Tamil Nadu 7th Standard English Book Term 1 A Prayer to the Teacher Solution | Lesson 3.1

Lesson 3.1 A Prayer to the Teacher

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Lesson 3.1 > A Prayer to the Teacher

Warm Up

Read the clues, guess the profession and fill in the crossword puzzle.


2. Teaches students

Ans ; Teacher

4. Helps doctors and patients

Ans ; Nurse

6. Builds houses according to a plan

Ans ; Engineer

9. Protects the country

Ans ; Soldier

10. Gives ticket to passengers

Ans ; Conductor


1. Gives treatment to animals

Ans ; Veterinary Doctor

3. Grows crops

Ans ; Farmer

5. flies an aircraft

Ans ; Pilot

7. Plays a musical instrument

Ans ; Musician

8. Stitches clothes

Ans ; Tailor

i) Which is the role of a farmer in society? Discuss and answer.

Farmer plays a central role in our society but invisibly. He supplies every one’s basic need. He is a man in God, who saves our life.

ii) When you grow up, what do you want to become? Why?

I want to become a……… because I want to serve this society with the help of my profession.


syllabiplural of syllabusபாடத்திட்டங்கள்
inclusionall people being valued, irrespective of differencesஅனைவரையும் மதித்தல், உள்ளடக்குதல்
cut throatcompetitiveபோட்டி மனப்பான்மை
less privilegeddisadvantagedசலுகைகள் குறைந்த
animatelivingஉயிர்ப்புடன் இருத்தல்
fendlook afterகவனித்துக் கொள்ளுதல்
criticalextremely importantமிக முக்கியமாய்
indiscriminatewithout careful judgementபாகுபாடற்ற
consumerismthe protection or promotion of the interests of consumersநுகர்வு கலாச்சாரம்
destructionthe action of damaging or destroying somethingஅழிவு
engulfeat or swallow the wholeவிழுங்குதல்
scavenger bird anything that feeds on dead animals (example :crow)ஊண் உண்ணி பறவை
perchto rest on / to stay onஓய்வெடுத்தல்
enslavedmake someone a slaveஅடிமையாக்கல்
commercialmoney mindedபணத்தாசை கொண்ட
contemplatethink deeply about somethingநினைத்தல்
bigotryintolerance towards others with a different opinionகாழ்ப்புணர்வு
illuminatedlight upஒளிர்தல்

I. Which of these statements do you find in the speech?

  1. Inclusion is essential for us to do well in life. ( True )
  2. We should neglect others. ( False )
  3. Communicate politely with the less privileged. ( True )
  4. Teachers teach us to communicate well. ( True )
  5. Effective Communication is inessential to excel in life. ( False )

II. Read the statements. Select the correct words. You can Select more than one.

1. We should develop the ability to learn from ______________.

  1. self
  2. others
  3. books

Ans ; other (or) books

2. Teachers help me to learn _______________ things .

  1. new
  2. bad
  3. difficult

Ans ; new (or) difficult

3. Teach me to appreciate

  1. nature
  2. destruction
  3. small creatures

Ans ; nature (or) small creatures.

4. We should learn to ___________ questions.

  1. ask
  2. answer
  3. discard

Ans ; ask

III. Answer the following questions in a sentence or two.

1. What is inclusion? Why is it important?
‘Inclusion’ is valuing everyone irrespective of differences. It is very important for us to do well in life.

2. What is good or effective communication ?

A good communication is to communicate what we truly feel.

3. What should we learn from our teachers?

We should learn the value of inclusion, to communicate effectively, learn to learn, the interconnected nature of things, to question and the power of silence from our teachers.

4. What kind of learning brings joy to you ?

Learning new ways of learning brings joy to us.

5. In what ways are we doing injustice to nature ?

We cut down trees, kill small creatures by using fertilizers and pesticides and cause urban decay with consumerism. In these ways, we are doing injustice to nature.

6. What do you need to learn to live a good life in this world?

To live a good life in this world, we have to learn the value of inclusion.

7. How does the ability to question help us?

The ability to question help us establish a better order of things and learn to be accountable.

8. What do you think are the two most important lessons that the speaker mentions?

I think the two most important lessons that the speaker mentions are the value of inclusion and the ability to communicate.

IV. Answer the following questions in detail.

1. What are the skills / values a teacher should teach their students to live in this competitive world?

  • Teachers should teach their students the value of inclusion.
  • They should teach them to communicate what we feel effectively.
  • They should show them how we destruct our environment.
  • They should teach them that nature’s services are completely free.
  • They should teach them both to be silent and to raise our voice to protect the truth.
  • They should teach them to develop a world view of things.
  • They should teach them not to treat the human beings as foreigners.

2. What kind of a life do you want to lead in this world?

  • I want to lead a life that is useful to everyone.
  • I want to learn the value of inclusion and respect others.
  • I want to learn to communicate what I feel.
  • I wish to learn to learn.
  • I want to learn to ask questions.
  • With the lessons my teachers teach me, I can lead a responsible life.


Prefix and Suffix

A. Match the suitable prefix and suffix to create new words of your own. One has been done for you.

Root wordPrefix/SuffixNew word

B. Refer to your dictionary. Add a prefix or suffix to the following words and find their antonyms.

  1. privileged – Underprivileged
  2. animate – Inanimate
  3. discriminate – Indiscriminate
  4. empty – Non-empty
  5. communicate – Excommunicate

Language Check Point

Don’t SaySayNote
The plane flew above the building.The plane flew over the building.Use ‘above’ when there is no movement.
Use ‘over’ when there is movement.
We shall meet them in the club this evening.We shall meet them at the club this eveningUse ‘in’ for large places. e.g. countries, cities etc.
Use ‘at’ for small places. e.g. park, school etc.
I walk by foot.I walk on foot.On’ is used for actions involving body parts,
By’ is used to mention the means of transport.


C. Listen to the story and fill in the blanks by selecting the right option.

1. Raj was upset as he had done __________ (well/poorly) in his English test.

Ans ; poorly

2. His grandmother gave him a ________. (pen/pencil)

Ans ; pencil

3. Granny compared ___________ (Raj/Ravi) with the pencil.

Ans ; Raj

4. Ravi’s pain of not doing well in his test was compared with ___________ of pencils.(sharpening/writing)

Ans ; sharpening

5. Raj understood that failures are stepping stones to _________ (success/climbing)

Ans ; success


A. Look at the pictures. Pick out the right preposition and fill in the speech bubbles given below.

betweendown fromunder
insideonover in front of

B. Read the following sentences carefully and underline the preposition.

  1. Julian placed her lunchbox inside her bag. – inside
  2. Vinothini left the house before sunrise. – before
  3. Ben saw Daisy playing across the road.- across
  4. Hema keeps all her teddy bears on top of her wardrobe. – on top of
  5. Divya hid the sweets behind her back. – behind
  6. Sudha fell over during the basketball match. – over
  7. Madhusudhan checked to see if his keys had fallen underneath his chair. – underneath
  8. Mrs Meena asked the children to go into her classroom. – into
  9. After lunch, the children were allowed to play. – after
  10. Saravanan climbed onto the horse. – onto

C. Complete the following sentences using appropriate prepositions.

1. Is your mother ____ home?

  1. in
  2. at
  3. on

Ans ; at

2. There is unity in diversity _______ the people.

  1. among
  2. between
  3. within

Ans ; among

3. He discussed the problem ______ his parents.

  1. with
  2. to
  3. for

Ans ; with

4. Lithisha was praised ____ her father.

  1. with
  2. for
  3. by

Ans ; by

5. Can you finish the work ____ tomorrow?

  1. by
  2. in
  3. within

Ans ; by

6. He has been absent ______ last week.

  1. since
  2. for
  3. by

Ans ; since

D. Fill in the blanks using suitable prepositions from the box. Some options can be used more than once.


1. What do you do __________ weekends?

Ans ; on

2. I am going to my village _________ Sunday.

Ans ; on

3. I haven’t met my friends _____________ December.

Ans ; since

4. Run ___________ the street and get me the ribbon.

Ans ; across

5. He told me in detail ____________ the incident.

Ans ; about

6. This picture was drawn ______ the girl ________ charcoal.

Ans ; by, with

7. The car was travelling ______ a great speed.

Ans ; at

8. The ball fell _____________ the lake.

Ans ; into

9. There is a bridge ______________ the river.

Ans ; across

10. The conference will be held ___________ 10 a.m. _____ 5 p.m.

Ans ; from, to

E. Fill up the blanks using suitable prepositions on your own.

1. The soldier climbed ______ a horse and rode away.

Ans ; onto

2. They have been here _____ a long time.

Ans ; for

3. Kumaravel has lived in this city ________ 2012.

Ans ; since

4. The paper was published _____ an International journal.

Ans ; in

5. When will you return to home?

Ans ;

6. One ____ the four students wrote the answers correctly.

Ans ; of

7. This fruit is _______ the Mexican capital.

Ans ; from

8. The head office is _____ Nungambakkam. It is _____ College Road. As you go __________ the station, the office is ______ the right side.

Ans ; at, at, across, on

9. The sailors were taken ______ the forest and made to walk ______ 10 miles.

Ans ; to, for

10. The girl standing ____________ me was sneezing.

Ans ; beside


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