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ENGLISH LESSON 3 Deep Water

CASS 12 ENGLISH LESSON 3 Deep Water

 

THINK AS YOU READ

  1. What is the misadventure that William Douglas speaks about?
  2. What were the series of emotions and fears that Douglas experienced when he was thrown into the pool? What plans did he make to come to the surface?
  3. How did this experience affect him?

THINK AS YOU READ

  1. Why was Douglas determined to get over his fear of water?
  2. How did the instructor build a swimmer out of Douglas?
  3. How did Douglas make sure that he conquered the old terror?

 

Understanding the text

  1. How does Douglas make clear to the reader the sense of panic that gripped him as he almost drowned? Describe the details that have made the description vivid.
  2. How did Douglas overcome his fear of water?
  3. Why does Douglas as an adult recount a childhood experience of terror and his conquering of it? What larger meaning does he draw from this experience?

Talking about the text

  1. All we have to fear is fear itself. Have you ever had a fear that you have now overcome? Share your experience with your partner.
  2. Find and narrate other stories about conquest of fear and what people have said about courage. For example, you can recall Nelson Mandelas struggle for freedom, his perseverance to achieve his mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor as depicted in his autobiography. The story Were Not Afraid To Die, which you have read in Class XI, is an apt example of how courage and optimism helped a family survive under the direst stress.