Down Pens

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Subjects: English

For students of 8th to 8th grade.

Class: VIII
Teaching Points:

Vocabulary: recrimination, satire, servile. 

Content: “Have you written…laying down her pen.”
	Instructional Objectives: The student should be able

Comprehension:
a)	To recognize the spellings of the words – recrimination, satire, servile.
b)	The recognize the pronunciation of the words – recrimination, satire, servile. 
c)	To grasp the meaning of the words – recrimination, satire, servile.
d)	To understand the idea of the lesson – writing thank you note. 

Expression:
a)	To use the words recrimination, servile in framing sentences of their own. 
b)	To read with correct pronunciation, intonation and stress.
c)	To write legibly and neatly.

Appreciation:
a)	To appreciate the importance of saying ‘thank you’. 
b)	To appreciate the style of writing.
c)	To encourage students to read more works by the same author. 

Teaching Aids: Whiteboard, Charts, pictures. 	

Reference Books: Collins Dictionary. 

	
                 Previous Knowledge 	                           	                                
Introduction

Teacher uses the following technique:
Question answer.
	
Teacher’s Activity
Teacher asks the students:
1.	How many of your birthdays are coming up?
2.	What are the things that you expect out of a birthday?
3.	What is the politest way to respond when you receive a gift?
Teacher shows a picture of Hector Hugh Munro. Mentions that his pen name is Saki. 
Pictures of his few other works. 
Pen name – used when one wants to hide their identity. 	

Pupil’s Activity
Students will answer:
1.	Students answer.
2.	Birthday party, favourite dishes, cake, gifts, etc.
3.	Students answer. (Expected answer: thank you). 
Students try to guess. 
Statement of Aim: Today, we will start with the lesson ‘Down Pens’ by Saki. 




Content Analysis		                                   	                Evaluation
		        Teacher’s Activity	           Pupil’s Activity	
Development of the lesson

 Vocabulary:

Re-cri-mi-na-tion (n) – a statement criticising someone who has criticised you. 



Ser-vile (adj) – showing an excessive willingness to please others. 




Satire (n) – the use of humour to criticise someone. 




Content:
Model reading by the teacher.
Down Pens
“Have you written…Laying down her pen”. 	

Expected Learning Outcome

Understand the meaning and usage of the word. 

Understand the meaning and usage of the word. 

Understand the meaning. 

Recognizes stress, pronunciation and intonation. 	

 Learning Experience

Teacher will give the meaning along with a model sentence. 
1.	The meeting ended with bitterness and recrimination. 

Teacher will give the meaning along with a model sentence. 
1.	Some people are so servile that other people take advantage of their submissiveness. 

Teacher explains the meaning. 
It uses sarcasm. It can be serious and also comical. 
Satire on common man and the Government by R K Laxman. 




Reads the lesson with proper pronunciation, intonation and stress.  	



Students will listen to the teacher, try to understand the meaning and then form sentence of their own. 


Students will listen to the teacher, try to understand the meaning and then form a sentence of their own. 












Students listen attentively. 	

 

Recrimination – a statement criticising someone who has criticised you.
Content Analysis	Expected Learning Outcome	                                   Learning Experience	                Evaluation
		        Teacher’s Activity	           Pupil’s Activity	
Students read aloud. 
 


Silent reading




Glossary:
 Defiance (n) – refusal to obey.
 Amiability (n) – having a friendly and pleasant manner.
Couched (v) – expressed in a particular way. 







Comprehension Questions	Reads with clarity. 


 
Students comprehend the meaning of the passage. 



Comprehend the meaning of the words used in the passage. 	Corrects whenever required. 

 

 Instructs to read silently without using fingers or making any sound. 




Explanation.

Teacher asks these questions:
(instruction – answer in full sentence)

1.	Name the author of the lesson. 
2.	What was Hector Hugh Munro’s pen name?
3.	Name the two people between whom a conversation is going on?	Reads the passage with proper pronunciation, intonation and stress. 

Reads the passage silently following the instructions. 



Students understand and take down the meanings. 














1.	The author of the lesson is Hector Hugh Munro. 
2.	Hector Hugh Munro’s name was Saki. 
3.	The two people between whom the conversation is going on are Egbert and Janetta. 
	

 


Content Analysis	Expected Learning Outcome	                                   Learning Experience	                Evaluation
		        Teacher’s Activity	           Pupil’s Activity	







	
	4.	What was the conversation about?
 
	    4.  Egbert and Janetta were having a conversation about what they should write in the thankyou note for the gift that they had received from the Froplinsons. 	
 


Concluding statement: Today we have studied about a conversation between Egbert and Janetta about a gift that was sent to them by the Froplinsons. 
                                                                                                                                                Evaluation
                                                Recapitulation	                                                             Blackboard work

1.	What do you understand by satire?

2.	What gift had Egbert and Janetta received from the Froplinsons?	
1.	Satire is the use of humour to criticise someone. 

2.	Egbert and Janetta had a received a calendar from the Froplinsons. Janetta was not sure whether it was about William the Conqueror or William Wordsworth.
 
Home Assignment:  

1.	Write sentences of your own with the words – couched, defiance, recrimination, servile, amiability. 
2.	Make a thank you card for any friend, family or teacher.