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  1. 1. Class IX English Moments
  2. 2. Prose Book:- Moments Chapter-8 A House is not a Home by Zan Gaudioso
  3. 3. Elements of prose Setting : Where the story takes place. Characters : The people that are part of the story. Plot: What happens in the story. Mood : The feelings or the emotions the author creates or the feeling you get when reading the story. Theme: The theme in a story is its underlying message, or 'big idea.
  4. 4. About the Author  contributing author and editor of several volumes of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, most notably Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III.  She is also co-author of the award winning book, The Buddha Next Door.
  5. 5. This story reflects the challenges of being a teenager, and the problems of growing up. How does the author overcome his problems?
  6. 6. Awkward: strange Freshman: a student in the first year of high school, college or university Isolated: lonely
  7. 7. Value Points  The author says that her first year at school was not pleasant.  She felt like a fresher.  Her school was twice bigger than her old school.  Her old friends had gone to a different high school.  So she felt lonely. She missed her old teachers also.  She visited them. They advised her to take part in school activities.
  8. 8. Tabby: grey or brownish in colour and streaked with dark stripes. Purring: sound made by cat Swatting: to hit something Stoking the fire: feeding and tending the fire Groping: to search blindly Engulfed: flooded, surrounded by
  9. 9. Value Points  One Sunday afternoon the author was sitting at home.  She was doing homework.  It was cold. Fire went on in the fireplace.  She had her cat nearby.  Her mother stoked the fire.  Suddenly, she noticed smoke from the ceiling.  It increased. They came in the front yard.  But the fire had surrounded the place.  It was spreading. Her mother ran back into the house.  The author ran to the neighbours to call the fire department.
  10. 10. Oral comprehension check a. How was the author’s first year in the High School? b. What did the author do after missing her old teachers and school? c. Where was the author sitting? d. What was the author doing? e. What did the author notice one Sunday afternoon? f. What was the author’s mother doing?
  11. 11. In tow: behind Grasp: a firm hold or grip.
  12. 12. Value Points  The author’s mother then ran out of the house with important documents.  She ran back into the house again.  She wanted to get the pictures and letters of her husband. The author ran after her. But the fireman caught her.  The author told him that her mother was inside.  The fireman seated her wrapped in a blanket in the car. Soon another fireman brought the author’s mother.  He put her in the truck with an oxygen mask over her mouth.
  13. 13. Dazed: unable to think or react properly Piled: get into or out of a vehicle
  14. 14. Value Points  The fireman told the author that her mother was otherwise all right.  She had only inhaled a little more smoke.  After five hours, the fire was finally put out.  The house was completely burned down.  It struck the author that she had not seen her cat.  She started weeping. She cried also.  The firemen did not allow her to go inside the house.  They went to the author’s grandparents for the night.
  15. 15. Oral comprehension check a. What had happened to the author’s father? b. What did the author’s mother carry out of the house first of all? c. Why did the author’s mother run into the house for the second time? d. Who stopped the author to run into the house? e. What was the author worried about after the fire tragedy? f. Where did the author and his mother spend their night after the fire tragedy?
  16. 16. Weird: strange Destined: future developed as per a predestined plan Outcast: a person rejected by society Geek: an unfashionable or socially inept person Zombie: a dull and apathetic person Surreal: unreal, strange, bizarre Ripped away: torn apart
  17. 17. Value Points  The next day the author went to school.  She was in her old dress with no shoes.  She had no books or homework.  Her backpack was also gone. She felt sad.  She felt if she would be an outcast all her life.  She did not want to grow up.  She wanted to die. But she walked to school.
  18. 18. Vulnerable: weak, easy to influence Plight: sad story
  19. 19. Value Points  The author walked through her house to school.  Everything had been destroyed.  Only the photo albums, documents etc, were not destroyed.  Her heart ached for her cat. Her mother took her soon from there.  They would have to find a place to live.  She would have to buy clothes for school also.  Soon the rubble was being cleared off from the place.  The author would go over there.  She kept thinking of her cat.  She kept thinking how the cat would climb her and fall asleep into her pocket.
  20. 20. Oral comprehension check a. What was the appearance of the author when she went to the school? b. When did she go to school? c. Who gave the tennis shoes to the author? d. What things were left with author after the fire tragedy? e. Why did they have to borrow money?
  21. 21. Milling around: moving around aimlessly Shove: push hard
  22. 22. Value Points  Soon all came to know about the author’s plight.  People collected around her to take her to the gym.  The author was surprised. Soon she knew it.  The table inside had a collection of school things.  These were notebooks, clothes, jeans, tops, sweatsuits.  The author grew emotional.  She felt great relief as people came to meet her.  They were those who had not visited her earlier.  She made many friends that day.
  23. 23. Curb: edge of the pavement Freaked: behaved irrationally Tragedy: mishap Diminish: fade off Gratitude: thankfulness Sorely: to a very high degree Overwhelming : very great in amount Purr: vibratory sound of a cat
  24. 24. Value Points  A month later, the author was at her house.  It was being rebuilt.  Her two friends from school visited her.  The fire was responsible to open up all the wonderful people around her.  She realized that her life was getting the same again.  Soon a woman came to her.  She had a cat with her. She asked the author if the cat was hers.  The author got the cat from her at once.  The cat purred happily.  The author’s friends were hugging her.  As for the cat, it had run away from the fire.  That woman got it. She telephoned as the author’s telephone number was written on its collar.  The author sat with her friends.  The cat curled up in her lap.  The feelings of loss and sad event had vanished.  She felt gratitude for her life and her new friends.  She also felt it for the kindness of a stranger and the purr of her cat.
  25. 25. Oral comprehension check a. What did author see in the school gym? b. How did the students help the author at school? c. Did the author get her cat back? d. Who gave the cat? e. How was author feeling after getting her cat?
  26. 26. Setting The story is set in a small town in America, where the writer lived with her mother.
  27. 27. Theme The story traces the problems that one faces when an older way of living comes crashing down, forcing one to rebuild life from scratch. It examines how a seemingly tough situation can be turned into an advantageous one, with the right attitude.
  28. 28. Message The story highlights the importance of keeping an open mind and not being depressed by the problems and challenges that are an important part of life. It reiterates that every dark cloud has a silver lining.
  29. 29. Character sketch The writer: The writer appears to be a teenager, who has just graduated from junior high. In the beginning of the story, she appears to have been a normal teenager, who was rude to her mother and sometimes even hated her. She also appears to be emotional and finds it difficult to handle the shift to high school, away from the environment and people that she was used to. All her friends had gone to different high schools, and she felt very isolated and alone. She is very close to her pet cat, whom she had rescued as a kitten. After the fire, she is initially very lost and sad, as she and her mother had just lost all their possessions and didn’t even have any clothes or a place to stay. She is very shaken and insecure. However, she soon matures and grows closer to her mother. The shock of almost losing her mother in the fire makes her realise how much she loves her and she stops taking her for granted. The kindness of her new classmates and teachers, who donate all kinds of necessities to help her overcome her losses from the fire, touches her and makes her feel accepted and secure. She becomes less judgmental and more accommodating of the changes that take place in her life.
  30. 30. Character sketch The mother: Her character emerges not through direct descriptions, but through her actions during the course of the story. She is very caring, responsible, and brave, bringing up her daughter as a single parent after her husband died several years ago. She faces each challenge and problem that arises without complaining. She never gives up, but always tries to find a solution to the problem. She is very concerned about her daughter, and even borrows clothes so that she can go to school the next day. She rebuilds her home from the debris. Even though her cards and identification papers are burnt, she does not hesitate to borrow money from her parents to make sure she can create a normal living situation for her daughter as quickly as possible. She is a caring and sensitive person, who loved her husband dearly even after he died. This is clear from the way she ran into the burning house to rescue his letters and pictures. She seems to have been a very remarkable woman who did not let life’s challenges knock her down.
  31. 31. Summary  The narrator feels isolated in her new school. Now she is studying in a high school.  Her old school teachers and friends are dear to her.  They always encouraged her to participate in school activities and make new friends.  Once her house catches fire. She, together with her mother run out to the neighbours because they have to inform the fire department.  Her mother rushes to the home to save the metal box, pictures, documents and letters by her father.  The firemen save her mother.  The narrator hugs her mother because she has a great love for her.  As the narrator loses everything in the fire, they have to go to the grandparent’s house so that they could spend the night.  Next day, the author went to her school, wearing weird clothes, borrowed shoes and with no backpack.  The narrator was surprised by her schoolmates.  They gave her school supplies, notebooks, and all kind of different clothes.  The narrator was touched by their concern and made many friends.  A woman who got the pet cat of the narrator somehow managed to find her and gave her cat back to her.  The narrator overcame the feeling of loss and pessimism and regained a new life.
  32. 32. Assignment Answer the following questions in 30-40 words: A. What does the author notice one Sunday afternoon? What is her mother’s reaction? What does she do? B. Why does the author break down in tears after the fire? C. Why is the author deeply embarrassed the next day in school? Which words show her fear and insecurity? D. The cat and the author are very fond of each other. How has this been shown in the story? Where was the cat after the fire? Who brings it back and how? E. What actions of the schoolmates change the author’s understanding of life and people, and comfort her emotionally? How does her loneliness vanish and how does she start participating in life? F. What is meaning of “My cat was back and so was I”? Had the author gone anywhere? Why does she say that she is also back?

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