ENGLISH ( Honeydew) POEM The Ant And The Cricket AntThe%20Ant%20and%20the%20Cricket..flv -
OBJECTIVES • 1-To make the students recite the poem. • 2-To comprehend the gist of the poem. • 3-To make them enjoy the rhythm of the poem with its rhyming scheme. • 4-To appreciate the beauty of the poem.
Summary • It is a fable in poetic form. A fable is a story, often with animals as characters, that conveys a moral. This poem about an ant and a cricket contains an idea of far reaching significance, which is as true of a four legged cricket as of a two legged ones. You must have seen a cricket that has two legs .This is the story of a cricket who spent his summer singing. When the winter came he started starving. He went to ant and wished to borrow grain. But they asked him what he did in summer. He replied that he sang in the summer. They asked him to dance in winter. There are crickets in our society. Some have four legs some have two.
Words Accustomed Gay Crumb Starvation Famine Quoth Warrant Meaning = Happy = To say true = Said (old Eng.) = Habit = Feel hungry = Scarcity of food = Piece of food VOCABULARYMatch the following:
POEM STANZA:1 A silly young cricket, accustomed to sing Through the warm, sunny months of gay summer and spring, Began to complain when he found that, at home, His cupboard was empty, and winter was come. Not a crumb to be found; On the snow-covered ground; Not a flower could he see, Not a leaf on a tree. ‘Oh! What will become,’ says the cricket, 'of me?’
Answer the following: 1.What was the young cricket accustomed to do ? • 2. When was the cricket happier ? • 3.Why did he complain ? • 4.Give the opposite of : empty X …………. warm X …………
At last by starvation and famine made bold, All dripping with wet, and all trembling with cold, Away he set off to a miserly ant, To see if, to keep him alive, he would grant Him shelter from rain, And a mouthful of grain, He wished only to borrow; He’d repay it tomorrow; If not, he must die of starvation and sorrow.
Answer the following : 1. What made the cricket bold ? 2. Why was he trembling ? 3.To whom did he want to meet ? 4. Why did he go to the ant ? 5. Find out the rhyming words in the above stanza. 6. What is the rhyme scheme ?
STANZA:3 Says the ant to the cricket, I'm your servant and friend, But we ants never borrow; we ants never lend. But tell me, dear cricket, did you lay nothing by When the weather was warm ? Quoth the cricket, Not I ! My heart, was so light That I sang day and night, For all nature looked gay ‘You sang, Sir, you say? ‘Go then,’ says the ant, ‘and dance winter away.’
Answer the following : • What did the ant tell the cricket ? • What did the ant ask the cricket ? • How was the weather ? • Did the cricket get food from the ant ?
STANZA:4 Thus ending, he hastily lifted the wicket, And out of the door turned the poor little cricket. Folks call this a fable. I'll warrant it true: Some crickets have four legs, and some have two.
Answer the following: • How did the ant behave with the cricket? • What do the folks call this story? • What does the last word ‘some’ refer to? • Find out the rhyme-scheme of the stanza.
1. A silly young cricket sang throughout the winter. 2. The cricket’s cupboard was full of grains. 3. The ground was covered with snow. 4. The ant helped the cricket with some food. 5. The ant lifted a gun. 6. The Cricket was a miser. 7. The ant was trembling with cold. 8. The ant was a hard worker. Say ‘True/False’
Fill in the blanks with the hints given in the box. (helping, did not, summer, sang, regretted) The ant and cricket were true friends. But the ant ________ help the cricket in need as it ______throughout the ______ and did not save anything for future. The cricket ______ and the ant taught him a lesson by not________.
Moral of the poem: * Set aside for the rainy day. If we are lazy and do not want to work, nobody will help us and we’ll have to starve. * Save today for a better tomorrow.
Prepared by ROY UMMEN TGT (ENGLISH) KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA (CHENNEERKARA) PATHANAMTHITTA