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English first additional language

Grade 6

Module 37

To read fiction and non-fiction at an appropriate level

Activity 1:

To read fiction and non-fiction at an appropriate level [lo 3.7.1]

To demonstrate an expanding reading vocabulary [lo 3.8.3]

We are focusing on your ability to read and understand what you are reading in this next activity. Read through the story carefully and then answer the questions that follow.

Remember Annie Oakley? She invented a way of life to solve a problem in her life and it made her rich and famous. Read about some other people who used their common sense.

Why don’t you invent it?

Bright ideas come to all of us once in a while.

The trouble is, we often fail to give them a second thought.

As a result, many useful ideas go to waste.

Not very long ago a man named O’Sullivan was working at a bench in a factory. The vibration from the old machines jarred his nerves. He decided to bring a rubber mat to work. He stood on it, and found that the trouble stopped.

Two days later he could not find the mat. Some fellow worker liked O’Sullivan’s idea. In fact, he liked it so much he had taken the mat. O’Sullivan brought another mat. This one was also removed. He brought a third mat. But this time he cut out two pieces of rubber. These he nailed to the heels of his boots. And it worked. The vibrations did not bother him. O’Sullivan had the sense to understand the value of his invention. Soon he had put rubber heels on the market.

They made him rich. Ideas like that can be worked out by anyone. One does not have to be an expert in some technical field to do it. Often the expert is trapped by his own knowledge. He might think the idea is not worthwhile. His point of view might be too technical. He would not think along simple lines but someone fresh in the subject can make an idea work.

Elias Howe, son of a farmer, also came up with a sharp idea. No-one had thought of an eye in the point of a needle. It would be all wrong. But it worked! The result was the lockstitch sewing machine.

Ideas do not always spring up ready-made and cut to fit. They can be the result of curiosity. A man once watched his wife pinning up her long hair with hairpins. She would put a little kink into each prong. Then she would stick in the pin. His curiosity was aroused. “Why the kinks?” he asked.

“To keep the things from slipping out,” he was told.

The man was smart enough to make this idea pay. Some time later he put a hairpin on the market. It had three or four kinks in each prong. He made a fortune. Yet no one could say that he was an inventive genius.

An idea does not have to be inventive in order to sell. Before safety matches were used, a matchbox had a strip of sandpaper on both sides. One day a man was about to throw away an empty box. He saw that one striking side was as good as new. He asked about costs of sandpaper. He found out how much of it was used in the match trade. Then he decided to sell his idea.

It took a great deal of knocking on doors, but he managed to see a top executive. The man made it clear that he had an idea that would save the match company about $250 000 a year. He would tell the company his idea – if it would pay him $15 000 a year for the rest of his life.

Questions & Answers

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.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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