Did you know?
The story 'Thank You, Ma'am' was written by Langston Hughes in 1958. The story was originally published in Harper's Bazaar magazine in the same year. The story was inspired by a real event that happened to the author when he was a child.
Lesson from Thank You, Ma'am by Langston Hughes
We are all capable of showing kindness and compassion to others in need. People can surprise us with their kindness and generosity. We can all learn from our mistakes and turn them into positive lessons.
Thank You, Ma'am
Respect - Showing appreciation, admiration, and politeness to someone.
Etiquette - The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.
Manners - A set of behaviors that are considered polite and respectful in a given culture or social setting.
What does it mean to you to be kind to someone?
Have you ever been kind to someone, even when you were not obligated to do so?
In the story 'Thank You, Ma'am', what does Roger try to steal from Mrs. Jones?
- Her purse
- Her hat
- Her umbrella
What lesson does Mrs. Jones teach Roger in the story?
- The importance of honesty and trustworthiness
- The value of hard work and determination
- The power of forgiveness and redemption
What is the main theme of 'Thank You, Ma'am'?
- Forgiveness and compassion
- Friendship and loyalty
- Crime and punishment
Brain break: Draw a floating pizza slice with wings and a bowtie on top
How does Mrs. Jones react when she finds out about Roger's attempt to steal from her?
- She calls the police
- She scolds him harshly
- She shows him kindness and understanding
What would have happened if Mrs. Jones had not been kind to the young man in the story?
'Thank You, Ma'am' is written by which famous American author?
- Harper Lee
- Langston Hughes
- Maya Angelou
In pairs: Select one task
Question: Mrs. Smith, a neighbor in the community, helped out a young boy in need. How could the young boy best show his appreciation to Mrs. Smith?
The young boy is aware that Mrs. Smith doesn't have a lot of money. The young boy is very creative and loves to draw. The young boy knows that Mrs. Smith loves to garden.
A: Brainstorm ideas on how the young boy can show his appreciation to Mrs. Smith without using money. B: Choose one idea and draw a picture that depicts the idea to show appreciation to Mrs. Smith.
What is the moral of the story 'Thank You, Ma'am'?