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ENGLISH IN CAMP 2013 : GUIDED WRITING

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English In Camp 2013 : Guided Writing Analysis of PMR Guided Writing Questions

YEAR 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Informal Letter Giving opinion Speech Report based on pictures

SECTION A

Informal Letter based on notes given Story based on pictures Speech based on poster about safety in school An Article (report, recount) – A visit to old folks’ home Story based on pictures Giving Opinion : Manzhu Highlands vs Zinga Island Speech : How to be a good student

Informal Letter + Recount

Example : Writing a letter to friend telling him/her on our experience in a camping trip

2 things to remember :

1. Format of a letter 2. How to write a recount

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Format Of A Letter : 1. Informal letters are written to friends & relatives. 2. The format:

Your address__________________, ____________________________, ____________________________. Date________________________ Greeting, Opening_______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Contents_______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Closing________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Signing off,______ Signature________

3. The language used is simple and friendly. a. You can use contractions such as can’t, I’m, won’t, you’re and so on. b. For examination, do not use slang like, “Hey, Wassup.” , “gonna” , “kinda”, “wanna” 4. Explanation about the format: Format Address Explanation • The writer’s address is written at the top right-hand corner • For example: 25, Jalan Tebing 8/8, Add a coma at the end of each line of the Seksyen 8, address 40000 Shah Alam, Add a fullstop at the end of the address Selangor Darul Ehsan. • Written below the address. For example: 6 June 2011 • Written on the left-hand side of the letter. Begin with:  Dear........, For example: Dear Amin, Dear Latifah,  Dearest…….., or My dear…., (for close friends & family) For example: Dearest father, My dear Uncle Syed, Dearest Siti, You may begin your letter by: • Asking about the person’s health. For example:  How are you? I hope that you’re in the pink of health. 2
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Date Greeting

Opening (1st paragraph)

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Format

Content (Several paragraphs) Closing (Last paragraph)

Signing off

Explanation  How’s your family getting on?  I’m fine and I hope you’re fine too.  I hope that you’re as fit as a fiddle. • Asking what the reader had been up to?  How’s the weather at your place? Not too hot I hope.  Did you get to visit your grandparents?  Did you go on your trip to Paris as you had hoped? They say Paris is a beautiful city. • Expressing happiness: For example:  I received your letter on…  I’m happy to receive your letter…  Thank you for your letter which I received…..  I’m so glad to hear…..  I’m glad to learn that…. • Expressing sorrow:  I’m sorry to hear that….. • Expressing apology:  I’d like to say sorry for…  I’m sorry for not writing…. • In the 2nd paragraph, mention your main reason for writing the letter. You may use the following phrase:  In your last letter, you wanted me to describe / advice…..  I’m writing this letter to…. Inform the reader that you are ending the letter. You may use the following phrases:  I’ll write again soon.  Do write to me soon.  Well, that’s about all for now.  Please give/send my regards to…  Please convey my warm regards to….  Let me pen off here.  Take care of yourself.  Hope to hear from you soon.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.  Hope to receive a reply from you.  Bye / Goodbye. If you are writing to your parents, you can sign off using:  Your loving daughter,  Yours lovingly,  Yours affectionately If you are writing to friends or relatives, you can sign off using:  Your friend,  Yours sincerely, 3

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Explanation  Yours faithfully,  Your niece / nephew, Sign your name at the bottom of the letter in the right-hand corner. For example:
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Signature

A good sample of Opening that you can memorize : Dear …………………………………., How are you? I hope you are in the pink. My family and I are hale and hearty. Thank you for your letter which I received three days ago. Sorry for the late reply. I have been very busy with my study as the examination is just around the corner. Mother was furious at me for studying at the eleventh hour. How about you? I heard you passed your last exam with flying colours. Well, the reason I am writing this letter is ………………. A good sample of Closing that you can memorize : Well, I have to stop here. My mother is calling for me. It must be my devilish little brother again. Yesterday he drew Spongebob on my mother’s new sofa! Hope to hear from you soon. Don’t forget to send my warmest regards to your family.

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How To Write A Recount :
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Read and understand the notes and instructions carefully before you begin. Study the picture / pictures carefully. Ask yourself WH questions to help you; Where is the place? Who are the people? What are they doing? What happened? / What is happening? When it is? (time) For picture series, try to connect the ideas from one picture to the next. Write down the words and ideas beside each picture. Organize your ideas. Use linking words such as ‘After that’, ‘Later’, ‘The next day’, ‘On the last day’. Elaborate each idea by adding interesting details. Think about the conclusion. What happened in the end? Try to have some moral values or lesson learnt from the story.

7. 8. 9.

10. Keep the same tense. We usually use past tense to tell story or describe something that happened.

Practise 1 : Using descriptive adjectives to make your idea more interesting. List down any descriptive adjectives that you know according to the categories given.

Unforgettable

Experience (Pengalaman)

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Contented

Feeling : Happy (Perasaan : Gembira)

Scenic

View : Beautiful (Pemandangan : Cantik)

Luscious
* Easy way to memorize, ‘o’ comes before ‘u’ in the alphabet

Taste : Tasty (Rasa : Sedap)

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Practise 2 : Using idioms / phrasal verbs to make your sentences more interesting. Here are some examples of idioms / phrasal verbs that we often found in an essay. Find the meaning of them. Idioms / Phrasal Verbs jumped at the chance hale and hearty in the pink the eleventh hour with flying colours once in a blue moon hustle and bustle Mother Nature hit the road eye-opener Practise 3 : For every trip / event / occasion, do not forget to state the objectives. Here are some events / occasions, what do you think the aim of these activities : • Camping trip / jungle-tekking / hiking ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… • Sports Day ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… • Teachers’ Day , English Week, Enviromental Week etc ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
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The Nature Club of your school organized a 3-day trip to Pulau Langkawi. The places you visited and the activities carried out are given below. Write a letter to your bosom friend and tell him / her on your experience there.

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Help us to fill in the blanks and complete the letter below.

… ……………………………. ……………………………. ……………………………. ……………………………. …………………………….
My dearest friend ………………………….., …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Well, the reason I am writing this letter is to tell you on my experience at Pulau Langkawi. Recently, the Nature Club of my school organised a 3-day trip to Pulau Langkawi. There were 15 of us, accompanied by 3 teachers. The aim of this trip is to instil awareness and love of nature. When my teacher told me that I was selected for the trip, I jumped at the chance. For me, it was once in a blue moon opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Mother Nature. We hit the road at 8 in the morning. Along the journey, I saw yellowish paddy field and many children flying kites happily at the ‘Kampung’. Then, we boarded a ferry at Langkawi Jetty. Even though I felt a little seasick but the journey was interesting. Upon our arrival, we checked in for our chalets. The 9
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chalet was big and spacious, with 4 rooms, a living room and a kitchen too. We unpacked our things and rested for a while before our first activity. Our first destination was Pantai Cenang Underwater World. The entrance fee was only RM7. We walked through a gigantic tunnel with large fish such as stingrays and sharks. There were also lots of colourful small fishes. I bought some fridge magnets and key chains as souvenirs for my friends and family. (Here I enclosed one for you) The next morning, after a hearty breakfast of ‘Nasi Lemak’ and ‘The Tarik’, we went to Pantai Kok. We visited Summer Palace, a film set for the popular movie, Anna and the King. We found some props from the film and I asked my friend to take some pictures of me wearing one of the costumes. Later, after lunch, we took a nap. At 3.00 p.m, we went for a cable car ride. Phew!! The wind was strong and the cable car was swaying. It was a steep climb to the top. Even though it was a frightening experience, I was mesmerized to see the spectacular and picture-postcard view of Pulau Langkawi. On our last day, we went for a Mangrove Tour. We took a boat ride to visit the fish farm. We also had a chance to watch the eagle feeding. They just simply swoop down to catch the fish. Our last destination was Seven Wells Waterfalls. It was so relaxing to dip in the crystal clear, cool and refreshing water. I really enjoy the picturesque view of the lush forest. At 5.00 p.m, we checked out and headed home. All in all, the trip was an eye-opener to all of us. We learn to appreciate the wonder of nature and I really hope that we can go there together one day. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Yours Truly, …………………………….. (
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