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not too bad • folk hero • skyscraper
mythical • lumber
  1. The house is made out of .
  2. The tooth fairy is a creature.
  3. He works in a downtown.
  4. Auntie Jane is a local for her good deeds.
  5. The food was but I would never eat there again.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.

1017 Paul Bunyan

Jakes tells Shirley about a popular folk hero to American school children.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

not too bad

image“Not too bad” is a common response to the greeting and question, “How are you?” It is another way of saying “good”. It is also used to answer many other simple questions. Note the following example:

A: How was the movie?
B: Not too bad, but I thought it would be better.

folk hero

imageA folk hero is a real person or fictional character who is famous in a particular community or culture. See the examples below:

  1. Santa Claus is a folk hero who is famous around the world.
  2. In our small town, our local firefighter has become a folk hero for his bravery.


imageA skyscraper is a very tall building. It is called a skyscraper because it is so tall that it seems to scrape, or scratch, against the sky. Notice the following examples:

  1. We could see the entire city from the top floor of the skyscraper.
  2. There are many new skyscrapers in Beijing.


imageA myth is a story that is often used to explain something. Usually, a myth is fictional, or untrue. Mythical is an adjective to describe something that comes from a fictional story. See the examples below:

  1. A unicorn is a mythical animal.
  2. There are many mythical characters in ancient Greek stories.


imageLumber is what trees are called when they are cut into boards. Wood that has been prepared to be used for construction is called lumber. See the examples below:

  1. One of the main exports in Canada is lumber.
  2. I need to go to the hardware store to buy some lumber.