Read the beginning of Margaret Atwood’s “A Letter to America”, which uses a personified style to address the country. Write a letter to an event or an object in your life in a similar personified style, telling the story or stories that happened between the two of you. Please write 600–800 words.
A Letter to America
This is a difficult letter to write, because I’m no longer sure who you are.
Some of you may be having the same trouble. I thought I knew you: We’d become well acquainted over the past 55 years. You were the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck comic books I read in the late 1940s. You were the radio shows—Jack Benny, Our Miss Brooks. You were the music I sang and danced to: the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, the Platters, Elvis. You were a ton of fun.
今年的写作大赛记叙文部分和以往有些许不同，要求选手根据材料中的 “A Letter to America” 文体样式，运用拟人化的手法，写一封信给身边的事物或事件。由于时间有限，在快速浏览了材料之后，结合要求，只能是事件或事物，我便结合外研社仿佛似曾相识的选手和评委老师，有感而发想到了今年八月份参加的夏令营活动。
A Letter to Summer Camp
Dear Summer Camp,
When I open the album of the Summer Camp for College Students held in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, my memory becomes vivid as if it happened yesterday. Though several months have passed, the memory still withstands the wear and tear of the time.
I am wondering that whether you still remember me. Maybe you've already forgot, for you have so many friends in your 6-day period in Kunming. However, you meant so much to me. Your speech contest inspired me a lot, which opened my mind. Your talent contest brodened my horizen, which made me more aware of how talented others were while how tiny a spicies I was compared with the universe. It facilitated me to intensify efforts to improve myself, enrich myself, and displine myself. Your debate competition enabled me to know how versatile the contestants were despite their endowment in English. Your journey to the Stone Forest rendered me a precise opportunity to know more about the miracle created by the nature. It was the very first time that I had acquired the chance to be exposed by the UNSECO World Natural Heritage. You rendered me a marvelous platform to get acquaint with so many top-notch students who represent the highest level in English. Your importance for me can never be too emphasized.
On arriving the site of your camp in Yunnan Normal University, I received a warm welcome from your organizers and staff. I have got deep feeling about the fine weather in Kunming, which is renowned as the Spring City in China. The dormitory offered by your zealous staff member left me a very refreshing feeling that I have never received, for the dorm was in a multi-story building,so I was able to have a bird-view to the whole campus of the university. There were only two participants in the dorm, which means I had more pivacy and freedom. To make things better, my roommate was also from the same province as I was. We had common interests and hobbies, and he was a really nice guy who have rendered me numerous assistance both in academic learing and daily life.
Your opening ceremony made me know more about the distingushed professors and dedicated judge panel. Contestants in your opening ceremony were all energetic about the questions raised by the professor, the effects were highly optimistic. Other contestants left their anxiety behind and became brave to ask questions to the professor.
Your yummy and healthy food totally worked up our appetite withou fail. You have totally take different tastes from different regions into consideration. The types of the cuisine were diversified, covering from meat to vegetables, from soup to porridge, from fruit to milk, to name but a few.
Your competitive contests, namely, speech competition, talent competition,and debate competition, made me under great pressure yet excited. Though I wasn't renowned as any supreme prizes, I learned more than just trophy. I have gained friendship which could not gained in any other way. I have acquired valuable knowledge which cannot be learnt in the classroom and in the society. Above all, I dared to speak in public using English, which meant a lot to me. It not only bolstered up my confidence, but also sharpened my skills and tenacity to be relaxed in front of the public.
Your journey put all the stressful minds at ease. We all wore the same uniform, which formed an attracting scenery in the tourist site. Tourists in the Stone Forest were all attracted by us and we all felt extremely comfortable to introduce our activities to others.
Your awarding ceremony made me both exicited yet a little distressed. The exicitement lied in that all the efforts paid off. Contestants ramped up efforts to pracitise, to refine, to edite. Finally, they got return. While the disappointment derived from the sadness of departing our lovely friends as well as the innocent friendship during the six days. But there is no thing that will last forever. As we departed from each other, our friendship remained.
Several months have passes, yet my memory does not fade away at all. At this moment, I wold like to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to you, to all the participants and delegates. Thank you for making me become the member of the big family. Thank you for making me learn so much. Thank you for offering me such a precise chance to know about so many talents and genius in this field. Mere words cannot express my feelings, I will remember the great memory you have offered me.
Dear Summer Camp, how long can we meet again?
“A Letter to a Summer Camp” 这篇作文以作者在云南参加的夏令营活动作为叙述对象，在文章中表达了他对这个活动的回忆以及依依不舍的感情。
从作者在语言的把握上，也可以看出作者的英语语言功力扎实，比如作者注意到了句式的整齐规整，有意识且恰当地多次运用排比句，如：to improve myself, enrich myself, and displine myself; Thank you for making me become the member of the big family. Thank you for making me learn so much. Thank you for offering me such a precise chance to know about so many talents and genius in this field，来突出自己的强烈情感。词汇的选择上比较成熟地道，如：You rendered me a marvelous platform to get acquaint with so many top-notch students who represent the highest level in English. It not only bolstered up my confidence, but also sharpened my skills and tenacity to be relaxed in front of the public. the memory still withstands the wear and tear of the time.从这些用词上可以看出作者是个英语学习的有心人，很注意在平时大量阅读时词汇和句子表达的积累和运用。