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Grade: 7 English

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Grade: 7
English
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Literature topic: Homesickness
Author: Roald Dahl
Learning outcomes:
By the end of the lesson the students will be able to:
1. Relate to the childhood trick played by the speaker.
2. Relate how the author looks back at himself and people with fondness and humour.
3. Identify the narrative as a grown up's humorous take on a childhood incident.
4. Identify the autobiographical elements in the story.
5. Identify the adjective clauses and use them in the sentences.
6. Make sentences using adjective-noun collocations.
Summary
The excerpt from Roald Dahl's autobiography Boy tales of childhood recounts an amusing episode from the author's childhood. When he was sent to a boarding school called St Peter's. He feels so homesick there that he thinks of a desperate plan to go back home. Some time ago, one of his sisters had and appendicitis operation at their home; Dahl had the opportunity to observe her sympotms closely. He paints an entertaining picture of that event-how he and his other sisters lurked outside the nursery, where the operatin was taking place. When they were allowed to see the appendix, the boy asked curious questions about it to his Nanny. Nanny said that loose toothbrush -bristies, when swallowed could stick in the appendix and make it f=go bad, thus installing in him a fear of loose toothbrush bristies.
In the school the boy, confident of his plan, goes up to the Matron's room and complains of being unwell. He also groans and yells and lies about being sick. His act is so convincing that the Matron calls in the school doctor. Eventually, it is decided that the boy will be sent home.
Back to home when he was examined by Dr Dunbar, who knew him and his family the doctor seize through his act and also understands why he had pretended to be ill. He helps boy to stay at home for few days by telling the school that he has stomach infection.Relieved and grateful , the boy promises he will never try any similar trick again.
Grammar
Adjectives: Definition of Adjective
A word which is used with a noun or a pronoun to describe it (description may be of its type, place, number or amount) is known as an Adjective.
Adjectives:Used to describe the nouns (person, place, animal or thing) and pronouns in a sentence.
It also indicates the number, quality, size, shape, and feelings etc of a noun or pronoun.
What kind? How many? Which one? How much? Are a few questions that tell more about an adjective.
The team has a dangerous baller (what kind)
I have ten rupees in my pocket (how many)
I loved that blue car (which one)
I earnt more points in Ludo than he did (how much)
The participial adjectives are a major subclass of adjectives. They can be distinguished by their endings, usually either -ed or -ing, which is the case for most participles no matter what part of speech they represent.
Participle adjectives get their name because:
they have a participle ending (-ed-ing)
they function as adjectives by describing nouns or pronouns
While participial adjectives usually have the same endings as other participles, there are, of course, some exceptions to this general rule. For example, the words "misunderstood" and "unknown" both function as participial adjectives, yet do not end with -ed or -ing. These terms are special cases.
 In the examples below, the participial adjectives are bold and the nouns they describe are underlined.
The temptingcookie platter made my mouth water.
The fascinatingbook was a thrillingread.
The interestingstory made a compellingpoint.
My frustratingexperience at the restaurant made me angry.
This is a satisfyingcasserole.
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