8 March 2017
The voice of the forgotten
THE tone of the poem Sad I Ams is one full of sadness. It reminds us of the things we once considered useful but later forgot.
NiE Activity 1
l Imagine l Brainstorm
Critical thinking l Identify
Communicating l Oral l Written
Collaborating l Listen l Contribute respectfully
l Compromise l Attain goal
NiE Activity 2 Critical thinking l Identify l Reason
Communicating l Measure
Problem solving l Question l Research
l Oral l Written
Collaborating l Present
When we think about a certain colour, we usually have images in mind related to that colour. Sometimes, different colours give us different kinds of feelings. Colours can bring up certain memories, too. This poem describes the many images and feelings associated with the colour red. Read the poem and complete the activity.
l Listen l Contribute respectfully
l Compromise l Attain goal
Sad I Ams Read the poem and complete the activity.
Several things are mentioned in the poem, such as “the battery with no charge left” and “the dried-up liquid paper”. In groups of four, look for things in The Star that you once owned but later discarded or shelved away. Cut them out and paste them on a sheet of A4 paper. Then, exchange papers with another group. Based on the pictures, form a new verse for the poem. Return the papers and take turns to recite the new lines in class.
What Is Red? Red is a sunset Blazing and bright. Red is feeling brave With all your might. Red is a sunburn Spot on your nose. Sometimes red Is a red red rose. Red squiggles out When you cut your hand. Red is a brick And the sound of a band. Red is hotness You get inside When you’re embarrassed And want to hide. Fire-cracker, fire-engine Fire-flicker red — And when you’re angry Red runs through your head. Red is an Indian, A Valentine heart. The trimmings on A circus cart. Red is a lipstick Red is a shout Red is a signal That says: ‘Watch out!’ Red is a great big Rubber ball. Red is the giantest Colour of all. Red is a show-off, No doubt about it — But can you imagine Living without it? – Mary O’Neill
I am the black and white movie that nobody wants to watch the cupcake holder box after the cupcakes are gone the bag with the broken strap that is not worth repairing the news of bad events that people turn away from.
I am the ring from an empty Cola can the scrapings from an unwashed porridge pan the severed arm of last year’s Action Man. I am the envelope on which the gum is gone the Sellotape where you can’t find the end the toothless stapler, springless bulldog clip the dried-up liquid paper that mars instead of mends the stamped addressed reply that you forgot to send. I am the battery in which no charge is left the starter motor which remains inert the tyre on which the tread is worn the sparking plug which shows no sign of spark the carburettor choked by bits of dirt the chromium trim from which the shine has gone I am a garden overgrown with weeds a library book that no one ever reads a stray which no one thinks to feed the piece of good advice which no one seems to need. – Trevor Millum
Red is a signal That says: ‘Watch out!’ Red is a colour usually used to warn and caution people of possible danger. In groups of four, look for a picture, article or news report in The Star which is related to some form of danger or dangerous situation. Cut it out and paste it on a sheet of A4 paper. Then, write a brief description of the kind of danger that is involved and take turns to present your work in class.
Bullying beyond playgrounds CYBERBULLYING involving children is a serious issue that unfortunately sometimes slips under the radar. According to Norton by Symantec’s 2016 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report: Family Edition, this is mainly due to parents’ inability to recognise signs of cyberbullying. The report indicates that only 10% of Malaysian parents reported cyberbullying involving their child last year. – Star2, Jan 30, 2017
Intermediate-Poem-The voice of the forgotten