TERM: FIRST TERM
SUBJECT: ENGLISH LANGUAGE
CLASS: SS 3
TOPIC: COMPREHENSION: NOVEL EXTRACT.
The passage is an extract from the Novel titled ‘A Good Man in Africa’ by William Boyd. A woman, named Innocence, had been struck dead by thunder. All attempts by Morgan to get Innocence’s body taken to the morgue was in vain. The belief that certain sacrifices need to be carried out on anyone struck down by thunder prevented anyone, including the police, from taking the corpse away. Morgan was surprised that even the “Christians” made reference to tribal protocol.
Questions, Page 49.
Topic: Vocabulary Development: French Words
French is one of the European languages that have developed out of Latin. Some French expressions are used in English.
á la carte: refers to that part of a menu where each dish is listed with its price.
Á la mode: fashionable
Bourgeoisie: the middle class
Chef: senior cook
Communiqué: an official announcement
Déjà vu: seen before
Fiancé: a man who is engaged to be married.
Malaise: an uneasy feeling
Gauche: social clumsy or inept
Précis: a summary
RSVP: stands for repondez s’il vous plait. These letters are placed at the foot of a formal invitation when a reply is needed. They mean ‘please reply’.
Practice 1, Page 52
Topic: Writing: Articles
Articles are expository essays. An expository essay is one that requires you to explain a thing or a process fully. The explanation will necessarily demand writing a great deal about what distinguishes the subject of the essay from all other things.
It may also involve some description.
Sample outline on articles. There have been various articles in your national newspapers discussing the rise in the prices of goods. Write your contribution to the discussion and suggest ways to help curb the trend.
Write an article for publication in one of your local newspapers on the good effects of accountability and transparency.
Topic: Figures of Speech.
A figure of speech is any departure from the literal (i.e ordinary) use of a word or phrase. Some of the commonest figures of speech which cut across genres are simile, metaphor, irony, paradox, euphemism, hyperbole, personification, litotes, oxymoron, allegory, alliteration, pun, rhetorical question, etc.
E.g. Peter is as cunny as a snake.
Jane is like an angel.
E.g. Peter is a snake
Jane is an angel
E.g. The sun smiled at me.
The trees are dancing in the wind.
E.g. The old man has kicked the bucket.
The king has joined his ancestors.
E.g. What a pretty state of affairs!
He jokingly describes the midget as a ‘very tall’ person.
E.g. Make haste slowly.
Attack is the best form of defence.
E.g. The dead drunkard was laid on his bier. (pun on beer/bier)
The minister claims he is a soul administrator (sole/soul)
E.g. The hiss of a snake
The splash of water.
Give two examples each on the following: (l) simile (ll) metaphor (lll) irony (lv) personification (v) pun
Lexical and Auxiliary verbs.
Revision and Tests Part 3, Page 61, Effective English.
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