Answer Key: The Child’s Story by Charles Dickens

Lesson Plan: The Child’s Story by Charles Dickens

  II. While reading Tasks


Word Inference

  1. sparkling |ˈspärk(ə)liNG|-adjective-shining brightly with flashes of light: her sparkling blue eyes.
  2. scent |sent|-noun-a distinctive smell, esp. one that is pleasant: the scent of freshly cut hay.
  3. chimney |ˈCHimnē|-noun ( pl. chimneys )-a vertical channel or pipe that conducts smoke and combustion gases up from a fire or furnace and typically through the roof of a building.
  4. astonishing |əˈstäniSHiNG|-adjective-extremely surprising or impressive; amazing: an astonishing achievement | I find it astonishing that they ever thought it could work.
  5. scimitar |ˈsimətər, -ˌtär|-noun-a short sword with a curved blade that broadens toward the point, used originally in Eastern countries.
  6. Jupiter |ˈjo͞opitər|Roman Mythology the chief god of the Roman state religion, originally a sky god associated with thunder and lightning. His wife was Juno. Also called Jove.
  7. cricket|ˈkrikit|-noun-an open-air game played on a large grass field with ball, bats, and two wickets, between teams of eleven players, the object of the game being to score more runs than the opposition.
  8. decline |diˈklīn|-verb[ no obj. ] the gradual setting of the sun; move downward.
  9. serene |səˈrēn|-adjectivecalm, peaceful, and untroubled; tranquil: her eyes were closed and she looked very serene | serene certainty.

Questions for Comprehension 


Directions: If  the statement is true, students write (T) if  the statement is false they  write (F)  and  provide the correct answer from the article.

  1. In this story the traveller’s name was John. His name is not given. F
  2. The first person he met was a beautiful child.T
  3.  The child said “I am always at play. T
  4. They heard singing-birds and saw many Deer.  -F  –many butteries.
  5.  But, one day, the child was gone. T
  6. The next person he met was a young man.-  F -A handsome boy.
  7.  The young man was always at play. – F-always in love.
  8.  After the young man, the traveler met  a middle-aged gentleman.-T
  9. The middle-aged gentleman was always busy. T
  10. He and the middle-aged man went into business together. T


4. Some Themes: The stages of life: aging, love, childhood,