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DEAR MR KILMER

CHAPTER 5
It was the end of school and Richard
shared Mr Kilmer's letter to the class.
Many of his classmates discouraged him
about writing poems but Mrs Hansen
always gave him support and adviced him
to do what he liked. Richard and Mr
Kilmer often exchanged their stories and
wonderful poems. Hannah also fully
supported Richard and helped him to
finish his poems. The poem turned out
really well.
In history class, Mr Higby described
about the current battle .He also
reminded his class to keep abreast
of war events in summer holiday.
During the summer, Richard helped his
father at the farm and he also noticed
that his father was always unhappy. One
night, he wrote about his Pa and very
pleased with his work.
Richard received a reply from Mr
Kilmer. He praised Richard's poem on the
soldiers and he hoped this war will end all
wars. Meanwhile, Richard continued to
daydream about the smart and beautiful
Hannah Schermer and wrote a poem
about her.
CHARACTER AND CHARACTERISTICS
RICHARD KNIGHT
• Nervous
Richard felt very nervous when he had to stand in front of the class to make a
presentation. He even wondered if anybody noticed the papers shaking in his hand
during the presentation. (pg57)
• Generous
“ Richard has generously offered to share some of the letters they’ve written to
each other” said Mrs Hansen before starting the presentation.(pg57)
RICHARD KNIGHT
• Hardworking
Richard spend his days working hard on the farm. (pg64)
• Ambitious
Richard hoped to be a well-known poet someday (pg 64)
• Shy
Richard had many things to discuss with his father but he was always shy to start a
conversation with his father.
MR JOYCE KILMER
• Courageous
Mr Kilmer was brave to volunteer to go fight in the war.(pg57)
• Positive minded
Even though Rose, Mr Kilmer’s daughter died, he was positive that she when to Heaven.
(pg59)
• Selfless
“Perhaps if people like me do their duty in this last war, fine young men like you will never
have to fight and die ever again. This hope is always in my prayers” said Joyce Kilmer in a
letter to Richard. (pg66)
MR HIGBY
• Knowledgeable
Mr Higby described the current battles during History class.(pg62)
• Confident
When Peggy insisted that the enemies were called as Huns according to the Liberty Bonds
posters, Mr Higby was confident that the poster was inaccurate.(pg62)
• Encouraging
Encourages and reminds the students to keep reading the papers for the latest news on the
war, even during the holidays.(pg63)
THEMES
• THE CHALLENGES OF GROWING UP.
- Richard has little chance of communicating with Pa - Problem in relationship with
Hannah
• LOVE, UNDERSTANDING AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
-Pa loves his children but he is unable to express it
• LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES AND IRONIES
-Richard discovers a fellow poet who has the same love for nature and living things
MORAL VALUES
• COURAGE AND RESILENCE
Joyce Kilmer volunteers to serve in a war (page 66)
• COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING
Joyce Kilmer understands Richard’s challenges and gives him a lot of
encouragement and support (page 66)

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