Class 6

𝐓𝐚𝐫𝐨'𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝

1. A YOUNG woodcutter named Taro lived with his mother and father on a lonely hillside.

`color{green}(•)` All day long he chopped wood in the forest.

`color{green}(•)` Though he worked very hard, he earned very little money.

`color{green}(•)` This made him sad, for he was a thoughtful son and wanted to give his old parents everything they needed.

2. One evening, when Taro and his parents were sitting in a corner of their hut, a strong wind began to blow.

`color{green}(•)` It whistled through the cracks of the hut and everyone felt very cold.

`color{green}(•)` Suddenly Taro's father said, "I wish I had a cup of sake; it would warm me and do my old heart good."

3. This made Taro sadder than ever, for the heart-warming drink called sake was very expensive.

`color{green}(•)` 'How do I earn more money?' he asked himself.

`color{green}(•)` 'How do I get a little sake for my poor old father?'

`color{green}(•)` He decided to work harder than before.

4. Next morning, Taro jumped out of bed earlier than usual and made his way to the forest.

`color{green}(•)` He chopped and cut, chopped and cut as the sun climbed, and soon he was so warm that he had to take off his jacket.

`color{green}(•)` His mouth was dry, and his face was wet with sweat.

`color{green}(•)` 'My poor old father!' he thought.

`color{green}(•)` 'If only he was as warm as I!'

`color{green}(•)` And with that he began to chop even faster, thinking of the extra money he must earn to buy the sake to warm the old man's bones.

5. Then suddenly Taro stopped chopping. What was that sound he heard? Could it be, could it possibly be rushing water?

`color{green}(•)` Taro could not remember ever seeing or hearing a rushing stream in that part of the forest.

`color{green}(•)` He was thirsty. The axe dropped out of his hands and he ran in the direction of the sound.

6. Taro saw a beautiful little waterfall hidden behind a rock.

`color{green}(•)` Kneeling at a place where the water flowed quietly, he cupped a little in his hands and put it to his lips.

`color{green}(•)` Was it water? Or was it sake?

`color{green}(•)` He tasted it again and again, and always it was the delicious sake instead of cold water.

7. Taro quickly filled the pitcher he had with him and hurried home.

`color{green}(•)` The old man was delighted with the sake.

`color{green}(•)` After only one swallow of the liquid he stopped shivering and did a little dance in the middle of the floor.

8. That afternoon, a neighbour stopped by for a visit.

`color{green}(•)` Taro's father politely offered her a cup of the sake.

`color{green}(•)` The lady drank it greedily, and thanked the old man.

`color{green}(•)` Then Taro told her the story of the magic waterfall.

`color{green}(•)` Thanking them for the delicious drink, she left in a hurry.

`color{green}(•)` By nightfall she had spread the story throughout the whole village.

9. That evening there was a long procession of visitors to the woodcutter's house.

`color{green}(•)` Each man heard the story of the waterfall, arid took a sip of the sake.

`color{green}(•)` In less than an hour the pitcher was empty.

10. Next morning, Taro started for work even earlier than the morning before.

`color{green}(•)` He carried with him the largest pitcher he owned, for he intended first of all to go to the waterfall.

`color{green}(•)` When he reached it, he found to his great surprise all his neighbours there.

`color{green}(•)` They were carrying pitchers, jars, buckets- anything they could find to hold the magic sake.

`color{green}(•)` Then one villager knelt and held his mouth under the waterfall to drink.

`color{green}(•)` He drank again and again, and then shouted angrily, "Water! Nothing but water!"

`color{green}(•)` Others also tried, but there was no sake, only cold water.

11. "We have been tricked!" shouted the villagers.

`color{green}(•)` "Where is Taro? Let us drown him in this waterfall."

`color{green}(•)` But Taro had been wise enough to slip behind a rock when he saw how things were going.

`color{green}(•)` He was nowhere to be found.

12. Muttering their anger and disappointment, the villagers left the place one by one.

`color{green}(•)` Taro came out from his hiding place.

`color{green}(•)` Was it true, he wondered? Was the sake a dream?

`color{green}(•)` Once more he caught a little liquid in his hand and put it to his lips.

`color{green}(•)` It was the same fine sake.

`color{green}(•)` To the thoughtful son, the magic waterfall gave the delicious sake.

`color{green}(•)` To everyone else, it gave only cold water.

13. The story of Taro and his magic waterfall reached the Emperor of Japan.

`color{green}(•)` He sent for the young woodcutter, and rewarded him with twenty pieces of gold for having been so good and kind.

`color{green}(•)` Then he named the most beautiful fountain in the city after Taro.

`color{green}(•)` This, said the Emperor, was to encourage all children to honour and obey their parents.

𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐭

𝐀. 𝐀𝐧𝐬𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬.

1. Why did Taro run in the direction of the stream? (5)

2. How did Taro's father show his happiness after drinking sake?(7)

3. Why did the waterfall give Taro sake and others water? (12)

4. Why did the villagers want to drown Taro? (10, 11)

5. Why did the Emperor reward Taro? (13)

𝐁. 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐦.

𝟏. 𝐓𝐚𝐫𝐨 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞

(i) he didn't work hard enough.

(ii) the villagers didn't need wood.

(iii) the price of wood was very low.

𝟐. 𝐓𝐚𝐫𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲

(i) to live a more comfortable life.

(ii) to buy his old father some sake.

(iii) to repair the cracks in the hut.

𝟑. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐓𝐚𝐫𝐨'𝐬 𝐡𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞

(i) she was delighted with the drink.

(ii) she was astonished to hear Taro's story.

(iii) she wanted to tell the whole village about the waterfall.

Working with languge

𝐀. 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐱 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐮𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞.

Taro wanted to give his old parents everything they needed.
This shows that he was ...

𝐁. 1. 'This made Taro sadder than ever."
'This' refers to

(i) a strong wind that began to blow.

(ii) Taro's father's old age.

(iii) Taro's inability to buy expensive sake for his father.
(Mark the right item.)

2. ''This, said the emperor, was to encourage all children to honour
and obey their parents."
'This' refers to

(i) the most beautiful fountain in the city.

(ii) rewarding Taro with gold and giving the fountain his name.

(iii) sending for Taro to hear his story.
(Mark the right item.)

𝐂. 𝐀𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐫𝐡𝐲𝐦𝐞.
Example : `tt(("young - lung") , ("money - sunny"))`

𝐃. 𝟏. 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐱.

A _____ woodcutter lived on a ________ hillside. He was a _________ son who worked __________ but earned ___________ money. One day he saw a __________ waterfall hidden behind a rock. He tasted the water and
found it ________________.

𝟐. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐬.

(i) This made Taro ___________ than ever. (3)

(ii) He decided to work ____________ than before. (3)

(iii) Next morning, Taro jumped out of bed __________ .than usual.(4)

(iv) He began to chop even ___________________ . (4)

(v) Next morning, Taro started for work even _____________ than the morning before. (10)

𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠

𝐀. 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧. 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐛𝐲 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭.

(i) How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood.

(ii) Betty bought a bit of butter, but the bit of butter was a little bitter so she bought some better butter to make the bitter
butter better.

𝐁 1. The story 'Taro's Reward' shows that Taro is thoughtful, hardworking and also wise.

Read aloud the parts of story that show these qualities in Taro.

2. (i) Like Patrick in the story 'Who Did Patrick's Homework', Taro is helped by magic.

Do you believe in magic? What are the magical things that happen in these stories?

(ii) Which story do you like better, and why? Do you know such stories in other languages? Discuss these questions
in class.

3. Now write a paragraph or two about these two stories, comparing them.

𝐂. 1. Listen to these children. What are they talking about?

2. Work in groups. Come to some agreement on each of the activities given below.

Decide which is the most interesting, dullest, most dangerous, safest, most rewarding, most exciting.


𝟏. 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐰. 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐫𝐡𝐲𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐭.

I. bed __________ ___________________________.

II. wax ___________ __________________________.

III. fast _____________ __________________________.

IV. chop _____________ _________________________.

V. young. _____________ _________________________.