CHOOSING THE TOPIC
SOME POINTERS: <ul><li>Choose a topic you understand well. </li></ul><ul><li>It makes sense to choose what you are best at...
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
PLANNING INVOLVES 3 STAGES: <ul><li>Identifying key words </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming of ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Organ...
IDENTIFYING KEY WORDS: <ul><li>Key words are  important words  in a topic.  There are  2  types of key words that you shou...
Describe someone whom you admire.  How would you approach this topic if you had to write on it?
BRAINSTORMING: <ul><li>Letting your ideas about a topic flow.  </li></ul><ul><li>Jot these ideas down as they come, whethe...
Describe someone whom  you admire -  Mrs. Chng Appearance Behaviour Character Petite conservative Hair – grey and straight...
ORGANISATION OF IDEAS: <ul><li>Enable you to see at a glance in which areas ideas are lacking. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure...
THE WRITING FRAMEWORK: <ul><li>Indicates what is likely to occur.  The purpose is revealed, the subject mentioned, and the...
AN EXAMPLE: Describe someone whom you admire.  <ul><li>Mrs. Chng is a magical teacher who casts spells on her classes to m...
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For English Language Teachers. Some points for students to note when they are deciding which topic to write for the examination.

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Choosing The Topic

  1. 1. CHOOSING THE TOPIC
  2. 2. SOME POINTERS: <ul><li>Choose a topic you understand well. </li></ul><ul><li>It makes sense to choose what you are best at. </li></ul><ul><li>Time spent on choosing wisely is time well-spent. </li></ul>
  3. 3. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
  4. 4. PLANNING INVOLVES 3 STAGES: <ul><li>Identifying key words </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming of ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation of ideas </li></ul>
  5. 5. IDENTIFYING KEY WORDS: <ul><li>Key words are important words in a topic. There are 2 types of key words that you should take notice of. </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional words – relate to the purpose ( why ) of your writing. E.g. discuss , explain , consider , describe and tell . </li></ul><ul><li>Subject words – tell you what to write. These words will help you make sure you write on the topic. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Describe someone whom you admire. How would you approach this topic if you had to write on it?
  7. 7. BRAINSTORMING: <ul><li>Letting your ideas about a topic flow. </li></ul><ul><li>Jot these ideas down as they come, whether you use them later or not. </li></ul><ul><li>The act of writing something down often stimulates other ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>You can try brainstorming in a group – sharing ideas which may help someone else think of something useful. </li></ul><ul><li>Mind-map </li></ul>
  8. 8. Describe someone whom you admire - Mrs. Chng Appearance Behaviour Character Petite conservative Hair – grey and straight Big glasses Slid down her nose caring Loved a good joke Enjoyed helping us See the funny side of things Reminded me of my grandmother Always in a hurry Best literature teacher I have had
  9. 9. ORGANISATION OF IDEAS: <ul><li>Enable you to see at a glance in which areas ideas are lacking. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that your essay is easy to follow. </li></ul><ul><li>Your plan can take a diagrammatic form. </li></ul>
  10. 10. THE WRITING FRAMEWORK: <ul><li>Indicates what is likely to occur. The purpose is revealed, the subject mentioned, and the tone set. </li></ul><ul><li>The body is made up of a series of paragraphs that deal with different parts of your topic or sub-topics. </li></ul><ul><li>The conclusion brings everything to a satisfying close. </li></ul>INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH 1 PARAGRAPH 2 PARAGRAPH 3 CONCLUSION
  11. 11. AN EXAMPLE: Describe someone whom you admire. <ul><li>Mrs. Chng is a magical teacher who casts spells on her classes to make them all love literature. </li></ul><ul><li>She does not, at first give the impression of being anyone special. In fact, she is very short… </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps one day I will be a literature teacher whom someone else will admire – just as I admire Mrs. Chng. </li></ul>INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH 1 PARAGRAPH 2 PARAGRAPH 3 CONCLUSION

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