Archive | September, 2011


28 Sep


20 Sep

item 1: cartoon


Message: try your best till the last breathe

Item 2: cartoon


Message: this picture implies that the French colony had lied about thier domestication in Vietnam.

item 3: story
The mouse, the cat ,and the rooster
A little mouse went into the yard, she walked around and then went back to her mother.
_”Oh, mother, i saw two animals .One fringhting, the other nice.””
_”Tell me what the animals were like” said the mother.
_” The frighting one was strutting about the yard””said the mouse.”He had black legs, a red comb,goggley eyes and a hooked nose. When i past , he opened his beak, raised his foot and began to shout so loudly that he scared me stiff”
_” That”s the rooster”, said the old mouse.”he never does anyone any harm.Don”t be afraid of him.But what about the other animal?”
_” The other one was basking in the sun.He had white neck and smooth grey feet.He licked his white chest and waved his tail gently as he looked at me”
_”You are a silly thing!” said the mouse.” that was the cat”


message: do not look the appearance to assess the spirit inside

entry 1- Nguyễn Lê Linh

20 Sep

Item 1


A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies for Sale”. Signs have a way of attracting children, and soon a little boy appeared at the store and asked, “How much are you gonna sell those puppies for?” The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.” The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37, can I look at them?” The store owner smiled and whistled. Out of the back of the store came his dog running down the aisle followed by five little puppies. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy.

“What’s wrong with that little dog?” he asked. The man explained that when the puppy was born the vet said it had a bad hip socket and would limp for the rest of its life. The little boy got really excited and said “That’s the puppy I want to buy!” The man replied “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll give him to you.” The little boy got upset. He looked straight into the man’s eyes and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. He is worth every bit as much as the other dogs and I’ll pay the full price. In fact, I will give you $2.37 now and 50 cents every month until I have him paid for.”

The man countered, “You really don’t want to buy this puppy, son. He’s never gonna be able to run, jump and play like other puppies.” The little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the man and said, “Well, I don’t run so well myself and the little puppy will need someone who understands.” The man was now biting his bottom lip. Tears welled up in his eyes… He smiled and said, “Son, I hope and pray that each and every one of these puppies will have an owner such as you.”

1.     Rhetorical devices:

  • Metaphor:  The puppy and the little boy imply each of us in our real life.

2.    Message

We may be imperfect with our own defects, but it does not make us worthless. We deserve to be worth as much as other people. Therefore, never should we be pessimistic and give up when we can still try. The little boy in the story is an example of strong will for all of us.

 Item 2

  Thank You, Father

Fathers hold you when you have bad dreams
And they comfort you when all is lost it seems.
Fathers teach you to dribble a basketball and shoot a free throw
And they lead you as you grow.
Fathers teach you how to drive a car
And they try to teach you how to putt for par.
Fathers wipe the tears of your broken heart
And they hold your hand when you don’t know how to start.
Fathers quiz the boys who take you on a date
And they scold those boys who bring you home late.
Fathers carry you on their shoulders when you’re too small to see
And they watch as you giggle when they bounce you on their knee.
Fathers extend their feet to you when they teach you how to dance
And they always give you a second chance.
Fathers wait in the wings while you start your own life
And they pray for a husband to make you a wife.
Fathers walk you down the aisle on your wedding day
But fathers never really give their little girls away.

1.     Rhetorical devices:

  • Rhythm: Terminal rhythm:

“Fathers hold you when you have bad dreams
And they comfort you when all is lost it seems.”

  • Repetitions:

The structure “Fathers…./And they….” is repeated in the beginning of each pair of sentences.

2.      Message:

The love of a father to his children may be silent but very deep and sincere. Fathers keep their eyes on every of your steps, take care of you and always wish you best wishes since you are small until you have grown up.

Item 3

1.     Rhetorical devices:

Irony: A woman wishes that she could get rid of the hard work at home and have more money. Then, her wish comes true and she becomes a man.

2.      Message :

The picture implies that women have to do much housework, while men don’t and even have more money than women. The housework is not shared fairly between men and women.


ENTRY 1_NguyenThiHuyen

20 Sep


Item 1: A story

7 wonders

A group of students was asked to list what they thought were the present Seven Wonders of the World. Though there was some disagreement, the following got the most votes:

1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn’t turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mindbecause there were so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:

1. to touch
2. to taste
3. to see
4. to hear

She hesitated a little, and then added

5. to feel
6. to laugh!
7. and to love

The room was so full of silence you could have heard a pin drop. Those things we overlook as simple and “ordinary” are truly wondrous. A gentle reminder that the most precious things are before you: your family, your faith, your love, your good health and your friends.

1.     Rhetorical devices:

  • Parallelism:  to  touch- to taste- to see- to hear- to feel- to laugh- to love
  • Metaphor:

+ Egypt’s Great Pyramids, Taj Mahal,….- somethings which are so complicated and far from easy for us to reach.

+ to touch, to taste,…- simple things which sometimes we do not realize their values.

2.  Message:

Those things we overlook as simple and “ordinary” are truly wondrous. A gentle reminder that the most precious things are before you: your family, your faith, your love, your good health and your friends.

Item 2: A picture

1.  Description:

The picture is about an American man, sitting in front of a table full of food. On his right hand holds a piece of newspaper titled “East Africa Famine” but he ignores the news and continues his meal with the thought: “ Hey, most day my stomach hurts, too”.

2.  Rhetorical devices:

  • Irony:
  • Paradox: An obesity man >< an empty stomach

3.  Message:

The picture criticizes the people’s selfishness. They just want to take care themselves and ignore other unlucky people who really need their help to survive.

Item 3: A poem

My Mother

~Ann Taylor

Who fed me from her gentle breast,
And hushed me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?

My Mother.

When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet hushaby,
And rocked me that I should not cry?

My Mother.

Who sat and watched my infant head,
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?

My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?

My Mother.

Who dressed my doll in clothes so gay,
And fondly taught me how to play,
And minded all I had to say?

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?

My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray,
And love God’s holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?

My Mother.

And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who was so very kind to me,

My Mother?

Ah no! the thought I cannot bear,
And if God please my life to spare,
I hope I shall reward thy care,

My Mother.

And when I see thee hang thy head,
‘Twill be my turn to watch thy bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed,

My Mother.

For could our Father in the skies
Look down with pleased or loving eyes,
If ever I could dare despise

My Mother?

1.  Rhetorical devices:

  • Rhyme:  The last word in every sentence in each stanza. Ex: breast-rest- prest; eyes-hushby- cry ,….
  • Rhetorical question:

2.  Mesage:

The poem is the love of a little girl for her mother. For her, nowhere can she feel more inspired and beloved than in the blossom of her mother. It is also the beautiful love of any children in this world for their mum.


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20 Sep

Entry 1

Item 1: Poem

One of These Days

By James Foley

Say! Let’s forget it! Let’s put it aside!
Life is so large and the world is so wide.
Days are so short and there’s so much to do,
What if it was false, there’s plenty that’s true.
Say! Let’s forget it! Let’s brush it away
Now and forever, so what do you say?
All of the bitter words said may be praise
One of these days.

Say! Let’s forget it! Let’s wipe off the slate,
Find something better to cherish than hate.
There’s so much good in the world that we’ve had,
Let’s strike a balance and cross off the bad.
Say! Let’s forgive it, whatever it be,
Let’s not be slaves when we ought to be free.
We shall be walking in sunshiny ways
One of these days.

Say! Let’s not mind it! Let’s smile it away,
Bring not a withered rose from yesterday;
Flowers are so fresh from the wayside and wood,
Sorrows are blessings but half understood.
Say! Let’s not mind it, however it seems,
Hope is so sweet and holds so many dreams;
All of the sere fields with blossoms shall blaze
One of these days.

Say! Let’s not take it so sorely to heart!
Hates may be friendships just drifted apart,
Failure be genius not quite understood,
Say! Let’s get closer to somebody’s side,
See what his dreams are and learn how he tried,
See if our scolding won’t give way to praise
One of these days.

Say! Let’s not wither! Let’s branch out and rise
Out of the byways and nearer the skies.
Let’s spread some shade that’s refreshing and deep
Where some tired traveler may lie down and sleep.
Say! Let’s not tarry! Let’s do it right now;
So much to do if we just find out how!
We may not be here to help folks or praise
One of these days.

Rhetorical devices

–         Rhyme: aside – wide, do – true, away – say, …

–         Repetition:

  • One of these days.
  • Say! Let’s …!


One of These Days is an inspirational life poem. Life is not just luck and hope, but also sorrow and failure. It encourages us not to look back and repeat our past, but to begin looking forward at what we really desire.

Item 2: Story

The stonecutter

There was once a stonecutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.

One day, he passed a wealthy merchant’s house and through the open gateway saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stonecutter. He became very envious, and wished that he could be like the merchant. Then he would no longer have to live the life of a mere stonecutter.

To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever dreamed of, envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. But soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants, and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. “How powerful that official is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a high official!”

Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around, who had to bow down before him as he passed. It was a hot summer day, and the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. “How powerful the sun is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the sun!”

Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. “How powerful that storm cloud is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a cloud!”

Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. “How powerful it is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the wind!”

Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, hated and feared by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it – a huge, towering stone. “How powerful that stone is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a stone!”

Then he became the stone, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the solid rock and felt himself being changed. “What could be more powerful than I, the stone?” he thought. He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stonecutter.

Rhetorical devices

–         Parallelism: all paragraphs are expressed in the same structure.

–         Repetition:

  • How powerful that … is!
  • I wish that I could be …!


We do not know the extent of our own personal power. Sometimes, the most insignificant seeming people among us are those most able to effect great change. Be grateful for what you have.

Item 3: Cartoon

Rhetorical devices

–         Irony:  the boy want to find more friends on the Internet, however, there are actually many friends right beside him.


Valuable and precious things are just beside you. You do not need to go far away to look for them.



20 Sep

                                               Item1: Poem.

By Langston Hughes
 My old man’s a white old man
And my old mother’s black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.

If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I’m sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well.

My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I’m gonna die,
Being neither white nor black?

  1. Rhetorical devices


  • “White old man”  stands for the White race. “Black old mother” stands for the Black race => the social implication of the author’s mixed racial heritage
  • “a fine big house”: Property.
  • “a shack”: Poverty.
  • Cross: This has two indicative meanings. The first, cross is considered the anger the author ever suffered since his father and mother passed on to him an amalgam of genes. In another way of understanding, “cross” means the crossroad where the poet was standing at after forgiving his mother and father. The road to the right is for white people. The road to the left is for black people.


    • My old man ~ my old mother
    • Curse my white old man ~ curse my black old mother
    • Died in a fine bog house ~ died in a shack

=> Two lives are put on parallel lines to show the contrast between two races.

  Rhetorical question: “I wonder where I’m gonna die,
                                   Being neither white nor black?”

=>  The unanswered question remains in the poet’s mind with his wound when standing at the crossroad.

Rhyme: Black – Back, Hell – Well, Shack – Black.


  • My, man, mother, ma.
  • White, wish, were, well, wonder.
  1. Underlying message.

This poem explores the racism present in society. He is an amalgam of genes, for there were two streams of different blood running through his vein, one was of his white father, and another belonged to his black mother. Although being half white and half black, he recognized the benefit in being in white and was opposed to black. Ever having felt shame of sharing the black blood with his mother, he was then regreted this attitude after realizing the unfair treatment in life time. After all, he found himself being at the crossroad where he suffered a burden of unanswered questions. How history would pan out for people like him? Would black people eventually have the benefits and the living standard like the white?  Questions were set for everyone of us to look over the whole society we are living. Is equality always there for all different races so that no one would have to die in a shack

                                         Item2: St

                                    A no name story

 There was a farmer who harvest corns for a living.

On day, he asked his son over to his side and said to his son, “Son, I want you to go to the field and pick out the corns which you think are the most good-looking and well-packaged and bring them to me. You have a time limit of 2 hours, so do not waste your time.”

The son then dutifully went into the fields to pick out the corns. He looked around and found a corn which fits the criteria. He picked it up and continue moving.

Soon after, he saw another corn which better fit the criteria. He threw away the first corn in this hand and picked up the second corn.

Continuing walking, the son then set his eyes on yet another better fitting criteria corn. He threw away the second corn and picked up the third.

The son then went around the field in search of corns which fit the criteria. When the time limit was up, he returned to his father, carrying a whole bunch of corns in his hands.

“Very good son! Now, I’ll need you to go to the field again and this time, help me look for just a corn without worms in the core. You do not have a time limit for this.”, said the father.

The son, upon hearing the farmer’s request, went back into the fields in search for the corn.

Firstly, he picked up a corn which seems to look good on the outside. However, upon checking, he realised that there were worms in the core of the corn. He tossed it away and went in search again for the corn.

The second corn he picked up looked even better then the first. However, there were too, worm holes in the corn.

Tossing it away, the farmer’s son started searching for the corn again, determined to find it.

After a very long, the farmer saw his son running towards him. The son proudly told his father that he had found the corn which fits the criteria and placed in his father’s hands, a rather plain looking corn.

Proud of his son, the farmer told his son, “Son, treat the good-looking and well-packaged corns as your girlfriends. They are pretty, good-looking and well-packaged, but they don’t usually are the kinds you look for as a partner for your life. That’s the reason why you are given 2 hours to look for them.”

“Treat the plain looking corn as your wife. It may not be good-looking, it may just be a rather plain looking corn, but at the very least, it has a clean core. For this if you realised, you aren’t given a time limit to find this particular corn and u actually took a lot longer time to search for this one corn. That’s why, you are given your entire lifetime to just search for the right person.”

 1.Rhetorical devices


    • “good-looking and well-packaged corns”: Girlfriends who are are pretty, and well-dressed.
    • “plain looking corn”: The only girl who is not good-looking but is clean and nice in her living and her soul.
    • “two hours”: a short period of time possibly to find pretty girlfriends
    • “no limit of time”: a long period of a lifetime to search for the only girl the boy wants.
    • “worm in the core”: evils, bad qualities from the real nature of people.
    • The field of corns: The real life where exist both bad and good hman beings.


We can easily find good-looking and well-dressed people around us. Howerver, it takes such a long time or even a lifetime to know about the real nature of a person. The core inside each one should never be judged over his or her outer manner or clothes she or he wears. Never necessarily rush to find a nice one because get to know about one just take short time, but it could take your whole life to learn about his or her soul.

                                          Item3: Picture.

As we can see from pictures, the artist used the imagery of bar codes with panic weeping kids. Who are they? The estimated number of people, mainly women and chirlden were trafficked intoAmericafor the sex industry, which has been an aching issue of our society.    The artist then sets a red alarm for everyone of us: American chirlden are at high risk for trafficking into the sex industry each year.



19 Sep

Item 1: Fable



The Wolf and the Lamb

   WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him: “Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.” “Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, “I was not then born.” Then said the Wolf, “You feed in my pasture.” “No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted grass.” Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.” “No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.” Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, “Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations.” The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

  1. Rhetorical devices:
  • Metaphor: wolf-lamb
  • Symbol
    • Wolf represents evil-minded and wicked people whose have strong power.
    • Lamb represents honest and innocent people whose have weak power.
    • 2. Message:

In our society, having strong power and defying the law, some evil-minded and wicked people bully people having weak power.

ð You should do something to protect you by yourself

ð Moral lesson: Nowadays, “might is right” is not true no longer. People defying the law will be punished properly.


Item 2: cartoon



Current affair

Analysis: In economic crisis, all of people in each country have to make their best efforts to improve the nation’s economy, and the




Item 3: cartoon



  • The carps look at the shadow of the moon under water, not on the water surface.
  • The shadow of the moon is never under water èthings are never in our life.

ð  The carps expect to find some perfect things in an unreal life.

ð  People should find out and look at real and valuable beauty of people and their life