Item 1: Poem
Fear Of Exam
Whenever it comes
It comes with a bang
ya, I am here to agree
I have fear of exams
If it wouldn’t have been for exam
There wouldn’t have been any term like cram
Till now exams have been cause of most of my sorrows
So I will do anything to stop it from ruining my tomorrow
Exams do nothing but create mess
Without it the world will become a better place
So I ask people to support my cause
And help me in rescuing the world from its vicious jaws
Remember if you want to lead a life without pain
Now is the time to eliminate exams
Now is the time to eliminate exams
– Rhyme: bang-exam-cram, sorrows-tomorrow.
-Symbol: cram, pain=>exam.
*Message: Whenever exam comes, it makes students fell very nervous and fearful. It creates sorrows, mess and pains for them. It is the feeling most students have. So when writing this poem, the author wants to express his real feeling about exams and wants get sympathy from other students. The author may also send a message to teachers or educational officials that they should reduce the number of exam even eliminate exams so that students have more comfortable life.
(Source: Fear Of Exam, Funny Poem for Kids | Family Friend Poems http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/fear-of-exam#ixzz1YD487Wkk )
Item 2: A story
A Simple Gesture
Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all of the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder. Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same way, he helped to carry part of the burden. As they walked Mark discovered the boy’s name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball and history, that he was having a lot of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend.
They arrived at Bill’s home first and Mark was invited in for a Coke and to watch some television. The afternoon passed pleasantly with a few laughs and some shared small talk, then Mark went home. They continued to see each other around school, had lunch together once or twice, then both graduated from junior high school. They ended up in the same high school where they had brief contacts over the years. Finally the long awaited senior year came, and three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could talk. Bill reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met. “Do you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?” asked Bill. “You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn’t want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother’s sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. So you see, Mark, when you picked up my books that day, you did a lot more. You saved my life.”
John W. Schlatter
*Message: We usually think that the only great activities like wining Nobel price or conquering space worth respecting and highly appreciating. In fact, each our gesture or activity, even the simplest has it meaning. In the story above, if Mark hadn’t helped Bill to pick up his books, talking and laughing with him, Bill would not be on the earth now. So only by a simple gesture, Mark helped Bill realize the meaning of life so that he gives up killing himself. Mark saved Bill’life. The message from the story is that everyone should help others even it is a small thing because it may have a big meaning to others which we sometimes don’t realize .Like Martin Luther King, Jr.said:
“Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
*Analysis: In the picture, there is two persons playing a game to find who is stronger. One side is government support and his opponent is inflation. Inflation looks very strong with muscular arms while government seems to be weaker. He is so tired with his sweat running but he tries his best to win over inflation.
*Rhetorical device: Metaphor, irony and overstatement.
*Message: Inflation is still a very difficult exercise to governments. Governments have to find solutions to control inflation.