For the past few weeks, we have looked at the four types of essays that are typical of the Directed Writing section. This week, we will look at some useful pointers on how to tackle this section successfully.
1. Every question at the SPM level is designed in such a way that all of the basic information a student could possibly need to answer the question can be found in the question itself. As such, the first and most important thing to do is READ THE QUESTION CAREFULLY.
In Directed Writing, the question will tell us what type of essay we are supposed to write. Look out for the phrase “write a …”. This will then determine the format of our essay. Once we have decided on this, we can start searching for the other information we need.
Sample question:You are the Head Prefect in your school. You have been asked to give a speech on the importance of having good discipline during the school assembly. Write your speech based on the points given.
From the line “Write your speech…”, we know that we are supposed to write a speech. A speech has 4 elements in its format: greetings, role, topic and ending. For greetings, look for where the speech is supposed to be presented. In this case, the speech is meant to be presented “during the school assembly“. Therefore, we must include people such as the Principal, teachers and students in our greetings. For role, look for phrases that suggest a position. In this case, it would be “Head Prefect“. For topic, look for what our speech is supposed to be about. In this case, the speech is about “the importance of having good discipline“.
Weak students sometimes cannot really remember the requirements for different types of essays. Not to worry because all you have to do is look out for this part of the question:
When writing your speech, you must:greet your audiencestate the purpose of your speechthank your audience at the end of your speechinclude all the points given
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