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ENGLISH STANDARD V

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NATIONAL ANTHEM Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he Bharata-bhagya-vidhata. Punjab-Sindh-Gujarat-Maratha Dravida-Utkala-Banga Vindhya-Himachala-Yamuna-Ganga Uchchala-Jaladhi-taranga. Tava shubha name jage, Tava shubha asisa mage, Gahe tava jaya gatha, Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he Bharata-bhagya-vidhata. Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he, Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!

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PLEDGE

India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters. I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage. I shall always strive to be worthy of it. I shall give my parents, teachers, and all elders respect and treat everyone with courtesy. To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion. In their well-being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.

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CONTENT

1 The Happy Prince 2 The Little Swallow

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The Happy Prince High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his swordhilt.

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He was very much admired indeed.’He is as beautiful as a weathercock,’ remarked one of the Town Councillors who wished to gain a reputation for having artistic taste; ‘only not quite so useful,’ he added, fearing lest people should think him unpractical, which he really was not. ‘Why can’t you be like the Happy Prince?’ asked a sensible mother of her little boy who was crying for the moon. ‘The Happy Prince never dreams of crying for anything.’ ‘I am glad there is some one in the world who is quite happy’, muttered a disappointed man as he gazed at the wonderful statue.

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Activity 1 Write the features of Happy Prince.

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LITTLE SWALLOW One night there flew over the city a little Swallow. His friends had gone away to Egypt six weeks before .Then he saw the statue on the tall column. ‘I will put up there,’ he cried; ‘it is a fine position with plenty of fresh air.’ So he alighted just between the feet of the Happy Prince.

‘I have a golden bedroom,’ he said softly to himself as he looked round, and he prepared to go to sleep; but just 8

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as he was putting his head under his wing, a large drop of water fell on him.’What a curious thing!’ he cried, ‘there is not a single cloud in the sky, the stars are quite clear and bright, and yet it is raining. The climate in the north of Europe is really dreadful. The Reed used to like the rain, but that was merely her selfishness.’ Then another drop fell.What is the use of a statue if it cannot keep the rain off?’ he said; ‘I must look for a good chimney-pot,’ and he determined to fly away. But before he had opened his wings, a third drop fell, and he looked up, and saw – Ah! What did he see? The eyes of the Happy Prince were filled with tears, and tears were running down his golden cheeks. His face was so beautiful in the moonlight that the little Swallow was filled with pity. ‘Who are you?’ he said. ‘I am the Happy Prince.’ Why are you weeping then?

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Activity 2 Write a short character sketch of Happy Prince

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Activity 3 Write a small conversation between The Happy Prince and the little Swallow.

Happy Prince:_________________________________

Swallow

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Let us assess 1 Describe the statue of the Happy Prince as described in the beginning of the story? 2 Where was the statue of the Happy Prince made? 3 Why the Prince was called Happy Prince? 4 What was used to make the eyes of the statue of the Happy Prince? 5 Where was the swallow going? 6 Where was the swallow going? Why did he decide not to go there? 7 Where did the bird take shelter for a night on the way to Egypt? 8 Where did the bird think to change his shelter from the feet of the statue? 9 What happened when the little swallow was getting ready to sleep? 10 The heart of the Happy Prince was made with what? 11

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Published by, SAGISHNA KP

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