Assignment: Escribir

Earlier in this chapter Manuel wrote you a letter introducing himself. Now you are going to write a paragraph-length (60 – 75 words) letter back to him.

Paso 1: Re-read the letter from Manuel. (From the “En contexto” pages in this chapter, reprinted below).

La fecha: Hoy es el 11 de febrero

¡Hola! Me llamo Manuel y soy de Perú. Mi familia no es muy grande. Mi mamá se llama Teresa y ella es de Lima, la capital de Perú y una ciudad grande. Mi papá se llama Roberto y es de Chiclayo, una ciudad pequeña al norte de Lima. Mi mamá es amable y mi papá es generoso. Mis hermanos son Lucas y Marisol, ellos son inteligentes. Somos una familia muy unida (close-knit). Mis mejores amigos son Juan y Rodolfo, ellos son chicos tontos. Ellos son de Cuzco, cerca de Machu Picchu. Pero ahora, nosotros somos estudiantes en la Universidad de Lima. Las clases son difíciles. ¿Cómo es tu familia? ¿De dónde son tus amigos? ¿Eres estudiante también? ¿Cómo son tus clases?

As you are reading his letter, write down some notes:

  • How does he introduce himself?
  • What information does he include about himself?
  • What type of questions did he ask you?
  • What verb did he use to:
    • describe something/someone
    • identify someone/something
    • ask or say where someone is from
    • ask and say his or someone’s profession

Paso 2: Write the letter. Be sure to include the date at the top of your letter (¿Qué día es hoy?). Write an introduction sentence similar to Manuel’s (¿Cómo te llamas?). Develop information about yourself and your friends and classmates (¿De dónde eres? ¿Cómo eres tú? ¿Y tus amigos? etc.). Lastly, your conclusion sentences should have new questions for Manuel.

¡A editar!

  1.       Do you properly introduce yourself?
  2.       Did you use the correct form of the verb “ser” with its respective subjects?
  3.       Do your adjectives and articles coordinate with your nouns? (masculine and feminine)
  4.       Have you looked at combining short sentences together with “y” (and) or “pero” (but)?
  5.       Did you check your punctuation and accent marks?
  6.       Did you write a paragraph with 60-75 words?

 

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