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Dear Mr Kilmer by Anne Schraf

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Understand the following:
Terms Meaning
Event / Incident Peristiwa
(What happened?) Peristiwa / kejadian yang berlaku di
dalam sesebuah cerita
Cause Penyebab
(Why did it Mengapa sesuatu peristiwa berlaku.
Effect Kesan
Apakah kesan-kesan kepada watak-
watak yang terlibat apabila sesuatu
peristiwa berlaku.
Character Watak di dalam sesebuah cerita.
Characteristics / Perwatakan / Sifat / Kualiti seseorang
Qualities / watak.

Gus, Richards elder brother, was upset

with Richard because Richard purposely

Richard Richards father, Pa, was also

disappointed with Richard.
thought that
hunting was 1
Pa asked Richard why he purposely
not important. Richard missed shooting the buck.

shooting a Richard told Pa that he had no right to kill
Richard could
Richard told Pa that he felt painful and
not kill animals. sad to kill an animal.

Pa told Richard not to go hunting anymore

if he did not like it.

In his letter, Richard told Mr Kilmer that

Richard learnt about Mr he wrote poems too. However, he kept
Kilmer when Richards this as a secret from everyone.
English teacher, Mrs
Hansen read a poem to the
class. The title of the poem
was Trees by Joyce
Richard asked for Mr Kilmers advice . He
2 wanted to know whether he should tell his
secret to everybody.
Mrs Hansen told the class
that Mr Kilmer was a
famous poet. He worked Richard wrote his first
for The New York Times. letter to Mr Kilmer.

This was how Richard became friends

Richard regarded Mr Kilmer with Mr Kilmer. They always exchanged
as his new hero because letters with each other.
Mr Kilmer loved poetry and
was brave to enlist in the
Richard always sent a poem with his
Richard got Mr Kilmers letters. Mr Kilmer would praise Richard
office address. and make suggestions to improve the

Richard told some of his schoolmates

about it.

Richard realised that his schoolmates
were mean to Hannah and her parents.
They said that the Schermers were
Someone scrawled Dirty Hannah Schermer cried Huns.
Hun all over her book at the school hallway. They said that the Schermers were
unpatriotic because they spoke German
and served Hun food at their tavern
while a war was going on against

Starting from this incident, the Schermers

were always being mistreated by some of
the Turtle Lake people.

Mrs Hansen asked her

class to sign a card for the
Someone vandalised the After school, Richard took the card from
tavern owned by Mrs Hansen. He wanted to give the card
Hannahs parents. to Hannah.
They painted Dirty
Huns all over the walls.
Mrs Hansen brought a
card to express regret
On Richards way to Hannahs home,
for what had happened. Richard was the only Abner and Harry was waiting to hit him.
student who signed a They called Richard a Hun lover. Their
sympathy card for the
The troublemakers like cruel intention was in vain as Richard
Abner, Harry, Blanche and fought them back. They promised to leave
Peggy refused to sign the Richard alone.

They warned other Hannah accepted the card reluctantly.

classmates not to sign the Later, Hannah apologised to Richard for
card. being rude.
The boys were afraid This was the beginning of their friendship.
Abner and Harry would
hit them.
The girls worry that
popular girls like Peggy
and Blanche would not
speak to them.

Nobody was interested.

Gus did not believe that Mr Kilmer was
Pa did not believe that Richard wrote
Richard asked whether his family
Richard received a letter members wanted to read his poems.
from Mr Kilmer. Nobody was interested. Richard was sad.

Gus advised Richard not tell anyone he
wrote poetry. He wanted Richard to fit in
Richard told his family with other people . Everyone called him a
Mr Kilmer advised Richard
and Mrs Hansen that Hun Lover after he signed the card for
to overcome his fear.
he wrote poetry. Hannah.

The next day, Richard told Mrs Hansen

that he wrote poetry. He showed her Mr
Kilmers letter.
Mr Kilmer advised Richard
to share his poetry with Mrs Hansen helped Richard to choose a
people around him. poem. Richard would send the poem to Mr

As advised by Mrs Hansen, Richard

shared Mr Kilmers latest letter and his
poem with the class .
Some of his classmates, including
Blanche and Peggy, were deeply moved
by his poem. They started to respect
Hannah suggested a different ending to

Hannah and Richard won the roles Gus told Richard that all students said
of Lady Liberty and the Doughboy that he was unpatriotic and a traitor.
respectively because they wrote
the best essays. Mrs Hansen asked
the class to write an essay as one Pa was disappointed when Richard
of the activities for a patriotic declined the role of the Doughboy.
programme which helped sell Pa advised Richard not to side with the
Liberty bonds. Schermers.
Hannah wrote the best essay so Mrs Influenced by Abners father story, he
Hansen asked Hannah to read it. 6 thought that the Schermers wanted the
After she read the essay, only Germans to win the war.
Hannah declined
Richard clapped his hand. Richard told his father that the
the role of Lady
Liberty. Richard Schermers were patriotic.
Many students were angry with Mrs declined his They wanted the Allies to win.
Hansens decision. They regarded part as the Hannahs brother, Otto, was an
Hannah as an unpatriotic German Doughboy. American soldier.
although she was an American
citizen. Hannahs friendship with Richard became
Some parents complained to the Hannah invited Richard to her house.
principal and demanded Mrs Hansen Richard got to know Hannahs parents.
to choose someone else. Mrs Richard visited the Schermers
Hansen did not change her mind. whenever he felt lonely.
The Schermers understood his dreams.
Richard shared Mr Kilmers letters with
Hannah told Richard that her essay He read his poems to them.
started a little war in Turtle lake. She
During Christmas, Hannah baked
did not want to cause any more
problems. Richard wanted to support cookies for Mr Kilmer.
Hannah. Mrs Schermer knitted a scarf to cheer
Mr Kilmer up.

The tribute was printed in the local

newspaper, The Turtle Lake Weekly.

Richards father read the poem.

Mr Kilmer was killed in the Richard was afraid that his father was
war between the Allies and going to be angry at him. His father did
the Germans. not like Richard writing poems.
After reading the poem, his father told
Richard about what happened to
Richard wrote a poem Richards uncle, Roland.
Mr Kilmer was Richards as a tribute to Mr His father never told Richard about this
penpal. Kilmer.
Roland was killed in a war in Cuba. His
father regarded Roland as his world.
In the poem, Richard His father was amazed how Richard
likened Mr Kilmer to the Richard
could continued writing
use the same poems
word in hisabout
world. farm life for the local newspaper.

Richard got his fathers help as he was an

experienced farmer. Every night, Richard
read his poems aloud. His father would
correct or give suggestions to improve the

His father finally supported Richards

passion in writing poetry.