1.1 A Teenager’s Prayer class 10th English workshop

1.1 A Teenager’s Prayer

Appreciation of poem A teenager's poem

 A Teenager’s Prayer poem appreciation

1) Title: A Teenager's Prayer. 

2) Poet: The poem is composed by J. Morse 

3) Rhyme scheme : The rhyme scheme of the poem is abcb. 

4) Favorite lines:Help, Lord, to just say “no”
When temptation comes my way,

5) Theme/Central Idea: 

The poet tells the state of the young person's brain. This is a significant age in everybody's life since it chooses the eventual fate of the individual. On the off chance that they go on the correct way, it improves their life, fruitful and simple. Be that as it may, on the off chance that they go on an inappropriate way, it is hard to bring them back. They are constantly anxious to know more and do the new things and in that enthusiasm some of the time they may go on an inappropriate way. 

The young person is appealing to God for an unmistakable view. The God in the poem is the image of the individual's internal voice (inner voice) or possibly perfect individuals around him, where he figures out how to separate the privilege or only things against an inappropriate things.the high schooler needs to be upbeat and prevails in life during his young just as future life. 

6) Figures of speech: 

Punctuation, reversal, illustration and similar sounding word usage these interesting expressions are utilized in the poem.

 A Teenager’s Prayer chit chat

1. Form groups of 5 to 6 and discuss. Give a rating of 1 to 5, to each of the 


When you have to take important decisions what do you generally do?

(a) Consult parents/elders

(b) Contact friends for advice 

(c) Pray to God for guidance 

(d) Think deeply in silence 
(e) Ask your teacher for help 
(f) Toss a coin to decide

2. In poetry, very often, there are lines in which the poet seems to talk directly 
to an absent person, an abstract idea or thing/object.
Such a tactic/device used by the poet is the Figure of Speech ‘Apostrophe’.
For example, 
Twinkle, twinkle little star 
Death ! Where is thy sting?
O Cave man ! I wish I could live with you. 
Now, complete the following, creating examples of Apostrophe of your own.
(a) O, Life ! How 
(b) Dear God, Please 
(c) Books! You are 
(d) Exams! I wish 
(e) O, You beautiful sky 

Warming up!


 A Teenager’s Prayer poem

                    A Teenager’s Prayer

Each day brings new beginnings,

Decisions I must make.

I am the only one to choose

The road that I will take.

I can choose to take the road of life,

That leads to great success

Or travel down the darkened road,
That leads to great distress.

Please open up my eyes, dear Lord,
That I might clearly see
Help me stand for what is right,
Bring out the best in me.

Help, Lord, to just say “no”
When temptation comes my way,
That I might keep my body clean
And fit for life each day.

When my teenage years are over,
I know that I will see
That life is lived its very best
With you walking next to me.
                                 - J. Morse

English workshop of A Teenager’s Prayer 

1. Choose the correct alternative and complete the given sentences.

(a) According to the poet, are brought by each new day.

Ans- new beginnings
(new beginnings/ new endings)

(b) We must decide to take the road which leads to .

Ans- great success
(great distress/great success)

(c) The poet prays to the Lord to help him stand for what is .

Ans- right

(d) The poet wants to see that his teenage years have been the years of
his life.

Ans- best

2. Find and write the pairs of rhyming words from the poem.

1. Make - take
2. Success - distress
3. See - me
4. Way - day

3. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem? Choose the correct one from the
following options.

(i) aabb (ii) abcd (iii) abcb (iv) abba

4. Match the lines in Column A with the Figures of Speech in Column B.

 Column ‘A’                           Column ‘B’
(i) Decisions, I must make.    (a) Apostrophe
(ii) Please open up my eyes,     (b) Inversion
 dear Lord
(iii) Travel down the .     (c) Metaphor
 darkened road
(iv) I can choose to take the .  (d) Alliteration
 road of life
Alliteration is the occurrance of the same sound at the beginning of words in a
phrase, sentence etc. such as ‘That life is lived its very best.’
Find out more examples of Alliteration from other poems in your book.

5. Elements of Planning An Interview : (Group Activity)
Form groups and discuss each element of planning an interview and prepare
notes on each element.
 Format - Structure
 Size/Length - How much
 Do’s and Dont’s - Rules and Regulations
 Type of Questions - Yes/No questions or Wh Type.

6. Prepare a set of 10 questions to interview any successful teenager. You may use
the following guidelines.
Standard template for conducting an Interview (Format)
Name of the Interviewee
Name of the Interviewer
Topic - (Personal/Recent/Sports/Business/Music/Art)
Venue - (Studio/TV channel/ Auditorium Hall/etc.
Date - Time - Duration -
(Total 10 questions)
l Mix up of Yes/No and Wh questions.
l Place a proper background before every question.
l   Conversation should sound like a real interview.
l Avoid very personal questions.
l Aviod very casual and cheap and vulgar language.

7. Read the poem. Write an appreciation of the poem 1.1 A Teenager’s Prayer in about 12 to 15 sentences 

with the help of the following points. 

Rhyme scheme
Favourite line
Theme/Central idea
Figures of speech
Special features-
Type of the poem, language, style,
tone, implied meanings etc.
Why I like/dislike the poem

8. Compose a short prayer in English asking God to guide you in your teenage years.
Later, you can even try to make the lines rhyme to give it a poetic form.

9. Look around in your vicinity - your family, friends, neighbours, classmates, etc.
and write about any four teenagers who have made a name for themselves by
doing something extraordinary.
Teenager Group Name/s Special/extraordinary
tasks/things performed
1. Family
2. Friends
3. Neighbours
4. Classmates

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