Brainstorming of Being neighborly class 11th

1.1 Being Neighborly ice breakers

• Read the following statements and mark those that apply to you.

(i) I make friends easily. 
(ii) I wish to be friends with someone but my friendship is rejected.
(iii) Someone has extended a hand of friendship towards me and I have not 
accepted it.
(iv) I have a large group of friends but no best buddy.
(v) I have a small group of close friends and have no wish to interact with 
anyone else.
(vi) I have cordial relationships with all but I cannot connect with anyone.

• Complete the following web diagram.
Friendship to 
me means
Having long 
Giving and 
receiving gifts
(ii) If you see someone lonely or sad you will -


Being Neighborly

Being Neighborly Brainstorming

(A1) (i) Jo’s decision to make friends with the lonely boy next door proves to be 
a good one. Elaborate. You may begin with 'Jo was a bold, friendly and 
warm person...'

(ii) Read the extract 'Being Neighborly' and complete the following statements:
 (a) To Jo the fine house seemed like ....
 (b) Jo swept a path around the garden for ....
 (c) Jo entered the old stone house carrying ....
 (d) In order to tidy the room, Jo ....

(iii) Bring out the contrast between the two houses with the help of the following 
 House of March House of Laurence
 1. Old, brown house     a. 
 2.                                       b. Well kept grounds
3. Children played all around. c. 
 4. d. No motherly face smiled at the windows. 
(A2) The traits of the characters you meet in the extract are jumbled. Sort 
them out and write them in the appropriate columns. 
 (Shy, bold, gruff, friendly, withdrawn, perceptive, empathetic, playful, 
lonely, happy, gentlemanly, frank, mature, dull, sharp, adventurous.) 
 Jo Laurie Grandpa

(A3) (i) Write down in your own words the way Laurie confirmed the names of the 
March sisters.
(ii) Give a brief account of the interaction between Grandpa and Jo. 

(A4) (i) Find proverbs, maxims and Idioms related to ‘friendship’. 
 (a) For example: Birds of a feather flock together. 
(ii) The extract deals with the atmosphere of two homes. Collect the words 
associated with -
 (a) Home (b) Library (c) Garden

(A5) Change into indirect speech.
(a) “Do you like your school?” asked the boy.
 “Don’t go to school; I’m a business man- girl, I mean”, answered Jo.
 (b) Jo flourished her broom as she called out… “How do you do? Are you 
 Laurie opened the window and croaked out as hoarsely as a raven……
 “Better, thank you. I’ve had a bad cold and been shut up a week.
 (c) “The pretty one is Meg and the curly-haired is Amy, I believe?” – Laurie
 “How did you find that out?” – Jo

(d) “I’m not afraid of anything, “returned Jo, with a toss of the head.
 “I don’t believe you are!” exclaimed the boy.
 We use indirect speech when we use our own words to report what someone 
 Changes should be made to the original words when changing from Direct 
speech to Indirect.
 The boy wanted to know whether she (Jo) liked school. To which, Jo answered 
rather emphatically that she did not go to school. She further added that she 
was a businessman, and jovially corrected the gender.
 Note: Observe the aspects of tenses, Reflexive Pronouns that have undergone 
changes while transforming Direct speech into Indirect speech certain meanings 
will have to be conveyed when converting to Indirect speech.
 For example : In the above sentence –
 Jo has corrected herself when she claims she is a business woman. Since she 
is a girl she says she is a businessman – girl. (Note – At the time when this 
novel was written businesswomen was not a prevalent term).
(A6) (i) Narrate in 100 words an incident, that illustrates the way a friend of yours 
‘made you feel happy and accepted’, at some point in your life. 
(ii) Give reasons, for us being reluctant to make friends with some strangers, 
but being comfortable with some, even after meeting them for the first 
(iii) Are friends different from neighbors? Are you friends with your neighbors? 
Give examples and write.
(iv) Make a note in your exercise book about how people amused themselves 
in earlier times, without TV, internet or social media for entertainment.
(A7) Use your imagination and extend the story in about 100 to 150 words.
(A8) Project:
 If you are social, like to meet new people, can empathise and connect with 
people easily, make a list of careers available to you and write in brief 
about them.

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