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Hey, I was a Form 5 student in a boarding school (Sekolah Menengah Sains Seremban in 2010) and being around with intelligent friends sometimes can be very stressful to keep up with. I admit that I also was struggling with my essay writing in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) bahasa Inggeris paper 1 in section B for a long time. Although I got an A for my Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) bahasa Inggeris, it was different from the SPM bahasa Inggeris because most of the questions are subjective questions and in paper 1 we have to write two essays; one Directed Writing essay and one Continuous Writing essay which carry maximum 85 marks out of 160 marks in total. In this blog I will be discussing on Continuous Writing and giving emphasis on narrative essay. Continue your reading to find out why I am giving such emphasis on narrative essay. GETTING TO KNOW YOUR QUESTION PAPER
SPM bahasa Inggeris paper 1 consists of two sections; Section A and Section B. Section A is where you are applying your knowledge on writing a talk, a speech, a report, a dialogue, an article, a letter and so on. You are given 45 minutes to answer this section. This section is compulsory for you to answer because only one question is given that brings a total of 35 marks. How the examiner marks the directed writing: from 35 marks; 3 marks awarded for format; 12 marks for content points and 20 marks for language (grammar). Section B is where you are applying all your knowledge in writing skills. This section is where the rules of grammar take their roles. Therefore, prepare yourself with adequate amount of grammar and how it works. Now, lets take a bird's view on this section. ·You are given five questions and only to answer one.
·You are given an hour to read through all questions, to choose the question you feel most comfortable with, to plan for the points, to write and to check for any grammatical error. That’s seriously a lot of tasks to do within 1 hour. So my suggestion is that you must determine your chosen or most comfortable type of written essay (either narrative, reflective, descriptive, argumentative/persuasive or factual/expository). For me, I rather avoid choosing reflective, descriptive, argumentative/persuasive or factual/expository essay because these types of essay require a lot of knowledge on current issues. Thus, I choose narrative essay. ·This section carries 50 marks.
How the examiner marks the continuous writing: they mark the essay based on impression which means there is no fixed formula to mark your essay, but they will judge your essay based on your tenses, vocabulary, sentence structures and so on. From there they will determine your marks. Later in this blog I will be discussing on ways to earn high marks for your Continuous Writing. WHY NARRATIVE ESSAY?
Firstly, let us explore the pattern of continuous writing essay questions from 2002 to 2010. Year|Questions|
2002|- (Descriptive) a teacher who has great influence on you - (Factual/Expository) good result at school do not guarantee success in the future - (Descriptive) how I can help to make the world a better place to live in - (Open essay) colours - (Narrative) completing a story | 2003|- (Descriptive) a day wished never happened - (Factual/Expository) country to choose and why - (Descriptive) an invitation that cannot live without - (Open essay) friends - (Narrative) completing a story| 2004|- (Descriptive) a festival celebrated - (Factual/Expository) ways to promote tourism in Malaysia - (Descriptive) my ideal school - (Open essay) clothes - (Narrative) completing a story| 2005|- (Descriptive) biggest challenge in life - (Factual/Expository) ways to keep oneself healthy - (Descriptive) who would you be if you were given a chance to be anybody - (Open essay) music - (Narrative)...