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English perfect score spm 2015

  1. 1. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education ENGLISH PERFECT SCORE SPM 2015 MODULE 1 Written by: Cikgu Marzuqi Mohd Salleh M.Sc. Ed USM, Band 5 Edited by Teacher Suhaili, B.M (hons) Ed USM PAPER 1 DIRECTED WRITING [35 marks]
  2. 2. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education TOTAL MARKS FOR DIRECTED WRITING Aspects Marks Format 3 Content 12 Language 20 TOTAL 35 Criteria for Marking Language Range Description of Criteria A 19 – 20  The language is entirely accurate apart from occasional first draft slips.  Sentence structure is varied and sophisticated – shows that the candidate is able to use sentence length and type to achieve an intended effect.  Vocabulary is wide and is used with precision.  Punctuation is accurate and helpful to the precision.  Spelling is accurate across the full range of vocabulary used.  Paragraphs are well-planned, have unity are appropriately linked.  The topic is addressed with consistent relevance.  The interest of the reader is aroused and sustained throughout the writing.  The style and tone is appropriate. B 16 – 18  The language is accurate but there may be more errors or first draft slips.  Sentences show some variation in length and type, including the use of complex sentences.  Punctuation is almost always accurate and generally helpful to the reader.  Vocabulary is wide enough to convey intended shades of meaning with some precision.  Spelling is nearly always accurate.  Written in paragraphs which shows some unity and are usually linked appropriately.  The piece of writing is relevant to the topic and the interest of the reader is aroused and sustained though most of the composition.  The style and tone is appropriate. The reader is satisfied that genuine attempt has been made.
  3. 3. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Past Years’ Question (1997 to 2014) Year Format Task 1997 An article for school newspaper To inform students about the nature club and persuade them to join. 1998 A format letter to the Manager of a factory To request a visit for your school consumer club. 1999 A report to the principal To inform the principal about the poor condition and services or the library. 2000 An information letter to your mother To ask for some money to buy a birthday gift for your brother. 2001 An article for your school magazine How cope with stress 2002 A talk to other students Road Safety 2003 A formal letter to your teacher To state the choice made by your class on a trip after the end-of-year examination and give reasons for the choice. 2004 A report for the principal To write on matters in your school which could be improved 2005 A letter to a friend (informal letter) To describe your experiences at a three-day outdoor camp. 2006 A letter to a friend (informal letter) To give reasons why he/she would make a good Head Prefect 2007 A talk to students To give a talk on a reference book that is useful for secondary students 2008 An article for a school magazine To write an article about your friend. 2009 A report to the principal To give reasons for the lack of interest in sports and provide suggestions to overcome the problems. 2010 A letter to your cousin To tell him/her about the benefits of the National Service Programme and to encourage him/her to go. 2011 A speech to Red Crescent Society members To inform them on how to manage a sprained ankle. 2012 A letter to younger sister (informal letter) To advise her on how to spend her money wisely. 2013 A letter to the Town Council (formal letter) Complaint about poor condition in Indah Recreational Park. 2014 An article for your school magazine How to ensure safety in the neighbourhood. 2015 Speech/report/talk Sport / reading / planting
  4. 4. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education EXAMPLE 1 Section A: Directed Writing [35 marks] [Time suggested: 45 minutes] 1.You are unhappy with the poor condition and services of your school library. Write a report to your principal. You must use the notes given below.  Rude librarian  Insufficient space  Old furniture  Old and torn books  Faulty media equipment  Short borrowing period When writing the report, you should remember:  to provide a title  to use all the notes given  the elaborate the notes Suggested answer 1 To: The Principal of Sekolah Menengah Sains Kepala Batas The Poor Conditions And Services By The Library My name is Ahmad Bin Mohd. Ali. I am very unhappy with the conditions and services provided by our school library. This is a serious matter and should be solved as soon as possible. First of all, the librarians are very rude. They often scold us when we return the books late although we pay the fine. It is hard to see them smile. So I hope you will do something about this. There is insufficient place to sit and read. Our school has about 1000 students. The library is too small. We have to stand and sit outside the library along the corridor to read books or newspaper. Besides, the library has old furniture. The chairs are all rusty F1 F2 Introduction C1 E1 C2 E2
  5. 5. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education and some even broken. The tables are shaking and might fall one day. The racks are very old. We are afraid if would fall anytime. I request the school to buy new furniture. Apart from that, our library is filled with old and torn books, which are not suitable for the students. Some of us have asked the teacher in charge to buy new books but he said the library has financial problems. Other than that, the media equipment is faulty. The students cannot access computers anytime they want. The television cannot be switched on. We hope that the school will buy a new television or repair the old one. Finally, the students are not satisfied with the borrowing period, which is too short. We can only borrow the reference books for two days. We can borrow the story books for one week. We hope the library would expand the borrowing period. This is all I would like to complain about. I hope you will look into this matter as soon as possible. Reported by, ………………………… (Ahmad bin Mohd. Ali) Student from form 5A, SM Sains Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang. C3 E3 C4 E4 C5 E5 C6 E6 F3
  6. 6. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education EXAMPLE 2 2. Imagine that you were very dissatisfied with the food and service at an expensive restaurant where you entertained your family. Write a letter of complaint to the restaurant‟s management. Include the following points: - Rude waiters - Poorly cooked food - Unhygienic conditions - Wrongly totalled bill - Noisy surroundings - Old and uncomfortable furniture In your letter you should: - state your complaint - elaborate on your complaints - ask the management to rectify the complaints - express your thoughts about dining at the restaurant again
  7. 7. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Suggested answer 2 Lot A13 Taman Sri Berjaya, 47 000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor. The Manager, Seasons Restaurant, Jalan Industri Sunagi Buloh, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor 09 SEPTEMBER 2014 Dear Sir, Complaint About Unsatisfactory Food And Restaurant Service I wish to express my dissatisfaction about the food and service at your established and well-known restaurant. On behalf of my family, I would like to raise a few points regarding this matter. My family and I had dinner at your restaurant on 08 September 2014 to celebrate my mother‟s 50th birthday. We expected to have a great time at your seafood restaurant but unfortunately we did not. 2. Your waiters treated us rudely and inconsiderately. We had to wait for about half an hour before we could order any food. The waiter spoke to us rudely whilst taking the orders. In fact, he scolded my mother who wanted to have a cup of tea without sugar. He claimed that the restaurant does not serve such a drink. For your information, my mother has diabetes and is trying to avoid taking sugary food and drinks. F1 F2 Introduction C1 E1
  8. 8. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education 3. The poorly cooked food was also unsatisfactory. We were surprised to find out that the roast chicken and fish that we had ordered were still raw and inedible. The mushroom soup tasted a bit sour and the fried prawn was overcooked. We made a complaint about the food to your waiters and cooks but no further action was taken. 4. Besides, the poorly served food we also felt uncomfortable with the dirty and unhygienic conditions at your restaurant. The food was greasy. There were some cats wandering searching for food. These bad conditions are harmful as they might get food poisoning and other health problems. 5. I nearly lost RM57 as a result of the wrongly totalled bill I was given. It was my sister who noticed the unreasonable price of the food. Then, we recounted the bill and found that out it was wrongly calculated. The total was supposed to be RM120 but the calculation made by the cashier showed RM177. 6. Another problem that spoiled our evening was the noisy surroundings, especially the yelling of waiters and waitresses calling names and taking orders from the customers. Besides this, the loud music and noise coming from the kitchen also contributed to this unsatisfactory situation. What more disappointing were the defective fans and air-conditioners? The weather was very humid and there were a lot of people in the restaurant. There are also old and uncomfortable furniture in your restaurant. 7. Hereby, I would like to make suggestions to help you solve these problems. First of all, I suggest that you look at your restaurant and make sure no more cats and other stray animals are on your premise. You should also train your waiters and cooks to provide good service C2 E2 C3 E3 C4 E4 C5 E5 C6 E6
  9. 9. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education and food to customers. It would be better to use a calculator to avoid mistakes in totalling the bill. You need to repair the defective fans and air-conditioners immediately. Last but not least, cleanliness should be maintained in all parts of your restaurant. I hope that you will look into these complaints and take immediate actions. It is very important to remember that „The Better The Service, The Better The Business‟. Thanking you in advance for your co-operation. Yours faithfully, Rodziana (RODZIANA RAZALI) F3 EXAMPLE 3 3.You are the President of the Environmental Club of your school. You have been requested by your principal to give a speech during school assembly. Your speech is in conjunction with the “Love your Environment” campaign. Using the notes below, write your speech. o Collect waste material and separate o Send to recycling centers/Collect old newspapers o Poster competition o Do not litter
  10. 10. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Suggested answer 3 A very good morning I bid to the principal, Pn. Aqilah binti Ahmad, senior assistants, teachers and friends. I am Izzairy bin Azmie, proudly standing here as the President of the Environmental Club, and am really honoured to be given this opportunity to talk to all of you today. In conjunction with the “Love your Environment” campaign, I would like to talk about the activities to be carried out to show that we love our environment. As students, it is our responsibility to keep our environment clean. We play a vital role in protecting our environment. A lot of waste can be reused such as bottles, cans, and newspapers. Therefore, every morning we will go around the school compound and collect all waste materials. Then we must separate these waste products in different garbage bags. These garbage bags will then be sent to Recycling Centre. The next activity is collecting old newspapers from our home. You are requested to collect old newspapers and bring them to school every morning. The collection centre will be the school canteen. There will be someone from the club who will be in charge of the collection. Please make sure that you tie the newspapers into bundles before handing them in. Another activity that will be held is the poster competition. Anyone interested must register with Lim May May from Form 5 Mulia. The closing date of submission is the 10th March 2011. The theme of the posters must follow the theme of our campaign. The first prize winner will get a book voucher of RM200, the second prize winner will F1 F2 Introduction Thesis statement E1 C1 E2 C2 E3 E4 C3 E5 E6
  11. 11. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education get a book voucher of RM100, and the third prize winner will receive a book voucher of RM50. Finally, I wish to give a word of reminder to you all. Please do not litter. We must avoid the habit of throwing rubbish indiscriminately. We must always remember that a cleaner environment would ensure a happier and healthier life. I would like to make an appeal for full cooperation from all parties to make this campaign a success. With that, thank you. C4 E7 E8 F3
  12. 12. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education EXAMPLE 4 4.You find that many of your friends are under a lot of pressure. They spend most of their day studying and appear to suffer from stress. Write an article for your school newsletter on how to cope with stress. Include the following points:  Regular exercise  Hobbies  Work in groups  Balanced meals  Enough sleep  Study skills  Make a check-list  Seek advice  Talk to your family  Listen to music  Counsellors  Game Suggested answer 4 Coping with Stress by Wira Mohamad The phenomenon of students under pressure is evident from the behaviour of those students affected. I am a student and I know when my friends are under pressure. Some of those active ones will suddenly turn passive. Some will become too quiet while some tend to get angry fast. There are many ways one can get rid of stress. Firstly, student, especially teenagers, must go for regular exercise. A brisk walk in the park would release a lot of tension. Students should play football, hockey, basketball and badminton to reduce stress. Exercise is also said to relax the body muscles and keep you calm. Students must have hobbies such as reading, collecting stamps, fishing or listening to music of your choice. These leisure activities F1 F2 Introduction Thesis statement C1 C12 C2 C10
  13. 13. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education help keep students free from school-related stress. Therefore, students should plan a time-table. They can also work in groups to solve some of their academic problems. Besides making friends and discussing certain issues, group discussions can help improve study skills. One of these is the ability to make a check- list of all the activities planned and carried out. This in turn will make studying more effective and avoid unnecessary pressure. Students should also have balanced meals and enough sleep. These are said to be basic to healthy lives. Students, especially those in examination classes, must sleep and eat well because a healthy body creates a healthy mind. However, the process of going to sleep can sometimes be difficult. Hence, it is necessary to seek advice from those whom we trust and love. Counsellors in school are helpful but you can always talk to your family first. However, if nothing works, there is a need to seek treatment from the relevant authorities. You may be surprised but a friend of mine said that screaming at the mountains and laughing your heart out can take away stress. C3 C6/C7 C4/C5 C8 C11 C9 F3
  14. 14. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Section A: Directed Writing [35 marks] [Time suggested: 45 minutes] Crime prevention is everyone‟s responsibility. Your teacher has asked you to write an article for your school magazine on how to ensure safety in the neighbourhood. Using the information in the poster below, write your article. When writing your article, you must:  give your article a title  include the name of the writer  use all the points given  suggest two other ways school children can stay safe on the way home. SPM ‘14 KBAT
  15. 15. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Self-Exercises Section A: Directed Writing [35 marks] [Time suggested: 45 minutes] 1. You are the president of the English Language Society in your school. You noticed that most of your friends are stressed about the SPM examinations. Write a speech on how to cope with the problem to be delivered during an assembly. WAYS TO DEAL WITH EXAM STRESS Early preparations • Eat nutritious food • Do regular physical activities • Attend motivational talks or seminars Last minute preparations • Think positive • Take a short break • Have an early night When writing your speech you should remember to: • address the audience • use all the content points given • give examples / further details for each content point • add any relevant information of your own • write in paragraphs • end the speech appropriately
  16. 16. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Section A: Directed Writing [35 marks] [Time suggested: 45 minutes] 2. You are the Head Prefect of your school. You received many complaints from the students concerning the school canteen. You have decided to write a report to the principal to complain about the conditions of the canteen. Write your report based on the information below. Complaints on the canteen Food Not nutritious Not tasty Limited choices Too expensive Cleanliness Food exposed to flies Dirty cutlery Clogged and smelly drains Workers Rude Poor personal hygiene Not enough workers When writing the report, you should remember: - to give a suitable title - to use all the information given - to add two other complaints of your own - to provide an ending - to indicate your name and position
  17. 17. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Section A: Directed Writing [35 marks] [Time suggested: 45 minutes] 3. You are not satisfied with the conditions in your neighbourhood. You would like the District Council to take immediate action. Write a letter of complaint to the District Officer to express your dissatisfaction regarding this matter. You should include the following points in your letter:  rubbish dumped along roadside  playground not maintained  roads with potholes  stray cats and dogs increasing in number  clogged and smelly drains  long and uncut grass When writing the letter, you should remember to:  include all the points given  elaborate on all the points given  lay out the letter correctly
  18. 18. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Section A: Directed Writing [35 marks] [Time suggested: 45 minutes] 4. The English Society of your school recently organised „A Caring Society Week‟. During that week, the members visited the following institutions in your town to express their care and concern in various ways. Write an article for your school magazine based on all the notes below. Monday: Golden Years Home for the aged - distribute food hampers and entertain residents Wednesday: House of Hope for disabled children - offer private tuition and organise story-telling session Thursday: Seri Insan Home for under-privileged children - treat them to Kenny Fried Chicken and take them to the zoo Saturday: Mutiara General Hospital - play board games and decorate children‟s ward When writing the article you should remember:  to give an appropriate title  to use all the given points  to add relevant details  to write in paragraphs
  19. 19. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Section A: Directed Writing [35 marks] [Time suggested: 45 minutes] 5. You are concerned about the rise in kidnapping cases involving schoolchildren in Malaysia. Write an article for your school newsletter giving tips to your schoolmates on how to avoid being kidnapped. Use the notes given below to write your article. Do’s Don’s  inform parents of whereabouts  be alert of surroundings  remember important telephone number  go anywhere alone  give out personal information  trust strangers When writing your article, you must remember:  to give a suitable title  to use all the information given  to elaborate on all the information given  to give two additional tips of your own  that your readers are the students of your school
  20. 20. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF CONTINUOUS WRITING Language 20 marks Mark range Description of criteria A 44 - 50  The language is entirely accurate apart from very occasional first drafts slips  Sentence structure is varied and sophisticated – shows the candidate is able to use various types of sentences to achieve a particular effect.  Vocabulary is wide and used with precision.  Punctuation is accurate and helpful to the reader.  Spelling is accurate across the full range of vocabulary used.  Paragraphs are well-planned, have unity and are linked.  The topic is addressed with consistent relevance.  The interest of the reader is aroused and sustained throughout the writing. B 38 - 43  The language is accurate; occasional errors are either minor or first draft slips.  Sentences show some variation of length and type, including some complex sentences.  Vocabulary is wide enough to convey intended shades of meaning with some precision  Punctuation is almost always accurate and generally helpful  Spelling is nearly always accurate  Paragraphs show some evidence of planning, have unity and are usually appropriately linked.  The piece of writing is relevant to the topic and the interest of the reader is aroused and sustained through most of the composition. PAPER 1 CONTINUOUS WRITING [50 marks]
  21. 21. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education CONTINUOUS WRITING Aspects Marks Format 50Content Language TOTAL 50 REMINDERS Question Format points Content points Elaboration points Language points FORMAL LETTER 1. Address of the sender 2. Address of the recipient 3. Date 4. Salutation 5. Heading/tittle 6. Closure 7. Signature 8. Name and post of the sender Include all the given content points Give details / explains / suggestions 20 marks- according to criteria INFORMAT LETTER 1. Address of the sender 2. Date 3. Salutation 4. Closure 5. Signature 6. Name of the sender Include all the given content points Give details / explains / suggestions 20 marks- according to criteria REPORT 1. Title 2. Address 3. Signature 4. Name of the write 5. Post of the write Include all the given content points Give details / explains / suggestions 20 marks- according to criteria ARTICLE 1. Title 2. Name of the write Include all the given content points Give details / explains / suggestions 20 marks- according to criteria TALK/SPEECH 1. Greeting 2. Introduction/opening speech 3. Ending Include all the given content points Give details / explains / suggestions 20 marks- according to criteria
  22. 22. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education COHESIVE DEVICES Cohesive devices Function Example Firstly, secondly, first, second, finally, lastly, for one thing, to begin with, next To show the logical order of ideas or time sequence Firstly, the Internet plays an important role in the world of communication. Also, similarly, furthermore, likewise, moreover To link ideas together ….the Internet also saves time as messages can be delivered in a matter of seconds. Besides, other than that, apart from that, on top of that, in addition To add ideas and to link the new ideas to the previous ideas Besides, the Internet also save time as messages can be delivered in a matter of seconds. This is because, this is due to the fact that To provide a reason to illustrate an ideas provided earlier This is because the Internet offers easy and inexpensive ways to communicate such as e-mails, messenger, chatting, teleconferencing and blogger. In sum, in short, in conclusion, to conclude, all in all, overall, to summarize To summarize ideas either at the end of sections or to explicitly state that the essay is concluding In conclusion, it is undeniable that Internet brings us many advantages. Which is to say, in other wars, this is To reinforce the previous idea by expressing it in a slightly different way to make it more explicit In other wards, the Internet helps to promote students‟ learning. For example, for instance, such as, namely, specifically To provide an example in order to illustrate an idea …. the Internet offers easy and inexpensive ways to communicate such as e-mails, messenger, chatting, teleconferencing and blogger. Consequently, thus, as a result, hence, so, therefore To demonstrate that the following idea is a result of the previous idea Therefore, I strongly disagree with the writer‟s opinions which were published in your editorial column. On the other hand, on the contrary, in contrast, alternatively, conversely, by comparison, instead, instead of To signal differences or alternatives between two ideas Instead, we should make full use of the Internet to benefit mankind. Though, however, nevertheless, in sprite of that To state an opposing idea However, I do agree up to a certain point with the writer that the Internet has the potential to distract students from their studies.
  23. 23. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education LIST OF USEFUL IDOMS/PHRASES 1. Absence makes the heart grow fonder (We miss our friends and relatives more when they are away) eg. She use to quarrel with her sister but now, she misses her. It is a case of absence makes the heart grow fonder. 2. All and sundry (everybody, all types of people) eg. The government‟s new rule concerns all and sundry. 3. As different as night and day (completely different) eg. The twins sister may look alike but their mannerisms are as different as night and day. 4. Bed of roses (a happy, comfortable situation) eg. Life is not always a bed of roses. At times, it can be challenging too. 5. Boiling point (when one is very angry) eg. When he repeated the mistake for the third time, the teachers reached the boiling point. 6. Cost a bomb (very expensive) eg. His new bungalow house cost a bomb. 7. Curry favour with someone (to sweet talk/pretending to be nice to someone for own‟s advantage) eg. Some students have been currying favour with the new form teacher. 8. Cut your coat according to your cloth (adjust the spending expenses according to the money one has) 17.From cradle to the grave (throughout one‟s life) eg. Whatever you learn now, you should remember it from cradle to the grave. 18.Give a big hand (to clap/applause) eg. Everybody gave a big hand after the dancers finished their beautiful performance. 19.Give a pat on the back (to praise/congratulate someone) eg. Although Lim did not excel in his exams, his parents gave him a pat on the back for trying hard. 20.Green with envy (feeling very envious) eg. If you buy a new car, your neighbours will be green with envy. 21.Haste makes waste (doing something in a hurry will spoil the work) eg. She was in such a hurry that she spilt the milk on the floor. Haste makes waste. 22.In hot water (in serious trouble) eg. The principal caught him red-handed vandalizing. Now, he is in hot water. 23.On the dot (at exactly the right time) eg. We are expected to be at there at 2.30 on the dot. 24.On one‟s high horse (very arrogant/proud) eg. She has been on her high horse ever since she was admitted to the prestigious
  24. 24. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education eg. That shirt is too expensive, so I have to cut may coat according to my cloth. 9. Dream come true (a wish has come true) eg. Having you as a friend is a dream come true. 10.Dyed in the wool (holds certain principles/believes strongly since small) eg. For a person dyed in the wool, it was difficult for him to change his ideas and values. 11.Eat humble pie (to be apologetic when proven wrong) eg. You‟ll have to eat humble pie if you‟re proved wrong. 12.Every nook and cranny (everywhere) eg. They searched every nook and cranny for the missing book but to no avail. 13.Fall on deaf ears (did not pay attention to advice/warning) eg. The teacher‟s advice to him seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. 14.Few and far between (Very few/limited) eg. Good jobs with bright chances for promotion are few and far between. 15.Fish out of water (someone who is uncomfortable with the surroundings) eg. I was like a fish out of water as I was not familiar with the place. 16.From A to Z (to know everything in detail) eg. You should know the details of the topic from A to Z. university. 25.Pride and joy. (A special object that is someone‟s love and pride) eg. The table that he built on his own, is his pride and joy. 26.Shake like a leaf. (to tremble with fear) eg. The boy who was caught stealing, was shaking like a leaf. 27.Show one‟s true colours. (to show one‟s true character) eg. He pretended to be generous but he showed his true colours when he refused to donate money to charity. 28.See red. (to become very angry) eg. My mother saw red when she caught me coming home late at night. 29.Thick and fast (comes in great numbers and fast) eg. Offers to help the tragedy-stricken family came thick and fast. 30.Tom, Dick and Harry. (anybody) eg.We do not want ant Tom, Dick and Harry to enter the hall. 31.Ways and means. (methods or ways to do something) eg. There are ways and means of making money through business deals. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
  25. 25. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education TYPES OF WRITING NARRATIVE ARGUMANTATIVE DESCRIPTIVE FACTUAL WRITE A STORY STATE THEIR VIEWS DESCRIBE A SCENE/EVENT, PLACE, PERSON BASED ON FACTS SAMPLE OUTLINE FOR ESSAY Good results at school is the key to students’ success in life. Do you agree? Give your opinion. Introduction A. What is the purpose of a student comes to school B. Make thesis statement (disagree) Body A. Student obtain formal education 1. learn various subjects 2. how well the students have learnt 3. take exam B. Student need to have effective communication skill 1. proficient use of language 2. sharing of knowledge 3. using all the modern technological gadgets C. Good moral value 1. student must realize and be aware 2. namely diligence, being responsible, disciplined and trustworthy 3. gain invaluable experience Conclusion A. good result B. follow guidelines Introduction (P1) Paragraph 2 Paragraph 3 Paragraph 4 Conclusion (P5)
  26. 26. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Suggested answer Good results at school is the key to students’ success in life. Do you agree? Give your opinion. Students attend school to obtain knowledge as well as to develop other skills necessary for work and to prepare themselves to be individuals with good moral values. Therefore, I fully disagree that good results at school is the key to students‟ success in life. I think that besides good results, students need effective communication skills and good moral values in order to succeed in life. In school, students obtain formal education where teacher impart knowledge in the classrooms. The students learn various subjects namely languages, science, history, mathematics and arts to become holistic individuals who have good general knowledge. To find out how well the students have learnt, they take exam. Many students just study for sake of exams. As a result, there are many students who obtain strings of distinctions in exams but they are unable to speak during interviews. This is because many of them lack the maturity and ability to express opinions. They do not have enough general knowledge; hence their world view is limited and lacking. Therefore, these students have yet to obtain success in life. In my opinion, students need to have effective communication skills in order to succeed in life. Effective communication skills include proficient use of language as well as the ability to express and exchange ideas and opinions confidently. When the students have mastered this skill, they display their intelligence in the sharing of knowledge and maturity in giving their viewpoints in a systematic and logical way. Furthermore, students who can communicate effectively can interact using all the modern technological gadgets as well as face-to-face communication. Also, with effective communication skill, students can become global citizens through the use of the internet. They can broaden their perspective in their thinking when they exchange ideas with friends from all over the world. They learn humility, respect and tolerance with effective communication skills. Thus, these experiences enrich their lives and make them gain success. Introduction Thesis statement Main point Elaborate Example Effect Main point Elaborate Example Effect
  27. 27. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Last but not least, good moral values are necessary in order to succeed in life. The students must realize and be aware that certain moral values such as diligence, being responsible, disciplined and trustworthy can help them succeed in life. When students uphold these values, they will be known by teachers, peers and classmates for their positive attributes. This is important as they will be given more opportunities to be involved in various events and activities. From their participation, they gain invaluable experience that can help them become leaders at their future workplace. In a nutshell, good results, effective communication skills and good moral values are the main ingredients for success in students’ live. Main point Elaborate Example Effect Sum up / conclusion
  28. 28. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Example 1 HOW TO GET EXCELLENT RESULTS ON YOUR EXAMINATION Thomas Edison, one of the world‟s leading inventors once remarked that genius was “two per cent inspiration and ninety-eight per cent perspiration.” He worked very hard –often 20 hours a day – doing hundreds of experiments before he could produce an invention. As a student, do you work as hard as Edison to achieve success in your studies, by getting excellent results in your examination? Do you know how to do it? Here are a few guidelines you can follow to ensure that you do very well in your exams. Firstly, it is important that you pay attention during class. This is to make sure that you understand whatever has been taught. If you talk with your friends or daydream when the teacher is teaching, you will miss valuable information. Do not depend on your friends to explain the part of the class that you have missed. This is because they themselves might not have understood it. Besides, you need to concentrate on the class to take down notes which will help you to study and revise for test or exams. Secondly, you must study throughout the year and not just before exams. A last-minute preparation will make you confused because you have so much to study in such a short time. This might lead to panic and eventually stress. To prevent this from happening to you, put in regular hours of private study throughout the year. Do not leave it until the eleventh hour. By then it will be too late. Finally, you should prepare a timetable for revision. You need to have a study schedule or a plan of work for each day so that your Introduction Thesis statement Main point Elaborate Example Effect Main point Elaborate Example Effect Main point Elaborate
  29. 29. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education time will be allocated effectively. A timetable will ensure that you do not waste your precious time on activities that are not related to study. However, having a good plan will not benefit you, unless you stick to it. You have to work smart so as to get excellent results in your examination. To work smart means working hard and ensuring that there is a system in your study. If you follow the guidelines given above, you will definitely achieve success in your examination. Example Effect Sum up / conclusion Example 2 Traffic jams have become one of the aspects of Malaysian lifestyles. Why do you think this is so? Discuss. Malaysia is well known for a number of things like good food, beautiful beaches, tallest building, friendly Malaysians and not forgetting terrible traffic jams. Yes, traffic jams have become one of the aspects of Malaysian lifestyles. In fact, some of us even use traffic jams as our excuse when we are late in submission of assignments. Why are we putting up with these traffic jams? There are many reasons for this phenomenon of traffic jams in our lives. In this affluent society, owning a car is not impossible dream. Most of us are able to own a car because of the low affordable installments schemes offered nowadays. Buying a car is indeed a necessity. Besides, nowadays it is very common to see a family with at least two cars. These of course have contributed to the large number of vehicles on the roads. Another factor contributing to the increasing traffic jams is Malaysians are not in the habit of carpooling. In many ways, we are Introduction Thesis statement Main point Elaborate Example Effect Main point Elaborate
  30. 30. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education conceited selfish lots as we do not want to create inconvenience for ourselves and also not to trouble other people. Thought we are aware of the benefit of carpooling to reduce traffic jams, we are still far from getting ourselves to embrace the practice of carpooling. Next, Malaysians are immune to the traffic jams. They have become a part and parcel of our lives. Most of us will just shrug our shoulders and accept the frustrations of being caught in the traffic jams as something that cannot be avoided. Even when there is the ease of travelling in our Light Rail Transport (LRT) which has been hailed as the solution to reduce traffic congestion, many of us still prefer to travel in the comfort of our own car. In conclusion, traffic jams will continue to be part of our lifestyle for years to come, if our mentality for comfort, convenience and social status remains the same. We need to change our attitude if the problem of traffic jams is to be alleviated. We need too to change our mindset and try to make use of the public transportation system or to car-pool whenever we can. Example Effect Main point Elaborate Example Effect Sum up Example 3 The Challenges that teenagers face in life today. The teenagers of today face a rapidly changing world with many challenges. They are confronted with many social issues in life. These young people are at stage of their lives where they have a sense of critical perspective in what they see across the world. Challenges come in various forms: neglect, peer pressure, identity problems, drugs, eating disorders and others. Our young people need to be en Introduction
  31. 31. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education courage to grow to be productive citizens of the country but first, we need to know the challenges that these teenagers face on a daily basis. It is generally believed that the teenager years are characterized by rebellion and confusion, the need for social acceptance by one’s peers as the teenagers struggle to define their identity to get a focus in life. This is proven to be one of the biggest challenges that teenagers will face today. They evaluate the performances according to the judgments of others and when they fall short, they are angry, depressed and they blame themselves for falling short of the expectation of others. Young people, who dress differently, think differently. They act differently and may be consumed with self- reproach, anxiety and fear. They think that to be accepted, they must like the others. They then struggle to be like others and often end up unhappy and stressed because they are not able to keep up the charade. Besides peer pressure, other challenges faced by teenagers include personal matters of the heart. Because teenagers are growing up between the stage of being not quite adults and not being children, they have a roller coaster of emotions buried deep within them. Being in love and falling out of love is a challenge faced by teenagers today. Although the teen years offer new experiences and challenges that can be exciting, this period of time can also be stressful. The stress of adolescence is one of many factors that can make young people unhappy. Because teenagers face hormonal changes, these can affect their moods. To be able to handle the different mood swings is also challenging to the teenagers. Teenagers may become pressurized, stressed out or worse, be depressed. Thesis statement Main point Elaborate Example Effect Main point Elaborate Example Effect
  32. 32. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Besides that, the biggest challenge faced by many teenagers is the need to succeed academically. Studies are a major challenge for most teenagers and this is by no means getting easier with the stiff competition in the world of education. Students are becoming smarter and the drive to be the best is the constant challenge faced by many teenagers. To conclude, all of us need to recognize these challenges faced by the young people and we have to find ways to help them overcome their problems. The teenagers who are going through difficult and tough times need positive, caring people who can steer them to the right direction so their lives can be shaped into something positive and meaningful. Teenagers, like all of us, sometimes just need help and guidance and ears to listen to their problems. Main point Elaborate Example Effect Sum up Example 4 Forming study groups is an effective way f studying. Give your opinions. Forming independent study groups is a common phenomenon in polytechnics, colleges and universities these days. This concept is also promoted by the local school authorities as research has proven that there are many advantages to be derived when students discuss lessons in groups. Firstly, study groups help students to gain important values that cannot be literally taught in class. In study groups, students depend on each other for support. The faith and trust put on members in group create the bond and bind them together. Members have to be Introduction Thesis statement Main point Elaborate Example
  33. 33. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education committed to one another as long as they are part of the group. It is this interdependence that increases the effectiveness of a study group. Punctuality is another ground rule that all members come and go as they like, the bond will be broken and the group will slowly sink. Secondly, study groups promote active interaction among students. This is healthy as through interaction students are able to revise lessons that were taught in class and help each other in subject areas. Lessons which are not understood or covered well in class can be trashed out with friends. This encourages active learning and students are able to internalize concepts and ideas better in the long run. Over time students become not just good communicators, but good listeners as well. Thirdly, Study groups help students become effective team players. Generally, students would like to belong to a group they are comfortable with and have faith in. In a study group students have to train themselves to have a positive mindset and to contribute ideas. This challenges students to increase their knowledge and to prepare them for challenging tasks in their careers later on in life. If members are negative, lazy and not committed, they may be rejected by members. Being effective team members helps prepare students for the workforce too. Companies these days expect employees to cooperate and work well in group projects. In conclusion, the above points show us that study groups have many advantages to offer the students. All teachers should encourage and guide their students to form study groups. It may take your time getting adjusted to group study, but over time you will find it rewarding. Effect Main point Elaborate Example Effect Main point Elaborate Example Effect Sum up
  34. 34. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Example 5 Gangsterism has become a problem in many schools these days. Discuss. Gangsterism is becoming a growing problem in schools these days. Although efforts have been taken by school authorities to curb this problem, unfortunately, it still exists. This inevitably affects the teaching and learning process of the students. It is necessary to find out the reasons why students get involved in gangsterism and to look for ways to solve this problem. The main cause for gangsterism, especially in most secondary schools, is peer pressure. Students, especially at lower secondary level, are sometimes coerced into submitting to their seniors. These students are afraid that if they do not submit themselves to their seniors, they may be harassed, bullied and even physically harmed. These seniors become gangsters who normally target meek and insecure students and lure them with money. Little do these preys realize that they are unconsciously being initiated into becoming gang members themselves. This cycle goes on and one tragedy leads to another. Another cause for gangsterism is the influence of the home on students’ minds. Research has shown that students from broken homes are vulnerable to these activities. These days, with both parents working, students lack parental love and care. This is compounded if parents bicker and fight all the time while they are at home. All these may lead to insecurity in students. When this happens, these innocent victims fall preys to the negative attractions handed to them by gangsters. Interestingly, one cannot deny that the bond among gangsters, even at a young age, is solid and strong. Introduction Thesis statement Main point Elaborate Example Effect Main point Elaborate Example Effect
  35. 35. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education The family and the school play important roles in curbing this problem. Firstly, parents should take full responsibility of their children and their daily movements. Care and attention should be given to children at home to boost their self-esteem and to assure them that their home is their safety zone. There should also be good communication between parents and children. Apart from that, parents have to make it a point to visit their children‟s schools often enough to get feedback on their children‟s performances. In this way, students will feel belonged and valued and will not be threatened by the tactics used by gangsters. In short, the responsibility to curb gangsterism falls on the shoulders of parents too. The home should be safety net for students not just in happier times but also during difficulties. Together with the schools, parents can help to reduce or even to eliminate gangsterism over time. Main point Elaborate Example Effect Sum up
  36. 36. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Self-Exercise 1 Important factors to consider when choosing a career. Discuss. Make an introduction ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Thesis statement ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Make body 1 Main point + Elaborate + Example + Effect/Suggestion ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Make body 2 Main point + Elaborate + Example + Effect/Suggestion ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Make body 3 Main point + Elaborate + Example + Effect/Suggestion ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Conclusion ______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
  37. 37. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Self-Exercise 2 “Boys should learn how to cook.” Do you agree? Make an introduction ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Make a conclusion ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________
  38. 38. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Section B: Continuous Writing [50 marks] [Time suggested: one hour] Write a composition of about 350 words on one the following topics. Bil Topic Focus 1. i. Teenagers today are given too much freedom. What is your opinion? ii. Habits of young Malaysians. iii. Night curfew should be imposed on teenagers. Discuss. iv. Teenagers nowadays do not like to read books. Do you agree? v. Sending students for overseas education is a waste of money. Do you agree? vi. The major problems faced by students. vii. “Students should be independent learners.” Do you agree? Support you opinion. viii. How teenagers handle stress. ix. The use of the internet by teenagers should be controlled. Discuss. x. Teenagers should help out at home. Discuss. xi. The children of today are too spoilt and undisciplined. Discuss. xii. Should Facebook be banded among teenagers? Discuss. xiii. School children should be allowed to bring cell phone to school. Do you agree? Students/teenagers 2. i. Things that I would change about myself. ii. Things that would make me angry. iii. Describe an incident that you will never forget iv. Describe a person who has a great influence in your life. v. Failure makes us more determined. Do you agree? vi. Describe your best childhood memory. vii. The benefits I hope to get from learning English. viii. Describe an event that has changed your life. ix. What can we do to become popular? x. How I can be a patriotic citizen. xi. How do friends motivate you? xii. Describe the strangest person you have met in your life. xiii. Write about a humorous incident that you have experienced. Individual
  39. 39. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education 3. i. Describe an interesting day in school. ii. Describe an unforgettable Teachers‟ Day celebration in your school iii. What would you do if you were the Principal of your school? iv. Ways to reduce bullying in schools. v. Examinations should not be abolished. Discuss. vi. Group discussions help to improve examination results. Do you agree? vii. Describe a scene at a school canteen during recess. viii. A gift for my teacher. ix. School plays a more important role in preventing gangsterism than the home. x. Knowledge is Power. Discuss. xi. My ideal school. xii. Academic excellence guarantees a perfect life. Discuss. xiii. Success comes only with hard word. Discuss. School / Academic 4. i. How has technology helped people in the world today? ii. Internet - good or bad? iii. Mobile phones bring more harm than good. Do you agree? iv. The importance of telecommunication in today‟s world. v. How has modern technology benefited man? vi. How can internet help students to improve their studies? vii. Social networking sites have more advantages than disadvantages. Discuss viii. Smart phones are a necessity. Discuss. ix. Social networking such as Facebook and Friendster brings more advantage than disadvantages. Do you agree? x. Is watching television a waste of time? Technology 6. i. Describe how you and your family spend the weekends. ii. Parents are not spending enough time with their children nowadays. Discuss. iii. A small family is better than a big family. iv. Parents should allow teenagers to make their own decision. Discuss. v. Do you agree that the home is more important that the school in cultivating values? vi. Describe a family reunion. Family
  40. 40. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education ENGLISH PERFECT SCORE SPM 2015 MODULE 2 PAPER 2 Summary [15 marks]
  41. 41. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Marking English Language Use for Presentation Grades Language / expression / style 5 Very good, accurate language. Good handling of complex structures. No gross errors. Errors are isolated. Distinct economising of words or language. Variety of sentence types. Paraphrasing with own words very evident with only occasional phrases from text. Organisation and linking of points very cohesive. 4 Accurate language. Shows some ability to handle complex structures. Use of own language overrides occasional lifting from the text. Hardly any gross errors and occasional minor errors. There is an economy of words. Only very little evidence of irrelevant content. Organisation of content points generally good sound, sound and cohesive. SECTION C TOTAL MARKS FOR SUMMARY Aspects Marks Content 10 Paraphrase Use of English Language 5 4 5 TOTAL 15 5 + 4 / 2
  42. 42. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education SECTION C: SUMMARY [15 marks]
  43. 43. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Based on the passage given, write a summary on:  the problems faced by the writer after she was diagnosed with asthma, and  what she did after her recovery Credit will be given for use own words but care must be taken not to change the original meaning. You summary must:  be in continuous writing (not in note form)  use materials from lines 10 to 44  not be longer than 130 words, including the 10 words given below begin your summary as follows: She could recall some of the problems she faced, being … [15 marks] Note  Please note that the pronouns must be changed when writing the summary.  If students fail to change the pronouns, only penalize the first content point. Then a ward marks for the rest of the content points. Summary is marked as a normal script.
  44. 44. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Layout of answer for summary No Line Lifting Paraphrase C1 11- 13 Being in school one moment, (and the next, lying on the back seat of my father‟s car), being driven to the hospital. Being ferried back and forth between school and hospital often. C2 14 My asthma attacks were really bad. Her asthma was terrible. C3 15 Lost consciousness due to breathing difficulties She fainted because she had problems breathing. C4 17 I had been in and out of the hospital so often She was always hospitalized. C5 21 - 22 Threw up on my father‟s had (while he held me on the way back home). She vomited on her father‟s hand. C6 24 - 25 When my classmates played sports, all I could do was just sit and watch While her classmates played, she just sat and watched. C7 25 - 27 When my sister joined our friends for rope skipping in the playground I would be confined at home, (forced to look only from inside due to my condition). When her sister played with their friends outside she had to remain indoors. Or She could not have rigorous activities and had to remain indoors. C8 27 - 28 I was not allowed to join my friends (due to my condition). She was prevented from joining her friends. C9 29 I was also not allowed to eat or drink anything cold. She was not permitted to take anything cold. C10 31 – 33 Pets were also strictly forbidden… my parents were afraid that their hair would trigger an attack. Hair from pets would trigger an attack. C11 34 Every day, I was made to take a very bitter cough mixture She was forced to take her medication daily. C12 40 I could do everything a normal person could She could do anything she wanted C13 42 I could now enjoy having pets She could have pets. C14 42 Eat or drink anything I want Consume / take anything she wanted.
  45. 45. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Suggested answer for summary She could recall some of the problems she faced, being ferried back and forth between school and hospital often. Her asthma was terrible. As a result, she fainted due to breathing difficulties. She was always hospitalised. Once she vomited on her father‟s hand. Often, while her classmates played she just sat and watched. She also had to remain indoors when her sister played with their friends as she was prevented from joining them. Moreover, she was not permitted to take any cold and drinks as well as touch or own pets as it would trigger an attack. She was forced to take her medication daily. Now not only could she eat, drink and do everything she wanted but also keep pets. (122 words)
  46. 46. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education SCORE: 9 - 10 BAND DESCRIPTORS:  Response - relevant to specified task.  Elaborations given - well - supported and linked with evidence or knowledge from text.  Main and supporting ideas - relevant to specified task.  Ideas - clearly presented, well - organised and easily understood. PAPER 2 Novel: Catch Us If You Can [15 marks]
  47. 47. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Novel: Catch Us If You Can Bil. Questions Task 1. Character you like best Character 2. Event that teaches you an important moral lesson Moral value 3. Character you sympathize with Character 4. Memorable event Event 5. Love is important in a family. How is shown in the novel you have read? Moral value 6. The main character’s determination Character 7. Character in the novel that you look up to Character 8. What happens’ at the end of the novel. Why the ending is either happy or sad. Plot 9. Who a character has to make a difficult decision. Did he make the right decision? Character 10. Which part of the story do you like most? Plot 11. Event that make you angry. Event 12. Which characters have a negative impact? Character Marks awarded are as follows: Aspects Marks Content 10 Language 5 TOTAL 15 marks
  48. 48. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Elements of the Novel Themes Characters  Challenges of growing up and coping with responsibility  Love, compassion and family relationships  Social responsibilities and public awareness.  Power and authority.  Generation gap  Social bias Main characters  Rory McIntosh  Granda McIntosh  Darren Minor characters  Val Jessup  Mr Foley, Dr Nicol  Darren‟s mum, Tony, Tess  Sammy, Tyrone and Ruby  Bernie, his wife, and daughter Zara  Rab, Annie, Norma, Nicola  Jeff McIntosh  The mad bunch of the Castle Street Children‟s home. Moral values Message  Love and care of family  Compassion and kindness  Responsibility  Religious piety  Not to be judgmental  Maintaining family relationships  Trust  Appearance may be deceiving  In is important to love, care for and protect family members.  Respect and concern for others and their rights is important.  Community and social workers need to be sensitive and caring.  Faith in the Almighty is essential.  Prejudices in society must be corrected. Synopsis Sinopsis Rory and his grandfather, Granda, have been inseparable ever since Rory‟s father walked out on them. Granda suffers from lapses in memory and sometimes does things such as leaving his pipe to smoulder in his pocket and disposing Rory‟s homework in the rubbish chute. At the same time, he is a charming person with a generous heart. Rory has been taking care of him until a fire breaks out at their flat when Granda left the chip pan on the stove while he went looking for potatoes. The authorities then decide to separate them with Rory being sent to children‟s home at Castle Street whereas Granda will be sent to an old folks‟ home at Rachnadar. Rory is determined to keep the both of them together and he plants Granda‟s wscape from the old folks‟ home. They soon embark on a journey of discovery with strangers helping them along the way. The authorities are also hot on their trail. The story ends when Granda and Rory meet up with Rory‟s father. Rory rapat dengan datuknya, Granda, sejak ayah Rory meninggalkan mereka. Granda kerap lupa akan perkara yang sedang dibuat dan kadang-kala akan melakukan benda seperti meninggalkan pipanya yang sedang membara di dalam saku serta membuang buku catatan kerja rumah Rory ke dalam saluran sampah. Namun, pada masa yang sama, beliau adalah seorang yang menawan dan pemurah hati. Rory telah menjaganya sehinggalah suatu kebakaran berlaku di flat mereka apabila Granda meninggalkan periuk atas api yang sedang membara sementara dia pergi mencari ubi kentang. Pihak berkuasa memutuskan kemudiannya untuk memisahkan mereka. Rory akan dihantar ke rumah kanak- kanak di Castle Street manakala Granda akan dihantar ke rumah orang dua di Rachnadar. Rory bertekad untuk memastikan bahawa mereka berdua tidak akan dipisahkan dan dia melarikan diri dengan Granda dari rumah orang tua. Mereka memulakan perjalanan mereka dan menemui ramai orang yang tidak diketahui yang sanggup membantu mereka di sepanjang perjalanan. Pada masa yang sama, pikah berkuasa sibuk menjejaki mereka. Cerita ini berakhir selepas Granda dan Rory bertemu dengan ayah Rory.
  49. 49. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Example 1 How is the theme love shown in the novel you have read? Support you answer with close reference to the text. How is the theme love shown Paragraph I have read the novel „Catch Us If You Can‟, written by Catherine MacPhail. It is an interesting novel. One of the main themes of the novel is love. Introduction First and foremost, Granda has been taking care of Rory ever since his mother passed away and his father walked out of their life. Granda sees the needs of Rory in schooling and goes to see the class teacher whenever being called. Evidence + Example On top of that, Darren gives the key of his mom‟s caravan to Rory in the Great Escape. Tyrone agrees with her mother Ruby to help Rory and Granda in their journey because he could empathise with Rory and his Granda. Evidence + Example Apart from that, Rab gives shelter to Rory and Granda knowing that they are in trouble. Norma and her daughter, Nicola allow Rory and Granda to stay overnight at their house. Evidence + Example To sum up, the theme love is shown between the main character, Rory and the people surrounding him that is his grandfather, his best friend, Darren and the new friends like Tyrone and his family, Rab and friends. It is true that „Love does not count‟‟ and „A friend in need is a friend indeed!‟. Conclusion Example 2 In the novel that you have studied, which characters do you like most? Which characters do you like most Paragraph I have read the novel „Catch Us If You Can‟, written by Catherine MacPhail. I like Rory the most as compared to other characters. Introduction First of all, he is a young boy who is very attached to his aging grandfather, Granda. His dedication in taking care of Granda impresses me as it shows that he is a caring and mature boy for his age. Evidence + Example Besides, his courage and determination to remain united and close to his Granda even when faced with desperate situations is endearing. This is especially clear when Granda was admitted to the old folks‟ home at Rachnadar and Rory became very upset. Evidence + Example
  50. 50. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education This shows that he is a caring person. Another trait that makes me like Rory even more is helpless and clueless in dealing with the simplest of situations. Rory‟s sacrifice and commitment towards his grandfather really makes him my favourite character of the novel. Evidence + Example To sum, it is clear that I like Rory best because of his positive values, strength and determination. Conclusion Write about a character you sympathize with/admire. Give reasons for your choice. A character you sympathize with/admire Paragraph From the novel „Catch Us If You Can‟, written by Catherine MacPhail, the character I sympathize with/admire is Rory. There are many reasons why I choose him. Introduction The first reason I choose Rory is because he was a loving grandson. Ever since his grandfather had not been well, Rory took care of almost everything. He would make sure that Granda took his medicine every day. He would also buy food for Granda during his school lunch break. To Rory, Granda was everything and he loved his grandfather very much because after his mother died, Granda was the only person who brought him up. Evidence + Example Another reason is because Rory was a brave boy and acted like a savior to his grandfather. First, when he knew that his grandfather would not last long at Rachnadar, the resting home, he planned an escape for both of them. He ran away from the orphanage in Castle Street and saved his grandfather from Rachnadar. This shows that Rory is brave and cared very much of his grandfather. Evidence + Example In addition, Rory is also a high risk taker because he ran away with an old and sick grandfather. His plan almost cost him his grandfather‟s life when at one point, his grandfather collapsed and fainted while they were escaping from a house of Rab‟s friend, Norma. He received the news from Nicola, Norma‟s daughter that her mother had gone to the police to report their where about. Therefore, Rory and Granda ran away again. He planned to take his grandfather to Liverpool with an intention to reunite with his long lost father. Evidence + Example Based on the reasons and evidence from the novel, I really sympathize with/admire Rory. From the beginning until the end of the story, he had to face so many problems. However, in the end he managed to save both himself and his beloved Granda. He was also united with his own father and his family. Conclusion
  51. 51. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Describe what happens at the end of the novel. Explain how you find the ending of the story. Support your answer with close reference to the text. what happens at the end of the novel (Plot) Paragraph Based on the novel that I have studied, Catch Us if You Can by Catherine MacPhail, at the end of this novel, Rory had a great shock in his life when he thought that his grandfather was dead before he at last met his biological father and together with his grandfather, they both reconciled with Jeff McIntosh, Rory‟s father, his stepmother and his two sisters. Rory then had a happy time with his new found family. Introduction When Granda fainted at the bus shelter while on their run, Rory ran away to get help, leaving Granda at the shelter. He received a help from a stranger who recognised him from the news on the television. He and his grandfather were taken to the hospital but on their way, a man whom Rory thought a policeman in plain clothes sat beside him in the patrol car and he later found out that the man was his father. Evidence + Example Rory spent the next few days with his new found family while at times visiting his grandfather who was recovering at the hospital. His father‟s wife, Karen was kind as she came and asked Rory to go and stay with them while Granda was hospitalised. He also found out that he got two little sisters, Ronda 5, and Ava, 3. Granda loved the granddaughters soon as he saw them even though he was still mad at his son. Evidence + Example Rory‟s dad was an apologetic man. He asked for forgiveness from Rory and Granda every now and then. He was sorry about leaving his son away with his father because he could not accept the insults from his father. He asked Rory to give him a chance to be a good father and a good son to his ailing father. They were given a flat and helps came around every day which made him wonder why not before? But he realized that he had found what he had looking for. Evidence + Example In conclusion, I find that the ending of the novel is a joyful one. This is because Rory had found what he had been looking for, a family of his own and a comfortable life for his grandfather. It is very convenient to find that Rory could forgive everyone who had caused him pain and fear of losing hope. I am also happy to cherish the friendships that Rory had built with the people he met along his journey: Ruby, Sammy and Tyrone; Norma, Nicola, Annie, Rab; not forgetting his ever good buddy, Darren. Conclusion
  52. 52. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Choose an event in the novel you have studied which you find to be the most memorable. Give reasons for your choice and with close reference to the text, discuss the event. An event in the novel you have studied which you find to be the most memorable. Paragraph The novel I have studied is Catch Us If You Can by Catherine MacPhail and I find the most memorable event is when Rory and his Granda had to go away from Darren‟s mother‟s caravan after Darren sent him a message telling him that the authority had known where Rory and his Granda were. Introduction It is a memorable event because from there Rory and Granda started to have more interesting adventures. For instance, Rory had to urge his grandfather to move faster and in doing so, he could see it was very funny because Granda was trying hard not to show his panic. Granda was also forgetting his shoes which Rory had to shove the shoes to his feet while wrapping his coat and scarf around him and also buttoning his jacket as well. Rory had also not forgotten his grandfather‟s things including the food and warm clothes. Evidence + Example The event is also memorable because Rory and Granda were always alert for the authority not to get them. He was careful not to let his grandfather lose the way by taking and pulling his grandfather‟s hand at him. He also flung his hand phone into the bushes because it would be useless to him since the phone had run out of battery and there was no way for him to charge it. Evidence + Example It is a memorable event because from there Rory and Granda met more kindhearted people who jumped in to give them a helping hand. For instance, the man and his son, Sammy and Tyrone whom Rory and Granda met at the loch while they were fishing the other day helped them by giving them a ride in their caravan to get away from the camp site which was full of police and their search party. Sammy‟s wife Ruby gave Rory and Granda food and drinks in the journey. This also tells us that not all strangers that we meet are bad people or unkind. We should learn to respect people in order for people to respect us. Evidence + Example In conclusion, the most memorable event from this novel is the part when Rory and Granda got away from the caravan because this has caused them to face more interesting adventures and encountered with some kind-hearted people like Sammy, Ruby and Tyrone. Conclusion
  53. 53. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Choose a message that you obtained from the novel that you have read and say what you have learned from it. A message that you obtained from the novel Paragraph In Catch Us If You Can by Catherine MacPhai, one important message the author conveys is that we must show respect and concern for others and uphold their rights. Introduction We are told that people like Granda need special care and attention. Rory remembers that the good days when his Granda made toffee apples for him, put up Christmas trees and carried him on his shoulders at footfall matches. He remembers Grand‟s better moments and therefore wants to care for him now. Rory hides Granda‟s smoking pipe and drills him on how to behave at Parents‟ Night. Rory treats his Granda with respect all the time and even when he teases Granda, it is done in a kind and humorous manner. Evidence + Example The authorities think that Granda should be put away in an old folks‟ home but both Rory and Granda think that is not right. Granda is unhappy about it and does not want to be separated from Rory. I think the elderly should have their wishes respected and be cared for at the same time. They must have proper home help, meals and medical care. They have done much for us before. Now it should be our turn to do good for them. Let them live their remaining days in pride and dignity. Evidence + Example Children need to be given the right care and attention too. When they become careers, it is harder for them to enjoy the childhood they are entitled to, go to school and get the right education. So it is important that they get the use of proper services from the authorities. They emotional needs too must be addressed. Evidence + Example People who are different from us must be treated with respect. Take the travelers for example. People look down upon them, but they have their rights too and need to be treated with respect and dignity. This is an important message that is most relevant in today‟s world. Conclusion
  54. 54. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education What is the important moral value you have learned in the novel of your choice? Give evidence from the novel to support your answer. The important moral value you have learned in the novel Paragraph In Catch Us If You Can by Catherine MacPhail, I learnt about compassion for fellow human beings. Many characters exhibit compassion for each other and act in a kind manner because of their compassionate nature. Introduction Rory and Granda care for each other and there is compassion in their actions. Rory cares for his grandfather‟s well-being and protects him from anything he considers bad, offensive or dangerous. Granda tries his best to help Rory unfortunately makes mistakes, but there is still compassion. He strongly says that no grandson of his is going to a home for as long as he is around. Evidence + Example Dr Nicol, Val Jessup, the police and the nurse act compassionately towards Granda and Rory. They are affected by the dilemma of an ageing man who is so dependent on a young boy and therefore do what they think is the best. Even Darren‟s mum thinks Rory has taken on too big a responsibility and worries over him. Mrs Foley, Rory‟s teacher, wants to foster Rory because of this same reason. Evidence + Example Darren offers his mum‟s caravan to them because he cares for Rory and Granda. He warns them about the arrival of the police. Tony and Tom look after Rory in the children‟s home because they know he is miserable. Sammy, Ruby and Tyrone help pair on their escape because of their kind nature. All the others, like Bernie, Rab, Annie and Norma are concerned about the pair‟s well-being. They feel for both Granda and Rory and do their best to make things better for them. Evidence + Example I think the nature of the characters proves that the author thinks that being compassionate helps you lead a good life. Conclusion
  55. 55. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education SCORE: 9 - 10 BAND DESCRIPTORS:  Response - relevant to specified task.  Elaborations given - well - supported and linked with evidence or knowledge from text.  Main and supporting ideas - relevant to specified task.  Ideas - clearly presented, well - organised and easily understood. PAPER 2 Novel: The Curse [15 marks]
  56. 56. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Novel: The Curse Bil. Questions Task 1. Character you like best Character 2. Event that teaches you an important moral lesson Moral value 3. Character you sympathize with Character 4. Memorable event Event 5. Love is important in a family. How is shown in the novel you have read? Moral value 6. The main character’s determination Character 7. Character in the novel that you look up to Character 8. What happens’ at the end of the novel. Why the ending is either happy or sad. Plot 9. Who a character has to make a difficult decision. Did he make the right decision? Character 10. Which part of the story do you like most? Plot 11. Event that make you angry. Event 12. Which characters have a negative impact? Character Marks awarded are as follows: Aspects Marks Content 10 Language 5 TOTAL 15 marks
  57. 57. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Elements of the Novel Themes Characters  Love  Forgiveness  Violence against women  Gender stereotyping  Belief in the supernatural  Fear of the unknown Main characters  Azreen Bomoh (Awang)  Madhuri Fatihah  Mohd Asraf  Saleh Abdullah  Haji Ghani  Siti  Puan Normala  Old Lady  Datin Sharifah & Datuk Zulkifli Moral values Setting  Caring  Helpful  Standing up for what you believe in  Responsibility  Diligence  Concern  Bravery  Loyalty  Persistence  Thoughtfulness Landon A village on a small island off Langkawi  Azreen‟s house  Madhuri‟s room  Nek‟s house  The rubber plantation  The farm / The forest  The school  Paddy field  The cemetery Synopsis Sinopsis Azreen takes time off from her studies in London, UK, to return to her village in one of the legendary islands of Langkawi. She returns to mourn the loss of her older sister, Madhuri. However she finds out via rumours and loud whispers that Madhuri was murdered. At her village Azreen has to contend with a cold-hearted father and support an Alzheimer stricken mother. Azreen is subjected to negative comments and suspicion from her neighbours. She finds consolation in the company of the Old Lady, an outcast of the village. Azreen has to confront the mystery that shrouds her sister's sudden death under suspicious circumstances. Her old classmate, Mohd. Asraf, refuses to reveal what he knows. A mysterious figure keeps on watching Azreen and strange things happen. Madhuri‟s room is partially destroyed in a fire. A carcass of a chicken with a broken neck is thrown in front of her house. Many villagers fall sick for no apparent reason. The Old Lady is killed in a fire accidentally caused by an angry Mohd. Asraf. Bit by bit, the mysterious death of Madhuri is revealed to Azreen. Azreen mengambil cuti dari pengajiannya di London, United Kingdom, untuk kembali ke kampung halamannya di Pulau Lagenda, Langkawi. Dia kembali meratapi kehilangan kakak sulungnya, Madhuri. Walau bagaimanapun dia mendapat tahu melalui khabar angin dan bisikan kuat bahawa Madhuri telah dibunuh. Di kampungnya, Azreen berdepan dengan ayahnya yang mempunyai hati baik dan menyokong ibu Alzheimer dalam keadaan kesukaran. Azreen tertakluk kepada komen-komen negatif dan syak wasangka daripada jiran-jirannya. Dia mendapat penghiburan dalam syarikat Old Lady, buangan kampung. Azreen berhadapan dengan misteri berhubung kematian yang mengejutkan tentang kakaknya dalam keadaan mencurigakan. Rakan sekelas lama, Mohd. Asraf, enggan mendedahkan perkara yang sebenar yang dia benar-benar tahu. Seorang tokoh misteri melihat tentang Azreen dan perkara-perkara pelik yang berlaku. Bilik Madhuri yang sebahagiannya musnah dalam kebakaran. Bangkai ayam dengan leher patah dibuang di depan rumahnya. Ramai penduduk jatuh sakit tanpa alasan yang jelas. Old Lady terbunuh dalam kebakaran yang disebabkan marah oleh Mohd Asraf. Sedikit demi sedikit, kematian misteri Madhuri diturunkan kepada Azreen.
  58. 58. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Example 1 Write about an important lesson that you have learnt Paragraph The Curse by Lee Su Ann many lesson for its readers. One of the lessons is truth will be known and secrets will last forever. There are a few characters who kept secrets and eventually the secrets were exposed. First of all are Mohd. Asraf and Madhuri. They were secret lovers. They planned to secretly run away to Kuala Lumpur. After Madhuri died followed by hid grandmother‟s death, he almost lost his mind. Keeping his love a secret was very difficult. He was easily influenced by Puan Normala that his grandmother was poisoned by Old Lady. That was the reason why he burned the Old lady‟s house causing her death. Finally, he realized his mistakes and come to his senses. Secondly is En Saleh Abdullah, Azreen‟s father. He was always proud of Madhuri. Madhuri made him proud when she agreed to marry the village headmen, haji Ghani. When her affair was discovered, Encik Saleh got very angry and accidentally killed Madhuri. He never told anyone until Azreen confronted him. Actually, he was ashamed because the daughter he was really proud of had an affair and tried to run away. He kept seeing a ghost. He suffered a heart attack and died. In a nutshell, dark secrets only life difficult. The evidence in the story has shown us that. Any dark secrets we have destroy our lives. We may lose the people we love. Always be true to ourselves and do not take advantage of others and always think before we act. Introduction Evidence + Example Evidence + Example Conclusion
  59. 59. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Example 2 Describe a memorable event Paragraph I consider an event that look place in Chapter 10 of the novel, The Curse a memorable event. That event took place when Asraf told Azreen that Madhuri has always been the women he loved although he knew she was a married woman. In fact the fell in love with her the moment he met her. His love for Madhuri was reciprocated. When Azreen heard his confession, she shocked beyond words as she had feelings for him. This incident is memorable as I learnt about control of one‟s emotions. Because Azreen was able to control her anguish and pain, she became a stranger person. This event also taught me about being able to forgive. Azreen learnt to forgive Asraf for betraying her love for him. At last she realized that when she put aside all her anger, hatred and sorrow, she felt happier and all her emotional burden suddenly disappeared. Thus, the ability to forgive is a noble act. After Asraf confessed to Azreen about his relationship with Madhuri, it is was followed by a series of news. Azreen learns from the bomoh that Madhuri was not her real sister. The bomoh also confessed that he was the one left the gate open and had indirectly led to the motorcycle accident that paralysed her mother. All these shocking incidents had caused so much hurt to Azreen who had no choice but to put all these behind in order to live a life with no resentment and anger. In fact, when she visited the graves of her family members she felt overwhelming peace. Introduction Evidence + Example Evidence + Example Conclusion
  60. 60. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education SCORE: 9 - 10 BAND DESCRIPTORS:  Response - relevant to specified task.  Elaborations given - well - supported and linked with evidence or knowledge from text.  Main and supporting ideas - relevant to specified task.  Ideas - clearly presented, well - organised and easily understood. PAPER 2 Novel: Step by Wicked Step [15 marks]
  61. 61. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Novel: Step by Wicked Step Bil. Questions Task 1. Character you like best Character 2. Event that teaches you an important moral lesson Moral value 3. Character you sympathize with Character 4. Memorable event Event 5. Love is important in a family. How is shown in the novel you have read? Moral value 6. The main character’s determination Character 7. Character in the novel that you look up to Character 8. What happens’ at the end of the novel. Why the ending is either happy or sad. Plot 9. Who a character has to make a difficult decision. Did he make the right decision? Character 10. Which part of the story do you like most? Plot 11. Event that make you angry. Event 12. Which characters have a negative impact? Character Marks awarded are as follows: Aspects Marks Content 10 Language 5 TOTAL 15 marks
  62. 62. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Elements of the Novel Themes Characters  The importance of preserving the family unit  Acceptance and tolerance  Responsibility  Children have opinions too Main characters  Caudia  Stella  Claudia‟s father  Richard Clayton Harwick  Charlotte  Collin  Ralph  Pixie  Robbo Moral values Setting  Family is everything  Patience is a virtue  We must learn to adapt to new situations  Don‟t give up hope Time  Evening  Night Location  Her granny‟s house  Stella‟s house
  63. 63. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Example 1 Character you like the most? Paragraph The novel that i have read is Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine. The character that i like the most is Colin. I like him because Colin shows maturity beyond his age. Although Colin is perhaps too young to understand the conflict faced by the adults, he has deep hidden feelings about the matter. He shows maturity by not telling his mother about his feeling towards his stepfather, Jack. However, Colin still loves his mother and accepts the situation. He never blames his mother like any other children of his age. Instead, he defends his mother's actions. Thus, his maturity has actually made me like his character very much. Another reason why I like Colin is because of his determination. He is determined to look for his stepfather. First, he writes a letter to his stepfather in his effort to locate his whereabouts. Then, he saves every penny whenever he gets the chance. For example, he always prefer cash for Christmas present from his mother and does three paper rounds to earn money. Colin does all this because he is determined to leave home one day when he is old enough to look for his beloved stepfather. As a child he does not give up easily but makes a plan to achieve his dreams. I adore him for his strong will. Finally, Colin proves to be a very sentimental person. He remembers everything about his stepfather. He remembers how his stepfather rolls his own cigarette out of tobacco tin. He also remembers the many names that his stepfather gives him - 'Col, Collie, Sonny-Boy, Buster and Bluebird'. He misses the times when his stepfather walks with him to school and pushes him up the swing in the park. In fact, he keeps an exact account on how long his stepfather has been gone which is five years, eight months and seven days. The sentimental values in Colin is the reason why he can stay loving towards his stepfather after so many years. He treasures all the good things Jack does for him and that has given him strength. Therefore, i also admire Colin for being a sentimental person. The above reasons are why I like Colin the most. Introduction Evidence + Example Evidence + Example Evidence + Example Conclusion
  64. 64. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Example 2 Theme of family love Paragraph The novel that I have chosen to portray the theme of family love is “Step by Wicked Step” by AnneFine. This novel is regarding five British school children from Stagfire who shared their joys, sorrows and anxieties of their family life. It all begin when they arrived ahead of their classmates for a week-long field trip at "haunted' Old Harwick Hall. In the stormy wild night, Claudia, Pixie, Robbo, Ralph and Colin find a long-abandoned secret room containing a mysterious journal with the aid of flashes of lightning. They uncover a heart rending story of Richard Clayton Harwick, who runs away from the sinister influence of a loveless stepfather. This discovery triggers off each of them to reveal and share their own engrossing, heart-rending stories filled with hurting and healing moments way through a minefield of embittered or uncommunicative or just plain immature parents, insecure or reluctant step parents and resentful step siblings. The implied themes in this novel are revealed through the characters thoughts, speech, actions, reactions and what others say about them. Thus, based on this novel, I have chosen to write on Richard Clayton Harwick‟s family members who have portrayed the theme of family love amazingly and dramatically through sense of love, devotion and loyalty. Richard‟s mother, Lilith was the first to portray the sense of love in the family. She took all the trouble to search for Richard after he ran away from home. Richard was frustrated as his mother married Reverend Coldstone after his father's death. Lilith suffered Coldstone‟s anger as when she spent a fortune seeking for Richard, their money lessened. Out of love for her beloved son, Richard, Lilith willingly sacrifices her wealth. She never stopped searching for him until her death. She died of broken heart because of her undying love for her beloved son, Richard. Charlotte showed her love too through her devotion. She kept searching for her beloved brother, Richard, after her mother‟s death. However she faced trouble as she had no money of her own. Because of her strong family love, she married a rich man she did not love as he promised to help her find Richard. She was willing to sacrifice due to her immense devotion to her brother. She managed to reveal her selfless characteristic through her quest for her brother. Richard also showed that he had strong love for his family through his sense of loyalty. Before Richard‟s father died, he tells Richard to take care of his mother and sister, Lilith and Charlotte Harwick. Richard become depressed as his father had only thought of his mother and sister instead of him until the end of his life. Introduction Evidence + Example Evidence + Example
  65. 65. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Richard become more tensed when his mother marries Reverend Coldstone, who is cruel towards him. Richard is then sent to a boarding school called Mordanger School, where he still suffered. Then he decides to run away and sail all over the world. Although he ran away, he still came by the house twice to catch a glimpse of his mother and sister due to his love that still lives in him, He finally returns home after he found a note on the captain‟s table from the solicitors who have stated something to his advantage. He discovered a letter from his beloved sister, Charlotte, who had written before her death, In the letter, Charlotte reveals all the difficulties they had had to undergo. He realized that his mother and sister was searching for him deliberately. He has restored his loyalty in the end but his loved ones are gone forever. His final decision of whether to stay or leave Harwick Hall remains unknown while the family love will remain in his memories for the rest of his life. This novel managed to prove that strong family relationship sustains family bond and heals all the hurting moments through sense of love, devotion and loyalty. The power of family love leads to reunion and healing in a family. Therefore, we should appreciate and love our family unconditionally and be prepared to make sacrifices as when there is strong sense of love, there is forgiveness , patience, loyalty and devotion growing without force under the shade of genuine family love. Evidence + Example Conclusion
  66. 66. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Example 3 A memorable event and how the event affects one of the characters in the story. Paragraph I choose the novel Step by Wicked Step written by Anne Fine. The memorable event from the novel is the honest conversation between Pixie and her stepmother Lucy. I think that the conversation is important because it affects Pixie's life. First of all, I think that the conversation is important because Pixie has a chance to tell the truth about her feelings. Pixie tells Lucy that she hates to pretend that their family is normal. It is hard for her to accept strangers as family. She dislikes her stepsisters. When Hetty moves into Pixie's bedroom after quarreling with Sophie, Pixie is very angry. She tries many ways to get rid of Hetty. Apart from that, I think that the conversation between Lucy and Pixie is important because Lucy also gets a chance to express her feelings towards Pixie. Lucy hates being a step mother. It is very hard for her to take care of someone else's child. Lucy is angry when Pixie when Pixie tries to get rid of Hetty from her bedroom. Last but not least, I think the heart to heart conversation is memorable because it improves the relationship between Pixie and Lucy. They understand each other better. at the end of the conversation, they are crying and hugging each other. After that day, their relationship becomes better and they are more like a normal family. In a nutshell, I think that the honest conversation between Lucy and Pixie is memorable because it improves the relationship between Pixie and her step family. I learn many things from this novel. Introduction Evidence + Example Evidence + Example Evidence + Example Conclusion
  67. 67. English Score A+ in SPM ENGLISH 1119/1 ENGLISH 1119/2 Credited by Sir Marzuqi M. Salleh Professional Master in Education Example 4 Character you admire because of the positive qualities? Paragraph The novel that I have read is Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine. The character that i admire because of the positive qualities is Robbo. Robbo is a kind person. His immense kindness was evident in the way he sought to protect Dumpa. Even though he wished his parents were back together, he worried about how it would affect Dumpa. He did not want his baby half-brother to have to go through the pain and suffering he and his sister had experienced during his parents frequent arguments and final separation. Robbo is also very understanding and sensitive person. He understood why Roy felt unwelcome in the house and that the only reason he remained there was for Dumpa. The burden and strain his mother went through while trying to referee the fights between Roy and Callie was not lost on Robbo either. He was willing to put himself in his mother's and Roy's shoes and tried to understand their pain. Finally, Robbo's best quality is his maturity. Due to his maturity, he was able to accept his parents' separation and bot be jealous or resentful of Dumpa and Roy. It also helped him realize that drastic changes were needed to keep the family together and to come to a solution that would benefit all parties. He showed a maturity beyond his years when he confronted his mother and sister directly and dealt with the situation once and for all. These are some of the positive qualities that Robbo has displayed and which have drawn my admiration. Introduction Evidence + Example Evidence + Example Evidence + Example Conclusion

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