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(NOTE TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS):
Interpretation and Critical Thinking Questions:
To answer some questions require us to have back-
ground knowledge or experience with the contents of
the passage or poem. Sometimes to answer questions
we need to make linkages or connections between the
contents of the passage or poem and our knowledge or
These questions may also require us to analyse the
passage or poem, that is to say, we must read, interpret
and formulate the meaning of words, phrases, sen-
tences or extracts from a poem or passage.
In doing so, we may be required to do one or more of
• make INFERENCES (say what MAY HAVE TAKEN
PLACE based on information given in the passage
• make PREDICTIONS (say what MAY HAPPEN in
the future based on linkages that could be made to
past experiences or information given in a passage
• draw CONCLUSIONS (say that something hap-
pened based on information given in the poem or
• form JUDGEMENTS (say that this word, phrase,
sentence/line, paragraph/verse or passage/poem
taught us a lesson or has a moral or this is good or
bad, useful or useless)
Let's go back to the passage we used the week be-
Question 1: Why do you think Spot is fat?
Answering Question 1 require you to apply additional
skills other than simply recall because the passage does
not tell you why Spot is fat. To answer this question you
will have to analyse the passage and make connections
using different pieces of information provided in the pas-
sage for example, Spot has not lost his appetite for
food. He still enjoys eating a big bowl of chicken liver
Then you can infer that as a result of his eating he is fat.
Question 2: What kind of relationship do you think
the author and his dog had over the years?
Answering Question 1 require you to connect pieces of
information given in the passage ("Spot and I have had
quite a lot of fun together; and, I still love him as
much......") in order to make a conclusion that the author
loved his dog very much and that they did a lot of activi-
You can conclude that they had a very 'good' relationship
over the years.
Read the following passage very carefully 2-3 times
and then answer the questions that follow. Remem-
ber to use the ideas we discussed to help you answer
Note: This is the same passage from last week but
note the difference in the questions.
1. According to information given in the passage, what
do you think is the Alm?
2. Why do you think Heidi turned pale on hearing the
news about the mountain?
3. What do you think may have caused the fire?
4. What natural disaster could have been taking place
to cause the houses to creak and shake?
5. What is a suitable title for the passage?
POETRY ANALYSIS OR HOW TO "READ A POEM"
Analysing poems can take many forms and can be done
in many different ways depending on what the reader
"There's nothing we can do," said one of the men.
"It's too late."
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Snacks are an important part
of a growing child's diet.
Healthy snacks give
children extra energy
and nutrients be-
tween meals. Skip
snack foods and
have some fun
with your child.
Try some of these healthy
snack ideas that are easy to
• Peel a banana and dip it
• Roll banana in crushed
cereal and freeze.
• Spread celery sticks with
peanut butter. Top with raisins.
• Mix together ready-to-eat cereal,
dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag
for an on-the-go snack.
• Microwave a small baked potato
and top with a little grated cheddar cheese.
• Sandwich: Spread slices of tomatoes
and cucumbers on a slice of deli turkey.
• Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt, mandarin
oranges and cubed apples.
Healthy Snack Suggestions
I have had my dog Spot since he was a puppy. My
best friend's father had given him to me as a present
on my eighth birthday. Spot and I have had quite a
lot of fun together over the years. I am now a grown
man and Spot is now a fat old dog that hardly moves
from his basket. However, Spot has not lost his ap-
petite for food. He still enjoys eating a big bowl of
chicken liver every day. I still love him as much as on
the first day I got him as a present.
On the mountain the wind roared through the pines
and larch trees, then the houses in the village
creaked and shook. The first crash of thunder
sounded through the valley like a rolling of drums,
gradually dying away, to be followed by another and
another. For half an hour, crash after crash contin-
ued. Heidi and Jamie clung to the doctor, watching
at one window while Peter and Bridgett peered
anxiously from another. Suddenly someone ran
through the streets crying:
"Fire! Fire on the mountain!"
Heidi turned pale and rushed to the door, followed
by the doctor and Jamie. Bridgett hurried after the
girls, carrying the capes that they had forgotten. It
had begun to rain, and the thunder now seemed
farther away. High on the mountain a bright glare
shone out. There was no possible doubt in Heidi's
mind. It was grandfather's hut.
Several men joined the doctor, who was already
climbing, in all haste, up the Alm, his emergency
that cannot be counted)
Practice Ex. # 6:- (Refer to #7)
Underline one (1) of the words in the brackets to
make each sentence read correctly.
(i) Everything (seem; seems) to be in good order.
(ii) Most of the flowers (was; were) put into the box.
(iii) (Are; is) anybody coming with me?
(iv)There (is; are) more mangoes than pineapples on
(v) Nobody (were; was) absent yesterday.
(vi)All of the cement (was; were) used in repairing the
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