Language Arts Study Guide
A. Fill in the blank with a word or phrase.Choose from the list below.
Red vein a fire destroyed her apartment Her father
Light Her mother, brother, and cat A pair of shoes
Dead On the dresser nothing
1. The narrator has to move to Grandma’s farm because a fire destroyed her
2. The only things the narrator cares about are her mother, brother and cat.
3. The narrator pretends her father is dead.
4. One thing missing from the bag of clothes Grandma’s neighbors collect is a pair of shoes
5. A red vein cuts the gray-green egg in half.
6. The narrator sets the egg in its jacket-net on the dresser.
7. When the egg starts to crack, light pours out.
8. When the narrator asks the bird what it is, the bird says nothing.
9. When the narrator answers the doorbell she finds her father standing there.
White washing the Fence.
A. Write true or false next to each statement.
FALSE 1-. Tom really enjoys whitewashing fences.
FALSE 2-. Aunt Polly is happy that Jim decides to help Tom paint.
TRUE 3-.Ben teases Tom about having to work while he gets to go swimming.
FALSE 4-.Ben fools Tom into letting him paint.
B. Answer the following question in your own words.
How does Tom convince Ben to paint the fence instead of going swimming?
By making him believe that it wasn’ t work.
A Dinner of Smells
wise and clever judge
1. The poor man stopped outside a fine restaurant and sniffed the wonderful smells.
2. The owner of the restaurant accused the poor man of stealing the smell of the food.
3. The restaurant owner took the poor man to see the judge because the poor man said he had no
money to pay.
1. The poor man asked Nasrudin to get the court with him because Nasrudin was thought to be
wise and clever .
2. How does Nasrudin use his cleverness to keep from paying the restaurant owner?
By paying the restaurant owner with the sound of money.
The Debate in sign Language
A. Fill in the circle beside the correct answer to each question.
1. Why did the king decide to have a debate?
• A. To see whether or not Yankel could understand him.
• B. To decide whether or not the Jews had to leave his land.
• C. To prove that he could sign better than anyone.
2. Why was Yankel picked for the debate?
• A. because he was the only one who knew signs.
• B. because everyone thought Yankel was a wise man.
• C. because no one else would volunteer.
3. Where did the debate take place?
• A. in the center of town
• B. behind closed doors.
• C. at the chicken store.
4. What did the king think Yankel´s egg meant?
• A. that it was time to eat.
• B. that the world was egg-shaped
• C. that the Jewish religion was fresh and whole.
5. Why does Yankel respond to the King´s three signs the way he does?
Because he didn’ t know the meaning of the signs.
Write a sentence using the following words:
Preference: That type of melody is of my preference.
Expression: I didn´t get the meaning of your expression.
Clever: My father is a very clever person.
Judge: The judge will be in court at 9o´clock.
Pail: I used to play at the beach filling a pail with sand
Whitewash: My uncle had some workers whitewashing the fence.
Fence: we had to replace the fence after a car crashed into my house.
Vanity: My mother bought the new shoes just for vanity.
Refugees: The refugees were really scared after the volcanic eruption.
Wonderful: Alice in Wonderland was a wonderful choice of movie.
Owner: The restaurant owner was upset when the poor man sniffed the food.
Pampered: My mother always pampered my sister.
Multiple Meaning Words
1. Athletes walked down the hill.
A). I used to sleep on a down pillow.
B). The helicopter came down.
C). They cost $8 down and 6 a day for a week.
D). I am down to my last coin.
2. The presents were bound with a blue ribbon.
A). The pencils were bound with a string.
B). The horse jumped over the fence with one bound.
C). The ship was bound to Hawaii.
D). We are bound to be there on holidays.
Which is the correct order?
a beautiful blue sailing boat
a blue beautiful sailing boat
a sailing beautiful blue boat
a blue sailing beautiful boat
Which is the correct order?
an old wooden square table
a square wooden old table
Did I reprove?
Did I fail?
Can you let me a paint
Shave shaved shaved/shaven
Shear shore Shorn Can you lend me a paint
Shed shed Shed brush?
Shine shone Shone
Shoe shoed shoed/shod You don’t can tell me?
Can you tell me?
Shoot shot Shot
Show showed showed/shown Did you present the exam?
Shrink shrank Shrunk Did you take the exam?
Shut shut Shut
Sing sang Sung
Sink sank Sunk Irregular verbs (2
Sit Sat Sat
Sleep slept Slept times)
Slay slew Slain
Slide Slid Slid
Sling slung Slung
Slit Slit Slit
Smite smote Smitten
Sow sowed sowed/sown
Speak spoke Spoken
Speed sped Sped
Spend spent Spent
Spill spilled/spilt spilled/spilt
Spin spun spun
Spit spit/spat spit
Split split split
Spread spread spread
Spring sprang/sprung sprung
Stand stood stood
Steal stole stolen
Stick stuck stuck
Sting stung stung
Stink stank stunk
Stride strode stridden
Strike struck struck
String strung strung
Strive strove striven
Swear swore Sworn
Questions in Present Perfect Simple
Write questions in present perfect simple.
you / answer / the question Have you answered the question?
Jenny / lock / the door Has Jenny locked the door?
Walter / call / us Has Walter call us?
you / see / the picture Have you seen the picture?
your parents / get / the letter Have your parents gotten the letter?
it / rain / a lot Has it rained a lot?
how often / we / sing / the song How often have we sung the song?
Maureen / watch / the film Has Maureen watched the film?
how many books / Bob / read How many books has Bob read?
ever / you / be / to London Have you ever been to London?
Future Time Clauses
Complete each sentence with a future time clause or main clause. Use the words and phrases in
parenthesis and the correct punctuation.
1-When I get a job I’ll buy a house (I buy / a car)
2-After she graduates(after/she/graduate/) she’s going |to move to L.A
3-After we saved the money. We will look for a house(we/look/for a house)
4-They will visit the Eiffel Tower(they/visit/the Eiffel Tower)before they live Paris
Idioms 61 to 80
English Idiom #61
MY TWO CENT'S WORTH
Explanation of English Idiom #61
MY HUMBLE OPINION.
Example of English Idiom #61
"HE SEEMS LIKE A CORRUPT POLITICIAN. THAT'S JUST MY TWO CENT'S WORTH.
English Idiom #62
Explanation of English Idiom #62
BE TOGETHER. SPEND TIME WITH EACH OTHER.
Example of English Idiom #62
"HEY LAUREN, LET'S GET TOGETHER AT THE STARBUCKS ON ROBSON. WE CAN JUST
HANG OUT AND PRACTICE OUR ENGLISH."
English Idiom #63
A CHANGE OF HEART
Explanation of English Idiom #63
A CHANGED OPINION.
Example of English Idiom #63
"AT ONE TIME, I SUPPORTED GEORGE BUSH. AS TIME WENT ON, HOWEVER, I HAD A
CHANGE OF HEART."
English Idiom #64
GET SOMETHING OFF YOUR CHEST
Explanation of English Idiom #64
EXPLAIN SOMETHING THAT IS BOTHERING YOU.
Example of English Idiom #64
"GARY, YOU DO NOT SEEM HAPPY. IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET
OFF YOUR CHEST?"
English Idiom #65
DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THE EGGS HAVE HATCHED
Explanation of English Idiom #65
DO NOT MAKE PLANS FOR SOMETHING THAT MIGHT HAPPEN.
Example of English Idiom #65
"YES, I THINK WE WILL PROBABLY GET A RAISE IN PAY THIS YEAR. REMEMBER,
THOUGH, DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THE EGGS HAVE HATCHED."
English Idiom #66
A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER
Explanation of English Idiom #66
HE IS ANGRY ABOUT SOMETHING.
Example of English Idiom #66
"I DON'T KNOW WHY HE IS SO UNHAPPY. HE SEEMS TO HAVE A CHIP ON HIS
English Idiom #67
COME FULL CIRCLE
Explanation of English Idiom #67
A PROCESS HAS BEEN COMPLETED.
Example of English Idiom #67
"THE SALMON HAS RETURNED TO THE PLACE WHERE IT ORIGINALLY HATCHED. ITS
LIFE CYCLE HAS COME FULL CIRCLE."
English Idiom #68
Explanation of English Idiom #68
LEGITIMATE AND PROPER.
Example of English Idiom #68
"WE CHECKED ALL OF HER REFERENCES. SHE IS SQUEAKY CLEAN."
English Idiom #69
IN THE CLEAR
Explanation of English Idiom #69
OUT OF TROUBLE.
Example of English Idiom #69
"HIS INNOCENCE HAS BEEN PROVEN. HE IS IN THE CLEAR."
English Idiom #70
STEER CLEAR OF
Explanation of English Idiom #70
Example of English Idiom #70
"SHE IS NOT VERY NICE. I THINK WE SHOULD STEER CLEAR OF HER."
English Idiom #71
ROUND THE CLOCK
Explanation of English Idiom #71
Example of English Idiom #71
"HE IS A VERY HARD WORKER. HE USUALLY WORKS ROUND THE CLOCK."
English Idiom #72
TURN BACK THE CLOCK
Explanation of English Idiom #72
GO BACK IN TIME.
Example of English Idiom #72
"I FEEL OLD. I WISH I COULD TURN BACK THE CLOCK."
English Idiom #73
Explanation of English Idiom #73
WITH MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY.
Example of English Idiom #73
"HE IS VERY PREDICTABLE. HE ALWAYS EATS AT THE SAME TIME, LIKE CLOCKWORK."
English Idiom #74
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE
Explanation of English Idiom #74
THINK MORE REALISTICALLY
Example of English Idiom #74
"HE DOES NOT RESPECT YOU AS MUCH AS YOU THINK. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE
English Idiom #75
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN
Explanation of English Idiom #75
ANOTHER VERSION OF A STORY OR EVENT.
Example of English Idiom #75
"THE GLOBAL SUMMIT WILL ENCOURAGE MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE. ON THE OTHER
SIDE OF THE COIN, IT MIGHT RESULT IN VIOLENT PROTESTS."
English Idiom #76
LEFT OUT IN THE COLD
Explanation of English Idiom #76
LEFT UNAIDED OR UNPROTECTED.
Example of English Idiom #76
"THEY DON'T INCLUDE ME IN THEIR GROUP. I FEEL LEFT OUT IN THE COLD."
English Idiom #77
WITH FLYING COLORS
Explanation of English Idiom #77
WITH ENTHUSIASM AND EXUBERANCE.
Example of English Idiom #77
"I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL. I'LL BE THERE WITH FLYING COLORS."
English Idiom #78
Explanation of English Idiom #78
HAVE JUST ENOUGH BUT NOT MORE.
Example of English Idiom #78
"OUR BUDGET IS NOT SATISFACTORY BUT WE WILL FIND A WAY TO SCRAPE BY."
English Idiom #79
A TOUGH COOKIE
Explanation of English Idiom #79
A STUBBORN, STRONG PERSON.
Example of English Idiom #79
"DON'T GET SHIRLEY UPSET. SHE IS A TOUGH COOKIE."
English Idiom #80
KEEP YOUR COOL
Explanation of English Idiom #80
DO NOT BECOME UPSET.
Example of English Idiom #80
"RELAX. KEEP YOUR COOL."