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Mrs Longton arrived with a very large white rabbit. She strolled across the lawn towards the oak tree, calling out softly, `Tea time, Russell, tea time.' In a flash the snake was down the tree and at Mrs Longton's feet. He swallowed the rabbit whole, curled up on the grass ... and went to sleep. `You can come down now, young man. You're quite safe,' called Mrs Longton.

When Mrs Longton and her beloved Russell had gone Mr Catt made Dave a cup of tea. `Well, Dave, do you think you'll stick at this job?'

`Well, Mr C, it's ... full of surprises.'

`You're right there; there's no place on earth like Pet's Paradise. Come on! Let's drink up and lock up. Do you want a lift home?'

As they were driving home Dave turned to Mr Catt and asked, `What's brown and green, twenty feet long and very difficult to bury?'

Mr Catt laughed. `A live boa constrictor?'

`Right, Mr C. Dead right!'

Now that you have finished all that reading, lets see how much of the story you remember and understand. Answer the questions below in full sentences unless otherwise stated.

  1. Which words tell you that Dave was very neatly dressed on his first day at work? (2)
  2. Did Mr Catt open his mouth when he spoke? Give a reason for your answer. (2)
  3. Why do you think that Dave's friends thought he was crazy to apply for the job at Pet's Paradise? (1)
  4. Why do you think Mr Catt told so many jokes? (1)
  5. Why do you think that a halo was appropriate on the back of Dave's blue overall? (1)
  6. Why did Dave have the whole afternoon in which to bury the snake?(1)
  7. What did Dave need the compass for? (1)
  8. Why did Russell show that he was pleased to see Dave? (1)
  9. How did Mrs Longton manage to get Russell down from the tree? (2)
  10. Write down one simile from the story. (1)
  11. Look up the word “epitaph” in the dictionary and write the definition on the line below. (1)
  12. Find one example of alliteration in the story. (1)
  13. Make up a corny animal joke of your own. (1)

Educator/Peer Assessment Chart:

Criteria 1 2 3 4
Reading Reads haltingly without phrasing, pausing and understanding. Reads haltingly, becoming aware of phrasing and pausing, correct pace developing. Reads with correct phrasing, inflection and pace in most instances. Reads with correct phrasing, inflection and fluency, is totally in control of pace.
Interpretation techniques No evidence Very little evidence during the piece Evident during most of the piece Extremely evident throughout
Teamwork – participation listening, showing respect for each other Poor In some contexts only Good Excellent
Answers to the text 0 – 4Unable to answer. 5 – 8Requires prompting. 9 – 12Shows insight in most answers. 13 – 16Answers with full insight.


READING AND VIEWING The learner will be able to read and view for information and enjoyment, and to respond critically to the aesthetic, cultural and emotional values in texts.
3.3 reads for information:
3.3.2 scans graphs, timetables, etc. for specific information;
3.3.3 summarises a paragraph (e.g. identifies the main point and the topic sentence);
3.7 reads for pleasure:
3.7.5 solves word puzzles.
LO 5
THINKING AND REASONING The learner will be able to use language to think and reason, and access, process and use information for learning.
We know this when the learner:
5.2 uses language for thinking:
5.2.1 answers and asks some more complex questions;
5.2.2 sequences things according to criteria;
5.2.3 analyses the features of things in order to classify them;
5.3 collects and records information in different ways:
5.4 transfers information from one mode to another:
5.4.3 uses information from a graph, chart or diagram to write text.


This is a reading activity, but learners will also have to listen to each other very carefully and make use of interpretation skills while they are reading.

Begin by dividing the class into groups of four. Each member of the group will be a character in the story. Allow some time for them to decide who will be reading which part. Allow some time for the groups to read through the passage. They will need to practise the voice they are going to use, practise any gestures they would like to use as they read and familiarize themselves with the text so that they do not stumble over their words. Pay careful attention as the group works together – you can assess them on their teamwork abilities at this stage.

Once the practice time is over, you can allow the groups to listen to each other. They must show respect and listen quietly during the reading of the dialogue.

After the reading is complete, learners must complete the questions about the piece they have read. This could be done in their groups or as an individual exercise. Encourage the learners to make use of full sentences wherever possible.

The answers are as follows:

  1. “Spick and span” tell you that he was neatly dressed.
  2. No, he did not open his mouth. “ He spoke like a vicar, as if his teeth were stuck together with chewing gum. “
  3. Learners can express their opinion but should comment on the odd behaviour of Mr. Catt.
  4. It was Mr Catt’s way of coping with his job – “you need a sense of humour to work in a cemetery.”
  5. ‘Halo’ has connotations of heaven and angels and would put the minds of the pet owners’ at rest to think that their pet was going to heaven.
  6. Mr Catt was going out, leaving Dave alone, and the owner of the pet was not coming to the burial so there was no fixed time that it had to be done.
  7. The snake had to be buried in a specific way – facing Brasil where he was born, so the coffin had to point south west. Dave needed to compass to find south west.
  8. The snake was pleased to see Dave because he was still alive and had almost been buried alive.
  9. Mrs Longton offered the snake a rabbit for tea and he came down to eat the rabbit.
  10. “like a huge caterpillar”, “like a vicar”
  11. “Epitaph” means “words inscribed on a tomb”
  12. “spick and span”, Pet’s Paradise”
  13. Learners must think of their own animal joke.

Make use of the Educator’s Assessment Chart to complete your assessment.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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