Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What is an 'A' script for Continuous Writing?

An 'A'script has the following features:

1 accurate language - few slips only, no serious errors like errors in tenses

2 accurate spelling across the board

3 precise vocabulary - do not be too obsessed with idioms and flowery phrases. many students use bombastic words but it is not suitable.

4 interesting and original...write from the heart

5 correct tone - if it is formal, then use a formal tone, if it is a friendly letter, then it should sound informal...

Jun, go ahead and write your imaginative essays but be careful about your errors. Do not write too long. Leave about 10 minutes for editing.

Answering your questions

If you are good in English, try to write an original piece instead of memorising. If someone else happens to write the same essay or if the examiner has read it before, then, you might get lower marks.
Some students memorise essays and produce a perfect piece. However, when examiners read their directed writing, their language is not as good as the continuous writing. Therefore, your marks for continuous writing will be lowered.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Continuous Writing


1 Do not memorise whole essays and try to fit it into the given titles. You may try to memorise certain phrases or interesting introductions but if your language does not match the directed writing, your marks will be pulled down.

2 Write about what you know. For example, if your interest is football, then write a story about football. If you like Korean drama, write something Korean, making use of your knowledge and vocabulary. Originality will get you more marks.

3 If you are quite weak in narrative writing, go for the reflective or factual essays.

Topics: How can I help save the environment?
What are the changes I would like to see in my school?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Revision - Part 2

The novel - The Pearl
5 elements to prepare:

1 Character - I like/dislike/admire

Prepare 3 reasons why you choose the character and give evidence from the story for each reason.

2 Theme - Greed destroys; Money is not everything; Love is important; The discrimination of the poor

Show evidence from the novel which depicts the particular theme..give three events/instances.

3 Setting - the place and time of the story (this has never been tested)

4 Plot - unforgettable event, important event, sad event, happy event

5 Moral values/ Lesson learnt - state the lesson clearly. Read the question carefully. Did they ask for one lesson or many lessons?

The question may also combine two elements.
For example: Describe an important event and a lesson learnt.
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