1.1 Walk a Little Slower

1.1Walk a Little Slower..


Form groups of 4-6. Discuss the following with your friends

in the group and then complete the sentences

I would like to talk to …. 1.my neighbours about help.

2.my grandparents about stories.

3.my best friend about cricket.

4.my teacher about studies.

5.my mother about swimming

6.my father about my education.

I would like to learn to …..

1.Study hard from my best friend.

2.Tell stories from my grandmother.

3.Face challenges from my teacher.

4.Help people from my neighbour.

5.Play chess from my cousin.

I hesitate to talk to …..

1.My father about my studies.

2.My cousin about the things I want to buy.

3.My friends about my favourite movie.

4.My neighbour about how I want to spend my holidays.

5.My teacher about what I do would like to do in future.

6.My grandfather about the way he/she talks to my friends.


1) What would happen if the child tried to walk fast? Why?

Ans: If the child tried to walk fast, it would fall because he/she

is very small to walk fast or to match the speed of its father,

walking at a good speed.

2) Does the word walk refer only to the act of walking? What

does the poet actually mean to say?

Ans: No, the word walk does not refer only to the act of

walking. It refers to father’s actions, thoughts and his way of

living and behaving.

3) What do the ‘footsteps’ of the father refer to?

Ans: Here the footsteps of father refer to father’s way of

speaking and behaving, his actions and his characteristics that

make a person successful in life.


1. Put the words given in brackets in the proper blanks.

(a) The is child talking to its father. (father / child)

(b) The is father leading and the child is following. (father /child)

(c) Someday the child will become a father. (father /child)

(d) The child does not wish to fall while following its father. (father /child)

2. Find and write pairs of rhyming words from the poem.

(Words that appear at the end of the line.)

1. small – fall

2. see – me

3. be – me

4. true – you

3. The meanings of the words in the following pairs show that

they are related

* Daddy/father = child * follow = lead

Find five more pairs of related words –

Examples : * teacher : student

* doctor: patient

* give: take

* live: die

* question: answer

4. The child in the poem requests his father to walk slower.

Here, the poet implies that the child wants to understand his

father’ actions better. The child would like to act the same way, but wants the father to be more understanding towards the child’s needs. What is implied in the following lines?

(a) Sometimes, your steps are fast …

Ans: This line suggest that sometime the father take very quick

decisions and actions.

(b) Sometimes your steps are hard to see …

Ans: Sometimes the actions of father are not understood by

the child.

(c) I would want to lead just right …

Ans: Child do not want to make any mistake while guiding its

own child in future.

(d) And know that I was true.

Ans: Child want to make sure that it has given its child the

right guidance.

5. Using your own ideas, frame three sentences that show

continuous action.

Example: You are leading me.

1. I am following you.

2. Raju is falling on the tree.

3. They are coming my home.

6. Using your own ideas, frame at least three sentences that

show future action or state.

Examples: • Who’ll (who will) want to follow me.

• When I’m all grown up …

1. I will meet you tomorrow.

2. When the rain stop, I will go to the market.

3. She shall write all the answers.


1. Title: The title of the poem is ‘Walk a little slower’

2. Poet/Author: The poem is written by an anonymous

3. Rhyme scheme: The rhyme scheme of the poem is ‘abcb’.

4. Figure of speech: Metaphor, Alliteration

5. Theme / central idea: The importance of the father as a role model is the central idea of the poem. The child in the poem wants to observe and imitate the life led by his/her father. Hence the child requests the father to be more considerate towards his/her needs.

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