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Lesson 1 | The Rainbow questions answers by Christina Rossetti | Class 6 | SCERT

Lesson 1 | The Rainbow questions answers by Christina Rossetti |Summary| Class 6 | SCERT

Class 6 | Lesson 1 | The Rainbow by Christina Rosseti

Work in pairs and make a list of three gifts of nature that you know about:

(i) Trees     (ii) Hills      (iii) Rivers

Now read the poem below and find out if your words match those in the poem. 

Summary of the Poem "THE RAINBOW"

In the poem "The Rainbow", the poet Christina Georgina Rossetti depicts the beauty of a rainbow. The poet narrates that the boats that sail on the rivers and the ships that sail on the seas are doubtlessly pretty. But above them all, the clouds that sails across the sky are the prettiest.

People build beautiful bridges over the rivers, which present magnificent views. Nonetheless, the rainbow which is a bridge to the heaven is however far more prettier than a manmade bridge. The poet here compares the rainbow to a bridge from earth to the heaven. The rainbow sparks over the treetops and then circling ahead to the sky creates a bridge-like shape. The poet sees it as a bridge to heaven from the earth. The nature's art of a rainbow is perhaps more beautiful than any other human creations including a bridge.

1. Complete the following sentences by reading the poem "The Rainbow":

(a) Boats sail on the rivers.

(b) And ships sail on the seas.

(c) But clouds that sail across the sky.

(d) Boats and ships are pretty, but clouds are prettier.

(e) The 'bow' in the poem is the rainbow.

Class 6 | The Rainbow questions answers

2. Match the following:


Boats      -    Pretty

Ships      -    Pretty

Clouds    -    Prettier

Rainbow   -  Prettier

3. What are the things that the rainbow does? Fill in the blanks below with words from the poem.

                           ------- bridges heaven

The rainbow ------- overtops the trees

                           -------builds a road from earth to sky

4. Two summaries of the poem are given below. Which one do you like more? Discuss your answer with the friend sitting next to you. Then share your thought with the rest of the class.

(a) The poem 'The Rainbow' is about nature. Here the poet compares the beauty of nature and man-made beauty. She finds that beauty created by nature is prettier than man-made beauty. The clouds that sail across the sky Are prettier than boats sailing on rivers and ships sailing on the seas. But the rainbow is prettier than all the pretty things that sail on the rivers.

(b)Boats sail on the rivers and ships sail on the seas. But the clouds that sail across the sky are prettier than these boats and ships. The bridges in the rivers are beautiful. But the rainbow that builds a road from Earth to sky is prettier than the bridges.

Answer: I liked the first summary the most. Because it is a wider explanation of the meaning of the poem. The second summary is just the prosaic version of the poem without assigning any additional meaning to the poem. The first summary conveys the inherent meaning of the poem "The Rainbow". The poet in this poem tries to explain that nature can create more beautiful objects than human beings.

5. (a) As you know, rhyming words are words that end with the same sounds, such as sound-round. Here are some words from the poem 'The Rainbow'. work with your friend and write two words that rhyme with each of them:

boat: coat, goat

sea: see, bee

river: fever, never

cloud: loud, proud

ship: hip, flip

sky: fly, apply

(b) Now say the words aloud and recite the poem 'The Rainbow' for practice.

6. (a) make a list of things that: 

a) Sail on rivers and seas - Boats, Ships, Rafts, Vessels.

b) Move on the road - Cars, Bikes, Trucks. Buses.

c) Fly across the sky - Aeroplane, Helicopter, Drone, Parachute.

(b) Now make three sentences with any of the words from the list above.

boat: She had a boat ride yesterday.

car: I have a car.

Aeroplane: My brother came to Assam by aeroplane.

Christina Rossetti | The Rainbow questions answers

7. Read the following Stanza of "The Rainbow" and write what you have understood about it. Draw a picture to go with it:

Answer: The poet narrates that the boats that sail on the rivers and the ships that sail on the seas are doubtlessly pretty. But above them all, the clouds that sail across the sky are the prettiest.

  8. Let's learn some grammar:

Read the poem 'The Rainbow' once again. Find words belonging to the following word classes and write them in the spaces below. One is done for you. You may fill the spaces with other words if you do not find an appropriate word in the poem.

(a) Noun (naming words, for example, 'boat'): river, ship

(b) Pronoun (a word used instead of a noun: for example, 'it'): you, these

(c) Adjective ( a word that describes a person or a thing:; for example, 'pretty'): big, beautiful

(d) Verb (a word or a group of words that expresses an action; for example, 'eat', 'run'): sail, build

9. The words that you have written in 8(c) are called adjectives because they say something more about a noun or pronoun. In the poem 'The Rainbow', you found adjectives pretty and prettier. Such adjectives show the degree of something, as shown below:

Comparison of Adjectives

Positive Degree - Pretty

Comparative Degree - Prettier

Superlative Degree - Prettiest 

Now think of two other adjectives that can be compared in the same way, and write them in their degree (positive, comparative and superlative) in the space below:

Positive          Comparative           Superlative

Tall                     Taller                     Tallest

High                    Higher                   Highest  

Now complete the table below by filling in the columns as shown in the examples. Two have been done for you. 

a) Heavy - Heavier - Heaviest

b) Brave - Braver - Bravest

c) Famous - More famous - Most famous

d) Simple - Simpler - Simplest

e) Popular - More popular - Most popular

f) Active - More active - Most active

10. You must have seen in the poem how a word belonging to one-word class may be used as a different word class. For example,

bridge (noun): There is a bridge on the river.

bridge (verb): The rainbow bridges the earth and the sky.

Now make sentences using the following words first as a noun, and then as a verb:

book, hand, back, sail, bow, water


book (noun): I read books.

book (verb): I booked a taxi to go to my home.

hand (noun): Human beings have two hands

hand (verb): The grandfather handed over his property to his grandchild.

back (noun): The worker has a heavy load on his back.

back (verb): Nobody backed me in my bad days.

sail (noun): The boat is sailing because the wind is pushing its sails. 

sail (verb): Boats sail on the river.

bow (noun): He can shoot with a bow.

bow (verb): Lachit Borphukan never bowed to the enemy.

water (noun): Water is life for animals.

water (verb): I water my flowers regularly.

11. Let's practise our word building skills. Make a few words with each of the letters from the word RAINBOW. First make a three letter word with R and then a four letter word, and so on. One is done for you:








12. Ask the following questions to your partner and write his/her answer in the given space:

(i) Have you ever seen a rainbow?

Yes, I have seen a rainbow.

(ii) What does the rainbow look like?

The rainbow is semi-circular and has seven different colors.

(iii) When do you see a rainbow?

We see a rainbow during the rainy season.

(iv) What colors do you see on a rainbow?

The colors that we see on a rainbow are violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.

(b) Write a few sentences on how you feel when you see a rainbow in the sky. You can take help from the box below.

happy excited full of joy


I always stand excited to see a rainbow in the sky. We see it rarely. 

The appearance of a rainbow makes my mind happy.

The moment I see a rainbow is full of joy.

13. Look at the picture and read the poem about a bird that lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. 

The Dodo

"The Dodo" Check out this poem in your textbook 

Dodos were large birds that could not fly. They are no longer on the earth now. They have become extinct.

In small groups, discuss why we should take care of nature's gifts such as plants and animals.

Answer: Mother nature has created the human species not as the kings of nature but only as a part of it. But mankind has left no stone unturned to destroy nature. They never keep in mind that nature is not only for men but for every other species living in this world.

We should, however, preserve nature because nature's gifts are there for helping mankind. 

14. look at the picture and read the following sentences:

It is of the white-winged wood duck. The white-winged wood duck lives in tropical forests and the wetlands of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and parts of southeast Asia. The number of white-winged wood duck is decreasing. Let's not allow this duck to become extinct.

Discuss in groups what you would do to stop it from becoming extinct. Write down a few steps that you would like to take to conserve it.

You may take the help of the following words and phrases for your discussion:

Protect - Stop Killing - Love and care - Preserve nature - Earth - Extinct

Answer: The white-winged wood duck is going to be extinct soon. So, we must take some steps to protect them. This species of ducks need our love and care. The government should make laws to stop the killing of this duck. If we do not preserve nature, the earth will lose its core balance

15. Say these words aloud after your teacher for pronunciation practice:

Now think of two other words like those in Box A and Box B and say them aloud.

Answer: Words like Box A: coat, sparrow

Words like Box B: ocean, environment

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