"When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul." - Langston Hughes
How does this quote help you understand the story?
This quote helps me understand the story because I understand why Mrs. Jones helped Roger even though he tried to steal from her. Mrs. Jones showed how much she cared for Roger: she took him home with her, gave him something to eat, talked to him and explained to him why stealing her purse was wrong. She did all these things instead of calling the police. We don't know if she really helped him, because the story is open. But Roger says "Thank you, Ma'am," at the end, so we know that she had a good effect on him and maybe helped him to straighten out his soul.
THANK YOU, M'AM / Langston Hughes
1. Why did Roger want to steal Mrs. Jones' pocketbook?
(i) His family needed money.
(ii) He wanted to buy something.
(iii) He was looking for trouble.
(iv) He wanted the key to her house.
ANSWER: (ii) He wanted to buy something.
2. COMPLETE THE SENTENCE.
Why did Mrs. Jones take the boy home?
She wanted to ....................................................................................................
talk to him / help him / wash his face / give him food / understand why he wanted to steal her pocketbook.
3. What did Mrs. Jones tell Roger about herself? She told him about (–).
(iv) you haven't taken any risks
ANSWER: (ii) you haven't helped another person
9. "No act most small That helped some soul and nothing cost –"
Explain in your own words what the speaker means by the words "nothing cost".
What you did, didn't take much effort. / was not difficult for you / You did something good for somebody else and got nothing (for it) in return / You did something good for someone and did not get something for this.
If: "he means that the act of kindness is for free" – accept
If: "it did not cost you money / anything" – deduct 20% mis
If give specific example: "It was a small act like a smile or a nice glance" – deduct 30%
If: You need to do a good action for someone that takes from you an effort and do good for another person" – deduct 45% p. inc.
If: "If you didn't help someone so it's not cost / worth nothing" – 0 pts
10. "One glance most kind That fell like sunshine where it went –"
Why do you think the poet uses the word "sunshine" in this quote?
The poet uses the word "sunshine" to show how if you give someone a kind look it can make that person feel happy. / Because “sunshine” has a positive connotation and your glance made someone feel warm, good and happy / Because like sunshine a warm day brings warm and light into someone's day.
If only: "sunshine is good and makes people feel good" - accept
If only: because sunshine brings happiness and makes people feel good" – accept
If: "when the poet uses the word 'sunshine' he uses a metaphor that describes something good that happens to someone when you look at him" – accept
If: "It makes you glow when you make someone happy" – 0 pts
11. a. Why do you think the poet calls the poem "Count That Day Lost"?
Thinking skill I chose: ..............................................................................
Any other thinking skills are acceptable as long as they are supported by the text and can be explained in question 11b.
It is important that we not waste our days and that we make sure we do good things for other people. / If you had the opportunity to become a better person, but you missed it, for you this is "worse than lost".
b. Explain why you chose this skill to answer question 11a.
b. Possible explanations for thinking skill:
Explaining cause and effect: I chose the HOTS of Cause and Effect because it helped me to see how doing or not doing something good for someone else had the effect of making my day lost or well spent.
Uncovering motives: Sitting at the end of the day to think about the day lost. I chose that skill because it helps me understand why the poet called the poem 'Count that Day Lost' – accept
12. a. What is the message of the poem?
The message is that we should spend each day doing something for someone else, not only think about ourselves. / We have to make our life meaningful by helping other people.
If: "the message is that you help people because you want to and not because you need
something" – accept
If: "the message is that you should do a self-denying deed and then you will be a better person / feel better (about yourself)" – accept.
If use the word "spend" instead of "waste" – deduct 20%
b. Give TWO examples of how you can apply the message of the poem to your own life.
b. I can help someone who is in trouble. I can talk to my brother / sister about problems he / she might be having.
If: "Thinking about the good things that I did at the end of the day" – 0 pts
If there is only ONE example – deduct 45% mis.
If give examples from the poem in their own words: "I need to say a kind word toanother person" "I can smile to people" – accept
If quote from the poem – deduct 20%
6. THANK YOU MA’M / Langston Hughes
Bridging Text and Context - Suggested length: 60-80 words.
Langston Hughes said, “When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.”
Explain how this quote relates to the story Thank You Ma’m.
This quote explains the main idea of the story. Mrs. Jones wanted to be a good influence on Roger and to help him. She took care of him. She made him dinner, talked to him and gave him money to buy shoes. She was trying to help him. She wanted to show him that by being nice to him, he can learn how to be a better person.