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2017

Hi!

I have been absent for quite sometime. How do you do?

Wish all of you well and I will update this blog more often than before.  I will update answers for the exercises here next week.

See you around.

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SPM 2016 Forecast

1119/1

  1. Report or
  2. Informal letter
  • Report on activities – past tense
  • Report on an ongoing problem – present tense

1119/2

  1. Poem : The Living Photograph/ What Has Happened to Lulu
  2. Novel : A Character that can be a role model or theme of bravery or family love.

 

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Tips – Directed Writing

Hi!
I have a handful of tips n I hope the tips are useful.

1. Always write according to the format. (If you forget, no worries. Just write according to the layout that you can remember.)
2. Use a part of the question to begin your writing. (I will show this later)
3. It is best to organise your content points according to the sequence in the question ( this helps the markers a lot)
4. Elaborate each point with a bit of explanation and examples. Make sure they are related.
 

Later…. to be continued,

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Tanjung Rhu by Minfong Ho

To all my students of 4 Anthurium 2016. This is for your semester break. I hope you enjoy reading the story.

Synopsis

Simple yet profound story.  This short story is about a successful man who forgets his roots as a kampong boy in Tanjung Rhu and realises the importance and how much he misses it after his mother’s death. The relationship between Mr T.W Li, a rich businessman and Ah Ma, his mother. Mr Li has his office at Shenton Way and is modern in ways and ideas. Ah ma is traditional with strong religious beliefs and practices ancestor worship. The day after Ah Ma’s funeral, Mr Li recalls the day he told his mother about using binoculars or see far glasses. The strory also looks at the conflict, struggle and tension between modern and traditional society in Singapore through the realtionship between Mr. T.W Li and his mother.Based on this short story Tanjung Rhu Form 4 Literature, Mr Li feels some degree of regret for the way he treats Ah ma after this mother falls ill and later passes away. He never pays much attention to this mother’s stories about the past and realizes a little too late that most of his questions remained unanswered. Mr Li promises to fulfil her last wish but is unable to find the key.

Moral Value

1) Although we live in modern world, we must not forget our traditional values
2) We must learn to appreciate people while we can
3) Money cannot buy everything
4) Learn to respect and tolerate each other
5) We should consider and accept changes in our lives and progress with the time
6) We should always voice out our feelings especially if we want to express feelings of love for a family member especially an old parent.

Exercise

Read the extract from the short story Tanjung Rhu. Then answer the questions.

  1. ‘Edward’, she said, crossing her legs, ‘come and join us?’

He refused, and was just turning away, when she noticed the binoculars he was holding,

And asked what they were.

‘Oh, these,’ he said. ‘I bought theme today. For the children’. He could not think of anything better to say. (p.20)

a.Who does the pronoun ‘us’ refer to?

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b.Why do you think Edward or Mr Li refuses to join them?

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c. In your opinion, why didn’t Edward tell the truth about the binoculars he

bought for his mother?

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d.What does this incident reveal about the relationship of these two characters?

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2.   There was one drawer which would not open. The joss sticks, he thought, must be in there, with all the things that were most important to her. He pulled again at that drawer, harder this time, but it stayed shut. And then he realized that she always kept it locked. And he did not know where she hid the key. (p.35)

a) Where is Mr Li?

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b) Why is he looking for joss sticks?

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HOTS c) What does the locked drawer symbolise?

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HOTS d) If you were Mr Li, what would you do in this situation?

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Poison Tree by William Blake

My dear students (5AN,AS,AM). Wish you the best of time for this sem break. This is for you and the rest of you readers. Have fun holidaying!!

A Poison Tree – William Blake

I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears:
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night.
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.

And into my garden stole,
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see;
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

MEANING OF DIFFICULT WORDS

  1. Wrath – strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire.
  2. Deceit – distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; duplicity; fraud; cheating
  3. Wiles – Trick, trap
  4. Veiled – conceal, lacking clarity or distinctness

POETIC/LITERARY DEVICES

  1. Personification

–       Waters the wrath with fear

–        I told my wrath, my wrath did end

  1. Metaphor 

-The tree is considered as a wrath/anger

-“Till it bore an apple bright”, the apple is a metaphor for the “fruit” of his grudge.

  1. Alliteration 

-sunned and smiles

-friend and foe

-bore and bright

  1. Imagery

– Throughout the poem

  1. Irony

-the foe beneath the tree of hatred

  1. Repetition

-“I was angry with my friend… I was angry with my foe”

  1. Allusion

-“Garden.. apple…tree” alludes to Adam & Eve, the Garden of Eden.

STANZA BY STANZA ANALYSIS

Stanza 1: The persona speaks of someone, his friend and his foe, whom he is angry with. When he says ‘I told my wrath, my wrath did end’ after he said he was angry with his friend, he is saying he was able to get over being angry with his friend and forgot about it. Although, it is quite the opposite when he mentions’ I told it not, and my wrath did grow’. The persona is saying that with his enemy, he allows himself to get angry, and therefore, his wrath does grow.

Stanza 2: In this stanza, the persona begins to make his anger grow and he takes pleasure in it, comparing his anger with something, in this case, a tree or plant. The speaker says he ‘sunned it with smiles’ and ‘and with soft, deceitful wiles’. This means he is creating an illusion with his enemy saying he is pretending to be friendly to seduce and bring him closer.

Stanza 3: ‘And it grew both day and night’ and ‘til it bore an apple bright’ are meaning that his illusion with his enemy is growing and growing until it became a strong and tempting thing. His illusion has a metaphor and it is an apple. After, his foe believes it shines, which means he thinks it’s true and means something, and takes the persona’s illusion seriously. ‘And he knew it was mine’ suggests that he really thinks the persona is his friend.

Stanza 4: Being the last stanza, the persona needed to come up with a conclusion. He has used the two lines ‘in the morning glad I see’ and ‘my foe outstretched beneath the tree’ to say that his foe finally fell to his tempting illusion and metaphorically, consumed his poison apple and died. So, obviously, his malicious intentions were hidden behind illusion and he prevailed over his enemy.

CRITICAL APPRECIATION

In the first stanza, the consequence of allowing anger to continue instead of stopping it as it begins is shown. This consequence is simply that it will continue to grow. However, as the poem progresses, it is seen that this continued growth of anger can yield harmful results as the enemy, or foe, is lured toward the tree and eats of its fruit, the poison apple. This kills his foe, as he is seen outstretched beneath the tree, a sight the speaker is glad to see the next morning. These final two lines explain one of the main themes of the poem, which is that anger leads to self-destruction. The speaker’s anger grows and eventually becomes so powerful that it has changes from simple anger with another person, to desire to see them dead. One of the subjects of the persona’s work was the underworld, or Hell, and knowing this, it can be seen that the destruction which results from anger is not physical, but spiritual. In addition, the death of the foe, which the speaker is glad to see, does not spiritually affect the foe as the speaker is affected, but only physically harms the foe.

Exercise

1. Why did the persona’s wrath end when he told his friend about it?

2. What happened when he did not tell his foe?

3. How did the persona nurture his wrath?

4. Why is ‘and’ repeated three times in stanza 2?

5. What type of literary device is used in ‘soft deceitful wiles’? Why?

6. What does the poem’s title suggest about the content?

7. In your opinion, what is the persona really doing in stanza 2?

 

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Captain Nobody – Important events

Captain Nobody

Captain Nobody foils a robbery.

  • JJ gives Newt an emergency call on the walkie-talkie. She is upset about the spelling mistakes on the signs outside Sullivan’s Jewelry Store. She insists that Captain Nobody (Newt) talk to Mr & Mrs Sullivan about this.
  • Captain Nobody enters the store when a robber is actually pointing a hidden gun at the Sullivans. This creates a distraction which gives Mrs Sullivan the chance to press the alarm and alert the police.
  • The robber flees. The news is widely reported on television. Everyone wants to know more about Captain Nobody, but Newt is not hungry for publicity.

Captain Nobody prevents an air crash

  • Newt and his friends are taking the mascot – Ferocious the Ferret – to Newt’s home. On the way, they are confronted by Ricky Ratner and his seventh-grade gang. In the struggle between the two groups, the door of the cage springs open and the ferret springs out.
  • Newt and his friend chase after it to get it back. The ferret runs across the freeway and back several times with Newt chasing it. All traffic comes to a standstill.
  • By coincidence, a small airplane with passengers has engine failure and needs a clear track for an emergency landing. The pilot sees the cleared freeway and manages to make a safe landing. All lives are saved. Again the news is widely reported and the public interest in the mysterious Captain Nobody grows to an intense level.

Captain Nobody ‘rescues’ Reggie Ratner

  • There is a city-wide public alarm that Reggie Ratner has climbed the Appleton Water Tower to jump to his death. Captain Nobody climbs to the top of the tower to tell Reggie that he knows the truth – that it is not Reggie who has collided with Chris.
  • Newt learns that Reggie’s purpose in climbing the tower is not to commit suicide. He helps to free Reggie’s foot which is stuck in a hole on the rooftop.
  • Both make the descent in full view of the crowd below. Newt lands first, followed by 280-pound Reggie who lands on him, causing him to break his leg and two rib bones. Newt is place in the hospital with Chris, his brother who is still in a coma.