Letter to a Penfriend
|End of Stage 5 (end of Year 10)|
|Grade B||Ashley Pat Cam|
|Grade C||Sam Kim|
Description of activity
Students will write a letter to an imaginary penfriend in Japan about their summer holiday activities. The letter should follow these guidelines:
- Include the date, the name of the addressee and their own name at the end
- Use appropriate starting and ending phrases, and include a detailed message in between
- Use genkōyōshi correctly
- Structure paragraphs as appropriate for English
- Add details to the activities (eg I went to see a movie. The name of the movie was….). Use as many kanji as possible. Check the stroke order and shape of the kanji.
- Write about a page of genkōyōshi.
This activity occurs towards the end of a unit of work about holidays. Students have learnt vocabulary and structures relating to going places, participating in holiday activities and giving opinions. They have engaged in a range of learning activities to consolidate new vocabulary and structures. They will now write a letter to a Japanese penfriend about their summer holidays.
- 5.UL.4 A student experiments with linguistic patterns and structures in Japanese to convey information and to express own ideas.
- 5.MLC.2 A student uses linguistic resources to support the study and production of texts in Japanese.
- 5.MBC.1 A student explores the interdependence of language and culture in a range of texts and contexts.
Criteria for assessing learning
(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)
Students will be assessed on their ability to:
- convey information and express own ideas by selecting and incorporating particular linguistic structures for a specific purpose and context
- demonstrate effective communication in clear and cohesive text by
- making linguistic choices to enhance intended meaning
- applying grammatical rules and conventions consistently
- apply knowledge of the conventions of the writing system by writing kanji, hiragana and katakana in the appropriate context
- apply appropriate conventions of letter writing