JOHN：I’m 15 years old and I love football. I also like reading, especially stories about people from other countries.
I don’t enjoy singing, nor do I like computers. I think that rock music is terrible.
ANN：Hi，I’m Ann. I’m 16 and I like dancing and computers.
I also like rock music.
I hate hiking and I’m not into classical music. I don’t enjoy reading too much.
STEVE：I’m 14 years old and I love skiing. Other favourite hobbies are reading and singing.
I don’t like hiking. I think that rock music is too loud, and I think that football is boring.
PETER：I’m from Australia. I’m 15 and I’m fond of singing.
I sing a lot, and when I’m not singing, I listen to rock music or use my computer.
I don’t like football and I think that classical music is terrible. I hate dancing!
SARAH:My name is Sarah and I’m 14 years old. My interests are reading novels, playing football and singing songs.
I think that rock music is terrible, and I don’t like dancing. I don’t enjoy computers either.
JOE：Hi there. I’m Joe. I really like computers. I surf the Internet all the time and I like playing computer games.
I don’t enjoy football and I hate hiking. Rock music is OK, and so is skiing.
In the movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks plays a man named Chuck Noland.
Chuck is a businessman who is always so busy that he has little time for his friends.
He is a successful manager in a company that sends mail all over the world.
One day Chuck is on a flight across the Pacific Ocean when suddenly his plane crashes.
Chuck survives the crashes and lands on a deserted island.
On the island, Chuck has to learn to survive all alone.
He has to learn how to collect water, hunt for food, and make fire.
Perhaps the most difficult challenge is how to survive without friends.
In order to survive, Chuck develops a friendship with an unusual friend—a volleyball he calls Wilson.
Chuck learns a lot about himself when he is alone on the island.
He realises that he hasn’t been a very good friend because he has always been thinking about himself.
During his five years on the island, Chuck learns how to be a good friend to Wilson.
Even though Wilson is just a volleyball, he becomes fond of him.
He talks to him and treats him as a friend.
Chuck learns that we need friends to share happiness and sorrow, and that it is important to have someone to care about.
He also learns that he should have cared more about his friends.
When he makes friends with Wilson, he understands that friendship is about feelings and that we must give as much as we take.
A volleyball is certainly an unusual friend.
Most of our friends are human beings, but we also make friends with animals and even things.
For example,many of us have pets, and we all have favourite objects such as a lucky pen or a diary.
The lesson we can learn from Chuck and all the others who have unusual friends is that friends are teachers.
Friendship helps us understand who we are, why we need each other and what we can do for each other.
Reading and writing
Do you know that you can use the Internet to make friends?
You may know that a pen friend, or pen pal, is someone you write letters to.
But what is an e-pal, or key pal? Yes, you guessed it!
An e-pal is someone you write e-mail to.
E-mail is faster and cheaper than letters, so you can write to your e-pals every day and you don’t have to wait for a letter to arrive.
Just write your message and click it away!
Read the following e-pal ads. Write an e-mail to one of them.
Hello everyone, I’m Jane. I live in South Carolina. I like painting.
I’m 15 and I’m a student. I like talking and joking around and I like to listen to rock music.
I am looking for e-pals from any country.
Hi. My name is Jack. I am tall and I have blue eyes.
I like sports. I play soccer. I love to make people laugh. I love singing and dancing.
I am honest and I like to have fun. I like talking to people.
If you’re interested in being friends, drop me a line.