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Lesson 1: The Fun They Had (Telebook version)

Telebook Version

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I. Look at the GIFS and answer the questions that follow.
A robo with googly eyes doing dab(dance move bowing head into elbow)
a rocket launching into space
students working with computers

An Astronaut in space

What do you see in these pictures?
What do they tell us?
II. Have you ever heard of e-books?
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The Fun They Had

MARGIE even wrote about it that night in her diary. On the page headed 17 May 2157, she wrote, “Today Tommy found a real book!”
It was a very old book. Margie’s grandfather once said that when he was a little boy his grandfather told him that there was a time when all stories were printed on paper.
They turned the pages, which were yellow and crinkly, and it was awfully funny to read words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to – on a screen, you know. And then when they turned back to the page before, it had the same words on it that it had had when they read it the first time.
“Gee,” said Tommy, What a waste! When you’re thorough with the book, you just throw it away. I guess. Our television screen must have had a million books on it and it’s good for plenty more. I wouldn’t throw it away.”
“Same with mine,” said Margie. She was eleven and hadn’t seen as many telebooks as Tommy had. He was thirteen.
She said, “Where did you find it?”
“In my house.” He pointed without looking, because he was busy reading. (5).gif
“In the attic.
“What’s it about?” “School.”
Margie was scornful. “School? What’s there to write about school? I hate school.”
Margie always hated school, but now she hated it more than ever. The mechanical teacher had been giving her test after test in
geography and she had been doing worse and worse until her mother had shaken her head sorrowfully and sent for the County Inspector.
He was a round little man with a red face and a whole box of tools with dials and wires.
He smiled at Margie and gave her an apple, then took the teacher apart. Margie had hoped he wouldn’t know how to put it together again, but he knew. After an hour or so, there it was again, large and black and ugly, with a big screen on which all the lessons were shown and the questions were asked. That wasn’t so bad. The part Margie hated most was the slot where she had to put homework and test papers. She always had to write them out in a punch code, they made her learn when she was six years old and the mechanical teacher calculated the marks in no time.
The Inspector had smiled and patted Margie’s head after he had finished. He said to her mother, “It’s not the little girl’s fault. Mrs. Jones, I think the geography sector was geared a little too quickly. Those things happen sometimes. I’ve slowed it up to an average ten – year level. Actually, the overall pattern of her progress is quite satisfactory.” And he patted Margie’s head again.

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Margie was disappointed. She had been hoping they would take the teacher away altogether. They had once taken Tommy’s teacher away for nearly a month because the history sector had blanked out completely.
So she said to Tommy, “Why would anyone write about school?”
Tommy looked at her with very superior eyes. “Because it’s not our kind of school, stupid. This is the old kind of school that they had hundreds and hundreds of years ago.” He added loftily, pronouncing the word carefully, “Centuries ago.”
Margie was hurt. “Well, I don’t know what kind of school they had all that time ago,” She read the book over his shoulder for a while, then said, “Anyway, they had a teacher.”
“Sure they had a teacher, but it wasn’t a regular teacher. It was a man.” “A man? How could a man be a teacher?”
“Well, he just told the boys and girls things and gave them homework and asked them questions.”
“A man isn’t smart enough.”
“Sure he is. My father knows as much as my teacher.” “He knows almost as much. I betcha.”
Margie wasn’t prepared to dispute that. She said, “I wouldn’t want a strange man in my house to teach me.”
Tommy screamed with laughter. “You don’t know much, Margie. The teachers didn’t live in the house. They had a special building and all the kids went there.”
“And all the kids learned the same thing?” “Sure, if they were the same age.”
“But my mother says a teacher has to be adjusted to fit the mind of each boy and girl it teaches and that each kid has to be taught differently.”
“Just the same they didn’t do it that way then. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read the book.”
“I didn’t say I didn’t like it,” Margie said quickly. She wanted to read about those funny schools.
They weren’t even half finished when Margie’s mother called, “Margie! School!” Margie looked up. “Not yet, Mamma.”
“Now!” said Mrs Jones. “And it’s probably time for Tommy, too.”
Margie said to Tommy. “Can I read the book some more with you after school?” “Maybe,” he said nonchalantly. He walked away whistling, the dusty old book tucked
beneath his arm.
Margie went into the schoolroom. It was right next to her bedroom, and the mechanical teacher was on and waiting for her. It was always on at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday, because her mother said little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours.
The screen was lit up, and it said: “Today’s arithmetic lesson is on the addition of proper fractions. Please insert yesterday’s homework in the proper slot.”
Margie did so with a sigh. She was thinking about the old schools they had when her grandfather’s grandfather was a little boy. All the kids from the whole neighborhood came, laughing and shouting in the schoolyard, sitting together in the schoolroom, going home together at the end of the day. They learned the same things, so they could help one another with the homework and talk about it.
And the teachers were people…
The mechanical teacher was flashing on the screen. “When we add fractions ½ and ¼…”
Margie was thinking about how the kids must have loved it in the old days. She was
thinking about the fun they had.
- by Isaac Asimov

About the Author

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992) was an American author best known for his science fiction. He was a professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He is considered the master of science fiction. Most of
His works explain scientific concepts in a historical way. He worked as the president of AHA (American Humanist Association). He earned a credit on ‘Star Trek’, a movie on science fiction. His famous works are ‘The Foundation Series’, ‘The Robot Series’ and ‘The Galactic Empire Series’.
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Comprehension Check

Answer the following questions.


Try to guess the words with the help of visuals in 1.gifs and and type them in 3.Words . If you Find it hard to guess go to 3.choose the word for the list of words. Now read the sentences in 4.sentences and select the appropriate word from 5.choose the word
4. sentences
5. choose the word
We look ___________ when we see something useless
Your workbook does not have ___________ for writing.
Why do you always ___________ your younger brother’s statements?
The commander ordered ___________ to the soldiers, “Open fire”.
All the boys _______________ when they saw a snake in their class room.
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Debate- “Development in Science and Technology will always lead to disasters.”
Here is a short film that demonstrates how technological development can sometimes result in disasters. Please use the events and clues from the short film to support your ideas.
before the debate let us do a poll. Give one reason why you choose yes or No in the discussion box
The class would be divided into two teams based on poll results.
“Development in Science and Technology will always lead to disasters.”
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Imagine you are living in the year 2157, when AI based tools like Siri, Alexa, Echo Dot will play a vital role in life. Imagine you have one of these AI based robot as your friend.
You had an unforgettable day during summer vacation with your friend, about which your parents don’t know. Draft your experience in the form of a diary entry.
Use (an AI based publishing website) to publish your diary entry in the form of a book, add required pictures by following the instructions given and submit your book / book link to your teacher.
Publishing book online is free, and ordering a copy of your book to your home will cost you a pizza & coke’s price - 399/-


Listen to the message from space by Sunitha Williams and answer the following questions.
Audio Transcript
Happy Diwali I'm Riti sunshine Bhalla Welcome to our special celebration of
the festival of lights today we bring a new dimension to the celebration of Diwali
for the first time ever an astronaut our very own Sunita Williams is joining
us from space to celebrate Diwali with us, she is the pride of 300 million
people of America and an inspiration to a billion people of India. Sunita thank
you for joining us and welcome to our Diwali celebration hi Riti I just wanted
to say happy Diwali I'm really happy to be here with you today thank you so much
for your wonderful introduction and thank you again so much for inviting me
to join in in the celebration of India's Independence Day as well as today Diwali
so thank you so much for joining and thinking about us up here on the
International Space Station certainly I know you're extremely busy in the
International Space Station so we really appreciate that you've taken the time to
join us Sunita your father told us a very fascinating story about you he told
us that when you were only six years old you built a sand castle
and you wrote rum on it in Hindi when you had never even learned the language
I understand that when you went on your first space mission in 2006 your father
gave you a copy of the bhagvad gita to take with you is there anything special
that he gifted you for this mission yes I did bring a couple things of that I
have to do with India from my father particularly of course a peaceful home
stays outside of my crew quarters where I sleep every night and he gave me the
Upanishads so I can read them while I'm up here small version of it but it
definitely brings the wisdom to us while we're here and allows us to think of
actually really the true meaning of of life and what we're doing so
I have a couple of real true reminders of my Indian heritage while I'm up here
that's truly remarkable it's very inspiring that the sound of ohm now
resonates in space and that you read our scriptures in the International Space
Station that's so great and Sunita as you know mr. Yash Chopra one of the
greatest filmmakers in the history of Hindi cinema and some of Bollywood's
biggest movie stars like Shahrukh Khan Sanjay Dutt and Anushka Sharma were also
delighted to join you in the celebration of India's independence in August and
we're so proud of all your accomplishments is there any message
that you'd like to send to all of your well-wishers and admirers around the
world. I really wanted to say thank you to so many people that gosh there are so
many people in India really from really famous people all the way down to the
everyday person there who is thinking about us up here supporting us with
heartfelt sincere feelings for how what we're doing up here and how we're doing
up here and for our safe return back home really appreciate that hopefully
I'll be back on Earth and next to volley be back in India to say thank you to all
those people in person absolutely Sunita we're all really looking forward to
seeing you here on earth and once again I just wanted to say thank you really
for inviting me to join in your program to wish everybody in India and people of
Indian origin around the world happy Diwali it's a wonderful day it's a
wonderful festival I'm just happy that we're part of it up here on the
international space station thank you thank you so much Sunita for joining us
it was so great to have you back in our program we wish you all the best and a
safe return to Earth.

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