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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

can someone help me with some logarithmic and exponential equations.
Jeffrey Reply
sure. what is your question?
okay, so you have 6 raised to the power of 2. what is that part of your answer
I don't understand what the A with approx sign and the boxed x mean
it think it's written 20/(X-6)^2 so it's 20 divided by X-6 squared
I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
I got X =-6
ok. so take the square root of both sides, now you have plus or minus the square root of 20= x-6
oops. ignore that.
so you not have an equal sign anywhere in the original equation?
Commplementary angles
Idrissa Reply
im all ears I need to learn
right! what he said ⤴⤴⤴
what is a good calculator for all algebra; would a Casio fx 260 work with all algebra equations? please name the cheapest, thanks.
Kevin Reply
a perfect square v²+2v+_
Dearan Reply
kkk nice
Abdirahman Reply
algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
The answer is neither. The function, 2 = 0 cannot exist. Hence, the function is undefined.
Embra Reply
if |A| not equal to 0 and order of A is n prove that adj (adj A = |A|
Nancy Reply
rolling four fair dice and getting an even number an all four dice
ramon Reply
Kristine 2*2*2=8
Bridget Reply
Differences Between Laspeyres and Paasche Indices
Emedobi Reply
No. 7x -4y is simplified from 4x + (3y + 3x) -7y
Mary Reply
is it 3×y ?
Joan Reply
J, combine like terms 7x-4y
Bridget Reply
im not good at math so would this help me
Rachael Reply
I'm not good at math so would you help me
what is the problem that i will help you to self with?
how do you translate this in Algebraic Expressions
linda Reply
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
bamidele Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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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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