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Table 4.17 Presentations of Birthday Celebration from Both Types of TextsOne textbook series StorybooksBirthdayPartyUnit 2...
At Bellas birthday party.What month is it?Its May. Were going tograduate soon.What are you going to doin June?Im going to ...
Clifford was surprised.He was even more surprised…when hisfamily popped out!He hadnt seen his mother and father andsisters...
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Texts Analysed by Dr Sy-ying Lee

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Texts that Dr Sy-ying Lee analysed in a workshop held in April 2013 as part of "Love to Learn". Analysis can be found here http://www.slideshare.net/BMABHK/dr-syying-lees-analysis

Co-organised by Bring Me A Book Hong Kong and the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, "Love to Learn" is a collaborative non-profit series of talks and workshops designed to promote children's critical, creative, and innovative thinking whilst minimising anxiety and stress related to academic performance.

In the 2011 Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS), Hong Kong ranked LOWEST out of 45 regions in terms of motivation to read and family literacy. Only 12 percent of Hong Kong parents engaged in pre-school literacy activities with their children, versus the international average of 37 percent.

Through Love To Learn, we hope to show parents and teachers how easy it can be to instil a real love of reading in their children, making teaching and learning more pleasurable and less stressful for everyone involved!

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Texts Analysed by Dr Sy-ying Lee

  1. 1. Table 4.17 Presentations of Birthday Celebration from Both Types of TextsOne textbook series StorybooksBirthdayPartyUnit 2Next Sunday will beBellas birthday.What will she do on thatday?Shell have a party. Hergood friends will come.Will Ken and Willy comenext Sunday, Bella?Yes, they will.How about Allen?I dont know. Ill write ane-mail to him.Unit 3Bella is buying some newclothes for her birthdayparty.Mom, how do I look?You look great in thatdress.Are you going to wearthat dress for the party?Yes, I am.What are you going towear that day?Im going to wear mynew jeans.Unit 4Clifford’s Birthday PartyMy name is Emily Elizabeth, and this is mydog Clifford.Last week was Cliffords birthday.We invited his pals to a party.Mom had ice cream and cookies.We put up decorations.When it was time for the party to begin,nobody was there.Where could they be?We went looking for Cliffords pals.They were all together at the playground.I asked them why they hadnt come to theparty.Jenny said they wanted to come, but theydidnt have very good presents for Clifford -not good enough for such a special friend.I told them not to be silly.Clifford would like whatever they got for him.They all ran home to get their gifts… andeveryone came to the party.First we opened the gift from Scott and hisdog Susie.Scott had blown it up as much as he could.Clifford blew it up some more.We really had a ball.Then Clifford pulled out the stopper.That was a mistake.The next gift was from Sam and his dogLenny.
  2. 2. At Bellas birthday party.What month is it?Its May. Were going tograduate soon.What are you going to doin June?Im going to visit mygrandpa and grandma.When are you going tocome back?Im going to come backin August.(Hess, English 8, forsixth graders)It was a piñata!We hung the piñata from a tree.There were treats inside for all the dogs.Clifford was supposed to break the piñatawith a stick.He gave a couple of good swings… and thepiñata broke open.The dogs liked the treats… but we decidednot to give Clifford any more piñatas.We all laughed when we saw the gift fromKenny and her dog Flip.It was a little small for Clifford.But it was just right for his nose.Clifford hates having cold nose.Alisha and Neros gift was a toy dog thattalked.Clifford thought it was cute.He went to pet it.Uh-oh.They dont make toys the way they used to.It was time for ice cream when Cynthia andher dog Basker arrived.They brought Clifford a gift certificate fromthe Bow Wow Beauty Parlor.He could get a free shampoo and haircut.We each had our own idea of how Cliffordmight look after the beauty parlor.I like Clifford just the way he is.I thanked Cynthia for the gift, but I slippedthe certificate to Scott and Susie.I knew she would like it.Then came the cake.
  3. 3. Clifford was surprised.He was even more surprised…when hisfamily popped out!He hadnt seen his mother and father andsisters and brother for a long time.Clifford liked the presents his friends gavehim, but having his family and friends withhim was the best birthday present of all.

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