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English home language

Grade 8

Our colourful world

Module 17

Using language to think and reason

Activity 1:

  • To identify main ideas and explain how details support main idea
  • write in appropriate text style
  • to use language to think and reason

[lo 3.4.1, 4.3, 5.1.1]

1. What is a fable?

2. Who was La Fontaine? Do quick research and give a brief description.

3. Read the following fable by La Fontaine and then answer the questions that follow:

T he H en W ith T he G olden E ggs

My little story will explain

A very old maxim, which expresses

How Avarice, in search of gain,

May lose the hoard that it possesses.

The fable tells us that a Hen

Laid golden eggs, each egg a treasure;

Its owner – stupidest of men –

Was miserly beyond all measure.

He thought a mine of wealth to find

Within the Hen, and so he slew it:

He found a bird of common kind –

And lost a pretty fortune through it.

For money-worms, who now and then

Grow poor through trying to be wealthy,

I tell my fable of the Hen;

My tale is good, my moral healthy.

a) Look up the meaning of the following words first.

beyond all measures
slew (from “to stay”

b) In what way is this a typical fable?

c) Explain what the owner did that was stupid.

d) Try to write your own fable:

Go over this check list before you write your final copy!

  • Have you chosen a suitable animal?
  • Does your story have a moral?
  • Does your story rhyme?
  • Have you written a simple story?
  • Is your work neat and clear?.

Have you edited your work to ensure there are no errors?

Activity 2:

To read for information and use language to think and reason

[lo 3.1, 5.1.1]

  • It is important to read an article and then summarise it in your mind as you are reading. To assist you with this skill, you are guided by certain questions. See how well you do.
  • Read the following article and then answer the questions that follow, following the instructions to the letter.

O ur C olourful W orld

1 ‘’Our Colourful World’ can mean so much.

2 It does not just mean colours of the rainbow that surround us in life – in flora and fauna, in clothing, housing, motor cars, books, magazines and food. Even in films.

3 People can be colourful in another way. Personality can be colourful too. Outrageous, strange and eccentric people are often considered colourful and are therefore tolerated. They tend to amuse us and to enliven an atmosphere which might have been dull before! Age has nothing to do with it. Colourful people can be of any age.

4 We count many artists among the most colourful people in the world (besides their works of art), because they live rich lives and do not worry too much about pubic opinion. However, in a rich society as in South Africa, we have colourful characters who might not be rich or highly educated, but they nevertheless manage to entertain because of their dialect, their antics and their sayings.

5 The Cape Carnival on 2 nd January every year is extremely colourful. And this includes liveliness, energy, exuberance and sheer joy. Add the colourful costumes and individual music and we understand why foreign tourists particularly enjoy this spectacle.

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
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Source:  OpenStax, English home language grade 8. OpenStax CNX. Sep 11, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11041/1.1
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