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English first additional language

Grade 6

Module 15

To understand characters

Activity 1:

To understand characters (their feelings and reasons for actions

To answer and ask some complex questions

[lo 3.1.2, 5.2.1]

Our focus is shifting back to reading and comprehension now. We are going to take a closer look at the characters in the following passage and their reactions in a situation. As you read the passage, take careful note of the words that describe what each person does as the events unfold. There are questions for you to answer at the end.

One day, in India, an elephant walked into a hospital.

The elephant wasn’t ill, and he didn’t have anyone to visit. He just wanted to know what a hospital was like.

He went straight into a ward full of old ladies. As he went he waved his trunk from side to side just to be friendly. One old lady had just eaten an orange. The elephant loved oranges. He walked up to the old lady’s bedside table and took all the orange peels.

Unfortunately he knocked over a vase of flowers with his trunk.

The old ladies screamed as the elephant went on down the ward.

At that moment a doctor arrived.

The doctor grabbed two oranges and the orange-loving elephant followed the doctor outside.

The elephant had escaped from a circus.

  1. Why did the elephant go to the hospital? (1)
  2. Which patients were in the first ward he visited? (1)
  3. How was the elephant careless? (1)
  4. How did the old ladies react? (1)
  5. Why did the old ladies react in this way? (2)
  6. Who brought the situation under control? (1)
  7. Why did the elephant follow the doctor? (1)
  8. The doctor was very clever / stupid / careless / upset. (1)
  9. How do you know that the elephant was a friendly one? (1)
  10. Give a suitable heading for the passage. (1)
  1. Give a brief explanation as to how you think the elephant escaped from the circus. (2)


Educator’s Assessment:

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.
Answers to the text 0 – 3Unable to answer. 4 – 6Requires prompting. 7 – 9Shows insight in most answers. 10 – 12Answers with full insight.


LO 3
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.


  1. The elephant wanted to know what a hospital was like.
  2. The first ward he visited was full of old ladies.
  3. He knocked over a vase of flowers with his trunk.
  4. The old ladies screamed.
  5. The old ladies were afraid of the elephant.
  6. The doctor brought the situation under control.
  7. The elephant followed the doctor because he grabbed two oranges and the elephant loved oranges.
  8. The doctor was very CLEVER.
  9. The elephant waved his trunk from side to side just to be friendly.
  10. (Learners must think of a creative title.)
  11. (Learners must make up this part of the story.)

Questions & Answers

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.
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
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