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Unit 2 (Grade 8) A Father's Letter to his Son - Reading I

 Unit 2 (Part I)

Reading I

A Father's Letter to his Son (page 14)

Unit 1: Grade 8

A. Solve the crossword puzzle with the help of the given meanings.


2. next to something: ADJACENT

7. gave something to somebody: HANDED

9. a pair of glasses to protect eyes from the Sun: SUNGLASSES

1. a place to sleep on a train or ship: BERTH

3. to leave a place: DEPART

4. a section on a train: COMPARTMENT

5. a thick piece of cloth to keep your neck warm: MUFFLER

6. disappeared suddenly: VANISHED
8. to demand something forcefully:

9. a group of objects: STUFF


B. Write who made these remarks and for what purpose.
a. Is it OK if I go on my own?

The boy/ asking for permission to go alone.
b. Please let me go by myself.

The boy/ requesting to be allowed to go alone.
c. May I take them please?

The boy/ asking permission to take them.
d. Okay but always go swimming with your and grandparents.

The boy's mother/ giving permission but emphasizing the importance of swimming with his grandparents.
e. Would it be alright if I took sunglasses and mufflers for them?

The boy/ asking for permission to take sunglasses and mufflers


C. Answer the following questions.
a. Where did the boy want to visit?
b. How long would the boy live with his grandparents?
c. Why did the parents not want to let him go alone at first?
d. Do you think that the boy was loving and caring? Why?
e. What did the boy tell his father before the announcement?

f. Why do you think the boy felt relaxed at last?


a. The boy wanted to visit his grandparents house.

b. The boy would stay with his grandparents for fifteen to twenty days.

c. The parents did not want to let him go alone at first because they were concerned for his safety.

d. Yes, I think the boy was loving and caring because he wanted to take sunglasses and mufflers for his grandparents.

e. Before the announcement, the boy told his father that he remembered everything and kindly requested him not to worry.

f. The boy felt relaxed at last because he received reassurance and a sense of companionship through his father's letter.


D. If you were the boy, what else would you ask your parents to take with you?


If I were the boy, I would ask my parents to pack a few more items for me. My favorite stuffed animal is something I would first like them to add since it would soothe me and make me feel less alone while traveling. Second, I would value having a little notepad or journal and a pen to record my ideas, encounters, and feelings as I go. Last but not least, I'd need a compass or a map to securely navigate and find my way. These things would help me feel safe, connected, and ready as I set off on my solo trip.


Grammar I (page 19)
A. Match the statements in column A with their correct questions in column B.
a. I am late.                                        i. Do you work at home?
b. I can help you.                              ii. Does it cost Rs. 10?

c. She is sleeping.                             iii. Did they leave for the cinema?
d. We have met before.                    iv. Am I late?
e. You work at home.                       v. Is she sleeping?

f. It costs Rs. 10.                               vi. Can I help you?

g. She went home.                            vii. Have we met before?
h. The left for the cinema.               viii. Did she go home?


a. I am late.                                      iv. Am I late?
b. I can help you.                            vi. Can I help you?
c. She is sleeping.                            v. Is she sleeping?
d. We have met before.                 vii. Have we met before?
e. You work at home.                     i. Do you work at home?
f. It costs Rs. 10.                              ii. Does it cost Rs. 10?

g. She went home.                           viii. Did she go home?
h. The left for the cinema.            iii. Did they leave for the cinema?

B. Change the following statements into yes/no questions.
a. He loves this town.
b. They always play football?
c. She can fly areoplane.
d. There are some smart students in the school?
e. They went to the river yesterday.
f. She spends her money on books.

g. He decided to leave the town.

h. She goes to bed early.
i. They should rewrite their homework.


a. Does he love this town?
b. Do they ever play football?
c. Can she fly areoplane?
d. Are there any smart students in the school?
e. Did they go to the river yesterday?
f. Does she spend her money on books?

g. Did he decide to leave the town?

h. Does she go to bed early?
i. Should they rewrite their homework?

C. Write honest answers to these questions.

a. Do you study in Grade VII?
b. Do you like watching television?
c. Have you ever been to a zoo?
d. Does your father cook food?
e. Did you go to a health post/hospital last month?
f. Can you draw a picture of a dragon?
g. Do you have classes on Saturdays?
h. Does your brother/sister like coffee?
i. Does your friend wear glasses?

a. No, I don't.

b. Yes, I do.

c. No, I haven't.

d. No, he doesn't.

e. No, I didn't.

f. No, I can't.

g. Yes, I do.

h. Yes, she does.

i. Yes, he does.

Writing I
A. Develop a story based on the outlines given below. Write a suitable title too.
A poor shoemaker and his wife......... live in a small house........ has tough days to earn his daily bread.........always dream of living happily .....runs out of money...... has a piece of leather to sew shoes.....gets up in the morning and finds fine pairs of shoes.......... gets surprised and sells them in market.....buys more leather........ cuts it our to make more pairs and leaves on his work-table.......finds many pairs there......... sells them and becomes rich.......... continues for some weeks....... buys a beautiful house.......comes to know about the elves helping them............ leaves pairs of beautiful shoes for them........elves never come back again


B. Write a story that ends in 'She finally realised her mistake'.


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