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Muhammed Ali

At the age of 12, Ali discovered his talent for boxing through an odd twist of fate. His bike was stolen, and Ali told a police officer, Joe Martin, that he wanted to beat up the thief. "Well, you better learn how to fight before you start challenging people," Martin reportedly told him at the time. In addition to being a police officer, Martin also trained young boxers at a local gym.

Ali started working with Martin to learn how to box, and soon began his boxing career. In his first amateur bout in 1954, he won the fight by split decision. Ali went on to win the 1956 Golden Gloves tournament for novices in the light heavyweight class. Three years later, he won the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, as well as the Amateur Athletic Union's national title for the light-heavyweight division.

After his Olympic victory, Ali was heralded as an American hero. He soon turned professional with the backing of the Louisville Sponsoring Group. During the 1960s Ali seemed unstoppable, winning all of his bouts with majority of them being by knockouts. He took out British heavyweight champion Henry Cooper in 1963 and then knocked out Sonny Liston in 1964 to become the heavyweight champion of the world.  Woah! No one had seen a champion like Ali before! 

Often referring to himself as "the greatest," Ali was not afraid to sing his own praises. He was known for boasting about his skills before a fight and for his colorful descriptions and phrases. In one of his more famously quoted descriptions, Ali told reporters that he could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" in the boxing ring.


Assignment  1


Instructions:  Identify three examples of the following:  noun, pronoun, verb and adjective. Obtain your answer from the passage above. [12pts]



Noun                     Pronoun            Verb                Adjective

line 1-



Para 1:

Line 1



line 5






Line 5



Line 7






Line 4



Line 12









Coordinating Conjunction          Preposition                Interjection


Para 3                                             Para  2                          Para 3





                                         Topic:  Connotation and Denotation


Denotation:  refers to the dictionary definition of a word



Example:  sun in the dictionary is defined as a star which the earth orbits.


Connotation:  refers to the feeling associated with a word. The deeper implication suggested by words. 


Example:  The word sun can have a positive connotation when we think of the benefits of the sun.  For example, the sun gives us light and warmth.  It helps things to grow. It is a symbol of life.    





The Snake by (Sharon age 14)

Instructions:  Read the poem below for enrichment. 


The Snake was approaching,       

Its long slimy body uncoiling,     

Its tongue sticking out

Like an arrow ready to strike.     


Assignment:  Practice Activity 

Directions: Give the Denotative Meaning and Connotative Meaning of the words below. Use (P or N or Ntrl) Positive or Negative or Neutral

Example: A snake is a creature that slithers on the floor

                Snake=Negative (N)

1. slimy

Slimy refers to a slippery type of texture, typically found on snails and slugs  


2. arrow



3. tongue



4. strike




                                  A paragraph from Malala Yousafzai’s speech

They think that God is a tiny, little conservative being who would point guns at people's heads just for going to school. These terrorists are misusing the name of Islam for their own personal benefit. Pakistan is a peace loving, democratic country. Pashtuns want education for their daughters and sons. Islam is a religion of peace, humanity and brotherhood. It is the duty and responsibility to get education for each child, that is what it says. Peace is a necessity for education. In many parts of the world, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorism, war and conflicts stop children from going to schools. We are really tired of these wars. Women and children are suffering in many ways in many parts of the world.

                                         Assignment:  Practice Activity 2

Identify the Denotative & Connotative Meaning of words below.

Decide if each word is  Positive or Negative or Neutral.  

1. conservative


2. guns



3. Islam



4. peace



5. brotherhood






 Directions:  Read the poem below and identify the denotation and connotation of the underlined words. 


Granny Isaacs Versus Death


Grammy Isaacs, from the time she came,

Fought death like a tiger,

She looked ready to go from day one:

Frail as a stick in the sun,

Tissue paper for her skin,

Old, toothless mouth caved in,

Hair lank and loose and ivory.

So thin, bones showed:

The next thing would be skeleton


But she battled for life

And would not give in.

She hurried to take her food,

Sat up when and where she could,

Was eager to keep presentable,

And tried conversing quite a bit.

She would not just go.


And, most of all,

She made it clear

She placed her faith

In God’s arrangements

And that beyond

This fierce encounter

Other ceremonies are planned.


It could be said

Death came out top.

Who can be sure?

She made me think


Now she has gone

We’ll have to wait

A little more

To see who won.


Denotation and Connotation

Instructions:  Identify the denotative and connotative meaning of the words below. [10pts]

Use (P/N or Neutral ) Positive,  Negative or Neutral

1. Frail



2. battled



3. Conversing




4. Fierce




5. Ceremonies







Figurative and Literal Language


Directions: Use  F or L for each expression below.  Then name the figurative expression used.[1]  Finally,  explain each figurative expression. [2pts]

  1. Tissue paper was her skin



2. Frail as a stick in the sun,




3. Fought death like a tiger,





Directions:  Write two figurative expression based on the paragraph taken from the Malala Yousafzai’s passage.

Select any two