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Where do all the Teachers Go NCERT Class 6 English Poem 5 Summary, Explanation, Difficult word meaning and QnA
Where Do All the Teachers Go Class 6 English Honeysuckle Book Poem 5 – Detailed explanation of the Poem along with the meanings of difficult words.
Also, the explanation is followed by the literary devices used and a Summary of the Poem. All the exercises and Question and Answers given at the back of the Poem has been covered.
Class 6 English (Honeysuckle Book) Poem 5 – Where Do All the Teachers Go?
By Peter Dixon
This poem speaks about a child’s love and curiosity for his/her teacher. Teachers are just next to superbeings for children.They can’t imagine that teachers are also ordinary human beings.
For young kids, a teacher is an extraordinarily special person.
It is difficult for a small child to accept that a teacher is also any common man or woman living around him. The child wonders and questions if teachers also behave like other people, If they also do all the work or things, other people do? Like do they live in houses, do they wear pyjamas (clothes), wash socks or watch T.V? Do they also have parents and children to live with? All these questions bother a child’s mind and out of curiosity, one day the child decides to follow his teachers to keep a check and to write a poem about them so that the teachers read that poem to their students.It shows the cuteness, purity, curiosity and dilemma a young mind has for his teachers. It also shows their expectations from teachers.
|Poem 1 A House, A Home||Poem 2 The Kite|
|Poem 3 The Quarrel||Poem 4 Beauty|
Where do all the teachers go
When it’s four o’clock?
Do they live in houses
And do they wash their socks?
The child wonders and questions where all the teachers go after school hours. When it is 4 0’ clock. He wants to know if like any other ordinary being they also live in houses and wash their socks, means do they also do all the routine work like other people.
Do they wear pyjamas
And do they watch TV?
And do they pick their noses
The same as you and me?
pyjamas here is used for clothes
pick their noses; an activity to waste time, poking and inserting finger in the nose to clear
boogers means dried mucus
The child wants to know if teachers also wear clothes like pyjamas and watch TV like them? Do they also clean their noses the way other people do and waste their time?
Do they live with other people
Have they mums and dads?
And were they ever children
And were they ever bad?
Further, the child wonders by asking if they are also surrounded by people? If they also have parents and children like us to live with? Did they commit any mistakes or did anything wrong when they were children?
Did they ever, never spell right
Did they ever make mistakes?
Were they punished in the corner
If they pinched the chocolate flakes?
Now he wants to know if they also made mistakes or were ever punished for stealing chocolates
Or doing any silly or naughty?
Did they ever lose their hymn books
Did they ever leave their greens?
Did they scribble on the desk tops
Did they wear old dirty jeans?
Hymn books: religious books
Scribbling: draw or write something that is not readable
The tender mind is also bothered to know if their teachers also ever lost their religious books and said no to green vegetables. Did they also waste time by scribbling on tables and wear torn and old jeans.
I’ll follow one back home today
I’ll find out what they do
Then I’ll put it in a poem
That they can read to you.
To overcome his curiosity the child decides to follow or spy his teacher on his way home after school. Once he is clear about everything, he would also like to compose or write a poem about it and thinks that the teacher would read that poem to his students.
|Poem 5 Where do all the teachers go?||Poem 6 The Wonderful words|
|Poem 7 Vocation|
Where do all the teachers go Class 6 Question and Answers
Answer these questions.
(i) Why does the poet want to know where the teachers go at four o’clock?
A. The poet wants to know this because he has a curiosity to know if his teachers are also ordinary human beings.
(ii) What are the things normal people do that the poet talks about?
A. The things done by normal people are: wearing clothes, wasting time, losing religious books, stealing chocolates, having parents and children, washing clothes, watching TV etc.
(iii) What does he imagine about
(a) where teachers live?
(b) what they do at home?
(c) the people with whom they live?
(d) their activities when they were children in school?
A.He imagines if the teachers live in houses.
He imagines if they also wash their clothes and watch TV at home.
He imagines if they also have parents and children to live with them.
He imagines if they also did mischief and were punished.
(iv) Why does the poet wonder if teachers also do things that other people do?
A.He wonders because his tender mind considers the teacher as a superbeing or God like creature.
(v) How does the poet plan to find out? What will he do once he finds out?
A. The poet plans to find out whether teachers are ordinary human beings by spying or following them on their way home after school hours. Once he finds out, he will write a poem.
2. What do you think these phrases from the poem mean?
(i) punished in the corner (ii) leave their greens
A.(i) punished in the corner means to get punishment after doing a mischief
(ii) leave their greens means to not to eat green vegetables