Comprehension, Vocab Dev., Changing Indirect Speech to Direct Speech 

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The wind is a wolf

That sniffs at doors

And rattles windows

With its paws.


Hidden in the night,

He rushes round

The locked-up house

Making angry sounds


He leaps on the roof

And tries to drive

Away the house

And everything inside.


Tired next morning,

The wind’s still there

Snatching pieces of paper

And ruffling your hair.


He quietens down and in the end

You hardly notice him go

Whispering down the road

To another place to blow.


Stanley Cook



Find each word in the poem. Choose the correct meaning.

  1. Rattles shakes       b. cleans
  2. Paws   feet           b. nose
  3. Snatching   dropping b. taking quickly
  4. Ruffling messing up   b. combing


Note that the phrase “The wind is a wolf” uses the figure of speech called Metaphor by directly comparing The Wind with A wolf. This use of metaphor is to awaken your senses or awaken your imagination about the wind. It shows that the wind has something in common with the wolf, that common nature or characteristics is “fierceness” or “wildness.”





Sentences in indirect speech are written in reported speech. Indirect speech is when you write about what someone has said while Direct speech is when you write the exact words that someone has spoken.


In the last class, we changed some direct speech sentences into indirect speech. Today, we will be changing indirect speech sentences to direct ones.

  1. Mum said to go home… Direct (This is a command)

Mum said, “Go home!”


  1. I said that I’d be home later.

I said, “I’ll be home later.”


  1. The children all said that they were hungry.

The children all said, “I’m hungry.”


  1. My brother said I was going to be late.

My brother said, “You are going to be late.”


  1. Amy said that her cousin was going to come to her house and they were going to fly her kite.

“My cousin is coming to my house”, said Amy, “and we are going to fly my kite.”




Change these direct speech sentences into indirect ones. 

  1. “Olumo Rock is a beautiful sight to see in Nigeria”, the tour guide said.
  2. Grandma asked, “What is your best food?”
  3. “I really like apples and oranges,” said John, “but I don’t like bananas!”
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