Sunday, August 28, 2011 2 comments

Drilling on Writing - Formal Letter, Speech, Opinion, Article (Answer)

My dear Form 3 students,


Due to time constraint (I'm leaving for my kampung any moment :D) and assuming that some of you have done the exercises in the "Drilling of Writing" handout, I've decided to give out the answers to these exercises. So, you may click on the following links:
  1. Drilling on writing handout (download and print the handout IF you've misplaced the one which was given last Thursday *~*)
  2. Drilling on writing answer

Once again, take care of yourself & remind your parents to drive safely. 
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Writing - Informal Letter (Answer)

My dear Form 3 students (Imtiaz, Ikhlas, Istiqamah, Ijtihad, Iltizam),

I hope you've done Exercises 1, 2 and 3 on informal letter writing. As promised, I've already put the answers on my blog. Sorry for the delay. As we all know, we're in the "Hari Raya" mood :D


Don't forget to REWRITE the essays :)


Clicking on the following links to check the answers for Exercises 1, 2 and 3 (informal letter writing):

  1. Exercise 1 Answer
  2. Exercise 2 Answer
  3. Exercise 3 Answer
  4. Download & print Exercises 123 Answers

If you've accidentally misplaced the handout (*~*), you may download & print it at the this link : Writing - Informal Letter

Please take a great care of yourself. Happy revising for PMR ^_* 






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Drilling on Writing - Informal Letter (Exercise 3 - To Tell Experience)

Exercise 3


Your uncle suggested that you and your family visit a tea plantation which was owned by his friends. Write a letter to your uncle to thank him for his suggestion and to tell the wonderful trip that you had experienced. 


Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct answer from the box below. Then, REWRITE the letter.

enjoyable and educational
keeping well
take a tour
stayed at
drove up
tour by
tea leaves
How are you
your suggestion
was invigorating
were awestruck
a sea of green leaves
We borrowed
At the end of the tour
learnt about
full loads
tea plantation
Send my regards to Auntie
had the time of our lives
eye-opener
waved warmly
grand treat
plucking tea leaves
fast and hard

made from


________________,
________________,
________________.

31 July 2011

My dear ______________,

(1)_________________________________ and Auntie? I hope that both of you are                             (2)______________________________.Thank you so much for (3) ______________________________ to visit the Highlands tea plantation. We had such an (4)____________________________________________ trip.

As we (5) ______________________________ to the plantation resort, through the rows of tea plants, we (6) ______________________________ by the vastness of the plantation land. There were rows and rows of tea plants like (7) _____________________________________, as far as the eye can see!

We (8) ______________________________ the Highlands Tea Garden Resort for a night. The first thing we did when we arrived was to (9) ______________________________ of the plantation on the back of a lorry. We chose to (10) ______________________________ lorry because in the open vehicle, we could almost touch the (11) ______________________________ as it slowly weaved its way between the low tea shrubs. The smell of fresh tea leaves (12) ______________________________!

Then the lorry took us to the tea factory where we (13) ______________________________ tea drying and the different grades of tea. (14) ______________________________, we had afternoon tea at the café where there were so many delicious cakes and pastries, some (15) ______________________________ tea. Father gave us a (16) ______________________________.  We could choose anything we wanted!

(17) ______________________________ bicycles from the resort and we went cycling to the plantation workers’ settlement. They were very friendly as we passed their houses and they                       (18) ______________________________ at us.

The next morning before we left, we got up very early to watch the workers (19) ______________________________. They worked so (20) ______________________________. Soon they were walking with (21) ______________________________ of tea leaves to the collecting lorries.

You know, Uncle, this trip has been an (22) ______________________________ for me. Whenever I drink tea now, I will always remember the tea shrubs and the workers who worked so hard at the            (23) ______________________________. Thank you once again for your suggestion. Everyone truly enjoyed themselves. We really (24) _______________________________________________________.                                                  (25) ___________________________________. Until then, bye!

Your niece, 
_______________


Answer
                                                                                       5, Jalan Parameswara,
                                                                                       77000 Jasin,
                                                                                       Melaka.

                                                                                       31 January 2011

My dear Uncle Bob,

(1) How are you and Auntie? I hope that both of you are  (2) keeping well. Thank you so much for (3) your suggestion to visit the Highlands tea plantation. We had such an (4) enjoyable and educational trip.

As we (5) drove up to the plantation resort, through the rows of tea plants, we (6) were awestruck by the vastness of the plantation land. There were rows and rows of tea plants like (7) a sea of green leaves, as far as the eye can see!

We (8) stayed at the Highlands Tea Garden Resort for a night. The first thing we did when we arrived was to (9) take a tour of the plantation on the back of a lorry. We chose to (10) tour by lorry because in the open vehicle, we could almost touch the (11) tea leaves as it slowly weaved its way between the low tea shrubs. The smell of fresh tea leaves (12) was invigorating!

Then the lorry took us to the tea factory where we (13) learnt about tea drying and the different grades of tea. (14) At the end of the tour, we had afternoon tea at the café where there were so many delicious cakes and pastries, some (15) made from tea. Father gave us a (16) grand treat.  We could choose anything we wanted!

(17) We borrowed bicycles from the resort and we went cycling to the plantation workers’ settlement. They were very friendly as we passed their houses and they (18) waved warmly at us.

The next morning before we left, we got up very early to watch the workers (19) plucking tea leaves. They worked so (20) fast and hard. Soon they were walking with (21) full loads of tea leaves to the collecting lorries.

      You know, Uncle, this trip has been an (22) eye-opener for me. Whenever I drink tea now, I will always remember the tea shrubs and the workers who worked so hard at the (23) tea plantation. Thank you once again for your suggestion. Everyone truly enjoyed themselves. We really (24) had the time of our lives(25) Send my regards to Auntie. Until then, bye!

Your niece,
Delyla


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Drilling on Writing - Informal Letter (Exercise 2 - To Advice)

Exercise 2
Your younger brother has just enrolled into a residential school. He is facing some problems. Write a letter to your brother, giving him some advice on how he can overcome some of his problems. Use the points given below in your letter.

  • organise your time 
  • choose friends carefully - have an open mind 
  • concentrate on studies 
  • make use of the facilities available 
  • follow school rules 


Expressions used:
  • as fit as a fiddle - in good health
  • time is gold
  • bad hats - troublemakers 
  • state-of-the-art - modern
  • a healthy mind creates a healthy body
  • pen off - stop writing

Underline the correct answer. Then, REWRITE the letter.


________________,
________________,
________________.


16 January 2011

Dearest ______________,

        I hope you [1- is, are, was, were] as fit as a fiddle and not too homesick. All of us are fine back home although we [2- miss, misses, missed, are missing] having you around. I especially miss you as I no longer have anyone to [3- play, plays, played, playing] badminton with.

In your last letter, you [4- tell, tells, told, are telling] me that you’re having some difficulties in your new school. As you may already know, life in residential school [5- is, are, was, were] very different from home. It is more difficult and you may [6- face, faces, faced, facing] many problems. [7- In addition, Since, However, Next], don’t fret too much because all these problems can be overcome.

First, make sure that you organise your time [8- foolishly, slowly, wisely, quickly] because time is gold. Divide your time for doing homework, studying, [9- wash, washes, washed, washing] clothes and so on. I suggest that you have [10- a, an, the] timetable. So, you may find [11- it, its, it’s] easier to finish all that you have to do and still have some free time for yourself.

Next, please do be careful [12- on, in, at, of] your choice of friends. There [13- is, are, was, were] bound to be some bad hats around. So, make sure that you’re not [14- influence, influences, influenced, influencing] by the wrong set of friends. Stay away from any unhealthy [15- activity, activities] such as smoking or drug abuse. These [16- habit, habits] will only lead to disaster and jeopardize your studies. You will [17- meet, meets, met, meeting] friends from various cultures and backgrounds. So, please keep      [18- a, an, the] open mind. Don’t [19- belittle, belittles, belittled] anyone else’s beliefs or traditions. At the same time, don’t forget all that you have [20- learn, learns, learnt, learning] at home.

The main reason you were sent there [21- is, are, was, were] to help you get better results and hopefully a scholarship. [22- However, Besides, Therefore, In addition], concentrate on your studies and do well in your examinations. This is your best chance to [23- achieve, achieves, achieved, achieving] your ambitions. Don’t be shy to consult your teachers if you [24- has, have, had, are having] any problems with any subjects. You’re advisable to study in group so that it will be much easier to have discussions.

SM Sains Muzaffar Syah is distinguished for [25- it, its, it’s] state-of-the-art facilities. For that reason, make full use of them. Study in the library whenever you can because [26- it, its, it’s] comfortable and more conducive. There [27- is, are, was, were] many reference books you can look at. Your school is also [27- equip, equips, equipped, equipping] with the latest computers. So, you can [28- use, uses, used, using] the internet conveniently not only to carry out school tasks or projects but also to [29- gain, gains, gained, gaining] as much knowledge as possible. Besides, play games now and then. I know your school [30- has, have, had, is having] tennis and badminton courts. Perhaps you should [31- take up, takes up, took up, taking up] one of these games. [32- Play, Plays, Played, Playing] games is not only a form of exercise but it is also a way for you to relax. Plus, a healthy body [33- create, creates, created, is creating] a healthy mind.

Last but not least, you should [34- follow, follows, followed, following] the school rules. Never break any rules. The rules may [35- seem, seems, seemed, seeming] tiresome but they instill self-discipline and are good for character building. If you [36- break, breaks, broke, are breaking] the school rules, you may be suspended or expelled. We would be [37- disappoint, disappoints, disappointed, disappointing] if such a thing were to happen.

I hope my advice will [38- help, helps, helped, helping] you to solve your problems. Please write whenever you [39- has, have, had, are having] time. We are all anxious about you and eagerly wait for [40- your, yours, you’re] letter. I will pen off here. Take care and goodbye!

Your loving brother,
_______________


Answer


                                                                                       5, Jalan Parameswara,
                                                                                       77000 Jasin,
                                                                                       Melaka.

                                                                                       31 January 2011

Dearest Amirul,

I hope you 1) are as fit as a fiddle and not too homesick. All of us are fine back home although we 2) miss having you around. I especially miss you as I no longer have anyone to 3) play badminton with.

In your last letter, you 4) told me that you’re having some difficulties in your new school. As you may already know, life in residential school 5) is very different from home. It is more difficult and you may 6) face many problems. 7) However, don’t fret too much because all these problems can be overcome.

First, make sure that you organise your time 8) wisely because time is gold. Divide your time for doing homework, studying, 9) washing clothes and so on. I suggest that you have 10) a timetable. So, you may find 11) it easier to finish all that you have to do and still have some free time for yourself.

Next, please do be careful 12) in your choice of friends. There 13) are bound to be some bad hats around. So, make sure that you’re not 14) influenced by the wrong set of friends. Stay away from any unhealthy 15) activities such as smoking or drug abuse. These 16) habits will only lead to disaster and jeopardize your studies. You will 17) meet friends from various cultures and backgrounds. So, please keep 18) an open mind. Don’t 19) belittle anyone else’s beliefs or traditions. At the same time, don’t forget all that you have 20) learnt at home.

The main reason you were sent there 21) is to help you get better results and hopefully a scholarship. 22) Therefore, concentrate on your studies and do well in your examinations. This is your best chance to 23) achieve your ambitions. Don’t be shy to consult your teachers if you 24) have any problems with any subjects. You’re advisable to study in group so that it will be much easier to have discussions.

SM Sains Muzaffar Syah is distinguished for 25) its state-of-the-art facilities. For that reason, make full use of them. Study in the library whenever you can because 26) it’s comfortable and more conducive. There 27) are many reference books you can look at. Your school is also 27) equipped with the latest computers. So, you can 28) use the internet conveniently not only to carry out school tasks or projects but also to 29) gain as much knowledge as possible. Besides, play games now and then. I know your school 30) has tennis and badminton courts. Perhaps you should 31) take up one of these games. 32) Playing games is not only a form of exercise but it is also a way for you to relax. Plus, a healthy body 33) creates a healthy mind.

Last but not least, you should 34) follow the school rules. Never break any rules. The rules may 35) seem tiresome but they instill self-discipline and are good for character building. If you 36) break the school rules, you may be suspended or expelled. We would be 37) disappointed if such a thing were to happen.

I hope my advice will 38) help you to solve your problems. Please write whenever you 39) have time. We are all anxious about you and eagerly wait for 40) your letter. I will pen off here. Take care and goodbye!

Your loving brother,
Lutfi


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Drilling on Writing - Informal Letter (Exercise 1 - To Invite)

INFORMAL LETTER – TO INVITE
Exercise 1: PMR 2006

You and your family are planning to go camping for the coming school holidays. You have found a suitable campsite.

Write a letter to your uncle and invite him and his family to join you.

When writing your letter, you should:
  • use all the notes given to persuade your uncle
  • elaborate on the given notes to make it more interesting
  • make sure it is not less than 120 words
Use the notes below to write the letter.

1. campsite
  • clean
  • shady
  • peaceful
  • safe

2. location
  • near a town
  • 20-minute bus-ride
  • mini market

3. facilities
  • tent for rent
  • children’s playground
  • toilets
  • shower rooms

4. activities
  • barbecue
  • games
  • swimming
  • trekking

Use the idioms below to make your letter more interesting:
  • to their heart’s content (Meaning: to their full satisfaction, without limitation)
  • in stitches (Meaning: laughing uncontrollably)
  • in the pink (Meaning: in very good health)
  • a stone’s throw away (Meaning: very close)

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Fill in the blanks with the above notes and idioms in the correct sentence. Then, REWRITE the letter.

5, Jalan Parameswara,
                                                                                         77000 Jasin,
                                                                                         Melaka.

                                                                                         16 October 2010

Dear Uncle David,

  How are you? I hope you and your family are (1) ______________________________. Everyone here is as fit as a fiddle. My final year exam ended yesterday. What a relief! Math and science papers were quite tough. Please pray that I’ll pass all subjects with flying colours.

I’m writing this letter mainly to invite you, Aunt Lucy and your sons, Beckham and Ryan, on a camping trip for the coming holidays.

Father has found the perfect (2) ______________________________. It is in Taman Lipur Tasik Putih. The campsite is located just (3) __________________________________ from your house. Although the Campsite seems secluded, it is located (4) ______________________________, so we can easily go there if we need supplies. There is a   (5) ______________________________ in the town. It is only a (6) _____________________________________.

A friend of father has camped there with his family. He said the place is serene, (7)______________________________ and (8) ______________________________. The place is planted with many trees. Apart from making the place (9) ______________________________, the greenery makes the atmosphere so cool and refreshing. Moreover, there’s an unpolluted, crystal clear waterfall waiting to tempt us. Father’s friend also said that the place is quite (10) ______________________________. The boundary is Clearly marked, so you and Aunt Lucy need not worry about the boys wandering off. Park rangers are also on duty to help us if we have any problems.

The campsite boasts of excellent (11) ______________________________ too. There are (12) ______________________________ so you don’t have to bring your own. The rental is not very expensive. There is a (13) ______________________________. I’m sure the boys would love that. They can play (14) ______________________________. There are also (15) ______________________________ and (16) ______________________________ at the campsite.

Do say you will come, Uncle David. We can go (17) ______________________________ and (18) ______________________________ during the day. At night, we can have (19) ______________________________. Father has a new recipe for barbecued lamb. Trust me. It’s going to be so tantalizing and delicious. We can also have marshmallows for dessert. I can bring along my new board game which is extremely fun and hilarious. My brothers and I always end up (20) ______________________________ every time we play.

Well, I hope you will have good news for us. Do give my warm regards to Aunt Lucy, Beckham and Ryan. Bye!

Your nephew,
Simon


Answer

                                                                                       5, Jalan Parameswara,
                                                                                       77000 Jasin,
                                                                                       Melaka.

                                                                                       16 October 2010

Dear Uncle David,

        How are you? I hope you and your family are (1) in the pink of health. Everyone here is as fit as a fiddle. My final year exam ended yesterday. What a relief! Math and science papers were quite tough. Please pray that I’ll pass all subjects with flying colours.

I’m writing this letter mainly to invite you, Aunt Lucy and your sons, Beckham and Ryan, on a camping trip for the coming holidays.

Father has found the perfect (2) campsite. It is in Taman Lipur Tasik Putih. The campsite is located just (3) a stone’s throw away from your house. Although the campsite seems secluded, it is located (4) near a town, so we can easily go there if we need supplies. There is a (5) mini market in the town. It is only a (6) 20-minute bus ride.

A friend of father has camped there with his family. He said the place is serene, (7) peaceful and (8) clean. The place is planted with many trees. Apart from making the place (9) shady, the greenery makes the atmosphere so cool and refreshing. Moreover, there’s an unpolluted, crystal clear waterfall waiting to tempt us. Father’s friend also said that the place is quite (10) safe. The boundary is clearly marked, so you and Aunt Lucy need not worry about the boys wandering off. Park rangers are also on duty to help us if we have any problems.

The campsite boasts of excellent (11) facilities too. There are (12) tents for rent so you don’t have to bring your own. The rental is not very expensive. There is a (13) children’s playground. I’m sure the boys would love that. They can play (14) to their heart’s content. There are also (15) toilets and (16) shower rooms at the campsite.

Do say you will come, Uncle David. We can go (17) swimming and (18) trekking during the day. At night, we can have (19) barbecue. Father has a new recipe for barbecued lamb. Trust me. It’s going to be so tantalizing and delicious. We can also have marshmallows for dessert. I can bring along my new board game which is extremely fun and hilarious. My brothers and I always end up (20) in stitches every time we play.

Well, I hope you will have good news for us. Do give my warm regards to Aunt Lucy, Beckham and Ryan. Bye!
Your nephew,
Simon


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Saturday, August 27, 2011 38 comments

Guidelines to write an informal letter

1. Informal letters are written to friends & relatives.
2. The format:

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3.  The language used is simple and friendly.
  • You can use contractions such as can’t, I’m, won’t, you’re and so on.
  • For examination, do not use slang like, “Hey, Wassup.” , “gonna” , “kinda”, “wanna”

4. The format of writing an informal letter is explained in the following table:

Format
Explanation
Address
·        The writer’s address is written at the top right-hand corner
·        For example:
25, Jalan Tebing 8/8,
Seksyen 8,
40000 Shah Alam,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Date
·        Written below the address.
For example: 6 June 2011

Greeting
·        Written on the left-hand side of the letter.
Begin with:
Ø  Dear........,
For example: Dear Amin, Dear Latifah,

Ø  Dearest…….., or My dear…., (for close friends & family)
For example: Dearest father, My dear Uncle Syed, Dearest Siti,

Opening
(1st paragraph)
You may begin your letter by:
·        Asking about the person’s health. For example:
Ø  How are you? I hope that you’re in the pink.
Ø  How’s your family getting on?
Ø  I’m fine and I hope you’re fine too.
Ø  I hope that you’re as fit as a fiddle.

·        Asking what the reader had been up to?
Ø  How’s the weather at your place?  Not too hot I hope.  
Ø  Did you get to visit your grandparents? 
Ø  Did you go on your trip to Paris as you had hoped?  They say Paris is a beautiful city.

·        Expressing happiness: For example:
Ø  I received your letter on…
Ø  I’m happy to receive your letter…
Ø  Thank you for your letter which I received…..
Ø  I’m so glad to hear…..
Ø  I’m glad to learn that….

·        Expressing sorrow:
Ø  I’m sorry to hear that…..

·        Expressing apology:
Ø  I’d like to say sorry for…
Ø  I’m sorry for not writing….

Content
(Several paragraphs)
·        In the 2nd paragraph, mention your main reason for writing the letter. You may use the following phrase:
Ø  In your last letter, you wanted me to describe / advice…..
Ø  I’m writing this letter to….

Closing
(Last paragraph)
Inform the reader that you are ending the letter. You may use the following phrases:
Ø  I’ll write again soon.
Ø  Do write to me soon.
Ø  Well, that’s about all for now.
Ø  Please give/send my regards to…
Ø  Please convey my warm regards to….
Ø  Let me pen off here.
Ø  Take care of yourself.
Ø  Hope to hear from you soon.
Ø  I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Ø  Hope to receive a reply from you.
Ø  Bye / Goodbye.

Signing off
If you are writing to your parents, you can sign off using:
Ø  Your loving daughter,
Ø  Yours lovingly,
Ø  Yours affectionately

If you are writing to friends or relatives, you can sign off using:
Ø  Your friend,
Ø  Yours sincerely,
Ø  Your niece / nephew,
Signature
Sign your name at the bottom of the letter in the right-hand corner.
For example:
Nuurunnuha


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