tv mistake accident

The TV



crash turn on break/broke/broken
try mistake oh my gosh
giant terrible hide/hid/hidden
cover run away hurricane
plan trouble wallpaper
cancel switch on out of the way
shame believe that was a close one
plug unplug completely
genius hang on buy/bought/bought
heavy turn on remote (2)
admit accident remote control
race properly find/found/found
get off for ages switch off






Emily: “I crashed for the fourth time! I hate this game!”

What have I done?

Oh no. I think I’ve broken the TV.

What am I going to do? Oh my gosh, what have I done?

It won’t turn on.

Well, the TV can’t be completely broken. I may as well try switching it on and off again.

That normally works.

Right, that should work. Let’s try again.

I think the TV’s actually broken.

What am I going to do?

There’s only one thing I can do . . . run away and hide!

This is a giant mistake. I’m going to get into so much trouble.

I’ve got to think of a plan. First, I need to stop people from using the TV.

Now I can’t let anyone in here.

There’s somebody coming . . . I think it’s my dad.

Dad: “What are you doing, Emily?”
Emily: “Uuuuummmm . . . I was just looking at the wallpaper. It’s so nice, isn’t it? I really like this wallpaper.”
Dad: “Yes, it’s a nice wallpaper, Emily. I’ve had that for ages.
Anyway, I want to watch football now, so you should move out of the way.”
Emily: “Oh, have you not heard, the football’s canceled today. There’s been a hurricane, so you can’t watch it.”
Dad: “A hurricane? In England. I don’t believe it. Oh, what a shame. I’ll read the sports now.”

Emily: “Phew. That was a close one.”

I’ve got to think of a better idea.

I know; I can hide the TV.

Right; I’ve unplugged it. All I need to do is move it. Why’s it so heavy?

Well, that isn’t going to work. But I can cover it with something.

That looks terrible.

I have another idea.

If I hide this, no will be able to use the TV and no one will know it’s broken.

I’m such a genius.

Where to hide it?

Hah! Perfect!

Hah! Job done!

Ruby: “Time for my favorite TV show.”
Emily: “Oh no. Ruby’s here . . . and she wants to watch the TV!”
Ruby: “I can’t find the TV remote anywhere. Emily, have you seen the TV remote? ”
Emily: “TV remote? No I haven’t seen it. Sorry.”
Ruby: “Oh, I can’t believe it . . . wait . . . what’s that noise? I think Lola wants to come in.”
Emily: “Oh no.”
Ruby: “Look Emily, she’s found the remote control.”
Emily: “Oh, that’s great! Lola must have taken it outside earlier, she must have thought it was a toy or something.”
Ruby: “Wow, look Emily, I’ve found it.”

Ruby: “Hang on. It’s not turning on . . .
Emily, have you broken it?”
Emily: “Broken? Haha. No, I didn’t break the TV.”
Ruby: “Dad, Emily broke the TV.”

Emily: “Oh my gosh, I’m going to be in so much trouble. But it was just an accident.

I’m just going to have to admit what I’ve done.

I can do this.”

I can do this. I can do this.

Dad: “Emily, can you come here a minute. I want to show you something.”
Emily: “Oh, no. Okay, so before you start, I need to — what? A new TV?”
Dad: “I’ve bought a new TV Emily. The old one had not been working properly for ages.

You want to play your racing game?”
Emily: “No thanks — I’ve got off that game.”
Emily: “Phew, that was close.”

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1. In the beginning, Emily was watching her favorite show on TV. True or false?

2. Did she have a problem? What happened?

3. Was Emily very happy? Did she try to fix the TV? What did she do?

4. She called her father to come into the living room to fix the TV. Is this right or wrong? What did she say to her father?

5. Did Emily unplug the TV and move it?

6. What was her last solution? Did it work? What happened later?

7. Emily decided to confess to her father. She decided admitted what she had done. She told her father what she had done. Is this correct or incorrect?

8. How did Emily feel at the end? Did Emily change? Is there a moral or lesson to this story?


A. Have you ever made a mistake or caused an accident? What were some mistakes or accidents that you have made?

B. Do people often try to cover up or hide an accident or mistake? Is this the right thing to do?

C. What do teachers say or do when students make a mistake or cause an accident?

D. People should admit their mistakes. What do you think?

E. Mistakes can be good. Do you agree?


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