Sunday, August 28, 2011

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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12 comments :

~jiehayana96~ said...

Salam Teacher Nuha ,, thank you very much .. You're Da Best .dan ,,,, Selamat Hari Raya , Maaf Zahir dan Batin .. maaf kalau saya ada buat salah dan silap dekat teacher .

Teacher Nuha said...

Wslm. Selamat hari raya & maaf zahir batin pada najiyana :)

inram said...

teacher,,,thanks,, msokkn jawpn,,dpt lah sye check...
SELAMAT HARI RAYA TEACHER...
THANK 4 TEACH ME...

Teacher Nuha said...

Happy Eid Mubarak Inram :) Hope you'll find the materials in this blog helpful.

Anonymous said...

thanks Teacher Nuha.... May Allah bless you always!!! nor

Teacher Nuha said...

You're welcome nor. May Allah bless you too

Anonymous said...

Assalamuaalaikum Teacher Nuha , is this your own answer or from a book ?

Teacher Nuha said...

Waalaikumussalam.. this is from a book - Cerdik if I'm not mistaken, where they compiled all the real PMR exam papers.. I used the answer from the book as a last minute exercise last year Sorry, my mistake - I didn't cite the source. However this year, I asked my students to write the essay themselves...

mdm nor said...

thanks Teacher Nuha.... May Allah bless you and your family..InsyaAllah

Teacher Nuha said...

May Allah bless you and your family too.. thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

thanks. may Allah bless you.

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