Gr.11 Comprehension task and tips


Good day student please listen carefully to the introduction video before starting the task.



Task: Find a partner and read the comprehension to each other. Complete the contextual questions that follow

note: the comprehension and contextual question will better provided in the Evaluation


1. Read the tips in the PowerPoint

2.Read the comprehension to your partner as a news reporter and vice versa

3.Answer the the contextual questions based the comprehension

4.Underline and define difficult phrases and words


Follow the steps to complete the process of this task.

A) Open the following link to read the PowerPoint  on tips to read and answer a comprehension:


B) Read the following comprehension to your partner as a news reporter: the first section of the question paper has the comprehension below ;use link to view.




1 Let’s face it. Few of us, if we’re honest, wouldn’t confess to occasionally

procrastinating. Our lives are busy, with lots of competing priorities, so it’s only

natural to put off doing those things that we know are going to take more than

their fair share of physical, emotional, or intellectual energy. But there are times

when procrastination is about much more than juggling priorities; when it’s

downright debilitating and has an impact on our careers, relationships, and

quality of life in ways that are unhealthy.                                                                               5

2 Like so many things, procrastination is a habit we fall into – then struggle to get

out. The more we struggle, the further into its grasp we seem to fall. The worst

part is that when we are in the throes of procrastination, it feels as though we

are watching ourselves being stopped by a paper wall. What compounds the

procrastination effect is that we not only get upset that we avoided what we

needed to do, but then we spend the rest of the day beating ourselves up

because we didn’t do it.                                                                                                          10

3 Why do we procrastinate and how do we break free? 15

4 The answers are remarkably simple, says Mel Robbins, author of The 5-Second

Rule. The problem is that we don’t really understand procrastination. We see it

as the result of being lazy, having a poor work ethic or even incompetence. All

these negative terms just feed our frustration with ourselves. And all of that selfloathing ultimately shifts from ‘I don’t want to do it’ to ‘I just can’t do it!’                                        20

5 Not true, says Robbins. Procrastination is not a reflection of your attitude, work

ethic or competence. Procrastination is actually a behaviour meant to help us

cope with stress. Whatever we are putting off is linked to something that is

stressing us. Naturally, if we’re stressed, we want to escape the stressor. So we

do what makes sense: we try to avoid the stress and instead seek near-term

satisfaction, or at least a distraction and refuge from the stress. It momentarily

makes us feel good to avoid the stress.                                                                                   25

6 But what we’re actually avoiding isn’t the task, but rather the stress that we

associate with the task. Whether it’s something we need to do for work, a

relationship, or our health, procrastination is basically a coping mechanism – in

fact, a survival mechanism.




7 Chalk it up to our ancestral DNA, which evolved in an environment where stress

helped to avoid those things that were likely to compromise the chances for

survival. If they needed to go out and hunt for food, but they also imagined that

there might be wild animals running around outside the cave doing the same,

they’d most likely put off getting food and find a nice corner to scratch out a few

wall drawings.                                                                                                                         35

8 And therein lies the wisdom in what Robbins is preaching. Knowing that

provides a powerful way to suspend the negative judgement about ourselves

when we procrastinate. We should rather focus on why whatever it is that we’re

putting off stresses us. Is the stress coming from a real threat or a perceived

one? What’s the worst case scenario that we’re fearful of? This sort of honesty

is a first step, and it’s helpful in developing a new self-awareness.                                       40

9 Robbins’ answer is what she calls the 5-second rule. It’s incredibly simple and

straightforward, but don’t dismiss it because it’s not overly complex. What we

need is a way to alleviate the stress, not add layers to it. Here’s how it works:                     45

10 Don’t analyse it or dissect it. Just accept that what you’re dealing with is not a

fault, defect or inability in you, but a reaction to stress. It’s real and it’s driving

your decisions. That takes a bit of pressure off and enables your prefrontal

cortex to play a role in the next decision.                                                                               50

11 Robbins calls this a decision of courage. ‘When you act with courage, your brain

is not involved. Your heart speaks first, and you listen.’ In other words, rather

than trying to rationalise the stress by thinking, ‘How can I cope with it?’ do the

exact opposite and make a decision to spend the next five minutes working on

whatever you are fearful of doing. Confront the stress. If it’s a phone call, then

pick up the phone and make the call. If it’s writing, then make the decision to                    55

write whatever you can for the next five minutes. It may end up as gibberish and

get tossed, or it may be brilliant. It doesn’t really matter. As long as you make

that five-second decision to commit five minutes, you will have broken the cycle

and proven that you can confront the stress. Those five seconds are critical in

both triggering the fast-acting part of the brain as well as limiting the influence of

the slow-acting part of your brain, as Robbins describes in her book. So don’t

stretch it out to more than that. Decide and act.                                                                     60

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C) Complete the contextual questions: use the link to see the questions or see below.


1.1 Refer to line 1: ‘Let’s face it.’

What point is the writer making? (2)

1.2 Refer to lines 2–3: ‘so it’s only natural to put off doing those things’.

Explain why it is natural to ‘put off doing’ things. Provide TWO reasons. (2)

1.3 Describe the effect of procrastination when it is ‘debilitating’ (line 6). (2)

1.4 Refer to paragraph 2.

Procrastination can be described as a catch-22 situation.

Discuss the accuracy of this statement. (2)

1.5 Refer to lines 10–11: ‘it feels as though we are watching ourselves being

stopped by a paper wall’.

How does this comparison affect your understanding of procrastination? (3)

1.6 In your view, is it true that procrastination ultimately leads to a negative self-image?

Refer to the text to justify your response. (2)

1.7 Refer to lines 38–39: ‘Knowing that provides a powerful way’.

To what does the word, ‘that’ refer? (2)

1.8 Refer to line 43: ‘and it’s helpful in developing a new self-awareness’.

Explain why it would be beneficial to develop ‘a new self-awareness’. (2)

1.9 Refer to lines 25–26.

Discuss the appropriateness of the phrase, ‘near-term satisfaction’. (3)

1.10 Refer to paragraph 7.

Comment on the effectiveness of the writer’s style in this paragraph. (3)


D) Use the following link to define the underlined phrase and words that are difficult to understand:


Follow this Rubric as a check box:

Evaluation rubric for completing each task in the Webquest





Above average








Read the comprehension to a friend as a news reporter






Answered all the contextual questions






Read the tips from PowerPoint as guidance






Found a partner







Allow your partner to mark your rubric and vice versa.

note: Marking your partners work will allow you to identify mistakes you have made and can work on to answer a comprehension much easier in the exam.


PowerPoint: Kaylin Benjamin

introduction video: Kaylin Benjamin

Comprehension: Eastern Cape Education Gr.11 English Home Language paper1 November 2019; Comprehension, [Adapted from…]

Contextual questions: Eastern Cape Education Gr.11 English Home Language paper1 November 2019; Comprehension, [Adapted from…]



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Name Surname: Kaylin Benjamin

Student no. : 220042942

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Module: Professional Studies: CIE

Module code: PPR362S

Due date: 12-09-2022