The following activities are based on a story about a boy called Adam and some advice he received from his grandmother when he was a child.
▶Task 1 - vocabulary
In this first activity, you will match words and phrases from the story to similar meanings.
▶Task 2 - comprehension
▶Task 3 - put the summary into the correct order
In this final activity, you will put the main events of the story into the correct order.
There once was a boy called Adam. He was an orphan. His parents died when he was two years old, and since then he had been living with his grandmother. His nanny was very, very old but she was a smart and cheerful person. They were poor but happy because they had each other. They lived in a small, old wooden cottage with lovely curtains at the windows.
One day, Adam was very sad and unhappy when he returned home from school. His observant nanny noticed that he had been crying, but when she asked Adam why he was so unhappy, he didn’t answer.
The next day after school, Adam looked more miserable than the day before. Nanny gave him a long, careful look, but she didn’t say anything. After a modest supper, she sat in the old rocking chair near the fireplace and started spinning a yarn about her childhood. She told Adam that when she was a little girl she was a very lonely child. She had no friends at school and nobody liked her. The other children laughed and persecuted her. Interested, Adam asked Nanny what she had done to stop them. Nanny started to laugh and said, “I told them that my nanny was a terrible witch and that she could turn them into ugly frogs! If others laugh at you, Adam, you can tell them that I’m a terrible witch, too.“
The next day, Adam returned from school in a good mood. No one laughed at him ever again.
- Have you ever been given good advice by somebody older than you?
- Do you think Adam did the right thing?
- What advice would you give to Adam?