#15. Big Uncle

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Published: 6.15.2020
Level 4   |   Time: 2:21
Accent: American
Source: Charlotte's Web

(15 of 20) Charlotte meets Uncle, the pig that Wilbur must beat in the fair.


    

triangle Directions


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

triangle Vocabulary


  • filth [n] - dirt
  • be up against [exp] - competing against
  • a spring pig [n] - a pig born in spring
  • huge [adj] - very big
  • humorous [adj] - funny
  • next door [adv] - beside us
  • a beast [n] - a large animal
  • a shoo-in [n] - a 100% chance of winning
  • a tiebreaker [n] - a way to decide the winner in a tie/draw
  • harmoniously proportioned [exp] - good body shape
  • do your part [exp] - do your fair part of the work
  • pushy [adj] - try hard to persuade

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


triangle Background


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Wilbur Charlotte Templeton
  • Wilbur, Charlotte and Templeton have arrived at the fair.
  • Wilbur has to win at the fair, or the farmers will kill him and turn him into bacon.

triangle Questions


  1. Templeton wants to stay and rest with Wilbur.
    True
    False

  2. Charlotte visits another pig that Wilbur will compete against.
    True
    False

  3. The big pig's name is Uncle.
    True
    False

  4. Charlotte thinks that Uncle is older than Wilbur.
    True
    False

  5. Uncle is the same age as Wilbur.
    True
    False

  6. Uncle is a chicken.
    True
    False

  7. Templeton thinks that Wilbur can beat Uncle.
    True
    False

  8. Charlotte thinks that Uncle is cleaner and more handsome than Wilbur.
    True
    False

  9. Wilbur is tired.
    True
    False

  10. Charlotte is worried that Wilbur will lose.
    True
    False

  11. Templeton says that he really cares about Wilbur.
    True
    False


triangle Grammar (comparisons)


Directions: 1) Read the script and choose the form of adjective that best fits the sentence. 2) Listen again and check your answers.

  • Okay. Where’s the filth?
  • Have you heard that (good) things come to those who wait?
  • No. (Good) things come to those who find it and shove it in their mouth.
  • Oh, my. Is that what we're up against?
  • Excuse me. What is your name? When someone wants to get your attention, what is it they call out?
  • Uncle.
  • Tell me, Uncle, what is the date of your birth? Your birthday? For heaven's sake, all I want to know is if you're a spring pig.
  • Of course. What did you think I was – a spring chicken?
  • Huge and humorous. Aren't we (talented) .
  • Spring chicken.
  • Charlotte, who are you talking to?
  • The pig next door.
  • Oh. Should I be worried?
  • Of course not. What (good) would that do?
  • Whoa! Have you seen the beast next door? I think his mama was part hippo. If I had to name five of (the fattest) pigs I've ever seen, he'd be three of them. He's a shoo-in.
  • Please. That pig is not nearly (as handsome as) Wilbur, or as harmoniously proportioned, and not nearly (as clean) .
  • There's a real tiebreaker.
  • We just have to prove that (the finest) pig is not necessarily (the fattest) . And you can do your part, Wilbur, by getting some rest.
  • I'm not (tired) , Charlotte.
  • Okay. Well, could you excuse me for just a minute, please?
  • All right, Templeton, you're right. That pig over there is a shoo-in. So, I need words that are even (better) than that pig is fat. Special words, and lots of them.
  • How about "pushy" and "demanding"?
  • Templeton, please! This is our last chance to save Wilbur's life.
  • You do realize I'm just here for the food, right?
  • Of course.


triangle Script




Templeton: Okay. Where’s the filth?

Charlotte: Have you heard that good things come to those who wait?

Templeton: No. Good things come to those who find it and shove it in their mouth.

Charlotte: Oh, my. Is that what we're up against?

Charlotte: Excuse me. What is your name? When someone wants to get your attention, what is it they call out?

Uncle: Uncle.

Charlotte: Tell me, Uncle, what is the date of your birth? Your birthday? For heaven's sake, all I want to know is if you're a spring pig.

Uncle: Of course. What did you think I was – a spring chicken?

Charlotte: Huge and humorous. Aren't we talented!

Uncle: Spring chicken.

Wilbur: Charlotte, who are you talking to?

Charlotte: The pig next door.

Wilbur: Oh. Should I be worried?

Charlotte: Of course not. What good would that do?

Templeton: Whoa! Have you seen the beast next door? I think his mama was part hippo. If I had to name five of the fattest pigs I've ever seen, he'd be three of them. He's a shoo-in.

Charlotte: Please. That pig is not nearly as handsome as Wilbur, or as harmoniously proportioned, and not nearly as clean.

Templeton: There's a real tiebreaker.

Charlotte: We just have to prove that the finest pig is not necessarily the fattest. And you can do your part, Wilbur, by getting some rest.

Wilbur: I'm not tired, Charlotte.

Charlotte: Okay. Well, could you excuse me for just a minute, please?

Charlotte: All right, Templeton, you're right. That pig over there is a shoo-in. So, I need words that are even better than that pig is fat. Special words, and lots of them.

Templeton: How about "pushy" and "demanding"?

Charlotte: Templeton, please! This is our last chance to save Wilbur's life.

Templeton: You do realize I'm just here for the food, right?

Charlotte: Of course.

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