#1. The Pig Rescue

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Published: 3.15.2020
Level 3   |   Time: 3:02
Accent: American
Source: Charlotte's Web

(1 of 20) Fern doesn't let her father kill the runt of the litter.


    

triangle Directions


  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary


  • a runt [n] - the smallest in a group of babies
  • unjust [adj] - not fair
  • heartless [exp] - no feelings or compassion
  • a teat [exp] - a nipple of a female mammal from which the milk is sucked by the young
  • a sow [exp] - a female pig
  • rude [exp] - not polite
  • any minute [exp] - very soon
  • early risers [exp] - people who get up early in the morning
  • ridding [exp] - get rid of, eliminate
  • injustice [exp] - evil things in the world
  • Pop [exp] - Dad

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


triangle Background


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Fern Pop Avery
  • Avery is a young girl who lives on a farm..
  • She has a brother named Avery.

triangle Questions


  1. Pop chooses the biggest baby pig to kill.
    True
    False

  2. Fern was a very small baby (a runt).
    True
    False

  3. The mother pig (sow) doesn't have enough teats for all the babies.
    True
    False

  4. Fern offers to take care of the baby pig.
    True
    False

  5. Mom tells Avery that it is rude to yell.
    True
    False

  6. Pop offers to let Avery take care of a pig as well.
    True
    False

  7. The pigs were born early in the morning (before dawn).
    True
    False

  8. Fern almost forgets to bring the pig with her.
    True
    False



triangle Grammar (verb choice)


Directions: 1) Read the script and choose the word that best completes the sentence. 2) Listen again and check your answers.

  • Fern: What are you (doing) ?
  • Pop: Fern, (go) back to bed.
  • Fern: You're not going to kill it, are you?
  • Pop: It's a runt. Now, (go) back to bed.
  • Fern: No, it's not fair! It can't help (being) born small.
  • Pop: Careful.
  • Fern: If I'd been born small, would you have killed me?
  • Pop: Of course not. A little girl is one thing. A runty pig is another.
  • Fern: There's no difference! This is unfair and unjust. How could you (be) so heartless?
  • Pop: Come here. I want to show you something. You see that? You see? There's 11 pigs and only 10 teats. The sow can't (feed) it, honey.
  • Fern: Then I will. I'll (feed) you and take care of you and absolutely will not let you kill him.
  • Avery: Hey! When did Fern get a pig?
  • Mom: Avery, it's rude to point. Give me that. Come, sit, (eat) your breakfast. The bus will (be) here any minute.
  • Pop: Good morning.
  • Avery: Hey, Pop, can I (have) a pig, too?
  • Pop; No. I only give pigs to early risers. Fern was up before dawn, ridding the world of injustice.
  • Fern, (put) that pig down and (get) to school. Avery.
  • Pop: See ya.
  • Avery: Bye, Pop.
  • Pop: (Have) a good one, buddy. It says here we're going to (get) a lot of rain this month.
  • Mom: Fern! Your books!
  • Fern: Bye.


triangle Script



Fern: What are you doing?
Pop: Fern, go back to bed.
Fern: You're not going to kill it, are you?
Pop: It's a runt. Now, go back to bed.
Fern: No, it's not fair! It can't help being born small.
Pop: Careful.
Fern: If I'd been born small, would you have killed me?
Pop: Of course not. A little girl is one thing. A runty pig is another.
Fern: There's no difference! This is unfair and unjust. How could you be so heartless?
Pop: Come here. I want to show you something. You see that? You see? There's 11 pigs and only 10 teats. The sow can't feed it, honey.
Fern: Then I will. I'll feed you and take care of you and absolutely will not let you kill him.
Avery: Hey! When did Fern get a pig?
Mom: Avery, it's rude to point. Give me that. Come, sit, eat your breakfast. The bus will be here any minute.
Pop: Good morning.
Avery: Hey, Pop, can I have a pig, too?
Pop; No. I only give pigs to early risers. Fern was up before dawn, ridding the world of injustice.
Fern, put that pig down and get to school. Avery.
Pop: See ya.
Avery: Bye, Pop.
Pop: Have a good one, buddy. It says here we're gonna get a lot of rain this month.
Mom: Fern! Your books!
Fern: Bye.


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