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English first additional language

Grade 6

Module 40

To express an opinion and give reasons

Activity 1:

To express an opinion and give reasons [lo 4.1.4]

To identify differences between formal and informal style [lo 4.2.2]

To edit writing, using knowledge of structure [lo 4.5.3]

Everybody is entitled to his or her opinion on issues in our society today. This activity is going to focus on your opinion! It will give you the opportunity to express that opinion in writing. Today we are going to compose a letter to our local Member of Parliament to express our opinion about one of the following issues.

  • Recycling
  • Preserving our environment
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Computers for all schools

Choose a topic that you feel strongly about. Start by brainstorming your ideas in the block provided for your rough draft. Remember to introduce yourself, explain your opinion and then make suggestions to change or improve the situation. Once your rough draft is finished, look carefully at the basic elements of a letter, and then start your letter in the space provided for your final copy. Be sure to check your spelling and punctuation.

Basic elements of a letter:

Sender’s address and code


Recipient’s name

Recipient’s address and code

Dear Sir/Madam

Subject Line

Introductory paragraph

2 nd and 3 rd paragraphs

Concluding paragraph

Yours sincerely

Name signed

Educator’s Assessment Chart:

Criteria 1 2 3 4
Spelling and punctuation Difficult to decipher Still developing Good – very few errors Excellent - no errors
Format Unable to do Correct format, but still developing Correct in most instances Correct throughout
Neatness Untidy Presentation inconsistent, greater care needed Good presentation Excellent presentation, great care taken
Ability to express an opinion and give reasons it Unable to do Reasonable Good Excellent


LO 4
WRITING The learner will be able to write different kinds of factual and imaginative texts for a wide range of purposes.
We know this when the learner:
4.1 writes to communicate information:
4.1.2 writes a description of a person, object or simple process;
4.1.4 expresses an opinion and gives reasons for it;
4.2 writes for social purposes:
4.2.2 identifies some differences between formal and informal style;
4.3 writes creatively:
4.3.1 shows development in the ability to write poems, stories, play scripts and dialogues (e.g. by using poetic devices).
4.5 understands the writing process and uses developing knowledge of language structure and use:
4.5.1 writes rough drafts, reads them critically, gets feedback from the teacher and classmates, and rewrites;
4.5.3 edits writing, using knowledge of structure (e.g. grammar, spelling, punctuation) and tools.


Each learner is required to write a letter to express an opinion in this activity. The letter is to be addressed to the local Member of Parliament. You will have to find out the name and address of your local MP for this activity. The learners have been given four topics to choose from. Read through the topics with the class and have a brief discussion about each one. Once learners have chosen the topic that they would like to write about, allow them to work on their rough draft, brainstorming their ideas and ordering their thoughts.

Discuss the basic elements of a letter with them so that they are able to write their letter in the correct format. The letter must be written in the space provided. Read through the assessment chart with the whole class before they begin.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
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Source:  OpenStax, English first additional language grade 6. OpenStax CNX. Sep 07, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10998/1.1
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