Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Discussion in the school about woman police officer - conversation

Teacher : [looking at the various cards] Your cards show that you have great love and respect for your mothers. I agree. Mothers are special, aren't they?

Selvam : How about the father, the head of the family?

Teacher : Yes, of course. Fathers are special, too. Your father is as responsible as your mother, for looking after you, and running the home. In different ways everyone in a family is the head of a home.

Selvam : Well, my father takes all the decisions at home. He says that is the traditional way. And my mother, simply nods her head.

Teacher : It might have been so. But times are changing, you know; and with it, we all must change.

lnian : I agree, Madam. My mother says that most men are unwilling to give women an equal chance. Shruti : I think everyone has to adjust. There has to be a give and take.

Radha :  That may be nice as an idea. But in reality that doesn’t happen.

Jamal : Why should it? In society if there has to be peace, people must accept their roles. Men and women can’t be equal.

Selvam : Both in us and around us, I don’t see any changes from the past.

Radha : If you have eyes to see, you can; if you have ears to hear, you can.
Teacher : Why are you speaking so angrily, Radha?

There was silence. As the teacher gently probed, the students shared what had happened.

Teacher :  It is interesting that you are sharing this today, when I am going to talk about one of the greatest women in the history of the Indian police force -Kiran Bedi. Selvam,don't you know that what you and your friends have been doing with your classmate is not right?

Selvam : But she is fat.

Radha : And his face does look like a monkey.

Selvam : [getting angry] Listen to what you say? You can never win in a fight with me.

Teacher : Calm down, both of you. Selvam, you started it. You have no right to pass an undignified comment or put down anyone else.

Shruti : But what Radha said was also not right, Madam.

Teacher : It isn't only about what people do is right or wrong. It is whether they create the space to be human.

Radha : How do you say so Madam? Sometimes there is no option but to fight!

Teacher : Yes Radha. But do see and take heart - the presence of women is everywhere today, in all walks of life; they compete with men and excel in all fields. Let us consider Kiran Bedi fora moment. Kiran Bedi was born in on 9 June, 1949 in Amritsar, Punjab, India. What do you know about her?

Inian : Madam. I read an article about Kiran Bedi — The Super Cop.  She is not only India's first woman Police Officer - she has a softer side to her as well - she has a family and a daughter called Saina.

Teacher : [smiling]Are you saying no policeman can be soft‘?

Jamal : There could be madam, but why do we call her a Super Cop?

Teacher : It is as the Inspector General of Prisons, Delhi that she is best remembered. She created the space for hardened criminals to become human again. Her work with the prisoners of Tihar Jail, one of the toughest places for any police ofiicer, will go down in Indian History as a hallmark of what a simple, dedicated, caring police officer can do. This is why, Kiran is called the Super Cop. She has been known for her humane attitude, indomitable will and fearless spirit.

Radha : But Madam, did she never react to injustice?

Teacher : Of course, she did. That is what made her the police officer that she was. See, my dear, when you meet with injustice, you can either retaliate, or tackle intelligently. Shruti, keeping quiet in the face of injustice is not intelligence.

Mary : I read in a news magazine that she had initiated several decisions particularly in the areas of drugs control, traffic management and VIP security. Madam, I always wonder - despite her being a lady IPS Officer of India, she did not find it hard to tackle law and order.

Teacher : Kiran Bedi worked by example. She believed in cooperating with people and she found that people co-operated with her. She worked harder and longer than the people around her and didn’t demand what she could not practice. Also, time management was her greatest asset as a child.
Radha : Okay, there is one Kiran Bedi. Are there any other women, Madam?

Teacher : You tell me.

Selvam : Kalpana Chawla.

Jamal : Sunita Williams.

Mary : Jhansi ki Rani.

Shruti : Ela Bhat - my mother says she has done a great deal for women's Self Help Groups(SHG).

Inian : Isn't she the woman who started SEWA in Gujarat?

Teacher : Yes! We come across many women leaders in all walks of life; for example the first citizen of our country is a woman at present.

Radha: I am also happy about the Women's Reservation Bill in Indua.

Selvam : Did Kiran Bedi win any award and laurels for her outstanding carrer?

Teacher : She won many awards lije the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994, Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention and Control and the Jawaharlal Nehry Felloship for her work in Tihar Jail.

Selvam : It must have required so much of energy and will power. How did she achieve all these honours?
Teacher : She says that she devotes one-and-a-half hours everyday for physical excersies.

Radha : I hear that she had voluntarily retired from the Police force. What is the reason?

Teacher : After her retirement on 27th November 2007, she had taken on new challenges in life; she has also founded two Non-Governmental ORganizations (NGOs)in India. One is called Navjyoti for Preventive Policing in 1987 and the other is the India Vision Foundation for prison reformation, drug abuse prevention and child welfare in 1994.

Radha : Where can I know more about Kiran Bedi?

Teacher : Good question. She has launched a new website www.safeindua.com. You could also read her autobiography, 'I Dare. It's Always Possible'.

Radha : I just love the title!

Inian : Who inspired her?

Teacher : I think her spirit of nationalism inspiredher. Our freedom fighters Pt. Jawaharlal Nehry, Mahatma Gandhi, Subash Chandra Bose and Lala Lajpat Rai inspired her.

Radha : What is national spirit?
Teacher : Well, Radha, like a soldier who protects citizens at the border, a policeman protects them within the border. Kiran Bedi joined the police service to protects them within the border. Kiran Bedi joined the police service to protect and serve the poor and needy and her principle of service was to put down injustice. Her principle of service was to redeem justice and to create space for the human. The power, t he glamour, the uniform and status had no meaning for her.

Radha : Friends are supposed to stand by you - in good times and bad. This happens so rarely. How did she selected her friends?

Teacher : Well, she felt truthfulness can bring everything into one's life. In her own words, 'Honesty and truth are interrelated. Honesty is basically an expression of truth. There is no substitute for truth. Truth alone brings conviction'.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

English exercise - Unscramble and fill in the blanks

Test your knowledge

Fill in these words, using the clues given:

Indiscipline, impossible, injustice, immobile, unreal, kindness

1. Unfair treatment  _____________
2. A fantasy ________________
3. Beyond the scope of  _______________
4. Disorderly ____________
5. Not moving _____________
6. A quaiity  _____________

Unscramble these word :

mi dom in bie ta  -  indomitable  ter en tain - _____________
mil iar fa  pin ion o  cult fi dif
rate sep a  tics nar co  ti iar cu par
fui ness th tru
tion exa na mi

Turn these words into nouns by adding 'tion' and use any five in sentences of your own :
1. to reserve  -  reservation
2. to prepare - ____________
3. to dedicate  ____________
4. to examine  _____________
5. to apply   _______________
6. to compete  _____________
7. to complete _____________
8. to inform _______________
9. to inspect _______________
10. to rotate _______________

Thursday, April 30, 2015

English Exercise on Punctuation

Put commas wherever necessary in the following sentences:

1. We did not like her voice. However we kept quiet during the show.
2. I don't know Dinesh. In fact I haven't even heard his name.
3. Ms.Kiran Bedi the IPS Officer was the chief guest.
4. Kiran Bedi was born on 9‘"June,1949 in Amirstar Punjab India.
5. Mr. Ramesh the new Principal of our school is a very friendly person.

Use capital letters, full stops and question marks wherever necessary :

alexander : how should i treat you
porus : as one king should treat another
alexander : you are a brave man will you be my friend
porus : on one condition
alexander : what is your condition
porus : my kingdom should remain independent and you should treat me as an equal

Punctuate the following text.

i am waited for in egypt said the swallow my friends are flying up and down the nile and talking to the large lotus flowers soon they will go to sleep in the tomb of the great king swallow little swallow said the prince will you not stay with me for one night and be my messenger the boy is so thirsty and the mother so sad I don't think i like boys answered the swallow.

Correct the following sentences:
1.    He was rich and he were a miser

2. Each of the boy received a present. __________________
3. Good news have been received by the Head Quarters.
4. One of the boy looks happy.
5. No one knows the secret. _____

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Using Punctuation marks in English Grammar

Punctuation marks have an important role to play in every language. They help us understand the meaning of sentences clearly.

Important punctuation marks to be considered:

1. Capital letters A B C D         6. Interrogation ?
2. Comma  ,                  7. Parenthesis []
3.Semicolon ;                 8. Dash/ Hyphen -
4. Colon :                 9. Note of exclamation !
5. Full stop  .                10. inverted commas “ "

1. A Capital letter is used for the first letter in a sentence  -  This is English class.

for a proper noun - Palani lives in Chennai.
the personal pronoun 'i'  -  I am a student.
the interjection e.g.,'Oh!'  -  Oh! What an idea!
after abbreviations -  M.A., M.Ed., M. Phii.,
after initials  -  Mr.K.Prabhu

2. The Comma represents the shortest pause. it is used ,
    to indicate a short pause after a word, phrase or clause.
a) He came, he saw and he conquered.
    to distinguish a phrase in apposition [about the subject].
b) Mr. Ramesh, the Secretary of the Association, is my brother.
    to indicate words of address.
c) Sir, I beg your pardon.
    to separate words, phrases or clauses inserted into the body of a sentence.
d) Jawahariai Nehru, who was our first Prime Minister, had great love for children.
    to separate quoted sentences.
e) He said, “i am sorry.”
    to separate ‘absolute’ constructions e.g., having stopped.
f) The rain having stopped, they resumed the game.
    to separate day and date, and date and year.
g) Monday, the 5"‘ August, 6"‘ September,1992.

3. The Semicolon indicates a longer pause than a comma. it is used to ;
    separate word groups within the sentence that are not joined by a ' conjunction.
The chief guest came; the principal greeted him; then he walked up to the dais.

4. The Colon marks a more complete pause than the semicolon. It is used:
    to introduce a list.
The major novels of Kaiki are: Ponniyin Selvan, Parthiban Kanavu and Sivagamiyin Sabatham.
    to introduce a phrase, a group of words or a sentence that explains elaborates what has been said.
The problem facing us is this: where shall we get the funds?

5. A Full Stop is used at the end of a statement or an imperative sentence. .
    We enjoy our English lessons. Finish your home work. '

6. The Interrogation mark is used after a direct question.
    Who is Mrs. Kiran Bedi?

7. Parentheses or brackets are used to separate an after thought or as from a sentence. ( )
    All boys [including the richer ones] are given free uniforms and books.

B. The Dash/Hyphen is used to mark a sudden interruption in a sentence a in certain compound words -
    Kumar met an old man he was a foreigner and he spoke a strange language
    Life — style ; long — forgotten

9. Inverted commas are used to enclose words actually spoken by someone.
    The students said, “Who is our new teacher?"

10. An Exclamation mark is used after an exclamatory sentence.
    May God bless you!
Note the use of comma in the following sentence:
e.g., Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the President of India, saw a peacock in his garden.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Inspiring Essay - Different able person


Eyes- Vision (Visual Perception)
Ears - Hearing I Listening (Auditory Perception)
Mouth – Taste (Gustatory Perception)
Nose – Smell (Olfactory Perception)
Skin – Touch (Tactile Perception)

How do the differently abled students make use of their sensory organs?

We are going to read a this document brought out by a group called Chetana that had Braille letters on one side and the English alphabet on the other. The story was a nice one. Both the groups of Class VII children had read it. After that, they were going to attend a music conceit rendered by a young boy called Diwakar Sharma. When they met, the Principal said, “Children, we all have things that we can do and things we can't. Today, you are going to share knowledge with each other. The children of this school will teach you Braille and you will read with them and describe the pictures. Then the children of this school will take you around their classrooms. After that, we will assemble in the auditorium for the music show. You may pair off now and read the book." The teachers helped to pair off the children of both schools. Every pair had a copy of the book to read. The children wondered, “What will it be like, to read the book by feeling?”
They started reading the book together. It was a great fun. For both kids in each pair, it was as if a new world was opening up — a world of new sensations and feelings. For instance, Reena from the visiting school learnt that her fingers could actually ‘feel’ and understand. “Why do I use my eyes so much?”, she asked herself. Kajol of the Little Flower School felt that she could actually ‘feel’ a picture. ‘Why did I never ask my mother this before?', she wondered. She always imagined her mother's saree to be yellow’. Some days, when her mother was anxious, it would feel ‘grey’. On other days, when she was busy, it would feel ‘blue’. It had never occurred to her that she could use her ‘sense’ of colours to understand the things that she read with her fingers. I can actually ‘read’ a magazine with pictures”, she thought. Deepak of the visiting school had another perception. “Do I ever see the shapes of the things I read?", he asked himself. “lt is as if I don't actually see anything at all! I never pause!”

The children of the visiting school had a glimpse of a whole new language and with it, another view of the life they were leading. The letters were fascinating. They learnt to write them and asked their teacher if they could get a stylus and Braille Board, so that they could write to their new friends in Braille. “Why not,” said their teacher. “We will buy some soon.” Here is what they learnt. 
As they walked around the school with their new friends, they had another surprise. Rashmi discovered that her friend Geetha could actually warn her even about small bumps on the path. “There is a stone in this area that is slightly sharp", she said. “Walk carefully." Rashmi was astounded! Asif also discovered something. “He discovered that his friend James could actually hear sounds and ‘read’ them. For instance, a lady passed them and James said, “Ah, Susila Miss." “How do you know?" asked Asif. “Oh, her feet make a swishing sound when she walks. It is easy to find out who people are, from the way they walk!", said James. “l can always know which person in my family is in the same room with me.” Asif remembered how his mother always seemed to ‘creep’ in and know when he wasn't studying. “How does he figure this out?”, he thought.

It was time for the cultural show. The children were curious to know who Diwakarshannawas. The hall was packed. The Principal introduced Diwakar. She said, “Diwakar Sharma is a twelve year old singer. When he was one year old, Diwakar's visual impairment was confirmed. Alka Shanna, Diwakars mother is a doctor. She gave up her practice to look after Diwakar. His father, Sunil Sharma is an engineer. But their only aim in life is to give Diwakara platform to showcase his singing talent. "Recognizing his ability, we have dedicated our lives to making his dream of becoming a singer come true”, says his father.

It was in a televised Indian children's Interactive Reality Musil Game Show that Diwakar came into public gaze. He had the world glued to the show. His character, strength and talent were unmistakable. Director of the show, Gajendra Singh said of Diwakar, ‘It is his positive attitude, remarkable composure and confidence that get him noticed. He proves to be an icon for children of his age.’ Diwakar is articulate and mature far beyond his years. His sense of understanding of a situation or reacting to it comes from his avid interest in reading. Diwakar uses the Jaws Software for his studies and other interests. He is a good student at a regular school.

“I have read all the Harry Potter series and have enjoyed them all. I like reading children's classics and books on history. I take part in quiz contests and writing competitions. My knowledge and versatility in language comes from the fact that I read a lot", says Diwakar.

He has performed in the presence ofA.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India then, various foreign dignitaries and famous singers. Tushar, an alumnus of Diwakar's school, sums it all up, “Diwakar is a true champion, big at heart and attitude. Just watching him perform moves us all and certainly gives us hope.”

He belongs to the rare breed of individuals who are gifted to inspire and lead. We have learnt through Diwakar that no matter how difficult the circumstances, there is always something positive, something to look forward to, something truly joyful and fulfilling. The human spirit that Diwakar embodies is what brings us together and makes us succeed.

Diwakar is determined not to get deterred by any challenge. He surges forward...on and on. ”Ladies and Gentlemen, our school is proud to present ...DiwakarSharma!” Diwakar sang to thunderous applause.