13 November, 2017

Final Blog comprehension grade-6



GRADE 6 BLOG COMPREHENSION 6/09/2017


Mrs. Dowling marched purposefully across the lawn, half leading, half dragging a sorrowful looking, large, shaggy dog. She arrived at the front door of the house and rang the bell several times. Mrs. Winter opened the door, but before she could say anything, the dog twisted free from Mrs. Dowling's grasp and bounded through the open doorway. At the drop of a hat, Smith rushed towards the door.
"He was standing right in the middle of what used to be my flower bed. Look at him! He's still covered in dirt." Mrs. Dowling scowled at the mud covered, gray and black dog who was now watching her from behind her neighbor's legs. "Here's the cost to replace my petunias." She tore a page from a small spiral notepad, handed it to Mrs. Winter, turned, and walked across the Winter's the front lawn, back to her house next door.
Mandy Winter closed the door and turned to look at her son who was on his knees hugging the dog. "We can't afford this, Smith," She said. "He chewed up Andy Martin's cat's dishes, then it was the supplies in Mr. Bailey's shed -- and now this! He keeps getting out of the yard. If we put him on the chain, he barks all night. He chewed up all the linoleum at the back door when we put him in the service porch for the night. I have done everything to try to help you keep him, but he's just impossible."
"He's not! Charlie didn't mean to do that stuff. They just hate him!" Smith shouted. He turned and ran out the back door, Charlie at his heels. He sat on the edge of the brick planter that bordered the Winter's back garden wall. "Charlie, you've got to stop this stuff. She'll send you away," he said. Smith hugged the scruffy dog and buried his face in Charlie's fur.
"Maybe he didn't do it. My dad says you shouldn't convict without hard evidence and my dad's the best lawyer there is." Smith looked up. His best friend Kyle Peterson was peering over the back brick wall that separated their yards.
"Mrs. Dowling saw him this time. She caught him and brought him home."
Kyle climbed over the fence and dropped to the ground. "Maybe something made him do it, Give him the benefit of the doubt" he said.
"Like what?" asked Smith.
"Another dog?" Kyle said. "Mrs. Dowling didn't say anything about another dog. Neither did old Andy Martin when his cat dishes got all torn up. He said Charlie was sure to be the only one who could've done it." argued Smith.
"Another dog could've gotten into the Martin yard. He never said he actually saw Charlie chew up the dishes, did he?"
"But, Charlie always chases his cats if they get up on our fence," Smith said. "And what about the shed? Mr. Bailey said there were muddy paw prints inside his shed when his boxes of dry food supplies for camping were torn up. Charlie was all muddy from the rain that night."
Charlie looked at Smith, sensing something was wrong. He bumped his nose under the boy's arm, begging for an ear scratching.
"Poor Charlie. It's three strikes for him for sure." Smith hugged the dog again. Charlie whimpered at his best friend's obvious distress and started planting slobbering kisses on the boy's cheek with his long, pink tongue.
"But, nobody ever actually saw Charlie, right?" Kyle continued.
"What about this morning? I told you that Mrs. Dowling did. She caught him digging up her flowers -- caught him red handed," Smith exclaimed.
"Maybe she didn't see the whole thing" said Kyle thoughtfully.  "Maybe we can prove Charlie has not done it. I've got an idea. Come over to my house. We've got some stuff to put together. This is going to be piece of cake" Kyle got up and started climbing back over the fence. Smith joined him along with Charlie through the backyard gate together.
Kyle's plan depended on a bag of dog kibble, good timing and a lot of luck -- and being able to slip out of their rooms without waking anybody. Their weapons were a flashlight and Kyle's new digital camera.
After everyone was asleep, Smith and Kyle sneaked out and poured the kibble into a pile near their back fence. From the tool shed in his backyard, they had a good view of the kibble. They spread a sleeping bag on the floor and settled in. Charlie lay between them, happily munching dog biscuits Smith had brought to keep him quiet.
Near midnight, Smith yelped in pain. He had Charlie's leash wrapped around his wrist. His arm jerked forward as Charlie leapt up, snarling. Kyle jumped up and helped Smith hold the dog back. Something was coming toward the fence. It was big, dark and furry.
"I'll get my camera," Kyle whispered. "Keep Charlie quiet. Don't scare it away. We've got to get pictures of it. Don't turn on the flashlight until I tell you to."
Smith balanced the flashlight with one hand while trying to control Charlie, who was now standing, teeth bared, with all the fur on his back standing straight up like a porcupine.
Charlie barked and bounded from the shed, dragging Smith behind him. The flashlight went on. Kyle ran after them, clicking the camera as he ran.
Blinded for a moment by the flashlight, the creature looked up from the kibble and made a whirring sound --"r-r-r-r-r-r-r", it snarled. Kyle kept clicking. Smith managed to dig his heels into the lawn and pull Charlie back.
The midnight bandit rose on it's hind feet and stared at them. It was a raccoon almost as big as Charlie. It munched a few more bites of kibble and then calmly turned and disappeared into the hedge without a sound.
"Wow! That's what Charlie's been after. He's huge! He's the culprit. We've got proof now that it wasn't Charlie." Smith said.
"Do you two know what time it is? What in the world are you two doing out there?" Kyle's dad yelled from an upstairs window.
"No sweat, Dad," Kyle called back, beaming with pride and waving his camera aloft. "I'm clearing an innocent client. Just like you would."
I. Answer the following questions.

1)Why did Mrs. Dowling approach Mrs. Winter angrily?
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2) From the passage, give three reasons why was Smith's mother - Mrs. Winter angry with their pet dog, Charlie?
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3) Read the given extract from the passage and write what do you think Smith is trying to tell his dog?
"Charlie, you've got to stop this stuff. She'll send you away," he said. Smith hugged the scruffy dog and buried his face in Charlie's fur.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
4) How did Kyle help to prove that Charlie was innocent? What was his plan? Explain your answer in four to five sentences.
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5) Pick out the word from the passage that means:
  1. sprang through the air from one point or position to another; jump - ______________
  2. Untidy, shabby - ________________

  1. Write the noun form of the word argue - ____________________

6) Directed Writing:
Imagine you are Kyle from the story. You have solved a mystery for your friend Smith. His dog was being wrongly accused for things he had not done. Write a letter to your older sister telling her all about your adventure.
Include the following points.
  1. What was Charlie, the dog being accused of?
  2. How did you solve the case?
  3. Your experience in solving the case.
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September month - GRADE 3 COMPREHENSION




GRADE 3 COMPREHENSION Answer Key - September

A Boy Who Hated Homework

Harry hated homework. He played cricket and football and even computer games. But homework? No, Sir! His teachers told him,"Harry!Do your homework or you won't learn a thing." And it's true; sometimes he didn't know the simplest things. But he found homework so boring!

One day while playing football, he saw a cat playing with something shiny. He shooed the cat away and picked up the tiny object. It was a tiny little remote! It had just one button. Harry pressed the button. Poof! A tiny little man appeared in front of him. He was as tiny as a mouse! Harry was shocked; he almost threw away the remote.

"Oh please, please don't do that. I'll do anything, save me from the cat! I'll grant you a wish, I promise you that." Now Harry was clever, Harry was wise. At once, Harry decided and told the little man,"You've got to do my homework for the whole year." The little man's face looked as dark as a rain cloud. He shook his fists and jumped up and down, but Harry was as firm as a rock- the little man had to do his homework.

They started that evening. In the beginning everything went fine. The little man had such a lovely handwriting and he wrote so fast. Harry was sure all his problems were solved. But soon there was a problem. The little man hardly knew any words! He didn't know the meaning of even simple words.

"Oh get me the dictionary, Harry, please do, or better still, look up the meaning, why don't you?" So Harry helped him with spellings and meanings. But that wasn't all! The little man had no idea of multiplication. "What are these tables", he yelled, "I can't multiply, divide or even add! Harry, please help me, now you are a good lad!"

So Harry helped him with Math. Now the little man came from another country, so he had no idea of history or geography or even science. Harry worked hard day and night. The little man knew nothing, so Harry helped him do the homework. Harry worked hard the whole year. On the last day of the year, the little man quietly slipped away. Harry got A's in all the subjects. His classmates were amazed; his teachers smiled and were full of praise. And his parents? They wondered what had happened to Harry. He had completely changed. He cleaned his room, did his chores, and was cheerful, never rude. You see, Harry still thinks he'd made that man do all his homework. But I'll share a secret, just between you and me. It wasn't the little man; Harry had done it himself!

QI. Answer the following questions:-

1.  One day while playing football, what did Harry find?
a.  a mouse
b. a golden necklace
c. a tiny little remote

2. What was Harry's reaction, once he pressed the remote button?
Ans: ________________________________________________________

3. Do you think Harry had completely changed? If yes, write down the lines which tell you that he had changed.
Ans: ______________________________________________________________________________

4. What do you mean by this phrase - The little man's face looked as dark as a rain cloud.
Ans: ____________________________________________________________________________
5. If you had found a tiny remote like how Harry had found, what task would you assign the little man to do for you?
Ans: _____________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________

6. a.From the passage give the synonym for "separate" -______________
   b.From the passage give the antonym for "polite"- ________________     

7. Tick the correct word class and frame a sentence of the given word:
Word
Word Class
Sentence of your own
fist
noun
verb
adjective

secret
noun
verb
adjective


Directed writing:
Imagine you are Harry. You are narrating the story to your friend. Tell him how hard you worked to get rid of a bad habit. Use the following pointers for help.
  • What was the bad habit you had developed and how did it affect you?
  • Did the little man actually help you to do your homework?
  • In your own words describe the changes you found in yourself.
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GK Quiz-Exploring You (Final Round)


General Knowledge Quiz - 'Exploring You'

The General Knowledge Quiz- 'Exploring You' (Final Round) was held on 18th September 2017 for the students of grade 3, 4 and 5. The students participated enthusiastically and they thoroughly enjoyed the quiz.

Winners
    
Grade 3 
3 H - Mahek Khan and Adit Telang
3 B - Rigel Gomes and Arjun Sethi

Grade 4 
4 G - Daniella Williams and Vrushti Anadkat
4 E - Riya Kotian and Viraat Nigam

Grade 5 
5 B - Samit Unni and Yassh Patil
5 H - Prajana Goyal and Aayusha Sankhe   

Biology sst chapter human environment.



Grade 7: Biology - Human Environment.

Students were provided with a chart paper sheet and were asked to stick pictures or illustrate the traditional and modern means of communication. Students collected beautiful and colourful epicures and made the chart in a creative manner. This activity was a recap activity on the subtopic transport and communication of the chapter Human Environment.

18 September, 2017

Grade 1 & 2 : Art and Craft Competition Winners (21st August 2017)

All students participated in the Art & Craft Competition which was held on 21st August 2017 . We congratulate all our winners. 

Grade 1 : Origami: Fish (Fish tank)

1A
1. Jain Kyana Ankit
2. Kaissare Prakhya Gautam
3. Kadam Mugdha Yogesh

1B
1. Bhansali Tej Gaurav
2. Manjrekar Chaitrali Ajit
3. Bhatte Ishan Meghan

1C
1. Raval Saanvi Sachin
2. Ladha Aryan Kapil
3. Shah Praisha Jitesh

1D
1. Pandya Saisha Dhaval
2. Gaonkar Parth Satish
3. Nanavati Vhea Hemal

1E
1. Parekh Dhiaan Chirag
2. Panchal Manasvi Shashikant
3. Praveen Samik

1F
1. Gala Vrushi Bharat
2. Shah Saanvi Kevin
3. Pitale Asmi Mayur

1G
1. Sawant Kiaan Amit
2. Rane Hridyesha Rushikesh
3. Mehta Shaurya Hardik

1H
1. Raut Druti Kedar
2. Gandhi Eshika Hiren
3. Kadam Parisa Rajeev

Grade 2: Origami: Wild Animal (Forest)

2A
1. Shah/ Mamania Bhavya Pankaj
2. Sakhardande Aditya Abhijeet
3. Bijoor Aaarav Ranjit

2B
1.Savla Harman Mehul
2. Parikh Dharmik Kunal
3. Rajguru Pushti Rupen

2C
1. Shah Pratham Bhavik
2. Purohit Jenil Vimal
3. Kabadi Ananya Ashish

2D
1.Nyati Prabhav Pankaj
2. Mehta Saachi Kiran
3. Pillai Tanishka Ajit

2E
1. Gopani Kiana Sachin
2. Kanojia Riya Samit
3. Ambedkar Ketaki Sandeep

2F
1. Savla Heer Mehul
2. Joshi Delisha Tejas
3. Yadav Lavanya Sachin

2G
1.Hariyani Shriya Kaushal
2. Prajapati Yug Sameer
3. Jain Tashvi Chintan

2H
1. Lodha Pearl Lokesh
2. Macha Anvi Mahendra
3. Raut Rohini Siddarth

Grade 1 Math : Pictograph activity

Teacher conducted a pictograph with students of  Grade 1 .Students were asked to colour their favourite fruit and paste it . They enjoyed the activity thoroughly and also learned about how to
read a pictograph.

08 September, 2017

Grade 1 & 2 : GK Quiz Winners

G.K. Quiz was conducted across Grade 1 and 2 on 8th August 2017. The winners are as follows:

Grade 1                                                         Grade 2

I - A                                                                    2- A

1. Simiel Sane                                           1. Sragvi Tawde
2. Mugdha Kadam                                     2. Pratham Shetty
3. Advaita Sawant                                     3. Samar Vartak

I - B                                                                   2- B

1. Siddh Shah                                            1. Nishit Amin
2. Arjun Nair                                               2. Ansh Desai
3. Siya Shah                                              3. Dharmik Parikh

I - C                                                                   2- C

1. Bansri Bhuta                                          1. Aditya Karekar
2. Samiha Patil                                           2. Prisha Ashar
3. Aarya Mehta                                           3. Mohnish Das

I - D                                                                    2- D

1. Vhea  Nanavati                                        1. Saachi Mehta
2. Arham Poladia                                         2. Bhaavya Motiramani
3. Krisha  Dhabalia                                      3. Barun Shetty

I - E                                                                     2- E

1. Shraavya  Patil                                       1. Saivansh Karekar.                     
2. Aarya Nedungady                                   2. Adhyan Jain
3. Shreeya Harish                                       3. Riya kanojia

I - F                                                                     2- F

1. Vihaan Sawant                                        1. Hitharth Zaveri
2. Kaivan Furia                                            2. Advika Basrur
3. Sharvi Gokhale                                        3. Om Dhakan

I - G                                                                     2- G

1. Shaurya Mehta                                         1. Aarav Shah
2. Vihaan Kolamkar                                      2. Ethan Machery
3. Vivaan Natekar                                         3. Vedika Kulkarni

I - H                                                                      2- H

1. Jiyan Shah                                                1. Innesh Bagri
2. Aarushi Somani                                         2. Pearl Lodha
3. Eshika Gandhi                                           3. Aarika Chowdhary

07 September, 2017

Grade 1 and 2: GK Quiz Winners

G.K. Quiz was conducted across Grade 1 and 2 on 8th August 2017. The winners are as follows:

Grade 1                                                         Grade 2

I - A                                                                    2- A

1. Simiel Sane                                           1. Sragvi Pawar
2. Mugdha Kadam                                     2. Pratham Shetty
3. Advaita Sawant                                     3. Samar Vartak

I - B                                                                   2- B

1. Siddh Shah                                            1. Nishit Amin
2. Arjun Nair                                               2. Ansh Desai
3. Siya Shah                                              3. Dharmik Parikh

I - C                                                                   2- C

1. Bansri Bhuta                                          1. Aditya Karekar
2. Samiha Patil                                           2. Prisha Ashar
3. Aarya Mehta                                           3. Mohnish Das

I - D                                                                    2- D

1. Vhea  Nanavati                                        1. Saachi Mehta
2. Arham Poladia                                         2. Bhaavya Motiramani
3. Krisha  Dhabalia                                      3. Barun Shetty

I - E                                                                     2- E

1. Shraavya  Patil                                       1. Saivansh Karekar.                     
2. Aarya Nedungady                                   2. Adhyan Jain
3. Shreeya Harish                                       3. Riya kanojia

I - F                                                                     2- F

1. Vihaan Sawant                                        1. Hitharth Zaveri
2. Kaivan Furia                                            2. Advika Basrur
3. Sharvi Gokhale                                        3. Om Dhakan

I - G                                                                     2- G

1. Shaurya Mehta                                         1. Aarav Shah
2. Vihaan Kolamkar                                      2. Ethan Machery
3. Vivaan Natekar                                         3. Vedika Kulkarni

I - H                                                                      2- H

1. Jiyan Shah                                                1. Innesh Bagri
2. Aarushi Somani                                         2. Pearl Lodha
3. Eshika Gandhi                                           3. Aarika Chowdhary

06 September, 2017

Grade 7 - Practise comprehension (September 2017)

Read the passage and answer the questions given below:


The Incredible Machine

Everyone has a favorite attraction at an amusement park, and I am no different. However, unlike most people who seem to prefer rollercoasters, my favorite ride is a little gentler. Every time I go to Coney Island, Navy Pier, or the Santa Monica Pier, I absolutely have to ride the Ferris wheel.

The Ferris wheel is simple and yet also quite complex. That is, riding it is easy, but how it works is complicated. A series of carts are attached to a wheel, which is attached to a rim. That rim rotates vertically around an axis, and gravity keeps the carts upright. As simple as the ride seems, only advanced engineers can make safe and fun Ferris wheels.

What It Lacks in Thrills…

While the Ferris wheel is not as thrilling as a rollercoaster, it is still very exciting. The fact of being high in the air makes it so much more entertaining than a lot of rides. I mean, how often do you hang from that high up in daily life?

Nevertheless, I have to admit, I don't seek Ferris wheels out because of their excitement. Rather, I find them very relaxing. At the top of the Ferris wheel, you get beautiful sights of the park. You also get a sense of calm that you don't get in the hustle and bustle of the park below.

Additionally, Ferris wheels are also gorgeous to look at when they are lit up at night. In fact, the original Ferris wheel was designed as much to be seen as to be ridden.


It happened at the World's Fair

The first Ferris wheel was made by and named after George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. He designed it for the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. It was the tallest attraction there, standing 264 feet high.

However, visitors to the fair were impressed by the size of the ride as well as the mechanics of it. In 1893, anything that was not turned by hand was considered a sight to see. And the wheel, which was a machine, was truly incredible to see. Further, as one visitor put it, the wheel was amazing because it seemed to be missing support. That is, it did not look like it could stand on its own. And yet it did and even rotated!


They Keep Reaching Higher and Higher

Ferris wheel technology has only improved since then. Most of today's Ferris wheels are much larger than that first one. The largest in the world is the "Singapore Flyer," which stands slightly taller than twice what Ferris's did!

Today, the Ferris wheel is the most common amusement park ride. But that does not mean you should take them for granted. Instead, be thankful for Ferris' invention. The next time you're at an amusement park, don't just look up at the impressive wheel in the sky on your way to a newer attraction. Take it for a spin!


Questions:

1) 'Everyone has a favorite attraction at an amusement park, and I am no different.' What does the word attraction means – a sense, a park or a ride? Explain.

2) From the passage, find the antonym of the word 'simple'. - ________________

3) What does the author like best about Ferris wheels?

4)  When and for what was the Ferris wheel originally designed?

5) Describe the modern Ferris wheels.


Directed Writing:  Imagine you visited the amusement park with the author.  Write a letter to your cousin telling him/her about your experience.  Include the following points:

  • Write about the Ferris wheel.

  • History of the Ferris wheel.

  • Your favorite attraction at the amusement park. (Describe the ride and how you felt taking a ride on it)


18 August, 2017

Grade 4 Science Adaptation in Plants


Grade 4 Science Adaptation in Plants

Students observed pine cone, needle shaped leaves, water stored in aloe vera stem and hollow stem of lotus plant. 

Students did an activity to see how a thick stem of cactus stores more water.

Students observed the specimens of underwater plants.

Students observed how the waxy coat of leaves shed the most amount of water.

Grade 3 Design and technology tallest tower



Grade 3 Design and Technology
Tallest Tower

Students used their creativity to construct structures as tallest as possible.

Grade 5 English Blog Comprehension (August)





Diving is my passion, my life. I have been doing it since I was a kid, starting out with somersaults on the trampoline, and graduating to the springboard of our neighborhood pool. I was taught by my dad, who had been a diver at the University of Pennsylvania.

Later, I attended Pennsylvania State University, where I became a platform diver. A 10-meter platform is as high as a three-storey building. You hit the water like a bullet. My first time on the platform, it took me a half hour standing at the edge before I got the nerve to dive. I have never looked back since.

After I graduated, I moved to Florida to train with legendary diving coach, Ron O'Brien. Coach O'Brien said I stood a chance of making the US Olympic team that would compete in the Barcelona summer games.

Diving is my passion, my life. I have been doing it since I was a kid, starting out with somersaults on the trampoline, and graduating to the springboard of our neighborhood pool. I was taught by my dad, who had been a diver at the University of Pennsylvania.

Later, I attended Pennsylvania State University, where I became a platform diver. A 10-meter platform is as high as a three-storey building. You hit the water like a bullet. My first time on the platform, it took me a half hour standing at the edge before I got the nerve to dive. I have never looked back since.

After I graduated, I moved to Florida to train with legendary diving coach, Ron O'Brien. Coach O'Brien said I stood a chance of making the US Olympic team that would compete in the Barcelona summer games.

Training is grueling. The impact of hitting the water at high velocity again and again takes its toll on the body. But all the training was worth it. When I was named to the US Olympic Diving team, I called back home immediately: "I made it, Dad !"

Though I had good news, Dad had bad. He was scheduled for open-heart surgery. My first impulse was to skip the Olympics so I could stay with him. Dad would not hear of it. "After all, Mare," he reassured me, "isn't this what I got you started on ? Remember ?"

Through all my years of competition, one image I kept close was that of my father bending me into the proper dive position on the springboard when I was little.

Now, hugging me goodbye before I left for Barcelona, my father said, "I'll be watching you on TV, Mare." Dad, who had taken all seven of us children to church every Sunday, kept a strong faith that would sustain him through whatever lay ahead. On the plane, I prayed and received the strong impression he would be all right.

Soon I was faced with another dilemma. The opening ceremonies were scheduled to take place between 8.00 pm and 1.00 am the night before my first event. I would get only a few hours' sleep if I marched with the other US Olympians. "We can always watch it on TV back at the Olympic village," Coach said.

I recalled Dad's words: "I'll be watching you on TV." I had got word he had come through his surgery nicely and was recovering well. It would make him very proud to see me with the other Americans. So I marched, the only platform diver at the ceremonies.

After the next day's competition, I was in second place. My coach said I was "a dark horse for a medal". The Russian and Chinese divers had been heavily favored. At 29, I had been written off by most people as too old to win. "Maybe you should march before all your events," Coach joked.

But my next-to-last dive was a disaster and plunged me into fifth place. I had one final shot at a medal. As I stood on the platform ready to take my last dive, I paused a bit longer than usual. The announcement came over the loudspeaker. "Mary Ellen Clark of the United States, doing a backward one-and-a-half somersault with two-and-a-half twists.

I stepped up to the edge of the platform and turned my back to the water. With a quick prayer and an incredible sense of lightness, I was airborne, arcing out over the pool, twisting and tumbling, the Barcelona skyline flashing by. A micro-instant later, I ripped into the water. I knew I had nailed the dive. When I shot back to the surface, Coach O'Brien was yelling, "Bronze, Mary Ellen, bronze!"

As I stood on the awards platform to accept my medal, I knew Dad was watching. This is for you, Dad, I thought. What an incredible feeling!
Language record-
Word
Word Class
Meaning
grueling


incredible


somersault



  • Frame sentence of your own:
1) grueling: ____________________________________________
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2) incredible: ____________________________________________
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3) somersault: ____________________________________________
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  • Answer the following questions in your own words.

1)  Who had been Mary Ellen's first diving coach?
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2)  Mary Ellen loved platform diving and yet, she found it a frightening thing to do at first.. Quote a phrase that expresses how frightening this experience was.
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3) Why did Mary Ellen consider missing the Olympics ?
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4)  Mary Ellen was the only platform diver at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Give the main reason why the other platform divers had missed the ceremonies.
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5) Why did she finally decide to take part in the opening ceremonies?
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6) Mary Ellen's coach said she was "a dark horse for a medal".
(a) Explain what this phrase means.
(b) State two reasons why he called her "a dark horse for a medal".
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7) Express in your own words how Mary Ellen had performed for her last two dives.
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8) Give a suitable title to this passage.
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Directed Writing:
Imagine you are Mary Ellen from the given passage. Make a diary entry recounting the challenges you faced in your bid to win a medal as a platform diver. Include the following points.
  • Your passion and the difficulties you faced.                                                             
  • Your interaction with your dad.
  • Your thoughts and feelings.
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