Grade 7 English Learning Package
classmates, and write only one word on each of their respective papers. That word mustbe an adjective which you think best describes that classmate. After five minutes, takethe piece of paper from your back and look at how your classmates described you. Nowcompare the descriptions that your classmates wrote for you with those you wrote for yourself. How similar are they? How different are they?
by Rony V. DiazWhen I saw my sister, Delia, beating my dog with a stick, I felt hate heave like a caged, angrybeast in my chest. Out in the sun, the hair of my sister glinted like metal and, in her brown dress, shelooked like a sheathed dagger. Biryuk hugged the earth and screamed but I could not bound forward nor cry out to my sister. She had a weak heart and she must not be surprised. So I held myself, my throatswelled, and I felt hate rear and plunge in its cage of ribs.I was thirteen when my father first took me hunting. All through the summer of that year, I hadtramped alone and unarmed the fields and forest around our farm. Then one afternoon in late July myfather told me I could use his shotgun.Beyond the ipil grove, in a grass field we spotted a covey of brown pigeons. In the open, theykept springing to the air and gliding away every time we were within range. But finally they dropped to theground inside a wedge of guava trees. My father pressed my shoulder and I stopped. Then slowly, in ahalf-crouch, we advanced. The breeze rose lightly; the grass scuffed against my bare legs. My father stopped again. He knelt down and held my hand.
―Wait for the birds to rise and then fire,‖ he whispered.
I pushed the safety lever of the rifle off and sighted along the barrel. The saddle of the stock feltgreasy on my cheek. The gun was heavy and my arm muscles twitched. My mouth was dry; I felt vaguelysick. I wanted to sit down.
―You forgot to spit,‖ my father s
aid.Father had told me that hunters always spat for luck before firing. I spat and I saw the breezebend the ragged, glassy threads of spittle toward the birds.
―That‘s good,‖ Father said.
―Can‘t we throw a stone,‖ I whispered fiercely. ―It‘s taking them a long time.‖
―No, you‘ve to wait.‖
Suddenly, a small dog yelping shrilly came tearing across the brooding plain of grass and smalltrees. It raced across the plain in long slewy swoops, on outraged shanks that disappeared and flashedalternately in the light of the cloud-banked sun. One of the birds whistled and the covey dispersed likeseeds thrown in the wind. I fired and my body shook with the fierce momentary life of the rifle. I saw threepigeons flutter in a last convulsive effort to stay afloat, then fall to the ground. The shot did not scare thedog. He came to us, sniffing cautiously. He circled around us until I snapped my fingers and then hecame to me.
―Not bad,‖ my father said grinning. ―Three birds with one tube.‖ I went to the brush to get th
ebirds. The dog ambled after me. He found the birds for me. The breast of one of the birds was torn. Thebird had fallen on a spot where the earth was worn bare, and its blood was spread like a tiny, red rag. Thedog scraped the blood with his tongue. I picked up the birds and its warm, mangled flesh clung to thepalm of my hand.
―You‘re keen,‖ I said to the dog. ―Here. Come here.‖ I offered him my bloody palm. He came to
me and licked my palm clean.
I gave the birds to my father. ―May I keep him, Father?‖
I said pointing to the dog. He put the birdsin a leather bag which he carried strapped around his waist.
Father looked at me a minute and then said: ―Well, I‘m not sure. That dog belongs to somebody.‖
―May I keep him until his owner comes for him?‖ I pur
―He‘d make a good pointer,‖ Father remarked. ―But I would not like my son to be accused of dog