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English first additional language

Grade 9

Hidden treasures

Module 13

Formal letter

Activity 1:

To write for social purposes

[lo 4.2, 4.6]

How wonderful it would be to get permission for your class to plant a tree in the school grounds, one which you would then be responsible to nurture (look after)!

Write a formal letter of ± 100 words to your headmaster requesting permission to do just that!

  • Your teacher will select the best letter to be submitted to him. I hope it will be yours. Remember to do a rough draft first, to edit it and then to hand in the final draft.

Take note of the correct format:



25 May 2003

The Headmaster

Ainsville High School

PO Box 438



Dear Mr Graham

Tree Planting

(Introduction: your purpose for writing)

(Body: reasons and support for your letter)

(Conclusion: a positive ending)

Yours faithfully

(Ms) S. Petersen

Consult the functional writing grid by which your diary entry was assessed – it will apply here too.

Proof read and edit your rough draft now. (Hand in the rough draft with the final copy.)

By now you have probably received permission to plant a tree. As a class, make a list of all that needs to be done to plant and to maintain a tree. Consider the following points:

  • how deep and wide the hole must be
  • what fertiliser is needed
  • how often the tree needs to be watered
  • choice of tree (perhaps you can find out what the tree of the year is and plant it if it is suited to your area), consider whether the area is sunny or shaded and whether the tree is evergreen or not
  • the best season in which to plant the tree

will have to devise a roster . The duties of planting and caring for your tree should be divided amongst all your classmates. This will ensure that it receives the best care in order for it to grow into a big, strong, healthy specimen. A tree is a good reminder of the passing of time.

(Include clearing litter from the area around your tree as a duty.)

  • Where do you plot your X’s now?

Activity 2:

To read a text for information and pleasure and understand some elements of poetry

[lo 3.2, 6.3, 6.9]

It is exactly this (as depicted by the graph) - the pursuit of money - that causes us to lose sight of that which is more essential than money: a faith in the quality of life. Discuss this briefly in your group.

  • Consider the following poem before deciding whether man is destructive or not.
  • Answer the questions that follow with care.

Where are all my Christmas trees?

…April, May, June, July

August, September, October, November –


Nine long months still to dream of

silver balls and tinsel,

little lambs and the magi

bringing to life the miracle of the nativity.

Was it so long ago that we

swept up the pine needles?

The whispering pines is where I’ll go

to breathe in the Christmas feel,

to roll on matted needle covers

and rest, staring where they point –

where infinite dreams and hopes are sent.

A grating, rasping, sawing fills my ears

and round the bend –

a massacre.

They’re gone and going . . .

My stream of tears

splatters off the fallen board

‘Phase One: Whispering Pines, exclusive

Questions & Answers

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Damian Reply
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.
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Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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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
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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's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
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I'm interested in nanotube
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