Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Senior Secondary School 3

Comprehension: A railway Journey




TERM: 2nd Term


  1. Effective English for Senior Secondary Schools, Book 3
  2. Countdown to English
  3. Oral English for Schools and Colleges
  4. WAEC Past Question.


Week 4


Topic: Comprehension: A railway Journey

The passage centres on transportation by rail. Transport by rail is best approach in a spirit of adventure and with an uncluttered schedule. This is because the Nigerian railway Corporation is not renowned for getting there on time. The train is usually overcrowded and some passengers even travel on top of the carriages.


Evaluation: Questions, page 141


Topic: Formal Letters

These are letters we write to people in their official positions. 

Features of a formal letter

  1. Writer’s Address and Date: This is written at the top right hand corner. The date is written beneath the address.
  2. Receiver’s Address: This is written at the left hand corner beneath the writer’s address.
  3. Salutation: The acceptable salutation is Dear Sir or Dear Madam.
  4. Heading or Topic or Title: This is written below the salutation
  5. Introduction: This should be straight forward and precise
  6. Body of the letter: This should consist of at least three well developed paragraph.
  7. Conclusion: this should be done in a paragraph.
  8. Subscript (Complimentary close): The acceptable closing is ‘Yours faithfully’ followed by a comma.The signature is appended beneath the closing with the full name written below the signature.


Sample Question: Write a letter to the Commissioner of Education, informing him about the plan of your council to engage in the expansion of the only secondary school in your town and howthe council intends to implement its programme of aid to the school.




                            Baptist College,


                            P.O. Box 30,


                            Oyo State,

                            14th October, 2019


The Commissioner,

Ministry of Education,



Dear Sir,


Expansion Programme for Baptist College


Body of the Letter


                        Yours faithfully,


                        Adeyanjuu Adedayo


Informal Letters: These are the letters we write to people who are very familiar to us.

Features of an informal letter.

  1. Writer’s Address and Date
  2. Salutation
  3. Introduction
  4. Body of the letter
  5. Subscript

Evaluation: Write a letter to your friend who is in another school about your annual inter-house sports which you celebrated recently.


Topic: Nominalization of Infinitives

Nominalization is the changing of a part of speech into a noun by the addition of a suffix

Verbs                            Nouns

Advise                           advice

Apologise                       apology

Authorise                       authority

Choose                          Choice

Fail                                failure

Fix                                 fixture

Hate                               hatred

Enjoy                             enjoyment

Know                             knowledge

Live                               life

Oppose                          opposition

Obey                             obedience

Secure                           security

Rob                                robbery

See                                sight

Speak                            speech

Serve                             service

Think                             thought

Strike                            stroke

Weight                           weight


  1. Non-Restrictive Clause: In the non-restrictive, th clause provides additional information to the subject and is marked with commas.


  1. The young lawer, who is 25, gave the closing remark.
  2. The house, which has been renovated, looks very new.
  3. The book, about which so much has been said, is not interesting.
  4. The principal, who I told you about, is a sadist.
  5. My brother, who lives in Abuja,  visited me last week.


Evaluation: Make five sentences each on restrictive and non-restrictive clauses.


Topic: Hints on writing essays in the examination

Every type of writing demands distinctive style and approach. Candidates are expected to be able to write the following kinds of essays; narrative, descriptive expository argumentative.


Hints on Essay Writing

  1. Treat as many ideas in relations to the topics as can be discussed within the time allowed.
  2. Even though the ideas may be old, they should be presented in a new perspective in view of human development, and in an orderly manner.
  3. The language used in writing should be appropriate and clear to the reader.
  4. Due emphasis should be placed on correctness of language.
  5. There should be neither bias nor overzealousness in the writing.
  6. Keep within the time allocated for the essay.

Evaluation: Write an essay on ‘The day I will never forget


Reading Assignment: Vowels

Weekend Assignment: Revision and tests part 2, page 149, Effective English.

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