NCERT Textbook: Poem - Chivvy, English, Class 7 Class 7 Notes | EduRev

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Chivvy
Ask yourself as well as your partner: Do you like
to be always told what to do or not to do?
Do grown-ups do this, in your experience?
When Michael was five years old, his mother took
him to a nearby school for admission. The teacher
asked, “What does your mother call you at home,
child?” “Michael Don’t,” came the confident reply.
Note: To chivvy is to nag, “to continuously urge someone to
do something, often in an annoying way”, according to the
dictionary.
Read the poem now.
Grown-ups say things like:
Speak up
Don’t talk with your mouth full
Don’t stare
Don’t point
Don’t pick your nose
Sit up
Say please
Less noise
Shut the door behind you
Don’t drag your feet
Haven’t you got a hankie ?
Take your hands out of
your pockets
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Chivvy
Ask yourself as well as your partner: Do you like
to be always told what to do or not to do?
Do grown-ups do this, in your experience?
When Michael was five years old, his mother took
him to a nearby school for admission. The teacher
asked, “What does your mother call you at home,
child?” “Michael Don’t,” came the confident reply.
Note: To chivvy is to nag, “to continuously urge someone to
do something, often in an annoying way”, according to the
dictionary.
Read the poem now.
Grown-ups say things like:
Speak up
Don’t talk with your mouth full
Don’t stare
Don’t point
Don’t pick your nose
Sit up
Say please
Less noise
Shut the door behind you
Don’t drag your feet
Haven’t you got a hankie ?
Take your hands out of
your pockets
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Pull your socks up
Stand up straight
Say thank you
Don’t interrupt
No one thinks you’re funny
Take your elbows off the table
Can’t you make your own
mind up about anything ?
MICHAEL ROSEN
Working with the Poem
1. Discuss these questions in small groups before you
answer them.
(i) When is a grown-up likely to say this?
Don’t talk with your mouth full.
(ii) When are you likely to be told this?
Say thank you.
(iii) When do you think an adult would say this?
No one thinks you are funny.
2. The last two lines of the poem are not prohibitions or
instructions. What is the adult now asking the child
to do? Do you think the poet is suggesting that this is
unreasonable? Why?
3. Why do you think grown-ups say the kind of things
mentioned in the poem? Is it important that they teach
children good manners, and how to behave in public?
4. If you had to make some rules for grown-ups to follow,
what would you say? Make at least five such rules.
Arrange the lines as in a poem.
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