Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Record number of visitors!!!!!

As predicted, speech came out.  I hope this blog has been able to be of some help......

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Directed Writing Analysis

Informal letter
Formal letter
Report to the Principal
An informal letter to a friend
An informal letter to a friend
A talk on a reference book
An article
Report on lack of interest in sports
Informal letter
Speech/Formal Letter ?????

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Horrifying Swim

Here is an example of a story with a good plot. Read and highlight the use of interesting phrases which are precise. Many students tend to memorise bombastic words and try to insert into their essays. The words or phrases must be suitable. Originally, this was just a 150-word essay. I have expanded it by using dialogues and more details.

Monday, November 7, 2011

We have reached 200,000.

We have reached 200,000 hits. Thanks to all for the continuous support. May this blog be of help to everyone. I wish to apologise to those who wanted me to mark their essays. I am afraid I do not have time to do that, having to juggle my time between classes, marking and my writing. However, if you have any questions, do write in and I will try my best to answer your queries. Study hard, stay cool and all the best in your SPM.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sad Event Question

Question: Write about a sad event and its effect on the characters in the novel that you have read. Give evidence to support your answer.


The novel that I have studied is Catch Us If You Can by Catherine MacPhail. This novel is about a young boy named Rory who lived alone with his grandfather. When Rory and Granda were separated due to a fire, Rory made a decision to run away with Granda so that they could be together.
One of the sad event in this novel is when a fire broke out at the flats where Rory and Granda were staying. On that day, Rory was heading to the bakery as usual to get lunch, the baker told him that something was going on at his flats, the Fire Brigade had gone there and someone had been sent to the hospital. Rory rushed home immediately to find many people surrounding the building. He tried to get into the building. A policeman told him that Granda had been admitted to the hospital but he was going to be all right. Rory heard that Granda had probably left the chip pan on and forgot about it. Then, Rory was taken to the hospital to see Granda.
This event triggered a few other important events which changed their lives forever. As a result of the fire, Rory had to be sent to stay in Castle Street, the children's home and Granda was sent to Rachnadar Hospital. Rory hated Castle Street as he had to face the terrible Tess who bullied everyone around her. He ended up fighting with her. At the same time, Granda was suffering at Rachnadar Hospital. He blamed himself that Rory had ended up in Castle Street. Rory saw that he was retreating further and further into his shell and he did not want Granda to die 'inside'. So, he made a decision to run away.
During the Great Escape, Rory and Granda had to move from place to place. This affected Granda's health. First, they went to Darren's mum's caravan. When Rory received news from Darren that they were found out, they escaped again. This time they were rescued by Ruby and family. They went on an adventurous journey from place to place. At one time, Granda even had to hit a boy who was threatening to catch Rory. Then, Granda hotwired a car and they escaped again. Their adventure ended when Granda fell unconscious at the bus shelter while they were on the run from the police. Finally, Rory had to ask for help and Granda was sent to the hospital. There, they were reunited with Jeff, Rory's father and his new family.
Thus, we can see that the fire that caused Rory and Granda to be separated triggered other events which changed their lives forever. In the end, Rory's problems were solved when they could stay somewhere near his father and they also received home help for Granda and their meals are taken care of by 'meals on wheels'.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


DESCRIPTIVE WRITING 2004 Describe a festival celebrated in your area. 2005 Describe the biggest challenge in your life. 2006 Describe an enjoyable weekend you have experienced. 2007 Describe an embarrassing experience in your life. 2008 Write about a person who has worked hard to succeed. 2009 Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school 2010 Describe the most popular student in your school.


PAST YEARS' QUESTIONS FOR NARRATIVE WRITING 2004 Write a story ending with: “…We had never laughed so much in our lives.” 2005 Write a story entitled: ‘An Unexpected Visitor.’ 2006 Write a story ending with: “If only I had been more careful, that wouldn’t have happened.” 2007 Write a story beginning with: “Kim was nervous when the door opened …” 2008 Write a story ending with, “… Now I realized the value a true friend.” 2009 ….We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. 2010 Write a story beginning with “It had been raining all day…”
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