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Modern-day heroes

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ENGLISH FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE

Grade 4

HEROES AND HEROINES

Module 40

MODERN-DAY HEROES

Activity 1

To read fiction at an appropriate level [LO 3.5.1]

Modern-day heroes may be different to look at, but basically they still have the same qualities as ancient heroes: the hero blazes a trail for other less adventurous mortals to follow. Some such modern-day heroes are Superman, Spiderman and Luke Skywalker, to name but a few.

SUPERMAN: JUST A TYPICAL TEENAGER?

Once upon a time, in the peaceful little town of Smallville in Kansas, USA, there lived a sweet, elderly couple called Jonathan and Martha Kent. Life was uneventful until one day something happened that shattered the tranquillity the townsfolk had been used to: suddenly, a shower of meteorites rained down upon the town.

In one of these meteorites there was a little boy! The old couple came upon him where he stood trembling in his shabby, ragged clothes, and they immediately took pity on him. They decided to adopt him and bring him up as their own child.

Jonathan and Martha Kent had no idea what lay ahead. They certainly didn’t have a clue that this youngster, whom they named Clark, would become a super-hero who would one day go chasing after crooks in his blue and red Superman outfit.

That is how the story of Superman began.

There is a new television series called Smallville that differs from the usual Superman films and comics, because it focuses on Clark Kent as a young boy. It tells the story of the legendary character before he became famous. This was the time before he could fly; when he was still developing his powers, and when his best friend was just another boy called Lex Luthor, a lad who had lost all his hair as a result of the radiation during the meteorite rain.

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Lex Luthor becomes a dreaded bald rogue later on, but at this stage he is just an ordinary boy who works in the struggling Smallville branch of his father’s factory. Lois Lane, later to become the love of Clark’s life, isn’t even in the picture yet. In fact, he is head over heels in love with Lana Lang, the tallest girl in Smallville. Unfortunately she has a boyfriend, so it’s the classic situation of “all the good girls are taken”. Clark is absolutely smitten, because she wears a piece of the meteor around her neck and this has an influence on him.

In this series the viewer gets a fresh new look on an old story. Just like any other teenager, Superman goes through difficult phases in his development. As time goes on, he becomes stronger and stronger.

Smallville isn’t simply a cute idea. It is an excellent adaptation of a well-known story that will keep both young and old fixed to the small screen.

Translated and adapted from JIP (Die Burger), Monday 11 November 2003

Activity 2

To read and solve puzzles [LO 3.5.3]

Using the clues below, complete the puzzle. The information is to be found in the passage above. You can also use a dictionary.

1. men who are brave and good.

2. calm, quiet, tranquil

3. two people ( a ……)

4. a young boy

5. stones or pieces of iron that fall to earth from the sky

6. to take someone else’s child as one’s own

Table 1
                  1.            
                2.              
                               
                3.       4.      
                               
5.                     6.        

Did you know?

  • Superman made his first appearance in 1938 in Action Comics #1.
  • The meteorites, in which Superman fell to earth, were parts of the planet Krypton where he originated. The rock is known as kryptonite.
  • Superman and his people did not have supernatural powers on Krypton, because there was a red sun. The sun in our solar system is yellow and this is what gives Superman his extraordinary power. However, it has a negative effect on kryptonite. This makes kryptonite toxic for Superman.
  • Superman is powerless against magic.
  • Clark Kent’s favourite dish is Boeuf Bourguinon with tomato sauce.
  • Superman moves his head from side to side at a speed that is so great that one cannot see he is doing it. The result of this is that his face is always unclear if someone takes a photo of him.
  • In the very first Superman comics he could not fly. He could only jump very far.
  • Superman’s real name on Krypton was Kal-el. His father was Jor-El and his mother was Lara.
  • His five greatest rivals are Doomsday, Batman, Captain Marvel, Mohammed Ali and Lex Luthor. The Incredible Hulk comes sixth only.
  • (Adapted and translated from JIP, Die Burger, 11 November 2002.)

Source: www.supermanthemovie.com

Activity 3

To read a family tree [LO 3.3.4]

  • A family tree is a diagram showing the various members of a family through the generations. Here is a simple family tree to serve as an example:
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Activity 4

To use a dictionary [LO 3.6.1]

  • Use your dictionary to find the meanings of any five words that are to be found in the passage titled “Did you know?”. Write the words and their meanings in your personal dictionary and make sure that you know how to use them.
  • Pick one of your classmates and ask him/her whether he/she knows the words. Explain their meanings if necessary. Then he/she can do the same. If you are not sure, ask the teacher to help you.

It is interesting to note that whereas in the past heroes usually rode on horseback, or sailed the seas in ships, today’s heroes have other means of transport. Superman flies by his own magical powers, and Luke Skywalker flies through space in a spaceship. Even Nash Bridges has his old yellow convertible! As in the past, the heroes of today still fight for what is good and they always succeed in conquering the forces of evil.

Activity 5

To develop vocabulary [LO 3.6.2]

1. What is a convertible?

A convertible is ……………………………………………………..

2. Name five different modes of transport.

………………………………………………

………………………………………………

……………………………………………….

……………………………………………….

……………………………………………..

3. What do you think is the most-used form of transport in the Polar Regions:

The most-used form of transport in the Polar Regions is ………………

…………………………………………………………………………………

4. What kind of animal is used in this form of transport?

A .…………………………………. is used.

Assessment

LEARNING OUTCOME 3: READING AND VIEWING

The learner will be able to read and view for information and enjoyment, and to respond critically to the aesthetic, cultural and emotional values in texts.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

3.3 reads for information:

3.3.4 reads diagrams, graphs and charts (e.g. a family tree;

3.5 reads for pleasure and information:

3.5.1 reads fiction and non-fiction books at an appropriate reading and language level;

3.5.3 reads and solves puzzles;

3.6 uses reference books and develops vocabulary:

3.6.1 uses a dictionary;

3.6.2 demonstrates a reading vocabulary of between 1 000 and 2 5000 common words. learners who will study the other learning areas through their additional language should aim at 2 5000 words.

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