The Man Who Thinks He Can – by Walter D. Wintle
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think that you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
it’s almost certain that you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;
For out in the world you’ll find
Success begins with a fellow’s will –
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think that you are out-classed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
to the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later, the man who wins
is the man who thinks he can!
- What the theme of this poem? How can you tell?
- What is the best line or lines from the poem to support the poem’s theme? Explain how it supports the theme.
- Have you ever given up? What could you have done differently to reach that goal?
- Why is better to have a positive outlook over a negative one?
Explain this quote. What does it mean to you? When is a time in someone’s life that being brave would be not knowing everything? Is this a good quote to live by?
If you could travel anywhere, where would you like to go and why? Be as specific as possible. Tell us where you want to go, how you would get there, what you would to see there, how long would you stay, who would you go with, etc.
Describe the perfect day. Put in as many details as you can. Make it a possible day, not a “dream day.”
In preparation for Module 2 in ELA, please tell us your dream job and why. Describe your job using as many details as you can. It will be interesting to see if your career choice changes as we study careers.
Read the NewsELA article below. Tell me how you feel about this child’s idea. Give her some feedback on her ideas, sharing positives and questions you may have. You never know…she may read your blog!
Choose at least one of the following posts to blog about.
- What are your fall traditions and why are they important to you and your family?
- Interview a family member/friend. These people can be older than you or younger than you. If they are younger you could ask things such as “what do you want your future to be like?” If they are older than you, you could ask, “What is something you could change about your past.” You can interview your ELA teachers if you choose! 🙂
Five years from now I will be…. What will you be like five years from now? Will it be your first year of college? Will you be working? What was high school like?