Telangana SCERT TS 6th Class English Study Material Pdf Unit 3A What Can a Dollar and Eleven Cents Do? Textbook Questions and Answers.
TS 6th Class English Guide Unit 3A What Can a Dollar and Eleven Cents Do?
Look at the picture and discuss the question that follow:
What can you say about the shop ?
It is a medical shop. Here we can buy medicines.
When does one go to such shops ?
One goes to such shops when one needs medicines.
Why do you think the girl has come to the shop ?
I think the girl has come to the shop to buy medicines for someone.
What do you think is the girl saying to the shopkeeper ?
I think the girl is requesting the shopkeeper to give some medicines.
Does she look happy ? What makes you think so ?
I think she doesn’t look happy. I think someone who is a very close to her is suffering from illness. So she is sad.
Who might be ill ?
Someone who is a relative to the girl might be ill.
Role Play – Enact the scene depicted in the picture.
(Characters – the girl, the medical shopkeeper).
Medical Shopkeeper : What do you want ?
Little girl : It’s for my little brother.
Medical Shopkeeper : OK, little girl! What do you want for your brother ?
Little girl : He’s really, really sick and I want to buy a miracle.
Medical Shopkeeper : We don’t sell miracles here, child. I’m sorry.
Little girl : Listen, don’t say like that. I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I can try and get some more. Just tell me how much it costs.
Medical Shopkeeper : Dear one, why don’t you understand ? Who told you that miracles are available here ?
Little girl : Nobody told me. Daddy said that only miracle could save my brother. So, I came here.
Medical Shopkeeper : OK, dear one ! I understood your problem. But miracles are not available in medical shops.
Little girl : Oh ! How can I get miracles then ?
Medical Shopkeeper : Go home. Your parents will take care of your little brother. They will buy miracle.
Little girl : Thank you.
I. Answer the following questions :
Do you think Tess can buy the miracle with her savings ? Why ?
I don’t think Tess can buy the miracle with her savings. Tess understands that the miracle’ is also a kind of medicine and so she wants to buy it with the little money she has.
Why does the mother say that the surgery was a real miracle ?
The mother says that the surgery was a real miracle because their family was very poor. They couldn’t afford to spend money for the operation. So they lost their hopes and gave up their efforts to save Andrew. At that time, Dr. Armstrong came as if he was a god and saved Andrew. So it was really a miracle for them.
What did the little girl understand by the word “miracle” ?
The little girl understood that ‘miracle’ was a kind of medicine.
What kind of a man was Dr. Armstrong ?
Dr. Armstrong was a man of generosity. When he understood Tess’s family position, without any other thoughts, he operated the boy without taking any money and succeeded. This incident shows us his helping nature.
Why did the doctor say that one dollar and eleven cents was the exact price for the miracle ?
Tess thought that the miracle’ was a kind of medicine. She thought that it could be. bought with money and so she offered one dollar and eleven cents to the chemist. Doctor Armstrong wanted to make her happy by taking her money. Taking her money, he said that the amount was the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.
Find out the words that have been used to describe Tess. Would you like to add some from your side ?
The words that have been used to describe Tess are ‘her eyes welling up’, ‘barely audible’ and smiled’. Now I would like to add that she is a helpful, good-natured who has a lovable character. She determined to save her brother Andrew with the money she had.
Can you suggest another title for the story ? Give reasons.
If we wish to suggest another title for the story, the better title in my view is “The Miracle”. In the story, Andrew’s parents lost their hopes and gave up their efforts.
They thought that the child was going to die in a few days. But Dr. Armstrong saved the child in the end. So it is really a miracle.
- Andrew’s parents had very little money and, therefore, they couldn’t pay his doctor’s bills.
- Tess’s parents were very poor and so they were moving to a smaller house.
- Tess’s parents were interested to take her little brother, Andrew, to the hospital. But they had little money.
- Andrew was seriously ill and so he needed an operation.
- Tess thought that “a miracle” was the medicine that was available in a medical store and as such she asked the chemist to give her ‘a miracle’.
II. Say whether the following statements are True or False. Give reasons for your answer. Correct the false statements.
Andrew’s parents had very little money. ( )
Tess’s parents were very poor. ( )
Tess’s parents were not interested to take her little brother, Andrew, to the hospital. ()
Correct Statement – Tess’s parents were interested to take her little brother, Andrew, to the hospital, but they had no sufficient money.
Andrew was seriously ill. ( )
Tess thought that “a miracle” was the medicine that was available in a medical store. ( )
III. Tick the correct answer.
“I’m sorry,” the chemist said, because the miracle the girl had asked for
a) was not available in his shop.
b) was very costly.
c) was not a medicine.
c) was not a medicine.
Dr. Armstrong wanted
a) to help the child.
b) to collect a lot of money,
c) to make fun of the child.
a) to help the child.
I. Given below is a paragraph written by a 6th class student. Some words are spelt wrongly in it. Circle them and write the correct spellings.
Food And Nutrition
We need a balansed diet to be healthy. Balanced diet provides us major nutrents such as carbohydrates, fats, vitamns, minerals, and protins. There arc two diferent types of source of protins – animal sources and plant sources. Animal sources include fish, eggs, meet, cte. Peas and beans are important sourses of protin.
|Wrongly spelt word||Correctly spelt word|
II. In each group of words below, find the odd one out and circle it. Give justifica’ tion for your answer. The first one is done for you.
hospital, nurse, patient, passenger.
Hospital, nurse and patient are related to medical profession, whereas “passenger” is not related to the medical profession. So, passenger is the odd one out.
shop, customer, cost, temple
Justification : ’shop’, ‘customer’ and ‘cost’ are related to purchasing the things whereas ‘temple’ is not related.
dollars, things, rupees, cents
Justification : dollars’, ‘rupees’ and cents’ are related to currency or coins but ‘things’ is different.
treatment, operation, surgeon, blackboard
‘treatment’, ‘operation’ and ‘surgeon’ are related to ‘hospital’ whereas ‘blackboard’ is related to school.
play, question, answer, chocolate
‘play’, ‘question’ and ‘answer’ come under teaching – learning process whereas ‘chocolate’ is an eatable.
III. Write words related to “Hospital”. Write as many words as possible.
I. Question mark (?) and Exclamation mark ( ! ) :
Read the following conversation paying special attention to the use of question marks, and exclamation marks.
1. Interrogative sentences :
The sentences which are in the form of questions are called “Interrogative sentences”. Interrogative sentences end with a question mark (?).
e.g.: 1) “Where’s the champion of Israel ?” shouted Goliath.
2) “Who is this man ?” said David.
3) “What is your name ?”
4) “Can you solve that problem ?”
2. Exclamatory sentences :
The sentences which express some sudden strong feeling are called “Exclamatory sentences”. Exclamatory sentences end with an exclamatory sign (!).
e.g.: 1) “How stupid you are !” Goliath exclaimed.
2) “What a beautiful scene it is !”
3) “How big it is !”
4) “What a tall building it is !”
Now read the following conversation and use ques tion marks or exclamatory marks wherever necessary.
Tess : I want to buy a miracle. How much does it cost ?
The Shopkeeper : I am sorry.
Tess : Why?
The Shopkeeper : Because we don’t have any medicine like “a miracle”.
Tess : What a pity!
II. Apostrophe ( ‘ ) in possessive case of nouns and contractions :
An ‘apostrophe’ is used to indicate possessive form:s and contracted forms.
(i) Possessive form :
e.g.: 1) Andrew’s disease
2) Tess’s parents
(i) The apostrophe is used here to talk about some thing that belongs to somebody or something.
(ii) Contractions :
e.g.: 1) Don’t ( = do not) :
2) I’m (= I am) ‘ ,
3) June ’09 (= June 2009)
(ii) An apostrophe is also used to indicate the omission of a few letters, thus forming short forms or contractions.
Read the following sentences and identify the contracted forms. Rewrite them in long form.
- “I don’t know” she replied. “He’s really sick and Mummy says he needs an operation.”
- But Daddy can’t pay for it.
- Let’s see if I’ve the kind of miracle he needs.
A. Long forms :
- “I do not know” she replied. “He is really sick and Mummy says he needs an operation.”
- But Daddy cannot pay for it.
- Let us see if I have the kind of miracle he needs.
III. Regular Verbs and Irregular Verbs :
(i) Regular Verbs :
These verbs are formed by adding’d’ or ‘ed’ to the present tense.
1) decide + d = decided
2) stop + ed = stopped
3) discover + ed = discovered
4) paint + ed = painted
5) walk + ed = walked
Above verbs are Regualr verbs.
(ii) Irregular verbs :
These verbs have different forms for the present and past tenses.
Read the table given below and fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verbs. Write ‘regular’ or ‘irregular’ in the third column.
|Present tense||Past tense||Regular or Irregular|
Some More Regular Verbs:
|Present tense||Past tense|
Some More Irregular Verbs:
|Present tense||Past tense|
Some words quantify things; but they don’t specify the exact number. They are called quantifiers.
Eg: no, none,. any, a lot of, much, many, a little, a few, etc.
1. We use no or none of to indicate not or not any in order to emphasise the negative idea in a sentence.
2. We use a few and a little to talk about a small number and quantity.
3. Much is used with uncountable nouns like sugar, and many is used with countable nouns like pen, book, etc.
1. Chandu has so much interest in English that he reads one book a week.
2. He has many friends in school.
V. Study the table of marks secured by students in class X carefully. The minimum marks required to pass is 35.
1. Answer the following questions using ‘no’, ‘none’, ‘any’, ‘a few’and ‘many’. Write them down in your notebook. The first one has been done for you.
How many students have scored more than 70 marks?
Many students have scored more than 70 marks.
Are there any students who have scored 90 marks?
None of the students has scored 90 marks.
How many students have failed in English ?
None of the students has failed in English.
How many students have scored below 60 marks ?
None of the students has scored below 60 marks.
How many students have scored between 64 and 75 ?
A few students have scored between 64 and 75.
I. Tess has the habit of writing a diary. One the day when she heard the news that her little brother Andrew had serious illness, she began writing the entry in her diary like this :
Today is a very bad day. What terrible news ! Mummy and daddy are worrying so much about Andrew. My poor brother, Andrew ! Why such big illness ? shocked to know that he was in danger.
Continue the diary entry in your notebook.
I should do something. What can 1 do ? Oh, I am very sorry for my brother. How can I play without Andrew ? I can do something to save my brother. Shall I go to someone and ask their help ? No, no, it’s not a good idea. Yes, I have some money with me. I can save him with that money. What has mum said ? A ‘miracle’ can save him.
Yes, I immediately go to the medical shop and bring that miracle. How much money have I saved ? Now, I count them. Yes, it is one dollar and eleven cents. 1 shall take this money and buy that miracle. The miracle will save my brother. Then we shall be happy, we shall play together.
II. Letter Writing :
Imagine that you were Tess and write a letter to Dr. Armstrong in your note¬book thanking him for saving the life of the little boy.
20th Sept., 20xx.
We are safe here and hope to know the same from you. Andrew has recovered from his illness and now he is well. We are really indebted to you for saving my little brother. I am really happy to give you my one dollar and eleven cents. You have given the miracle and my brother has been saved. Now, my parents are very happy. On behalf of my family, I would like to invite you for dinner, the next Sunday. Please do come sir without fail. We are very much thankful to you for the rest of our lives.
We are awaiting your arrival.
Address on the envelope :
Dr. Carlton Armstrong.
Look up the word ‘miracle’ in the following two dictionary entries.
Now, answer the following questions :
What do you understand by the word ‘miracle’ ? Write a brief note.
‘Miracle’ means an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by a god, or any very surprising and unexpected event. ‘Miracle’ is used as a noun and’ an adjective.
Use the word ‘miracle as a noun and an adjective in a few sentences.
As a ‘noun’:
- It’s a miracle that he was not killed.
- Only a miracle can save him.
- It’s a miracle that he was changed completely.
As an ‘adjective’ :
- I can’t promise a miracle cure, but I think we can improve things.
- He used a miracle drug to get him out of danger.
- He came from America with miracle speed, so he could manage to see his father’s dead body.
What does N-COUNT and ADJ mean ?
N-COUNT means Noun – countable.
ADJ means Adjective.
Listening and Speaking:
Your teacher will read the story “Glenn Cunningham”. Listen carefully and answer the questions given below.
Glenn Cunningham was a good runner. In races at school, he ran faster than his friends. “I want to become the fastest run¬ner in the world,” Glenn told himself.
One day, there was a big fire at Glenn’s school. He was burnt very badly. His legs were burnt more than any other part of his body. The doctors looked at his legs and said that he would not be able to run again.
“1 want to run!” shouted the boy. “ I want to run!”
“You will not be able to run,” said the doctors.
“You should be happy if you can walk.” But Glenn did not listen to the doctors. “1 won’t give up,” he told himself. “I’ll run!”
Glenn was in bed for a year. When he got up, he tried to walk. He fell down. But Glenn did not give up. He kept trying. At last, Glenn was able to walk The doctors were surprised. Then Glenn started to run. Soon he could run faster than his friends.
Later, Glenn became the fastest runner of his time. Glenn Cunningham showed that anything could be done, if one tries hard.
Questions & Answers :
What was Glenn’s ambition ?
Glenn’s ambition was to become the fastest runner in the world.
Why was he burnt ?
He was burnt when there was a big fire at Glenn s school.
How did he shout ?
He shouted with firm determination that he wanted to run.
How long was Glenn in bed ?
Glenn was in bed for a year.
What was Glenn’s achievement ?
Glenn became the fastest runner of his time even after his legs were burnt.
What qualities of Glenn do you like ? Do you have them in you ? Speak about them.
I like the qualities of firm determination and dedication of Glenn. I think I too have them in me. But when I face a real challenge, those qualities will be tested.
What would any normal child do if he/she/it were in Glenn’s place ?
If any normal child were in Glenn’s place, he/she/it would certainly upset and lose the hope of running again.
I. Tess wants to buy a medicine for her brother, Andrew. But she doesn’t know the way to reach the medical store. She approached the traffic policeman for help. Now read the following conversation between Tess and the Traffic Policeman :
Tess : Excuse me, Sir. I want to buy some medicines. Could you please tell me the way to a medical stores nearby?
Traffic Policeman : Sure, go straight up to the Municipal Office. Then turn left, and walk straight. You’ll find a medical stores there.
Tess : How far is it from here?
Traffic Policeman : Not very far. It’s just one kilo metre away from here.
Tess : Can I catch a city bus to reach there?
Traffic Policeman : Oh, yes. Take the bus 17M. It’ll take you there.
Tess : Thank you very much.
Traffic Policeman : You’re welcome.
II. Study the route map given below:
You are at the court and want to go to the railway station. How do you ask for the way ? Work in pairs and develop a conversation between you and a stranger.
You : Excuse me, could you please tell me the way to the railway station?
Stranger : Sure, go straight up to the Municipal Office. Then turn left and go up to the Hotel in the corner. There you turn right and go straight. You will find the railway station.
You : How far is it from here?
Stranger : Not very far. It’s just two kilometres away from here.
You : Can I catch a city bus to reach there?
Stranger : Oh, yes. Take the bus 5 K. It’ll take you there.
You : Thank you very much.
Stranger : You’re welcome.
III. Enact the story “What Can a Dollar and Eleven Cents Do?” as a playlet. Follow the procedure given below.
(Group work – Let the students form 3 or 4 groups)
- Read the story once again.
- Identify the characters.
- Pick out the dialogues of the characters.
- Identify the locations of the events.
- Decide scenes and setting accordingly.
- Assign roles to the members of the groups.
- Enact the drama before the whole class.
What Can a Dollar and Eleven Cents Do ? (Playlet)
Characters : Tess, Andrew, Tess’s parents, Chemist, Dr. Carlton Armstrong.
Scene – I [At home Andrew is lying in bed.]
Tess’s Father : Our son has been sick for many days. We have spent all the money for the treatment. But our efforts were in rain. We have no enough money. We cannot afford to stay in this house. We’d better move to a smaller house.
Tess’s Mother : Yes, we have spent a lot of money for the doctor’s bills. Yet, our son has not recovered, (with tears) I’m unable to see him bedridden.
Father : He is an active and brilliant boy. My heart is groaning in anguish to see him in this condition.
Mother : Doctor says he needs a costly surgery.
Father : Yes. But who is there to loan us money ?
Mother : May God save our son ! Only a miracle save him now.
[Tess, an eight-year-old child overheard this conversation. Immediately she went to her room and pulled a jar of coins from a cupboard. She poured all the money out on the floor and counted it carefully. Holding the jar tightly, she made her way to the medical store.]
Scene – II: [On road]
(On the way she met a traffic policeman).
Tess : Excuse me, sir. I want to buy some medicines. Could you please tell me the way to a medical store nearby.
Traffic Policemen : Sure, go straight up to the Municipal Office. Then turn left, and walk straight. You’ll find a medical store there.
Tess : How far is it from here ?
Traffic Policemen : Not very far. It is a walkable distance.
Tess : Thank you very much, sir.
Traffic Policemen : You’re welcome.
Scene III : [At Medical Store]
Tess : (Placed the jar of coins on the glass table)
Chemist : What do you want, child ?
Tess : It’s for my little brother. He’s really, really sick and I want to buy a miracle.
Chemist : (smiling sadly) We don’t sell miracles here, child. I’m sorry.
Tess : Please listen, 1 have the money to pay tor it. If it isn’t enough, I can try and get some more. Just tell me how much it costs.
[A famous neurosurgeon named Dr. Carlton Armstrong was listening to the little bent down and asked her.]
Dr Carlton Armstrong : What kind of a miracle does your brother need ?
Tess : (with her eyes welling up) I don’t know. He’s really sick and Mummy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it. so I have brought my savings.
Dr. Armstrong : How much do you have ?
Tess : One dollar and eleven cents, but 1 can try and get some mor.
Dr. Armstrong : (smilingly) Wonderful. A dollar and eleven cents, the exact price of a miracle for your little brother.
Tess : Really ? (with sparkling eyes)
(Dr. Carlton Armstrong took her money in one hand and held her hand with the other.)
Dr. Armstrong : Child, take me to your home. 1 want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if 1 have the kind of miracle he needs.
Scene IV : [At hospital]
[Dr. Carlton Armstrong had Andrew admitted to hospital. He op¬erated on Andrew without any charges.]
Dr. Armstrong : (coming out of operation theatre) Your son is safe now. You may see him. But don’t disturb him. Tess, my little girl, ‘Miracle’ saved your little brother. Are you happy now ?
Andrew : Yes, uncle. I’m very happy.
Tess’s Parents : Thank you so much doctor, for your kindness. You treated our son free of cost and saved his life. Our family will for ever remember your life-saving service to us.
Dr. Armstrong : It’s alright. Don’t be so emotional. You may take your son home after a week.
Tess’s Father : May God bless you with health, wealth and happiness.
Scene V: [A few weeks later]
[Tess and Andrew are playing at home]
Tess’s Mother : Dr. Armstrong saved our son’s life like a god.
Tess’s Father : Yes, his such a great doctor. He did surgery free of cost. Now, I’m very happy that our son is doing well.
Tess’s Mother : That surgery was a real miracle. 1 wonder how much it would have cost.
[Tess overheard their words. She smiled. She knew exactly how much the miracle cost – one dollar and eleven cents ………. plus the love of a little child.]
IV. Have a discussion in the whole class on how the performance could be improved in terms of delivery of dialogues, costumes, action, settings, etc.
What Can a Dollar and Eleven Cents Do? Summary in English
Tess was an eight year old child. One day she heard that her brother, Andrew was very sick and he needed some operation to be alive. But their family was very poor. Her parents lost their hope and gave up their efforts. Tess heard from her daddy that only a miracle could save her brother. She thought that ‘miracle’ was a kind of medicine. Thinking so, she took her jar of coins and went to a medical shop.
She asked the chemist to give her a miracle by taking the money. The chemist sadly told her that miracles were not sold there. Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a famous neurosurgeon, heard their conversation. Then he asked her how much money she had. She replied that she had one dollar and eleven cents and also told she could manage to get some more.
He told her that was the exact price of a miracle for little brothers and asked her to show their house. Dr. Carlton Armstrong admitted Andrew to hospital and operated on him without any charges. Andrew recovered well. Tess’s mum whispered that it was a miracle and she wondered how much it would have cost. Only one person knew the answer to that. That is none other than Tess.
1) afford (v) : be able to
We can’t afford to go to a foreign country.
2) effort (n) : trial
Mr. Bharadwaj have won the match with great effort.
3) miracle (n) : a wonderful event that seems impossible and that is believed to be caused by god
It’s a miracle he has not lost his life in the plane crash.
4) pour (v) : to make a liquid or other substance flow from a container
Tears poured down her cheeks.
5) chemist (n) : a person who is qualified to prepare and sell medicine
I went to the chemist with the doctor’s prescription.
6) audible (adj): able to be heard
His voice is not audible.
7) whisper (v) : murmur (or) to speak very softly to somebody so that people cannot hear what you are saying
My mother is whispering something.
8) neurosurgeon (v) : a doctor who performs operations on the nervous system espe¬cially on the brain
Mr. Prakash is a famous neurosurgeon.