Comprehension: Unit 9, Composition: Features of an Informal Letter with sample model

 

Welcome to class! 

In today’s class, we will be talking about composition: features of an informal letter, etc. Enjoy the class!

Literature: Introduction to Figures of Speech (Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Alliteration, etc.)

Figures of Speech classnotes.ng

A figure of speech is a phrase or word having different meanings than its literal meanings. It conveys meaning by identifying or comparing one thing to another, which has connotation or meaning familiar to the audience. That is why it helps create a vivid rhetorical effect.

Types of Figures of Speech

There are many types of figures of speech. Here are a few of them with detailed descriptions:

  • Personification:

It occurs when a writer gives human traits to non-human or inanimate objects. It is similar to metaphors and similes that also use a comparison between two objects. For instance, “Hadn’t she felt it in every touch of the sunshine, as its golden finger-tips pressed her lids open and wound their way through her hair?”

  • Simile:

It is a type of comparison between things or objects by using “as” or “like.” See the following example: My heart is like a singing bird, whose nest is in water; My heart is like an apple-tree. My heart is like a rainbow shell…

  • Metaphor:

Metaphor is comparing two unlike objects or things, which may have some common qualities.

Example:  He is the dark horse

Tobi is a dog

Evaluation: Write on five types of figures of speech

General Evaluation
  1. Write on the following:
  2. Simile
  3. Metaphor
  4. Assonance
  5. Alliteration

 

Features of an Informal Letter with a sample model

Content:

  1. Informal letters are very friendly and casual in their tone. Their greatest distinction from a formal letter is this casualness of tone. Informal letters are never official or excessively polite, nor do they contain much terminology.
  2. Informal letters always contain questions about the person’s well-being, as well as that of those around him, like his family and friends.
  3. Informal letters also rely a lot on memories, shared secrets, and humorous moments of the past and shared dreams or conversations.

Below is an example of an informal letter, written by a son to his mother. This will help you understand the tone of an informal letter.

43, Princess Street,

Surulere, Lagos.

27th Oct. 2017

Dear Ma,

How are you? How’s Dad? And Ben? Is Ben alright? Has he tripped and broken his leg yet again? I can just imagine poor clumsy Ben falling and crying his eyes out. The poor lad does need to be more careful in his wandering. Very soon he’ll turn ten and start calling himself a big boy!

I’m feeling quite excellent here. The academic requirements keep me so busy! I hardly have time to miss you. Though, sometimes, I do miss eating with you people very much. I can’t wait for vacations to begin! I’m going to gorge on all your dishes like there’s no tomorrow!

I’ve started to develop a keen interest in English Language and I’ve been taking an introductory course in it this term. Who knows, I might even major in it! Hopefully, though, my interest in English shouldn’t wane—the way it did for Civic Education, remember, Ma?

I hope Dad’s doing well. And please don’t skip your orator Informal Letter Template Writing Tips:

  1. Informal letters are very friendly and casual in their tone. Their greatest distinction from a formal letter is this casualness of tone. Informal letters are never official or excessively polite, nor do they contain much terminology.
  2. Informal letters always contain questions about the person’s well-being, as well as that of those around him, like his family and friends.
  3. Informal letters also rely a lot on memories, shared secrets, humorous moments of the past and shared dreams or conversations.
  4. Below is an example of an informal letter, written by a son to his mother. This will help you understand the tone of an informal letter. meds, Ma. I miss you guys a lot and I cannot wait to see you.

Yours faithfully,

Samson

Weekend Assignment:

Write a letter to your cousin, telling him/ her of your experience in school.

 

In our next class, we will be talking about Speech Work, Grammar: Introduction to Adverbs (Features and Functions).  We hope you enjoyed the class.

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