Kipling Country - The Magic Carpet - Class 8 - English
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Write a descriptive paragraph describing the sights and sounds around you at night.
When it gets dark at night, everything around seems to change. The color of things turns to different shades of black. You can see small lights from faraway houses and stars in the sky. The shapes of tall trees move a little in the wind, and their shadows look a bit scary. Sometimes, you can hear an owl hooting from a tree, or a dog barking from far away. The sound of leaves moving in the wind and the noise from distant cars become a kind of soft music that makes you want to sleep. Streetlights make some parts of the ground look warm and welcoming. The air gets cooler and there's a nice smell from flowers that open at night. You can see fireflies lighting up and moving around, and this looks really beautiful. The peace and calm of the night are a good change from the busy daytime.
Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verbs in brackets.
1. We _____________ to Malaysia two years ago. (go)
2. I _____________ never _____________ a more beautiful hill station than Dalhousie. (see)
3. Ria went to London to meet her uncle, but he _____________ just _____________ to
4. He couldn’t bake a cake because _____________ to buy baking powder. (forget)
5. I am feeling quite relieved as my father _____________ from his illness. (recover)
6. Juhi and Soha _____________ badminton when I saw them last. (play)
7. Kapil _____________ the top salesperson for a decade now. (be)
8. Mrs Gurtu _____________ us music when we were in junior school. (teach)
Rewrite the sentences correctly, where necessary.
1. We have visited Pench in 2019.
2. Somebody was calling me thrice while I had my dinner last evening.
3. It was raining cats and dogs when I woke up this morning.
4. Nandini lives in Ernakulam. She had been living here for the past four years.
5. Aakash and his friends were playing when his parents were returning from a late night movie show.
6. Abbas had scored a goal for his team after the referee had blown the whistle.
7. In November last year, Aviral had worked on the science project for six months.
Look at the verbs in colour. Correct the tense, if necessary. Rewrite the paragraph.
The orphans, Cora and Ruky, had lived alone in a cottage with an old uncle. Cora-or Cor, as Ruky called her – was nearly sixteen years old, but her brother saw the forest turn yellow only four times. She was, therefore, almost mother and sister in one. The little fellow was her companion night and day. Together they were eating and playing, and – when Cora was not at work in the cottage – they had rambled in the wood together of floated in their little boat upon the lake.
Ruky had dark eyes, and the gloosy blackness of his hair had made his cheeks look even rosier than they were. He had funny ways for a boy, Cora was thinking. The quick, bird – like jerks of his raven-black head, his baby gait, and his habit of pecking at his food, as she had called it, often made his sister laugh. Young as he was, the little fellow learned to mount to the top of low-branching tree near the cottage, though he could not always get down alone. Sometimes when, perched in the thick foliage, he would scream, “Cor! Cor! Come, help me down!” his sister would answer, as she runs out laughing, “Yes, little Crow! I’m coming.”
Read the itinerary by a travel agent and a brief travelogue of Kanha National Park by a tourist.
The schedule for a trip is called an itinerary. It usually includes a list of places travellers will visit and the main activities they will take part in, along with the date and time of each.
A travelogue is an account of a person’s experiences while travelling. It is usually written in the first person and the past tense is used.
Write an itinerary of a weekend trip to your favourite destination.
Write a travelogue based on the itinerary you have written.
Vocabulary - Kipling Country | The Magic Carpet | Class 8 Literature | English
Foray: A sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory, especially to obtain something.
The brave soldiers made a daring foray into enemy lines to retrieve valuable information.
Fledgling: A young and inexperienced person or organization.
The new startup showed promise, but it was still a fledgling in the competitive market.
Eerily: In a strange and unnerving manner that seems supernatural or uncanny.
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About the Author - Kipling Country | The Magic Carpet | Class 8 Literature | English
Prerna Singh Bindra is a distinguished Indian wildlife conservationist and environmental journalist. She served as a member of India's National Board for Wildlife and its core Standing Committee from 2010 to 2013. She is the author of the book 'The Vanishing: India's Wildlife Crisis,' which highlights the urgent need for wildlife conservation. Known for her passion for wildlife preservation, Bindra has been at the forefront of reporting on India's environment, conservation, and wildlife-related issues for over a decade.