THE SON FROM AMERICA
Isaac Bashevis Singer
The village of Lentshin was tiny. It was surrounded by little huts with thatched roofs or shingles green with moss. The chimneys looked like pots. Between the huts there were fields, where the owners planted vegetables or pastured their goats.
In the smallest of these huts lived old Berl, a man in his eighties and his wife Berlcha*. He was short, broad-shouldered and had a small white beard. In summer and winter he wore a sheepskin hat, a padded cotton jacket and stout boots. He had half an acre of field, a cow, a goat and chickens.
The couple had a son, Samuel, who had gone to America forty years ago. It was said in Lentshin that he became a millionaire there. Every month, the Lentshin letter carrier brought old Berl a money order and a letter that no one could read because many of the words were English. How much money Samuel sent his parents remained a secret. They never seemed to use the money. What for? The garden, the cow and the goat provided most of their needs. Besides, Berlcha sold chickens and eggs and from these there was enough to buy flour for bread
TEACHING MANUAL (Prose)
Name of the Teacher | : Ms Gopika. B | Std | : IX |
Name of the School | : STHSS | Volume | : 1, Page 8 |
Subject | : English | Strength | : 18/18 |
Type of Lesson | : Prose (Short story) | Period | : 1 |
Unit | : 1, The Son from America | Duration | : 30 minutes |
Sub-unit | : Paragraphs 1,2 and 3 | Date | : 03/01/2012 |
Issue | : Cultural roots in one’s life. | | |
i) comprehend the passage.
ii) get a clear idea about the difference between village life and city life.
iii) acquires an idea about the satisfied life lead by the villagers.
iv) understand the influence of deep rooted culture in one’s life....