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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

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
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
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 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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