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WRITING A PERSONAL LETTER

Recount / a Trip to Mount Bromo

I. Read the following letter carefully.

Dear Anita,
Hi! How are you Anita? I hope everything is all right. I’ll tell you my last holiday.
Last week I went to east Java for holiday. On the first day I went to Mount Bromo. I stayed
at my uncle’s house at Cemara Lawang, Probolinggo. It has a big garden with lots of
colorful flowers and a fish pond.
The next day, my aunt, my uncle and I saw Gunung Batok and went on scenic ride on
horse back. It was scary. Then we went to get a closer look at the mountain. We took a
picture of beautiful sceneries there.
On the last day we went to the zoo at Wonokromo. We saw cockatoos having shower. In
the afternoon we went home. It was fun.

Love.
(Reni)

GENERIC STRUCTURE

Study the generic structure of the recount text below!

Generic structure Sentences


Orientation: (Who, When Last week I went to east Java for holiday.
Where) I stayed at my uncle’s house at Cemara
Lawang, Probolinggo. It has a big garden
with lots of colorful flowers and a fish pond.
Event 1: (Happening On the first day I went to Mount Bromo
sequences)

Event 2: The next day my aunt, my uncle and I saw


Gunung Batok and went on scenic ride on
horse back. It was scary. Then we went to
get a closer look at the mountain. We took
a picture of beautiful sceneries there.
Event 3: On the last day we went to the zoo at
Wonokromo. We saw cockatoos having
shower.
Reorientation: In the afternoon we went home. It was fun.

Find the generic structure of the text below by filling the form with the
number of the correct paragraph!
Last night I went to the restaurant with my family. It was my Dad’s
birthday.
First we went to the Mal by car. After we arrived there we parked our
car in the parking area. Then we entered a restaurant and ordered pizza
and ice cream.
After having meals at the restaurant we went home. It was really fun.

Generic structure Sentences


Orientation
Event 1
2

Reorientation

LEXICO GRAMMATICAL

The Simple Past Tense: To tell something that happened in the past.

Look at these examples:

• They played football in the field yesterday


• They did not play volley ball in the gym yesterday
• Did they play basketball in the gym yesterday?
-Yes, They did.
-No, They didn’t
• Maria was late this morning
• Marisa and Maria were not absent last week
• Was Marisa happy with her mark this morning ?

Based on the examples, these are the formula of Simple past in the verbal
sentences

(+) (-) (?)

Based on the examples, these are the formula of Simple past in the
nominal sentences

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Exercise

A. Correct the verb in brackets into the correct form!


It was Sunday morning. Rita was doing her homework in her room.
She 1. (have) to make a cloth puppet and a paper house.
At noon, Rita 2. (leave) her room to have lunch in the dining room,
she 3. (eat) and chatted with her family, before having lunch. Rita had
finished doing her assignment and had put the puppet and the house
behind the wardrobe. Rita 4. (do) other homework in the evening.
The next day, she 5,(hand) in her homework to the teacher. The teacher
6. (look) at her work carefully, and then he 7. (smile). Rita’s work 8. (is)
excellent. He gave her an “A” mark for her work. She was very happy.

B. Write your own personal Letter to your friend about your latest birthday
celebration in 100 words.

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