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4-SKILLS Narrating, Fables Part I (Author-Bouabdellah)

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Technicum Si-Tarek Of Relizane

 First Year Students

Technological Streams 2004/2005

Practice: Narrating -I-


A - Get Ready:                       
Read the following passage quickly then do the activities below:
 
ARABIAN FABLE 01
 
The Chicken
 
Once upon a time a man went to a farmer’s house and asked for dinner. The farmer asked him to enter and to sit down. There were two other travelers in the house. The farmer said, “Well, you’re the last man to come; you will cut and serve the chicken.” The man agreed and they brought him the chicken. He cut off the head and gave it to the farmer, and said “you are the head man here so you will have the head.” He cut off the neck and gave it to the farmer’s wife, and said, “You are next to the head so you will have the neck.” He cut off the wings and gave one to each of the two daughters of the farmer and said, “You will soon fly away from the home nest so you will each have one wing.” He said to the other two travelers, “You two poor men have a long way to go to get home,” and he gave each of them a foot. Then he said, “I am just a poor old man; I shall eat what is left.”
   
Activity One: The text tells us about… (Tick the correct answer)
a) a news event.
b) a story.
c) a future prediction.
 
Activity Two: Which of the following words or expressions in the text helped you guess for activity one?
 
Activity Three: The text is….
d) Expositive.
e) Narrative.
f) Descriptive.
 
B – Read and Understand:            
 
FABLE ONE
 
The Lion and the Mouse
 
Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him"Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?"  The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him that he lifted up his paw and let him go.  Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on.  Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight, in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts with his teeth and set him free.  "Was I not right?" said the little Mouse.
 

Little friends may prove great friends.

 Activity One: What do the underlined words in the text above refer to?
a. …upon him             »»» 
b. this soon                  »»»
c. …swallow him        »»»
d. …while they went   »»»
e. …went up to him    »»»
f. …with his teeth        »»»

Activity Two: Match the words and their meaning.
 
WORDS
MEANING
1. wakened =
2. huge =
3. tickled =
4. desired =
5. plight =
6. gnawed =
a.  trouble.
b.  preferred, wanted.
c.  chewed.
d.  enormous, very big.
e.  got up, aroused.
f.  amused.
 
Activity Three: Read the story again then ORDER out the following events according to their
chronological order.
 Lion asleep
 Lion caught in a trap
 Lion let the Mouse go
 Lion set free by the mouse
 Lion wanted to swallow the mouse
 Mouse gnawed away the ropes
 Mouse running up and down upon the lion
 
Activity Four: Answer the following questions according to the text
1. What two animals is this fable about?
2. Why did the lion let the mouse go?
3. Who caught the lion?
4. How did the mouse help the lion?
5. Does the moral of the fable “Little friends may prove to be great friends.”  mean that :
 Those who are smaller and/or weaker than you will become bigger and/or stronger than you one day.
Those who are smaller and/or weaker than you can still help you much better than those who are as big and/or strong as you.
 
 
FABLE TWO
 
The Frogs and the Well
 
Two frogs lived together in a marsh. But one hot summer the marsh dried up, and they left it to look for another place to live in for frogs; like damp places if they can get them. By and by they came to a deep well, and one of them looked down into it, and said to the other, "This looks a nice cool place. Let us jump in and settle here."  But the other, who had a wiser head on his shoulders, replied, "Not so fast, my friend.  Supposing this well dried up like the marsh, how should we get out again?"
"Look before you leap."
 
Activity One: Match each word with the correct picture. (Write the letter in the box near each word)
                                                  1. marsh             2. frog            3. well 
 
Activity Two: Find in the text words that correspond to the following definitions.
1. That does not contain any water: 
2. Opposite of N° 1:
3. To have residence/home in a place:
4. Who thinks more carefully and intelligently:
 
Activity Three: Answer the following questions.
5. Why did the two frogs leave their marsh?
6. Why did one of the frogs refuse to settle in the place they found?
 
Activity Four: Unscramble these spelling words.
hsram  pmad  rehtegot  deird  resiw  deilper
 
Activity Five: Fill in the missing vowels of these spelling words.
1-rpld
2-wsr
3-drd
4-tgthr
5-dmp
6-mrsh
 
Activity Six: Fill in each blank with one word in the following summary.  Use from the following words.
marsh / well / will dry / damp / together / dried / wiser
 
Two frogs lived  in a . But one hot summer the marsh up, and they left it to look for another place to live in for frogs like  places if they can get them.