The Reward of Stealing

Subject :

English Comprehension

Topic :

Reading Practice

Stealing Does Not Pay

Class :

Primary 6 / Basic 6


Term :

Third Term


Week :

Week 2

Reference Materials : 


Online Reference materials

Lagos state scheme of work

Instructional Materials :..

  • Pictures showing people in jail for dishonest acts



Previous Knowledge :

The pupils have previous knowledge of being honest because honesty is the best policy



Behavioural Objectives :  At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • Pronounce any new words that they may come across in the passage
  • Understand the meaning of any new words that they may come across in the passage by checking up the meaning in a dictionary
  • Make use of new words that they have just learned in sentences



Content :



Read Passage A. carefully and answer the question on them

Part A: Comprehension
Once upon a time, there was a boy called Akin. Akin had a bad habit of dipping his fingers into soup pots, whether it was his mother’s or any soup pot in the neighbourhood. Often the soup would go sour and their owners would be wondering what went wrong.
Akin continued with the bad habit until he was caught red-handed one sunny afternoon, with meat stuck in his throat in the neighbour’s kitchen. When the owner of the kitchen came in and saw Akin trying hard to spit out the meat, she started shouting thief, thief, thief.
People gathered and some tried to get the meat out but could not surprisingly when the woman tried; the meat came out.
Akin was beaten and made to dance around the village square with empty milk cans and leaves hung around his neck. By evening that day, he was on his knees crying and begging for forgiveness. He was forgiven and he promised to stop stealing. Not long after, Akin began to preach against all forms of bad habits to his friends.

1.) From your own understanding of the passage, what is a bad habit? A bad habit is doing what _____ (a) makes you happy (b) is good (c) is not good (d) people like

2.) According to the passage, what type of bad habit did Akin have? (a) dipping his hand into soup pots (b) eating only meat (c) fighting children around (d) refusing to eat

3.) How was Akin caught? He was caught _____
(a) chewing meat (b) cooking food in a neighbours kitchen (c) dancing around the villages square (d) with meat stuck in his throat in a neighbours kitchen

4.) What punishment did the people give him? (a) they made him cry with meat in his mouth
(b) they made him dance around the village square with empty milk can and leaves around his neck (c) they made him to kneel down in the sun (d) they made him shout “thief” “thief” two times

5.) According to the passage what did Akin do to show that he was truly sorry? He began to ______ (a) dance round the village square (b) be dishonest (c) steal again
(d) preach against all forms of bad habits


The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise


Evaluation :

New words

  1. Dipping
  2. Thief
  3. Habit
  4. Neighbourhood
  5. Preach
  6. Punishment

Use your dictionary to write out the meaning of these new words and use each of them in sentences


Conclusion :


The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught.

The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written. He or she does the necessary corrections when the need arises.


Assignment :

Prepare for the next lesson by reading about



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