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Answer the question: Which school subjects do you like? Then compare your 
answer with a classmate’s.
 
LET'S START
1.
 
Can you think of benefits that education brings? In your notebook, draw a diagram 
as the example below with words you consider related to it.
A word cloud is a 
graphic representation 
of word frequency. It 
gives greater importance 
to some of the words, 
those that appear more 
frequently in a certain 
source.
knowledge
learning
Education
ATENÇÃO!
Não escreva 
no livro!
n) Portuguese
a)  Foreign languages
c)  Math (Mathematics)
d) Literature
i) Biology
o)   IT  (Information 
Technology)
m) Sociology
j)   PE  (Physical 
Education)
f) Chemistry
k) Physics
g) History
b) Music
l) Art
h) Geography
e) Philosophy
Ilustrações: Banco de imagens/Arqui
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UNIT 3
50
MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT
 
You’ve just read an excerpt from The Old Man and the Sea. The old man had gone a 
long time with no fish, but he didn’t give up. Do you think he caught any fish after 
that? Read the text about the novel, check your predictions and discuss the 
following questions with a classmate.
Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea was the last major work Ernest Hemingway published in his lifetime. The 
simple story is about an old man who catches a giant fish in the waters off Cuba, only to have it devoured by 
sharks. Defeated, he returns home with the fish’s skeleton attached to the boat. Many consider this novel to 
be Hemingway’s best work.
When The Old Man and the Sea was published in 1952, Hemingway hadn’t written a significant literary 
work for over a decade. His last successful book, For Whom the Bell Tolls, came out in 1940. To make matters 
worse, his 1950 novel Across the River and into the Trees was panned by critics. People were saying that 
Hemingway was through as a writer. He began The Old Man and the Sea to prove that not only was he still in 
the writing game, he had yet to produce his best work.
Available at: .  
Accessed on: September 16, 2015. (Fragment).
a)  What happened to the big fish the old man had caught?
b)  Does the novel have a happy ending? Do you think it’s a realistic story?  
Why (not)?
c)  What do people think about that novel?
d)  Were Hemingway’s works always praised by the critics? 
e)  Do you think Hemingway can be considered persevering, just as the old man, 
his character in that novel?
WORD STUDY


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