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HOLIDAY HOMEWORK

CLASS VIII

ENGLISH

*Read at least two novels from the list given below

(a)Kim by Rudyard Kipling

(b)Swami and his friends by R K Narayan

(c)The Last Leaf by O’Henry

(d)Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond

(e)The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

(f)Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas

*Write a book review for both in your creative writing notebook

You must include

_the name of the book

_the writer

_the important characters-write about any two characters in 100 -125 words

_a brief outline of the story

_why the book was worth reading

*Make a chart on any one of the following topics

1. Tenses - Tabular form

2. Active and Passive voice - Tabular form

3. Proverbs

4. Idioms

5. Modals

6. Non –finite verbs

7. Homonyms

8. Format of a formal letter (mention the points to be remembered while writing a


formal letter)
*Learn the spellings and meanings of the first 30 words given in the
vocabulary list

1. FEROCIOUS - VERY VIOLENT

2. DECREPIT - IN A POOR CONDITION

3. MEDLEY - A MIX OF THINGS OF DIFFERENT KINDS.

4. INTRUDER - ONE WHO ENTERS A PLACE UNLAWFULLY.

5. SUBDUED - UNUSUALLY QUIET AND POSSIBLY UNHAPPY

6. BRUTE - A BIG STRONG ANIMAL.

7. AGGRESSIVE - ANGRY AND THREATENING

8. HEMMED IN - SURROUNDED SO THAT ONE CAN’T MOVE

9. SPECTACLE - SITUATION THAT ATTRACTS LOTS OF ATTENTION

10. DISCOURSE - A TALK OR LONG SPEECH

11. CRYPTIC - WITH A HIDDEN MEANING

12. DISCREETLY - CAREFULLY

13. CANOPIED - COVERED

14. HEEDED - PAID ATTENTION TO

15. PLEADED - BEGGED OR ASKED IN AN ANXIOUS WAY

16. GLIB - CLEVER

17. HOSPITALITY - FRIENDLY OR GENEROUS BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS GUESTS

18. TEDIOUS - LONG AND TIRING

19. ANGUISH - GREAT PAIN AND MENTAL SUFFERING

20. ARDOUR - A VERY STRONG FEELING

21. STEALTHILY - DOING SOMETHING IN A QUIET AND SECRET WAY.

22. DOFFED - TOOK OFF

23. FLANK - SIDE OF AN ANIMAL BETWEEN THE RIBS AND HIP

24. LIBERAL - READY TO ACCEPT CHANGE (NOT OLD FASHIONED)

25. PESTERED - ANNOYED CONTINUALLY


26. CONTINUALLY - OCCURRING OFTEN

27. AERIAL - EXISTING OR TAKING PLACE IN THE AIR

28. DESPAIR - LOSE HOPE

29. LOGGED - RECORDED OFFICIALLY

30. POISED - IN A STATE OF READINESS

*Read the newspapers everyday. In a scrap book prepare a presentation


using newspaper cuttings, pictures from magazines etc on any one of the
following-

(a)Fast food

(b)Wonders of Delhi

(c)Child labour

(d)The beauty of nature

(e)The world of books

(f)Road safety

(g)Environmental issues

The presentation must include a write up within 200 words on the chosen topic