Sumi decided to play a trick on Kavi. When she looked under her chair she saw a small heap of berry seeds. She stealthily pushed the heap of seeds under Kavi’s chair.
Then Sumi said, “What is this Kavi? You are so greedy! You alone have eaten so many berries.” Kavi felt bad and didn’t know what to say.
Vani looked here and there. When she looked under Sumi’s chair there was no seeds. So, she replied “Sumi, Kavi was at least greedy, but see yourself. You have eaten all the berries including its seeds.” Then Kavi understood that her friend had just played a trick on her and then all three of them laughed heartily.
Once there lived three friends Vani, Kavi and Sumi. They always played pranks on one another. One day V ani bought some delicious berries and she decided to share them with her friends.
Kavi and Sumi were delighted to see the berries. The three of them sat and started eating the berries. Suddenly Sumi decided to play a trick on Kavi. When she looked under her chair she saw a small heap of seeds. She stealthily pushed the heap of seeds under Kavi’s chair.
Then Sumi said, “What is this Kavi? You are so greedy! You alone have eaten so many berries.” Kavi felt bad and didn’t know what to say.
Vani looked here and there. When she looked under Sumi’s chair there were no seeds. So, she replied “Sumi, Kavi was at least greedy, but see yourself. You have eaten all the berries including its seeds.” Then Kavi understood that her friend had just played a trick on her and then all three of them laughed heartily.
I. Each person or a group chooses an item from the class and takes two minutes to prepare. He/ she must promote and sell the same item in the most humorous way to convince the classmates to buy the product. You can choose items such as eraser, pencil, school bag, book, etc.
It can go like this.
Here I have a magical eraser for you. You can do whatever you want to do with this. You can rub anything that you don’t like. Just rub it against somebody’s hair and it will be gone forever. If you want to see somebody without hair, here you go. Buy this eraser and have fun with your friends.
Joy lives downstairs.
She often visits her grandparents.
She dances happily.
She recently ate falooda.
Adverbs modify a verb by giving information about
* Where an action occurs (place)
* How often an action occurs (frequency)
* How an action occurs (manner)
* When an action occurs (time)
J. Look at the picture and fill in the blanks with suitable words.
1. The car was moving too fast
2. The lift is moving down
3. Joanna did her classwork regularly.
4. Keerthi Vasan arrived late
5. Paul often plays cricket with his friends.
6. Suguna never helps her mother at home.
K .Read the sentences and put the adverbs in the correct boxes. Give two more examples of your own in each box.
1. Anand has decided to submit his project tomorrow.
2. The cat ran behind.
3. Paraman sang in the choir happily.
4. We never come late to the office.
5. The stray elephant was set free in the forest yesterday.
6. Arun and V imala usually complete their homework on time.
7. Raghav looked at his sister affectionately.
8. I prefer to leave early.
L. Put the words in the correct order to make sentences. Use a different colour to write the adverbs.
There was somebody standing nearby
Anand came to school early
Murali speaks softly
4. Beautifully/the house/have/they/decorated.
They have decorated the house beautifully.
5. English/classes/during/always/we/ nglish/speak.
We always speak English during English classes.
M. Pick the words from the box and put them in the appropriate column
kindly, soft, sweet, everywhere, bright, constanly, few, then, huge, loudly
N. Work in groups and write a paragraph on “ Laughter is the best medicine.”
Use the hints
Ask students to write a topic sentence. It clearly indicates what the whole paragraph is going to be about.
e.g: Laughter is the best medicine.
The internal or supporting information
Let students compose several supporting sentences that give more information about the topic.
e.g: It can relieve us from any kind of stress. Life has become monotonous…too busy to pay heed to our health…stressful work schedules…
Instruct students on ways to write a concluding sentence that restates the topic sentence.
e.g: In general….To conclude…Thus….To sum up…Therefore…It is important to have sense of humour.
O. Look at the cartoon strips. Create your own humorous story.
Write a sentence or two for each frame of the comic strip in the space given.
1. Two friends went for a walk. They were talking.
2. They reached the edge of the land. All of a sudden they fell down the edge.
3. They fell down under a coconut tree.
4. They got up. At once two coconuts fell down one on each man’s head.
5. The men screamed in pain. There were swellings on their heads.
6. The two friends took the coconuts and cut off their top. Using straws they sucked the sweet water from the coconut.
LANGUAGE CHECK POINT
Incorrect: I last night went to the cinema.
Correct: I went to the cinema last night.
Note: Adverbs or adverbial phrases of definite time like yesterday, today, tomorrow, last week, two months ago, are usually placed at the end of the sentence. If we want to emphasize the time, we put the adverb at the beginning. Yesterday was very busy’
Incorrect: Pushpa came here two months before.
Correct: Pushpa came here two months ago.
Note: Ago is used to refer from the time of speaking. Before is used to refer to a point of time in the past.
Incorrect: She angrily spoke.
Correct: She spoke angrily.
Note: Adverbs of manner usually go in the end-position.