Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 19th 2013 Contents The white sands disappeared into the shimmering
blue of the ocean.
Marlene rested for a moment. She enjoyed the
contrast of the cool water on her body and the hot
sun on her face. It was quiet except for the sound
the surf thundering on the shore.
Marlene tasted the salty water on her lips and
thought about the beach party that would begin
very soon. The smoky smell of the roasting meats
drifted out and mixed with the salty smells of the
ocean. Marlene heard her stomach growl and
began to swim to shore.
Now, using the guide for writing descriptive para-
graphs, as stated above, write at least two (2) para-
graphs about the following situation:-
It is a beautiful Saturday afternoon and you are
attending your school fiesta.
VOCABULARY: Words and their meanings
You can sometime tell the meaning of a word be-
cause of “hints” given in the sentence in which it is
The hard floor added to the discomfort of the
The word (clue) “hard” describing the floor hints to
the student that the underlined word “discomfort”
could be describing the homeless child’s feeling. In
this regard, the word “discomfort” could be re-
placed without changing the meaning of the sen-
tence by the following words: uneasiness; distress
Give a word or phrase that is similar in meaning to
each of the underlined words in the following sen-
1. John rang the doorbell incessantly to get the atten-
tion of the occupants of the house.
2. During World War II, the United States, England and
Russia formed a union in order to defeat Germany.
3. Sandra persuaded me to attend the football game
with her. ______________________ _________
4. Father was so exhausted when he got home from
work that he took a shower and went to bed without
eating. ________________ ____________
5. Children must be taught how not to squander their
allowances but rather to save for a time of need.
6. Countries in the Caribbean, Central and South Ameri-
cas need to form an alliance if they want to win the
war against drug trafficking.
7. Our school’s choir participated in the recently con-
cluded music festival. _____ ______________
8. The irate customer asked to speak to the manager
of the bank. __________________
9. The small truck was having problems climbing the
steep incline. __________________
10. Mother asked the tailor to alter the length of my
trousers. ________________ __
COMPREHENSION: “Vocabulary” Questions.
NOTE TO PARENT/TEACHER:
“Vocabulary” questions usually require of students to
give a synonym (word similar in meaning) or the
meaning of a word, phrase, sentence or line as used in
context of the passage or poem.
Usually the new word or phrase MUST NOT change
the meaning of the sentence, paragraph or verse
where it is found.
The new word or phrase should be written in the stu-
dent’s “own” words.
NB. Sometimes, especially in poems, the student
maybe asked to interpret the meaning of a word,
phrase, line or verse of a poem. You would remember
that sometimes the language of the poem maybe in-
formal or written as a metaphor or simile; symbolises
something/someone or as a personification (some-
thing given the role or acts human).
Read the following short passages very carefully two
to three times and then answer the questions that
At one time diabetes mellitus (diabetes) was
believed to be a disease that inflicted adults es-
pecially those in their old age. However, today
many children are inflicted with the disease. A
build-up of glucose, a form of sugar, in the blood,
usually causes diabetes. This give rise to the
nickname for diabetes, “sugar.” This condition is
due to the inability of the pancreas to secrete
the hormone insulin, which regulates the level of
glucose in the blood.
11. Give the meaning of each of the following words
taken from the passage:
(a). inflicted ___________________________________
(b). inability ___________________________________
(c). secrete ___________________________________
12. What do you think is meant by the phrase “was be-
lieved” (Sentence 1)?
13. Which word in the passage can be replaced with the
word “controls” without changing the meaning of
the sentence in which it is found?
Like other fish, sharks breathe through gills situ-
ated near their heads. But unlike most fish,
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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
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