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DEAR MR KILMER NOTES AND EXERCISE Thirdly, Richard was brave.

Thirdly, Richard was brave. This was shown when Richard told his
1. ‘It is important to have a person you look up to in your life.’ family and Mrs Hansen that he wrote poetry. Before telling his secret to
From the novel that you have read, write about one character that you look his family and Mrs Hansen, Richard wrote a letter to Mr Kilmer. Mr
up to. Give reasons why you choose him/her. 15% SPM2007 Kilmer was Richard’s penpal. Richard learnt about Mr Kilmer when Richard’s
English teacher, Mrs Hansen read a poem to the class. The title of the
The novel that I read was ‘Dear Mr Kilmer’ by Anne Schraff. One poem was “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. In his letter, Richard told Mr Kilmer
character that I looked up to was Richard. There were three reasons why that he wrote poems too. However, he kept this as a secret from
I looked up to Richard. everyone. Richard asked for Mr Kilmer’s advice. He wanted to know
whether he should tell his secret to everybody. One day, Richard received
Firstly, he loved animals. This was shown when Richard purposely a letter from Mr Kilmer. Mr Kilmer advised Richard to overcome his fear.
missed shooting a buck. Richard thought that hunting was not important. Mr Kilmer advised Richard to share his poetry with people around
Richard could not kill animals. Gus, Richard’s elder brother, was upset with him. Nobody was interested when Richard told his family about Mr
Richard because Richard purposely misfired. Richard’s father, Pa, was also Kilmer’s letter and his secret. Gus did not believe that Mr Kilmer was
disappointed with Richard. Pa asked Richard why he purposely missed famous. Pa did not believe that Richard wrote poetry. Richard asked
shooting the buck. Richard told Pa that he had no right to kill it. Richard whether his family members wanted to read his poems. Nobody was
told Pa that he felt painful and sad to kill an animal. Pa told Richard not to interested. Richard was sad. Gus advised Richard not tell anyone he wrote
go hunting anymore if he did not like it. poetry. He wanted Richard to fit in with other people. Everyone called him
a Hun Lover after he signed the card for Hannah. The next day, Richard
Secondly, Richard was kind. One day, Mrs Hansen asked her class to told Mrs Hansen that he wrote poetry. He showed her Mr Kilmer’s
sign a card for the Schermers. Someone vandalised the tavern owned by letter. Mrs Hansen helped Richard to choose a poem. Richard would send
Hannah’s parents. They painted “Dirty Huns” all over the walls. Mrs Hansen the poem to Mr Kilmer. As advised by Mrs Hansen, Richard shared Mr
brought a card to express regret for what had happened. The Kilmer’s latest letter and his poem with the class.Some of his classmates,
troublemakers like Abner, Harry, Blanche and Peggy refused to sign the including Blanche and Peggy, were deeply moved by his poem. They started
card. They warned other classmates not to sign the card. The boys were to respect Richard. Hannah suggested a different ending to Richard’s poem.
afraid Abner and Harry would hit them. The girls worry that popular girls
like Peggy and Blanche would not speak to them. However, Richard was the In conclusion, I admired and respected Richard because he had good
only student who signed the sympathy card for Hannah Schermer. After personalities.
school, Richard took the card from Mrs Hansen. He wanted to give the card
to Hannah. Hannah accepted the card reluctantly. Later, Hannah apologised
to Richard for being rude. This was the beginning of their friendship.
2. Using the details from the novel that you have studied, as his “world”. His father was amazed how Richard could use the same word
• Describe what happens at the end of the novel. in his tribute. Richard continued writing poems about farm life for the local
• Explain why you find the ending either happy or sad. newspaper. Richard got his father’s help as he was an experienced farmer.
15% SPM 2008 Every night, Richard read his poems aloud. His father would correct or give
The novel that I read was ‘Dear Mr Kilmer’ by Anne Schraff. At the suggestions to improve the poems. His father finally supported Richard’s
end of the story, Richard’s father finally supported his passion in writing passion in writing poetry.
poetry. This was a happy ending.
In conclusion, the ending of this story was truly heart warming when
Richard Knight had a secret. Nobody knew that he wrote poetry a father and a son finally got along through the love of poetry.
including his family, teachers and schoolmates. One day, Richard learnt
about Mr Kilmer when Richard’s English teacher, Mrs Hansen read a poem
to the class. The title of the poem was “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. Mr Kilmer
was a famous poet. He enlisted in the army. He wrote a letter to Mr
Kilmer. In his letter, Richard told Mr Kilmer that he wrote poems
too. Richard asked for Mr Kilmer’s advice. He wanted to know whether he
should tell his secret to everybody. A few days later, Richard received a
letter from Mr Kilmer. Mr Kilmer advised Richard to overcome his fear. Mr
Kilmer advised Richard to share his poetry with people around him. Nobody
was interested when Richard told his family about Mr Kilmer’s letter and
his secret. Gus did not believe that Mr Kilmer was famous. Pa did not
believe that Richard wrote poetry. Richard asked whether his family
members wanted to read his poems. Nobody was interested. Richard was
sad.

One day, Richard received a bad news about Mr Kilmer. Mr Kilmer


was killed in the war between the Allies and the Germans. Richard wrote a
poem as a tribute to Mr Kilmer. In the poem, Richard likened Mr Kilmer to
the “world”. The tribute was printed in the local newspaper, “The Turtle
Lake Weekly”. Richard’s father read the poem. Richard was afraid that his
father was going to be angry at him. His father did not like Richard writing
poems. After reading the poem, his father told Richard about what
happened to Richard’s uncle, Roland. His father never told Richard about
this story. Roland was killed in a war in Cuba. His father regarded Roland
3. Using the details from the novel that you have studied, write about a 4. Based on the novel you have studied, write about an event that makes
difficult decision made by one of the characters. you angry? With close reference to the text, give reasons why the event
With close reference to the text, do you think this was the right decision? makes you feel this way.

The novel that I studied was ‘Dear Mr Kilmer’ by Anne Schraff. A difficult The novel that I studied was ‘Dear Mr Kilmer’ by Anne Schraff. An event
decision made by Richard was to tell people that he wrote poetry. This was the that made me angry was when the Schermers’ tavern was vandalised. I was
right decision. angry because of two reasons.

Richard Knight had a secret. Nobody knew that he wrote poetry including
Firstly, I was angry because some Turtle Lake people were being unfair to
his family, teachers and schoolmates. One day, Richard learnt about Mr Kilmer
the Schermers. They vandalized the Schermers tavern. They painted
when Richard’s English teacher, Mrs Hansen read a poem to the class. The title of
the poem was “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. Mr Kilmer was a famous poet. He enlisted “Dirty Huns” all over the walls. They said that the Schermers were Huns.
in the army. He wrote a letter to Mr Kilmer. In his letter, Richard told Mr Kilmer Some Turtle Lake people believed that Huns were a barbaric clan originated
that he wrote poems too. Richard asked for Mr Kilmer’s advice. He wanted to know from Germany. They said that the Schermers were unpatriotic because
whether he should tell his secret to everybody. they spoke German and served Hun food at their tavern while a war was
going on against Germany.
A few days later, Richard received a letter from Mr Kilmer. Mr Kilmer
advised Richard to overcome his fear. Mr Kilmer advised Richard to share his Secondly, I was angry because Richard’s classmates were being unkind to
poetry with people around him. Nobody was interested when Richard told his family
the Schermers after the Schermers’s tavern was vandalised. Mrs Hansen
about Mr Kilmer’s letter and his secret. Gus did not believe that Mr Kilmer was
brought a card to express regret for what had happened Mrs Hansen asked
famous. Pa did not believe that Richard wrote poetry. Richard asked whether his
her class to sign the card. The troublemakers like Abner, Harry, Blanche
family members wanted to read his poems. Nobody was interested. Richard was
sad. and Peggy refused to sign the card. They warned other classmates not to
sign the card. The boys were afraid Abner and Harry would hit them. The
The next day, Richard told Mrs Hansen that he wrote poetry. He showed girls worry that popular girls like Peggy and Blanche would not speak to
her Mr Kilmer’s letter. Mrs Hansen helped Richard to choose a poem. Richard would them. However, Richard was the only student who signed the sympathy card
send the poem to Mr Kilmer. As advised by Mrs Hansen, Richard shared Mr Kilmer’s for Hannah Schermer. After school, Richard took the card from Mrs
latest letter and his poem with the class. Some of his classmates, including Blanche Hansen. He wanted to give the card to Hannah. Hannah accepted the card
and Peggy, were deeply moved by his poem. They started to respect Richard. reluctantly. Later, Hannah apologised to Richard for being rude. This was
Hannah suggested a different ending to Richard’s poem.
the beginning of their friendship.

In conclusion, Richard was a brave boy when he decided to tell his secrets
In conclusion, the event where the Schermers was being mistreated
to everyone.
infuriated me. I truly believed that discrimination was unjust.
5. Suggest one character in the novel you have read who you think is a people around him. Nobody was interested when Richard told his family
good role model for teenagers. Briefly describe the character and give about Mr Kilmer’s letter and his secret. Gus did not believe that Mr
reasons for your choice with close reference to the text. Kilmer was famous. Pa did not believe that Richard wrote poetry. Richard
asked whether his family members wanted to read his poems. Nobody was
The novel that I read was ‘Dear Mr Kilmer’ by Anne Schraff. A good interested. Richard was sad. Gus advised Richard not tell anyone he wrote
role model for teenagers was Richard. Richard was 15 years old. He was tall, poetry. He wanted Richard to fit in with other people. Everyone called him
pale and slender. Richard was Mr Knight’s son. He was Angie and Gus’s a Hun Lover after he signed the card for Hannah.
younger brother. He was Mr Kilmer’s penpal and Hannah’s best friend. He
loved poetry. There were three reasons why I chose Richard. Thirdly, he was supportive. Hannah and Richard won the roles of
Lady Liberty and the Doughboy respectively because they wrote the best
Firstly, he was kind. One day, Mrs Hansen asked her class to sign a essays. Mrs Hansen asked the class to write an essay as one of the
card for the Schermers. Someone vandalised the tavern owned by Hannah’s activities for a patriotic programme which helped sell Liberty bonds. Many
parents. They painted “Dirty Huns” all over the walls. Mrs Hansen brought students were angry when Hannah won the role. They regarded Hannah as
a card to express regret for what had happened. The troublemakers like an unpatriotic German although she was an American citizen. Hannah told
Abner, Harry, Blanche and Peggy refused to sign the card. They warned Richard that her essay started a little war in Turtle lake. She did not want
other classmates not to sign the card. The boys were afraid Abner and to cause any more problems. So she declined the role of Lady Liberty.
Harry would hit them. The girls worry that popular girls like Peggy and Richard wanted to support Hannah. Therefore,Richard declined his part as
Blanche would not speak to them. However, Richard was the only student the Doughboy. His family, his schoolmates and the Turtle Lake People
who signed the sympathy card for Hannah Schermer.After school, criticized him for turning down his role. They called him unpatriotic and a
Richard took the card from Mrs Hansen. He wanted to give the card to traitor. These criticisms never stopped Richard from standing up for what
Hannah. Hannah accepted the card reluctantly. Later, Hannah apologised was right.
to Richard for being rude. This was the beginning of their friendship.
In conclusion, Richard was a good role model for teenagers because
Secondly, Richard was brave. This was shown when Richard told his he had good personalities.
family he wrote poetry. Before telling his secret to his family, Richard
wrote a letter to Mr Kilmer. Mr Kilmer was Richard’s penpal. Richard
learnt about Mr Kilmer whenRichard’s English teacher, Mrs Hansen read a
poem to the class. The title of the poem was “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. In
his letter, Richard told Mr Kilmer that he wrote poems too. However, he
kept this as a secret from everyone. Richard asked for Mr Kilmer’s advice.
He wanted to know whether he should tell his secret to everybody. One
day, Richard received a letter from Mr Kilmer. Mr Kilmer advised Richard
to overcome his fear. Mr Kilmer advised Richard to share his poetry with