Stage 1: Simple beginnings :

Unit 15: The Possessive

Pictured Words

New Words

1. rice field
2. rice
3. sheep
4. fly
5. flower

6. farm
7. fields
8. house
9. drain
10. drops
11. plow
12. plowman
13. chains
14. horse




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A plow gets the ground ready for the seed.

Only a man's strength can put the plow into the ground.

A farmer's interest is always in his farm.

It makes him happy to have much grain and grass.

There are more fields under rice than under grass.

Rain is needed for the growth of plants.

The beauty of the flowers is great.

Young sheep are the farmer's future living.

The Possessive

Things which have the sense of belonging to us or being owned by us are said to be in the possessive case.

This may be shown by the way the word is written, with an 's' placed at its end:

the cause of someone's fall

a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord

your heart's desire

having joy in love's delights

Should the word end in s, as in some plurals, there is no additional s, only the ' is added:

The ravens' food or the sparrows' fall

Another common way of showing "belonging to" or "being owned by" is to use the preposition "of".

It is always put between the name of something and the name of that to which it belongs:

keep in the footsteps of the upright

have no fear of sudden danger

go to the ant, you hater of work

have in memory the teaching of your mother

He Put Seed Into the Earth

And he gave them teaching in the form of a story, saying, A man went out to put seed in the earth;

and while he did so, some seeds were dropped by the wayside, and the birds came and took them for food: and some of the seed went among the stones, where it had not much earth, and straight away it came up because the earth was not deep:

And when the sun was high, it was burned;

and because it had no root it became dry and dead.

And some seeds went among thorns, and the thorns came up and they had no room for growth:

And some, falling on good earth, gave fruit, some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times as much.

He who has ears, let him give ear.

Additional Reading

One day when Jesus was in a little town by the seaside a great many people came pushing about him.

There were so many that he could not see them all, so he got into a boat and went out a little way to where he would be able to talk to them all.

In our mind's eye we may see some little boys on the edge of the water and some little girls getting flowers on the slopes behind.

Then a little further up the slopes there was a farmer putting seed into the earth.

He had a basket in one hand with the seed in it and with the other hand he was sending the seed in all directions.

That was the way they put the seed onto the earth and so it was not always falling into the right parts of the field.

Jesus saw this and used it in teaching the people.

When the farmer had been ploughing the field he had taken care to keep away from the narrow part where people walked.

This was the hard wayside.

There were also places where there was very little depth and many stones, or where there was trouble from other bad plants.

The farmer knew all these things would not be of help.

But he put the seed in because he did have some good earth which would give a good growth of strong plants.

It was these plants that would give him a reward for his work.

The plants in that good earth got taller and taller until they were as tall as the little boy.

By and by the plants got heads of grain and it was time to send in the grain-cutters.

This was the time when the farmer was able to see if he had a good reward for his hard work and so be able to make a measure of the parts of the field which had been most useful to him.

Some gave fruit a hundred times as much, some sixty and some thirty.

Helpful Notes

by the sea.
mind's eye
a picture that has come into the mind.
narrow strip
a place on which to step across the land.
put to fire.
a place for going by the side.
saying how to go.
opening up the land.
a thing for going out on the sea.