Turning Point (Adapted from ‘My Teachers’ by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam)
A. Read to understand
Answer the following questions.
What was the name of Dr Kalam’s teacher? In
which class did he teach Dr Kalam?
Ans. Shri Siva Subramania Iyer was the name of Dr Kalam’s teacher.
He taught Dr Kalam in class 8.
2. How did the teacher explain a bird’s flight to
the students in the class?
Ans. He drew a diagram of a bird in flight and explained how it
creates lift; he also explained how it changes direction while flying.
What was the teacher concerned about?
Ans. The teacher was concerned because many students said that
they too had not understood the concept of bird’s flight.
What decision did Kalam make while standing on the seashore?
Ans. While standing on the seashore Kalam decided to study all
the concept of flight.
What subjects did Kalam study to attain his goal in life?
Ans. Kalam studied science to attain his goal in life.
What does Kalam describe as the turning point in his life?
Ans. The Kalam teacher’s lesson on bird’s flight had proved to
be a turning point in his life.
B. Read to infer
Why did the teacher take the whole class to
Ans. The teacher took the whole class to
the seashore because he wanted children to understand the principles of flight.
How do a bird’s wings and tail help it fly?
Ans. The combination of flapping wings
and twisting tail helps the bird to fly.
How did the lesson on the seashore and the
teacher’s advice help shape Kalam’s future?
Ans. The teacher’s advice and the lesson
of the flight of birds gave him his mission for life. He took physics in
college, studied Aeronautical Engineering at the Madras Institute of
Technology. He became a rocket engineer, aerospace engineer, and a
Are you allowed to ask questions in class?
How does asking questions help you?
Ans. Yes, we are allowed to ask questions
in class. Asking questions ignites our minds and improves our understanding and
Kalam writes, ’He was a very good teacher
and all of us loved to attend his class’. Why do you think the children felt
Ans. Children felt so because he used to
teach lesson in theory as well as in practice and he always encouraged his
students to ask questions.