History Lesson



Read the text.




THE CAT THAT WAS IN JAILThe police were called because of an abandoned car. The policeman came and saw the car was in a no-parking zone. He wrote a ticket and called a tow truck to impound the car. It is the law. The truck came and as it was hooking up to tow the car, the driver and policeman heard a weak sound come out of the car. The policeman looked inside. Surprisingly he saw a little fuzzy kitten scared, shaking, cold, and hungry.

What shall we do? asked the tow truck driver the policeman. The latter thought a few moments and said:

We cant leave the poor creature in the car because it is going to be impounded. I cant take it home for I already have a dog... Perhaps Ill call the Animal Rescue League.

So did he. The Animal Rescue League has some shelters (which are also called the Animal Jails) picked the kitten up and put it up for adoption. A nice lady took a good care of the kitten. It was warm and nice in the shelter, and lots of food. The little kitten was playing in her small cage, sleeping, eating and looking at the other cats and dogs, who were in their own cages waiting for somebody to come and adopt them.

They did not know that after eight weeks, if nobody adopted them, they would be put to death by gas...

Men, women and children came and left, adopted other more beautiful cats and dogs... Our little cat was not that beautiful. But she hoped, Maybe one fine day...

And in came Mr. and Mrs. Bali on Christmas Eve, adopted the little kitten, and gave her a wonderful name - Christie. Guess why?

Now this funny cat does not live in a cage. She has a nice house, good food, and lots of love. She is happy to see her parents when they come back home after work. She likes to play with what do you think? - Running water, sitting in a sink or basin, to look through the window at the hopping birds, to play with shiny balls and what not!

Her parents are happy, too.

Ex.1. Learn all the underlined words.












the latter


to impound







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to hop

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Animal Rescue League (A.R.L.) - , .


Ex.2.Which of the following is NOT true?


1.       The police were called because of an accident.

2.       The car was in a no-parking zone.

3.       The policeman wrote a ticket. It is the law.

4.       The policeman and the driver of the tow truck heard a loud sound come out of the car.

5.       A dog was inside the car.

6.       They saw a little fuzzy kitten. It was scared, shaking, cold and hungry.

7.       The driver took the kitten home.

8.       The driver took the kitten to the A.R.L.

9.       The kitten was put to death by gas.

10.   A girl adopted the poor kitten.

11.   The kitten was given a wonderful name - Debra.

12.   Now the kitten lives in a small apartment with lots of other cats.


Ex.3. In the text given above try to find some irregular count nouns (e.g: tooth-teeth), nouns that are always plural (e.g: cattle), and non-countable nouns (e.g: water). Use these nouns in your own sentences.


Ex.4. In the text given above find irregular verbs and give three forms of these verbs. Use these irregular verbs in your own sentences.


Ex.5. Find adjectives in the text and give their comparisons.

(Find at least 18 adjectives.)


Ex.6. Answer the questions.


  1.  One fine day the police were called because of an accident, werent they?

  2. Where was the car parked?

  3. What did the policeman do?

  4. Why did he write a ticket? 

  5. What did the men hear while hooking up the tow truck to the car?

  6. Was it a cat or a dog inside the car?

  7. The cat was not scared at all, was it?

  8. Did the policeman or driver take the kitten home?

  9. Why didnt they do that?

  10. What was the policemans suggestion?

  11. What is the A.R.L?

  12. The employees took good care of the kitten, didnt they?

  13. Were there any other animals in the jail?

  14. What was going to happen to these animals?

  15. Were many animals adopted?

  16. Our fuzzy kitten was adopted as soon as she had been brought to the A.R.L, wasnt she?

  17. Was the kitten beautiful or ugly?

  18. Where is the kitten now?


Ex.7. Read the dialogue.

Cat Obedience.


A: Do you think cats can be trained?

B: Of course, they can.

A: Really? I mean, can you train them to come when you call?

B: Certainly. Just put out food and call, Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!

A: And how can you train them to stay off the kitchen table?

B: Thats easy. Just spray them with water whenever they jump up.

A: Does that mean I always have to be in the kitchen?

B: Well, Ill admit that is a problem.




Read this dialogue and be ready to discuss the topic:


                                            Which Kind of Pet Is Best?


Bill and Pat are walking in the park. They see a young man walking his Doberman pinscher, which growls as they walk by. One of the friends gets afraid.


P: Yuckie! What a terrible-looking dog! How can anyone keep such a pet?!

B: Yeah, they ARE pretty scary, all right, but they sure keep your house safe.

P: Yes, I guess, so, but my house is safe enough with the bolt lock on the door. For a pet, I think, a nice cuddly cat is the best. I want a friend, not a security guard, as my pet.

B: Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I prefer a good dog. I dont need a Doberman or a pit bull, but I sure like dogs. They are so loyal. Besides, its good to have an animal that keeps your house safe.

P: Yes, thats a good point, I have to admit, but I still dont think I need a pet for that purpose. Dogs are so dirty and smelly, and they are constantly begging to be fed.

B: Oh, come on! Cats are the same way, although they are a little cleaner. The biggest trouble with cats is that they are so fickle*. You never know if they will stay or not. With a dog, theres no question. Theyre loyal.

P:  Well, thats because they are so stupid. They cant imagine anything else. They are just content letting you feed them.

B: Thats not fair. Dogs are so intelligent. They can learn all kinds of tricks. Didnt you ever see Lassie?

P: Oh, thats different. Lassie is a trained dog for TV. Your ordinary dog is lazy, dirty, and stupid.

B: Hmmm. Well, I see we completely disagree about pets. How can you be so narrow-minded about dogs?

P: Well, you are the same way about cats, arent you? Its just a matter of taste, thats all. For me, cats are warm and friendly. For you they are fickle and cold.

B: Yes, youre right. I guess Im just a dog person.

P: And Im a cat girl! Meow!

B: Ha, ha. Im glad I am not a bird, or Id really be in trouble!

P: No! I wouldnt hurt a sweet little bird. Wouldnt you like a bird as a pet?

B: Ugh! They are such screechy irritating little things! They are not very useful either.

P: Oh, you are so mean! I think they are cute. I wouldnt want to keep one, though, because I hate to see animals in cages.  But I can understand why some people would like them.

B: Well, give me a good dog any day. Any other pet is for the birds.


* fickle - changeable



Ex.1. Which side are you on?


Bill thinks dogs are good pets because I -love(s) - dogs
He doesnt think cats are good pets because He -like(s) - cats
Pat likes cats as pets because  She -dislike(s) - bids
She doesnt think dogs are good pets because   -hate(s) - having a cat as a pet
    -cant stand - to wash dogs


Whats your favorite kind of pet?


Ex.2. Language focus.


like\ dislike,   love\ hate, and other similar expressions. In the class discussion on the topic, use these expressions correctly.