Subject : Phonological Awareness / Phonics /Diction
Class: Basic 1 / Primary 1 / Year 1
Term: First Term
Week: Week 11
Phonemic Awareness Primary One First Term Examination
Previous Knowledge: The pupils have previous knowledge of
Identification of familiar sounds in words
that was taught in their previous lesson.
Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow it.
Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty. When Jem and I asked him why he was so old, he said
he got started late, which we felt reflected upon his abilities and manliness. He was much older
than the parents of our school contemporaries, and there was nothing Jem and I could say
about him when our classmates said ‘My father’.
Jem liked football. Atticus was never too tired to play keep-away, but when Jem wanted to
tackle him Atticus would say: ‘I’m too old for that, son.’
Our father didn’t do anything. He worked in an office, not in a drugstore. Atticus did not drive a
dump truck for the country, he was not the sheriff, he did not farm, work in a garage, or do
anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone.
Besides that, he wore glasses. He was nearly blind in his left eye, and said left eyes were the
tribal curse of the Finches. Whenever he wanted to see something well, he turned his head and
looked from his right eye.
He did not do the things our schoolmates’ fathers did: he never went hunting, he did not play
poker or fish or drink or smoke. He sat in the living room and read.
When he gave us our air rifles Atticus wouldn’t teach us to shoot. Uncle Jack instructed us in
the rudiments thereof; he said Atticus wasn’t interested in guns. Atticus said to Jem one day, ‘I’d
rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the
bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockinbird.’
That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss
Maudie about it. ‘Your father’s right,’ she said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music
for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one
thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
1. Guess the writer’s and Jem’s surname.
2. What did Jem and Atticus both like to do together?
3. According to the writer, was Atticus doing any real work?
Answer Yes or No.