Lesson Eight: John, the Gardener

Last updated: July 11, 2017 at 14:50 pm

garden photoJohn loved gardening, even as a child. He was always planting something here, something there, and something everywhere. John was only nine years old, but he was skilled at handling the shovel, hoe, and a soil tiller. For his birthday, John’s father bought him a box of seeds. John could not have received a better gift. His mother gave him a box of gardening gloves. John was equally excited about this gift as well. This year, John created a vegetable garden in his backyard. He used a fork to loosen the soil. He used a shovel to create drains between the garden beds, and he used boards to box off the garden beds. Within a few months, John created a thriving garden that produced loads of vegetables.

Rewrite or reread the paragraph above, replacing the words or phrases in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.

Gardening: cultivation, crop growing, farming, agriculture

Child: youngster, young person, kid

Always: forever, for all time, for eternity, at all times, all the time, constantly, continuously, permanently, continually, each time, every time, regularly, frequently, persistently, relentlessly, incessantly, ceaselessly, unremittingly, inexorably, obstinately, adamantly, determinedly, resonantly

Something: a bit, a tad, a spot, a little, a touch

Everywhere: all over the place, all over, far and wide, in all places, the world over

John, the Gardener: Part 2

John loved gardening, even as a child. He was always planting something here, something there, and something everywhere. John was only nine years old, but he was skilled at handling the shovel, hoe, and a soil tiller. For his birthday, John’s father bought him a box of seeds. John could not have received a better gift. His mother gave him a box of gardening gloves. John was equally excited about this gift as well. This year, John created a vegetable garden in his backyard. He used a fork to loosen the soil. He used a shovel to create drains between the garden beds, and he used boards to box off the garden beds. Within a few months, John created a thriving garden that produced loads of vegetables.

Rewrite the paragraph above, replacing the words or phrases in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.

Only: merely, barely, no more than, just, scarcely, just about, hardly

But: all the same, however, nonetheless, yet, even so, still, in spite of this

Skilled: accomplished, an expert, trained, skillful, experienced, practiced, competent, proficient, consummate, gifted, adept, talented, exceptional, artistic, endowed, clever, capable, brilliant, arty

Handling: manipulating, operating, working, controlling, maneuvering, utilizing, applying

Bought: gave, presented, granted, awarded, furnished, provided

John, the Gardener: Part 3

John loved gardening, even as a child. He was always planting something here, something there, and something everywhere. John was only nine years old, but he was skilled at handling the shovel, hoe, and a soil tiller. For his birthday, John’s father bought him a box of seeds. John could not have received a better gift. His mother gave him a box of gardening gloves. John was equally excited about this gift as well. This year, John created a vegetable garden in his backyard. He used a fork to loosen the soil. He used a shovel to create drains between the garden beds, and he used boards to box off the garden beds. Within a few months, John created a thriving garden that produced loads of vegetables.

Rewrite the paragraph above, replacing the words or phrases in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.

Box: pack, small package, sachet, container, carton, envelope, packet

Received: been given, been the recipient of, accepted, collected, taken delivery of, obtained, been granted, been offered, gotten, been accorded with

Better: superior, greater, higher, finer, better-quality, more appropriate, more suitable, more fitting, more proper, more pertinent

Excited: keyed up, eager, thrilled, animated, energized, wound up, enthusiastic, sparkling, spirited, ecstatic, overjoyed, elated, tickled

About: concerning, regarding, in relation to, by, with

John, the Gardener: Part 4

John loved gardening, even as a child. He was always planting something here, something there, and something everywhere. John was only nine years old, but he was skilled at handling the shovel, hoe, and a soil tiller. For his birthday, John’s father bought him a box of seeds. John could not have received a better gift. His mother gave him a box of gardening gloves. John was equally excited about this gift as well. This year, John created a vegetable garden in his backyard. He used a fork to loosen the soil. He used a shovel to create drains between the garden beds, and he used boards to box off the garden beds. Within a few months, John created a thriving garden that produced loads of vegetables.

Rewrite the paragraph above, replacing the words in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.

Created:  designed, conceived, set up, started, founded, originated, built, produced, generated, fashioned, formed, crafted, made, invented, initiated

Loosen: relax, lax, decompress, distend, till, plow, turn over, dig

Soil: earth, ground, loam, mud, top soil

Drain: dividers, partitions, divisions, rift, split, segregation,

Between: linking, amidst, among, in the middle of, along the course of

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