Unit 4, Grade 9: Life In The Past – Skills 2
1.1. Task 1 Unit 4, grade 9
An old man is talking about his school days. Listen and decide if the statements are true (T), false (F), or not given (NG). (An elderly man is talking about his school days. Listen and see which sentences are true(T), false(F), or no information(NG) )
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Guide to answer
first. The school has classes for different age groups.
2. All subjects are taught by one teacher.
3. Some students do not wear shoes to school.
4. Students do not have exams because it will cost too much.
5. Students can talk to their teacher whenever they want.
6. Teachers do not allow students to do homework.
I went to a village school. In fact, there was only one classroom for 15 students of different ages, both boys and girls, and one teacher who taught everything. The school didn’t have a name, so we just called t ‘our school’. We used to walk to school. Some children went bare-footed.
At school, we learnt to read and to write. We also learnt a little maths and history. There were no science lessons, and we didn’t have exams, either.
Although our school was small, it had strict rules. We had to behave ourselves. We stood up and bowed to greet our teacher at the start of every lesson. We could talk only when we were allowed to. However, I had no homework and no extra classes. I had a lot of time to play outside and to help my parents in the house. I loved my school and those school days.
I went to school in the village school. In fact, there was only one class for 15 students of different ages, both boys and girls, and one teacher taught everything. The school has no name, so we just call it ‘our school’. We usually walk to school. Many children go barefoot.
In school, we learned to read and write. We also learned a little math and history. There’s no science, and we don’t have exams either.
Although our school is small, it has strict rules. We had to behave. We stood up and bowed to our teacher at the beginning of each lesson. We can only speak when we are allowed. However, I have no homework and no extra classes. I had a lot of time to play outside and to help my parents in the house. I love my school and my school days.
1.2. Task 2 Unit 4 Grade 9
Listen again and fill the blanks with the correct information. (Listen again and fill in the correct information)
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Guide to answer
first. Number of students: 15 .
(Number of students: 15)
2. Some students went to school bare-footed.
(Many students go to school barefoot.)
3. Lessons focused on: reading, writing, and maths, history /(history, maths).
(Lessons focus on: reading, writing, math, and history.)
4. The school was small but it had strict rules.
(The school is small but has strict rules.)
5. The students had no homework or extra classes.
(The students have no homework, no tests in class.)
2.1. Task 3 Unit 4 Grade 9
Make a list of the facilities you are using your studies nowadays. Then tick one(s) you think was/were not avail about twenty years ago. (Make a list of the facilities you are using for your studies. Tick those that you think were not used 20 years ago.)
Guide to answer
Present facilities for studies (Current means help with learning 🙂
– projector: projector
– computer: computer
– Library: library
– Laptop/Mobile: laptop/phone
2.2. Task 4 Unit 4 Grade 9
Choose one facility which was not available twenty years ago and write a short description of how students in the past studied without that facility. (Choose a facility that was not used 20 years ago and then write a paragraph on the topic of how students in the past learned how to study without the facility.)
The article should include:
– What’s that?
– What is it used for?
– What should students do without it?
– How do you feel about that change?
Guide to answer
It is most likely that students twenty years ago were not able to enjoy the Internet in their studies. That’s why it took them a lot of time, energy, and even money, to do a project that we can now easily complete in one or two days. When being asked to write an assignment about past habits, the students had to go to the library, look for books on the topic, read the books, and hand-write any information that they thought was useful for their assignment. They would also have to meet with some old people and talk to them about the past. At home, they had to hand-write their assignment. Doing a project is really difficult.
Most students more than 20 years ago could not use the Internet in their studies. That’s why it takes so much time, energy, and even money, to do a project that we can easily complete in a day or two. When asked to write an assignment about past habits, students must go to the library, find books on the topic, read the book, and handwrite any information they deem useful for their assignment. them, they will also have to meet some old people and talk to them about the past. At home, they have to write by hand. Making a project is really difficult.
3. Practice Task 1
Choose the best answer to complete these following sentences.
Question 1: Astronauts ……….. in their spaceship, but they frequently work outside now.
A. were used to stay B. used to stay
C. were staying D. had used to stay
Question 2: People ……….. that the earth is round before.
A. were not used to believe B. used to believe
C. would not use to believe D. did not use to believe
4. Practice Task 2
Choose the words or phrases that are not correct in standard English.
Question 1: When heh came, I watched a football match on TV.
A. When B. came C. watched D. match on TV
Question 2: When Andrew saw the question, he were known the answer immediately.
A. When B. saw C. were knowing D. immediately
At the end of the lesson, students need to do full exercises, practice listening, practice writing a passage about learning in the past when there was no facilities and memorize the following words:
- behave /bɪˈheɪv/ behave, behave
- projector /prəˈdʒektə(r)/ projector
- assignment /əˈsaɪnmənt/ essay
- draft /drɑːft/ draft
- submission /səbˈmɪʃn/ submit