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The Narwhal: A Real-life Unicorn

03-11-2015
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We love unicorns, but they are not real animals. We can find unicorns only in fairy tales.

Don’t be sad. There is a real life unicorn here on Earth. It is the narwhal. A narwhal is not a horse with long horn, but a whale!

The narwhal can be found in the waters around Canada and other northern countries. There are not very many of them, so if you see one, you are lucky. They can grow to be five meters long. They are blue-gray with white blotches. They are brown when they are born. Narwhals like to 

swim with their friends, and talk to one another using sound waves, like other whales.

All narwhals have two teeth in their upper jaw. But the male narwhal’s left tooth grow outwards after it is one year old. This tooth twists as it grows. It just grows and grows, and can be up to three metres long. We can call it a tusk. We are not sure what it is used for.Narwhals are amazing animals- and they are real.

Find words from the passage for the meaning below:

  1. having good fortune
  2. without doubts
  3. very long, pointed tooth
  4. very surprising
  5. not imagined
  6. the biggest sea mammals
  7. turns
  8. large discoloured marks

Complete the chart:

The Narwhal

Length up to _____________________ long.

Colour(grown-up)_________________with ________________________(baby)______________________

Live in: waters around _________________ and __________________________

Way of communication:_______________________________

Subject and Predicates:

A sentence has two parts- a subject and a predicate.

The subject tells whom or what the sentence is about. The predicate tells what the subject is or what the subject does.

Example: Many children │love fairy tales.

(subject)               (predicate)

Fill in the blanks with the correct subjects from the list:

The fairy tale

Bruce

We

The main character

Our teacher

The unicorn

  1. ____________________told us a fairy tale.
  2. ____________________is called Bruce
  3. ____________________ met a brave unicorn in a forest.
  4. ____________________ is called Anston
  5. ____________________ has a happy ending.
  6. ____________________ all enjoyed listening to this story.

Write predicates to complete the sentences:

  1. My siter___________________________________________________________________
  2. The movie _________________________________________________________________
  3. The theme song _____________________________________________________________
  4. Tim and Matt _______________________________________________________________
  5. The whales__________________________________________________________________
  6. Everyone ___________________________________________________________________

Posted By: Noble Augustine Category: Reading

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About Noble Augustine

Noble Augustine is an English teacher in Canada currently working with  The Calgary Immigrant Educational Society and and Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. He started his career as a teacher in English in 2001 after completing his M A in English from St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry .He was the university first rank holder for M Phil examination at School of Letters of Mahathma Gandhi University in the academic year 2002-2003. His subjects of interest are Theory and Practice of Translation, Modern and Postmodern poetry, Postcolonial Writing, Literary theory, and Communicative English. Some of the academic papers presented by him at various national and international seminars include: Moby Dick: A study in Megalomania, The Comic Paradise: A Rereading of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest, Politics and Geography in the Poetry of Kamala Das, The politics of Deconstruction, Rasa and Dhwani: the Essence of Eastern Aesthetics, The Trend of Multi-generic Parody in Malayalam Fiction:A Reading of Contemporary Short Stories in Malayalam. etc. He has translated into English Aalakampadi (The Escort) a novel by B Murali, a well-known Malayalam writer. He worked as lecturer in English in two Libyan Universities: Omar al Mokhtar University,  and  University of Bengazi , where he also chaired the committee for Quality Assurance, Assessment and Accreditation.  He guided and supervised the dissertation of Undergraduate Students and chaired the Viva Voce. He has also trained and assessed teacher education students in their practical teaching. In 2011 he obtained his certificate as a Teacher of English as a Second Langauge  from Oxford Seminars. Currently he lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and three children, and is engaged in academic research, teaching in schools, and publishing in the virtual and print media. 

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