Saturday, May 11, 2013

Semi-controlled writing exercise for SEP students


SPEECH WRITING [ Semi-controlled writing exercise for SEP students ]

Question

You are asked to give a speech during the “ World Green Day “ at your school assembly. Write out your  speech entitled “Gardening Should be Introduced in School”. You may use the points below:

         Why Gardening should be introduced in school?
  •   Plants - important to people  and animals
  • To create awareness about the importance of environment
  • helps students to unwind
  • Students can learn to make a living out of soil
  • helps students to be closer to nature
  • encourages cooperation and team work 

When writing out your speech, you should remember to
  • ·         Address the audience
  • ·         Introduce the topic of your speech
  • ·         Elaborate your points
  • ·         End your speech appropriately 

IMPORTANT!
THERE ARE ONLY 6 CONTENT POINTS. TOTAL MARKS FOR CONTENT IN DIRECTED WRITING IS 12 MARKS, AND THIS MEANS  THE OTHER 6 MARKS ARE TAKEN FROM THE ELABORATION OF THESE POINTS. SO, REMEMBER TO PROVIDE ELABORATION FOR EACH POINT.

Here are some sentences you can use to write your speech
1.     Greet your audience
·         Good morning, teachers and friends…
·         A very good morning to the principal, teachers……
·         Good day to all of you and thank you  for coming.
2.     Start your speech / talk with purpose
·         I would like to talk about….
·         Today, I am going to give a speech and the title is..
·         In conjunction with the school “Environment Week”, I would like to deliver a speech entitled…..
3.     Elaborate or give more information
·         Let us look at what other people think about this problem…
·         Next, there is the problem of students not……….
·         To illustrate my point, let us consider the current problems faced by students
·         Another danger is….
4.     Emphasise your points
·         I believe that by reading, we are able to……….
·         I must point out that …….
·         I am positive that many of us…
·         There is no doubt…..
5.     Conclude your view
·         After all I have said earlier,  I hope that we can…
·         Now it is clear that we should ….
·         In conclusion, the environment must be saved…..
·         I leave you with this message, “Prevention is better than Cure”
6.     Thank the audience
·         I thank you for being a wonderful audience
·         I hope to share more of my thoughts and views with you, thank you
·         With that I thank you
·         You have been very patient with me and thank you for listening to my speech

Catch Us If You Can : Event


SPM 2011 – NOVEL QUESTION
Based on the novel you have studied, write about the part of the story that you like most.

Tips
1. State the part of the story you like most
2. Describe it ( elaboration and detail )
3. Give reasons ( provide at least 2 reasons )

Model Answer ( Band A )
        In the novel “Catch Us If You Can” by Cathrine MacPhail, the part that I like most is the great escape
           Rory  plans the Great Escape for three days after Darren suggests  hiding in his mother’s caravan. He gives Rory the spare key to the caravan. Rory carefully carries out his plan. He packs his and Granda’s things. He visits Granda after school, as usual. He wedges open the emergency exit. Later that night, he visits Granda and prepares Granda by dressing him up and then tells him that he is getting out of the home. Rory takes  Granda away from there while Val is having coffee with  the nurses. Both of them successfully sneak out through the emergency exit and out to a quiet train station where they are not noticed. They arrive at the train final stop and go uphill in a fine drizzle and then up a long winding path that leads to the caravan site.
      I like this part the most because it shows that Rory is a loving boy. He loves his Granda so much that he could not stand looking at his granda crying and feeling sad staying at Rachnadar. Because of this, he is determined to take Granda out from Rachnadar. 
       This part of the story also shows us how determined Rory is in making his escape a success. He cannot live without his Granda  who has brought him up and taken care of him since he was a baby, and  because of that he takes the risk  to  take his Granda out  from Rachnadar. I also think that this is the start of  all the adventures and challenges of Rory’s and granda’s  lives.They meet with a lot of people and are always on the run so that they are not caught. It makes the story interesting  and leads to the happy ending when Rory is reunited with his father. 

Note: Words in italics are the details with which will enable you to get Band A marks