The House-builder workshop class 8th

The House-builder workshop standard 8th

The house builder

This is a story of a mason, who worked for a 
building contractor. The mason always strove to do his 
work to perfection. 
As soon as a house had been designed by the 
architect and details finalized by the engineer, the 
contractor would send for the mason and leave the 
responsibility of building the house to him. The mason 
would then, without wasting any time start his work. 
He would take great interest in his work of building 
and do it with full dedication. He made sure that he 
used the best construction material, of high quality, the 
measurements of the walls, doorways, arches etc. were 
perfect and he gave an excellent and appealing finish 
to whatever he built. The owners of the new houses 
built, would be more than satisfied with the construction.
Because of the zeal, diligence, loyalty and 
persistence that he displayed in his work, the mason 
was in great demand and fetched good business to his 
contractor. Subsequently the contractor, recompensed
the mason, handsomely, with a very good salary. He 
could meet the needs of his family sufficiently, without 
any scarcity.
The mason thus continued working with great 
devotion for many years, till he became a grandfather. 
Then he decided that it was time to retire and spend 
time playing with his grandchildren. Being a firm-
minded person, he informed his contractor of his decision 
to retire from house-building. The contractor was very 
disheartened to lose such an excellent workman and 
urged the mason to continue his job, but to no avail. 
The mason had made up his mind and refused to carry 
Finally, the contractor convinced the mason to build 
one last house on a beautiful and convenient site, as 
a special favour. The mason agreed to do so with great 
reluctance, not too happily either.
The construction started. It was a most beautifully 
designed house to be built at a sought-after location. 
However, the mason could not put his mind and heart 
in his work. He did his work very roughly and carelessly, without interest or dedication. Even the 
building material used was of low quality; but he did 
not care. He simply wanted to complete the job in 
haste and finally retire.
The house was ready earlier than expected – very 
roughly made structures, weak walls, poor finish and 
did not look as good at all, as designed. Yet the mason 
did not care. He informed the contractor that the house 
was ready and he was waiting to hand over its keys 
to him.
The contractor arrived at the site. He had a file of 
legal documents in his hand. The mason handed over 
the new house’s keys to him. But the contractor did 
not step forward to enter the house, to see it. Instead, 
with a broad smile, he handed over the file along with 
the house-keys to the mason and said beaming happy 
tone, “These are the ownership documents of this new 
house in your name. The house is yours. I had planned 
it as a gift for you.”


The House-builder workshop standard 8th

English workshop of The builder class 8

1. Find from the story the Noun forms of the following.
(1) dedicate :            (5) own : 
(2) measure :            (6) give : 
(3) decide :               (7) responsible : 
(4) perfect :             (8) persist : 

2. Choose the proper phrase / expression to complete the sentences meaningfully.
(to send for, with full dedication, in great demand, to meet the needs of, make up 
one’s mind, to no avail, to hand over)

(1) She does her job .
(2) One should to help others, when needed.
(3) As Mr. Jadhav was transferred to Chennai he had his 
responsibilities to his assistant.
(4) The labourer’s income was not sufficient his family.
(5) Because of a fault in the wiring, they will have an electrician.
(6) Mother tried hard to change her son’s habits, but .
(7) Mangoes from Ratnagiri are always

3. Read the story and answer in your words.
(a) The owners of the new houses built by the mason would be extremely 
pleased. WHY?
(b) The contractor compensated for the mason’s good work. HOW?
(c) The mason made a firm decision to retire. WHEN? 
One syllabic Two syllabic Three syllabic More than three 
4. Read the following words from the story aloud and fill them in the 
proper columns.
(story, work, perfection, architect, leave, building, full, door, way, quality, responsibility, 
measurement, great, many, avail, excellent, material, complete, sufficiently, ready, 
documents, broad, happy, ownership, subsequently.)

One syllabic
Two syllabic
Three syllabic
More than three syllabic

5. (A) Words that have the same sound / pronunciation, but differ in spellings
and meanings are called Homophones. For example : hair - hare
 Pick out from the lesson Homophones of the following words :
(1) waist
 (2) knew
 (3) lose
 (4) maid
 (5) grate
(6) won
 (7) sight
 (8) week
 (9) would
 (10) sea
(B) Select any three pairs of homophones from above and make simple
 sentences of your own to show the difference in their meaning.
 (1) (i)
 (2) (i)
 (3) (i)

6. ‘Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later’.
Write a paragraph on the above topic with an interesting example of the same.


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