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Book sharing by Ms. Yung on 10 Dec 2019 2019-12-09 

Good morning Principal, teachers and fellow classmates.

 

Today, I am going to recommend a good book for you to read.  The book is entitled ‘Becoming’.  It is a memoir written by Michelle Obama, who is the former First Lady of the United States.  She became an iconic figure when Barack Obama was in office from 2009 to 2017. 

 

It is perfect for you to do some quality reading during the Christmas break.

 

As First Lady of the United States of America, she was the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history.  She helped to transform the White House in a number of ways.

 

For example, she noticed that the young American do not have a healthy lifestyle that they eat too much junk food but do not take enough fibre.  She helped to build a mini farmland in White House and invited the primary pupils and secondary students to look after the mini farmland in order to raise their awareness on healthy eating lifestyle. 

 

Also, her family puts great emphasis on education.  The book described in details how her childhood in South Chicago had shaped her.  Believing that education is the key to change one’s destiny, her parents insisted she had to adopt a proper accent in her spoken English since she was young.  Although they were black, they should speak as proper as the white American.  In the end, her academic qualifications were so outstanding that she graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. 

 

At home, she also served as a mother to nurture her two girls, Sasha and Malia.  She believed that her two girls were of no difference from the other ordinary girls in the States.  Although their lives were under intense media spotlight, she still adopted a down-to-earth attitude in raising her two daughters. 

 

As first lady, Michelle Obama served as a role model for women and worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating. 

 

From reading her book, we could learn from her in a number of ways.  I think, most importantly, is goal-setting.  You should set an achievable goal for yourselves and try to reach that goal no matter what obstacles you may encounter.  It is normal that you would see difficulties.  Just try your very best and you would see the change.

 

Boys and girls, let's work hard!

 

This is the end of my book sharing today. Thank you.


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20191203 Book Recommendation by Ms Chan Man Yee Irene 2019-12-03 

The Diary of a Young Girl

 

by Anne Frank

 

Good morning Principal, teachers and students. Today I would like to recommend a book to you.

 

There are always some books you read, no matter how many years ago, would retain in your memories for quite some time.

 

I remembered reading this book when I was in Form 3- my classmate recommended this book to me.

 

As a teenage girl, well, back at that time, I was always interested in how others’ lives, especially those of similar age as me, were different from mine, so I like reading real life stories. That was the reason I read this all-time world classic – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

My emotions of reading this book still stay on my mind after all those years.  

 

Before I start introducing this book, let me ask you a few questions:

As a teenager,

1.      Do you always want to hang out with your friends? Shopping, watching movies, escaping from parents?

2.      Have you ever imagined yourself getting into a relationship- having a beautiful girlfriend or handsome boyfriend?

3.      Are you looking forward to becoming an adult?

4.      Are you curious about what future holds for you?

5.      However, could you imagine yourself living in a confined area? A very small and dark place for at least a year? You couldn’t go out, and, you are not allowed to make noise at all?

6.      If you were given this hope constantly by your parents that you could leave this dark place one day; yet, at the end, you couldn’t. Your promise was cut short. How would you feel?

 

This book is written by a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl- Anne Frank while she spent her last years of her life. Of course, at that time, she did not know that was indeed her last years on Earth. She was just like all of you- a normal teenager at that time.

 

Her whole family and she had to hide and live in the “Secret Annex” of an old office. They were totally cut off from the outside world. If they were discovered, they all had to die. Why? Back in 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland in the Second World War, the Jews had to hide from others to avoid being killed.

 

Anne Frank’s diary recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period.

She is a sensitive, thoughtful yet spirited young lady. She wrote about her hope, expectation, hunger, boredom, worries and fear. Her words are moving and humorous.

 

I remembered completely mesmerizing into her world when I was reading her diary. She is like one of the distant friends I know.

 

Sadly, her Jewish family and she all died when their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, who are the secret police of the Nazi period in Germany.

 

Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic. It’s a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and proof of the human spirit. I strongly recommend this book to all of you.


 

 

 20191203 Book Recommendation by Ms Chan Man Yee Irene
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20191022 Book Sharing by Ms. Man 2019-10-22 

It’s never too late to start

 

Good morning, everyone. I am Ms. Man.

 

Do you have a dream? Maybe you want to sing or make music. Maybe you want to write a book or learn a new language. The dream stays in your head, but you don’t do anything about it.

 

Life is about change. It is easy after you take your first step. So don’t be afraid.

 

You are never too late to go after your dreams. Many people don’t let age stop them. If they want to do something, they just do it.

 

For example, Gladys Burrill ran her first marathon at 86. She became famous when she finished the Honolulu Marathon. She was 92 then.

 

Actually, it’s the first day of the rest of your life today. So, stop thinking about your dreams, give yourself a wonderful present. Simply start doing something about your dreams.

 

Thank you.



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