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POEM- MY HERO

My dad's as brave as a dad can be,


I rate him Number One,
He's not afraid of the dead of night,
Or anything under the sun.

He's not afraid of a late-night film,


Full of horrors on the telly,
And is he afraid of skeletons ?
Not dad, not on your Nelly !

He's not afraid of meeting ghosts,


He'd even smile and greet 'em,
And things that scare most dads the most,
My dad could just defeat 'em.

He's not afraid of vampires,


Or a wolf-man come to get him,
If Frankestein's monster knocked on our door,
He wouldn't let that upset him.

My dad's as brave as a dad can be,


And he's always ready to prove it.
So why, when a spiders' in the bath,
Does Mum have to come and remove it ?

Heroic Thinking

1. How brave is the child's dad ?


= As brave as a dad can be

2. What is the meaning of "the dead of night" ?


= The time when nothing happen and no one is around because they are sleeping

3. What is the late-night film on the telly full of ?


= Horrors film

4. What would the child's dad do if the met the ghosts ?


= He'd even smile and greet 'em

5. What well-known monsters would not upset him ?


= Frankeistein's monster

6. Who solves the problem when there's a spider in the bath ?


= His mum

7. Do you think "My Hero" is a good title for this poem? Why or why not?
= Yes. Because father is the role-model for every kids

8. What did you like about this poem ?


= I like this poem because it describe that every human have weakness
Paraphrase of the poem

Stanza 1

The persona is very proud of his father who he feels is as brave as any other father
or even braver. In his eyes, his father is Number One as his father is fearless and
not afraid of the dead of night and anything under the sun.

Stanza 2

The persona says his father is not afraid to watch horror movies late in the night.
Horror scenes of skeletons do not scare him or put him off watching them.

Stanza 3

The persona is positive his father is not afraid of ghosts and would even smile and
acknowledge them. His father dares to fight against things that most other dads are
afraid of.

Stanza 4

The persona's father will not be intimidates by horror figures like vampires, wolf-
man or Frankeistein's monster even if they appear at the door.

Stanza 5

The persona says his father is as brave as a father can be and he's always keen to
show it. But when his father sees a spider, he will not touch it and mother has to
come to his aid. This is something the persona cannot understand about his brave
father. is he really afraid of a mere spider ?

Synopsis

The persona feels his father is very brave and is not afraid of any time of the day
and anything in the world. He rates his father who watches horror movies late at
night is not put off by any horror scenes or fearful skeletons. If any ghost appears in
front of his father , he will either greet them of fight them off. Horror figures, big or
small, ugly or scary looking do not give him the creeps even if they appear at his
door. However, the persona's father or his hero has a weakness - He has a fear of
spider.

Themes

1. Respecting and looking up to someone


2. Hero worship
3. Parent-child relationship
4. Accepting people for what they are
5. Everyone has flaws or weakness
6. Believe in one's skills and strengths
7. Living up to people's expectations

Moral Values
1. Recognise and acknowledge other people's strengths
2. Not be afraid to acknowledge our weakness.
3. Value family relationships.

4. Must set good examples.


5. Try to live up to young children's expectations.
6. Able to seperate the reality from make-believe.
7. Willing to help those in trouble

QUESTION ON MY HERO

Stanza 1

1. How do you think the persona probably looks when he talks of his father ? Choose
two words from the list given - sullen, bored , mischievous , serious , proud.
= Serious and proud

2. Why does the persona use the phrase 'dead of night' to refer to the father being
considered brave ?
= The father is not afraid of darkness of the night

Stanza 2

3. How would a person who does not enjoy late-night horror movies react to horror
scenes ?
= Not afraid of watching horror movies

4. Describe the father's reaction to show that he enjoys horror scenes shown over
the television
= The skeletons do not scare him

Stanza 3

5. Name the object mentioned by the persona that most people are afraid of.
= Dead of night, watch horror movies, ghosts

6. What does the persona say his father will do ?


= His father is even smile and greet 'em

7. What does the persona say his father will do if he sees something which other
fathers are scared of ?
= The persona father will smile and acknowledge it

Stanza 4

8. If the persona's father is not afraid of ghoulish figures , what will he do if one of
these appears at his door ?
= Will not let it upset him

Stanza 5

9. Why do you think the persona's father is always ready to prove to his son that he
is brave ?
= He is the role - model for his son

10. How does the persona feel about his father and his fear of spiders ?
= The persona is very proud of his father and the persona cannot understand about
his father fear of spiders

Practices with Suggested Answer (SA)

1.How do you think the persona probably looks when he talks of his father? Choose
two word from the list given-sullen, bored, serious, proud.
SA: Proud and serious.

2.Why does the persona use the phrase 'dead of night' to refer to the father being
considered brave?
SA: Because the father not afraid of the darkness.

3.How would a person who does not enjoy late-night horror movies react to horror
scenes?
SA: Not afraid to watch horror movies.

4.Describe the father's reaction to show that he enjoys horror scenes shown over
the television.
SA: The persona's father is not afraid to watch horror movies. The scenes of
skeletons do not scare him or put him off watching them.

5.Name the object mentioned by the persona that most people are afraid of.
SA: The object mentioned by the persona that most people are afraid of is ghost.

6.What does the persona say his father will do?


SA: The persona says his father is not afraid of ghosts and would even smile and
acknowledge him.

7.What does the persona says his father will do if he sees something which other
fathers are scare of?
SA: The persona's father would even smile and acknowledge if he sees something
are scare of.

8.If the persona's father is not afraid of ghoulish figures,]what will he do if one of
those appears at his door?
SA: The persona's father will not be intimidated if one of the appears at his door.

9.Why do you think the persona's father is always ready to prove to his son that he
is brave?
SA: Brave as father can be and always keen to show it.

10.How does the persona feels about his father and his fear to spider?
SA: He is confused.

11. In Stanza 1,which expression shows the persona's pride in his father?
SA: I'll rate him Number 1.

12. What does the persona's father enjoy doing at night?


SA: The persona's father enjoy watching horror movies at night on the television.

13.What literary device is used for the line 'And is he afraid of skeletons'?
SA: Rhetorical question.

14. The persona compares his father with other fathers. What is the comparison?
How does the persona feel about it?
SA: Comparison: The persona's father is not scared of the things that scare most
dads. The persona is proud of his father.

15. How does the persona show confidence in his father in the event his father sees
a ghost?
SA: The persona's father is not scared and would smile and greet to the ghost.

16. Explain the character trait portrayed bye the persona's father.
SA: Not scared of ghost.

17. List the ghoulish figures as mentioned by the persona.


SA: Vampire, Wolf-man and Frankenstein monster.

18. What moral value have you learned from the poem? Would you recommend the
poem to a friend? Give a reason for this.
SA: Yes. Because we could get some good examples for our lives.

19. What does the expression 'dead of night' normally imply? Why do you think the
persona uses this expression.
SA: The dead of night shows the spirit of the father towards the darkness and his
braveness.

20. What does the word 'skeletons' bring to mind? Why does the persona mention
this?
SA: The skeletons is a scary figures who only has bones and no flesh. Because the
skeletons has a scared-looking.

21. According to the persona, what would his father do if he meets someone or
something that challenges his pride or abilities.
SA: The persona's father is doing his best to challenged it to uphold his reputation
and pride.

22. Parents should set good examples for their children. Do you agree with this? Do
you think the persona's father sets good examples of behaviour for the persona? If
so, how does he do this? Give one examples.
SA: Parents are the leader in the family. He make everything for the happiness.

23. In Stanza 5,what does the line 'And he's always ready to prove it' imply about
the parent-child relationship?
SA: Father knows now highly the child think of him so he will do anything to leave
up to that standard.

24.What are the 'things' that the persona feels 'Scare most dads the most' but not
his dad?
SA: The 'thing' is ghost.

25: What does 'hero worship' means? How is this portrayed in the poem?
SA: The person you admire for the braveness of the father.

26: The persona's father or hero has a weakness. What is the weakness? How and
why do you think the persona feels? Why should he feel this way?
SA: i) Weakness: Scared of spiders.
ii) Feeling: Weird because his father is not afraid of ghosts figures but scared of
spiders.

My Hero

My dads as brave as a dad can be, My dad is very brave.


I rate him Number One, He is my number 1.

Hes not afraid of the dead of night, He is not afraid of anything that
Stanza 1 happens at night or daytime.
Or anything under the sun.

Hes not afraid of a late-night film,


Full of horrors on the telly,
He is not afraid of scary movies or
Stanza 2 And is he afraid of skeletons?
skeletons.
Not dad, not on you Nelly!

Stanza 3 He is not afraid of ghosts. He can


Hes not afraid of meeting ghosts, overcome any scary things.
Hes even smile and greet em,
And things that scare most dads the most,
My dad could just defeat em.
Hes not afraid of vampires,
Or a wolf-man come to get him,
If Frankensteins monster knocked on our He is not afraid of vampires, wolf-
Stanza 4
door, man, or Frankensteins monster.
He wouldnt let that upset him.

My dads brave as a dad can be,


And hes always ready to prove it. My dad is very brave. He shows
that in everything he does. But,
Stanza 5 So why, when a spiders in the bath,
when he sees a spider, he has to
Does Mum have to come and remove it? get mom to help him remove it.