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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

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
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
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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