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INSPIRATIONAL STORIES FOR TEENAGERS:

MOST BEAUTIFUL HEART


One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming
that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley.
A large crowd gathered hurriedly and they all admired his heart for it was
perfect.
There was not a mark or a flaw in it.
Yes, they all agreed it was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The
young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.
An old man appeared in front of the crowd and said, "Why - your heart is not nearly as
beautiful as mine."
The growing crowd and the young man looked at the old man's heart. It was beating
strongly but full of scars. It had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in but
they did not fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were
deep gouges where whole pieces were missing.
A furious woman stared at the old man and thought, How could he say his heart is more
beautiful? The young man looked at the old man's heart and saw its state and laughed. "You must
be joking," he said. "Compare your heart with mine. Mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars
and tears."
"Yes," said the old man, "Yours is perfect looking but I would never
trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my
love. I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them and often they give me a
piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart but because the
pieces aren't exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they
remind me of the love we shared.
Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away and the other person hasn't returned a
piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges. Giving love is taking a chance. Although
these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too and
I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true
beauty is?"
The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the
old man, reached into his perfect and beautiful young heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to
the old man with trembling hands.
The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old
scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man's heart.
It fit but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.
The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever,
since love from the old man's heart flowed into his.
They embraced and walked away side by side.

KIKA GRAMMAR MODULE PASSAGE 6 - STUDENT


ACTIVITY 1: PLAIN JANE CHARADE
GRAMMAR: PARTS OF SPEECH (ADJECTIVE / NOUN / VERBS /ADVERB)

A simple explanation for the students:

Adverbs & Adjectives:

- Most Adverbs modify verbs.


Example: The adverb 'loudly' modifies 'plays' in the sentence 'The band plays loudly'.
- Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns.
Example: The adjective 'loud' modifies 'music' in the sentence 'The music is loud'.
- You can often form an adverb by adding 'ly' to an adjective.

ADJECTIVES NOUNS VERBS ADVERB


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ACTIVITY 2: FIND A PARTNER!


Now, can you find more adjective + noun and adverb + verb pairs?

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ACTIVITY 3: BEAUTIFYING JANE!
Purpose: To illustrate the use of adverbs and adjectives in making sentences more descriptive; to
see where adverbs and adjectives are normally placed in sentences.

Position of Adjectives
They can appear before or after nouns.
e.g:
1. The short boy is Amir. 2. Is this bag expensive?
(adj) (n) (n) (adj)

They can appear after certain verbs. (be, look, feel, taste, smells, seem, appear)
e.g:
1. Brad is handsome. 2. This food smells terrible.
(v) (adj) (v) (adj)

Position of Adverbs

USAGE EXAMPLES
Initial-position (at the beginning of a sentence) 1. Immediately, the girls started running.
2. Suddenly, Asha burst out laughing.
3. Hurriedly, everyone left the room.
Mid-position (in the middle of a sentence, before a 1. We seldom go to the beach.
verb) 2. Mr Lee often camps in the jungle.
3. Sally always wakes up late.
End-position (at the end of a sentence) 1. James drives carefully.
2. Linda slammed the door angrily.
3. The children sang happily.

Using each sentence as a basis, form a new, more descriptive and interesting sentence.

Try adding adjectives to noun and adverbs to verbs.

Example:
The girl went to the store.
The lazy girl went slowly to the store.
The lazy girl went to the store slowly.
Slowly, the lazy girl went to the store.

1. The man walked in the woods.


2. The boys were playing football.
3. The principal came into the room.
4. The girls worked on the computer.
5. It started to rain, and the children went inside the tent.
6. The students reacted to seeing the bears.
7. As soon as Brad finished, he was able to watch TV.
8. Megan won the game.
9. The students read books.
10. My parents ate the food in the school cafeteria.

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Language related Activities:

ACTIVITY 1: TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART


(Michael Learns To Rock)
Listen and fill in the missing words. Also choose the correct words in bold.
Hiding from the ____ and snow/slow
Trying to _____but I won't let ____
Looking at a crowded/clouded _______
Listening to my own _______ beat
So many people all around the _______
Tell me where do I find _______ like you girl
(Chorus)
Take/make me to your heart take/make me to your _____
Give me your hand/heart before I'm old/cold
Show me what love is - haven't got a clue/crew
Show me that wonders can be true/through
They say nothing/something lasts forever
We're only here ______
Love is now or never
Bring me far _____
Take me to your heart take me to your ______
Give me your hand/heart and hold me
Show me what love is_be my guiding _____
It's easy take me to your heart
________ on a mountain _____
Looking at the moon through a clear blue ______
I should go and see some _______
But they don't really/ready comprehend
Don't need too much talking/walking without saying ______
All I need is someone/no one who makes/takes me wanna sing/think
(Chorus)

VOCABULARY:
1. Whats the opposite of the following words?
a) Someone - __________________
b) Nothing - __________________

ADJECTIVES OPPOSITES:
a) true - ________________________
b) high - ________________________
c) easy - ________________________
d) clear - ________________________
e) old - ________________________

2. Which word in the song means UNDERSTAND? _____________


3. Which word in the song means NEVER END? ___________________
4. Which word means TOO MANY PEOPLE IN ONE PLACE?_____________

EXPRESSIONS:
5. Which expression means HAVE NO IDEA?
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ACTIVITY 2: THE MIMING GRAMMAR GAME
ANSWERS:

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ACTIVITY 3: BEAUTIFYING JANE AGAIN!
After dinner, young Sarah went immediately to her room. She changed into her pyjamas
and took out her book. She lay on her bed and opened the book. The house was quiet. Her parents
had gone to bed. She heard footsteps. They came up the stairs. She put her book down and crept to
the door. She opened the door and looked out, but saw nothing. She shut the door and switched off
the light. She sat on her bed and listened. There were no other sounds.
She opened her door and ran to her parents room. She banged on the door and her father
opened it. Her tears flowed and she was shivering. Her father hugged her and asked her what was
wrong. She told him what had happened. He laughed and hugged her. Then he told her that he had
come up after getting a drink.

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