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ENGLISH LANGUAGE UPSR EXAMINATION

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TIPS & TECHNIQUES


Presented By
MDM. ZAITON AWANG SK TOBOBON, KOTA KINABALU

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self confidence is PREPARATION.
-Arthur Ashe

"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." - Kz

What is being tested ?

y Test how well you can write with

correct grammar .
y 1 picture 10 guided words

b. Write 5 sentences c. 15 minutes 10 marks d. marking by impression / band

1. WRITE ONLY WHAT IS SEEN IN THE PICTURE AND GIVEN IN THE GUIDE WORDS. 2. DONT MIX THE TENSES. 3. ADVISABLE TO USE CONTINUOUS & PRESENT TENSE. SENTENCE 1 5 SAME TENSES

4. WRITE WHAT IS HAPPENING SENTENCE RELATED TO PICTURE. 5. STUDENTS MAY OR MAY NOT USE ALL THE WORDS GIVEN. 6. DO NOT USE CONTRACTIONS. 7. DO NOT WRITE YOUR EXPERIENCE.

8. PUNCTUATION & CAPITALIZATION VERY IMPORTANT 9. TO GET 8-10 MARKS USE SIMPLE, COMPOUND , COMPLEX SENTENCES & INTELLIGENT NEW WORDS. ( WORDS NOT COMMONLY USED )

10. TO PASS 5 SIMPLE SENTENCES

12. MARKING HOLISTIC USING BAND 1 sentence for 1 number. If there are 2 sentences in 1 number no. 5 not counted. 13. DESCRIBE THE CHARACTERS . eg The man with the hat... The girl with a ponytail. 14. YOU CAN WRITE WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE IF THE WORD(S) IS / ARE GIVEN. 15. IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO START WITH THE SAME PHRASE ALL THE TIME eg There is. / There are.

Hot tips

HOW TO GET EXCELLENT MARKS? Dont forget to add : Appropriate adjectives Adverbs Varieties sentences REMINDERS : No stereotype Describe the actions shown in relation to a person, to another or to objects. Use verbs and appropriate vocabulary DO NOT : Use time phrase ( Last month, Yesterday) Name of places not shown in the picture Write baseless assumption

Lets try it out.


children park bench
flying kites

women kneeling marbles


spinning tops

sitting tree

How to construct sentences. What to do ?


A. List the nouns and verbs. Noun * a word or a group of words that represent a person, a place, a thing or activity, ( cloth, tea, football ), a quality or idea ( danger, happiness ). Verb * a word or a group of words that used to describe an action, experience, or state : for example : come, put on, be etc. Nouns Boy Girl Children Park Verbs Flying kite Sit Kneeling Playing

B. Write sentences based on the picture. Nouns / Subject (who) children boys girl women boys park boys boys ROSE (rest of the sentence) (what/where/when/why) at the park. in the park. on a bench. on the ground. clean and beautiful. marbles. tops.

Verb (what) are are flying kites is sitting are sitting are kneeling is playing spinning

B. Write sentences based on the picture. 1. The children are at the park. 2. Two boys are flying kites. 3. Two women are sitting on a bench. 4. Two boys are kneeling on the ground. 5. The park is clean and beautiful. 6. Two boys are playing marbles. 7. Two boys are spinning tops.

Varieties sentences - simple, compound and complex


1. There are two boys flying their beautiful kites in the park because it is a windy day. 2. The girl with the pony tail haired is sitting beside her friend on a wooden bench under a big shady tree. 3. Two women are sitting side by side on a wooden bench while talking to each other. 4. A boy who wears a cap is kneeling opposite his friend on the ground and they are plating marbles. 5. Two boys wearing t-shirts are spinning tops happily. 6. The park is big and it looks clean and beautiful. 7. Two smart boys who are tall are playing kites in the park. 8.Two smart and tall boys are flying their kites at the park. 9. A boy wearing a cap is playing with some marbles with his best friend. 10. Sarah with the pony tail haired is sitting on a wooden bench under a shady tree. 11. A girl with her hair in bunches, is sitting on wooden bench under a tall shady tree.

What is being tested ?

y Test how well you can :-

~ Transfer information ( Part A) ~ Make choices ( Part B ) Answer in 25 minutes.

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Q2a - INFORMATION TRANSFER 10 MARKS. PUNCTUATION & CAPITALISATION very important!!!!! M vs

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K vs k
rm vs RM

En vs en

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Q2a - CAN WRITE NUMBERS if guide answer is written in numbers. Q2a - REFER TO GUIDE ANSWERS ON HOW TO WRITE THE REST OF THE ANSWERS. Q2a NO SPELLING ERRORS Q2b NO MARKS FOR DIRECT LIFTING!! Q2b GIVE REASONS NOT DETAILS Write complete sentences neatly and clearly in the space given. Be careful with your spelling, grammar and punctuation.

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SECTION B Question 2 Study the advertisement below carefully. Then complete the table using the information given.

Frenzy Blouse
-white with green flowers lace -available in small and medium sizes -made of silk -sold at Watson Hyper Mall -RM30 -free gift; a bead purse

Padinni Blouse
-pink with red patterns -available in medium and large sizes -made of cotton -sold at Giant Supermarkets -RM 25 - free gift; a pearl scarf

RM 30

RM 25

Kenzo Blouse
-yellow with floral patterns -available in small, medium and large sizes -made of soft wool -sold at Sogo Super Mall -RM 40 - free gift; a red hat

RM 40

a) Based on the advertisement above, complete the table below.

Frenzy Blouse
Made of

Padinni Blouse

Kenzo Blouse soft wool

silk

cotton
pink with red patterns

Colour

white with green flowers lace


small and medium

yellow with floral patterns


small, medium and large sizes

Sizes

medium and large


Giant Supermarkets

Sold at

Watson Hyper Mall


RM 30

Sogo Super Mall RM40


a red hat

Price

RM25 a pearl scarf

Free gift

a bead purse

SECTION B - Part B
b) You are going to buy a blouse for your aunt s birthday present. Based on the three items in the advertisement, which blouse would you buy ? Give reasons for your choice. Anda bercadang untuk membeli baju sebagai hadiah harijadi makcik anda. Berdasarkan iklan tersebut, baju manakah anda akan pilih? Beri beberapa alasan atas pilihan anda. I would buy

Read the instruction because ... carefully before answering


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Section B (Part B)
I would choose to buy the Frenzy Blouse because it is white with green flowers lace. It is made of silk. It is available in small and medium sizes, The blouse is sold at Watson Hyper Mall. The price is RM30. It comes with a free bead purse as a free gift. I hope my aunt will be happy with my present for her on her birthday.

Sample Answer
Section B (Part B)
I would choose to buy Frenzy Blouse because it looks interesting and nice. It is white with green flowers lace that makes it looks beautiful. Besides, it is made of silk that is my aunt s favourite. It is available in small and medium sizes, so I would buy the medium size as I think it fits my aunt well. The blouse is sold at Watson Hyper Mall that is not far from my place. The price is also reasonable that is RM30. If I buy the blouse for my aunt, she could also get a free bead purse as a free gift. I hope my aunt will be happy with my present for her on her birthday.
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SUGGESTED EXAMPLES OF KEY WORDS/PHRASES WHEN WRITING SUPPORTING REASONS FOR QUESTIONS 2B
TOPIC Price/fee/ fare SUGGESTED WORDS/PHRASES/SENTENCES 1. It is cheap/the cheapest. 2. It is reasonable and affordable. 3. The price of RM_________ ,is reasonable and affordable. 4. The price is RM ________.It is cheap and within my budget. 5. The price is RM________. It is cheap and l can afford it with my own pocket money. 6. The price is low/high.

Time / Duration

1. The time is suitable for me as l am free at that time. 2. The time is convenient for me as l do not have a tight schedule. 3. It starts from _______ to _______ 4. It lasts for ________ hours.

Facilities

1. The facilities available are __________ l love ________ because its _________ 2. The rooms are big, clean , spacious air-conditioned, well-managed etc 1 . It is available in ______,______and_____ 2. It comes in _______ and______ 3. __________ is my favourite. 4. I like_________ because its bright / beautiful / attractive It is more lasting. It is more durable. It is stylish. It is of high quality. It is comfortable. I like Malaysian products because they are of high quality. 8. As a Malaysian I will always supportour local products. 9. By buying Malaysian product l would contribute towards my countrys economy 10. Although it is an imported product ,l would still buy it because l really like it. 1. 2. 3. 5 6. 7.

Colours

Products

Contents of books, magazines or television programs

1. The story is ________interesting/adventurous/ exciting/thrilling/ informative/amusing/fascinating. 2. It is suitable for me because - I can widen my knowledge. - I can acquire information on______ - I can improve my vocabulary/language.

Hobbies/ Interest (a) Fishing

1. 2. 3. 4.

It is relaxing after a hard days work. It is a good form of relieving tension. While fishing I can make new friends. If I get a good catch, I can cook the fish for dinner. I can save marketing expenses.

(b) Reading

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

I can acquire new knowledge. I can gain general knowledge. I can widen my vocabulary/improve my language. I can learn good moral values from stories read. I can learn to think creatively. It is an enjoyable past time. It is an educational pastime, which will help me improve on the language. 8. It is fun and exciting. 9. I can make new friends. I can exchange books or share ideas or opinions on reading.

(c) Gardening

It is a good form of exercise/relaxation I can relieve my tension. I can appreciate the beauty of nature. I can beautify my living room with pretty flowers. I can do my part to protect the environment. I can sell my vegetable or flowers and add to the monthly income. 7. I can save my money because I do not have to buy vegetable everyday.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

(d) Games

1. 2. 3. 4.

It is challenging/exciting/interesting. It is a good form of exercise. I can relive my tension I can learn to be co-operative, tolerant and understanding. 5. I can make news friend.

(e) Stamp-collecting

1. I can acquire and widen my knowledge about other countries. 2. I would be able to know more about the cultures, religions and belief of other people. 3. I can make new friends through exchanging stamps. 4. I can learn to be more patient. 5. I need to have an album for the stamps. I already have one which my gave as my birthday present

(f) Place

1. 2. 3.

It is located near my.. It is only a stones throw away from my I can easily walk there. It is situated in a strategic position because...

(g) Clothing/ material

1. The material used is It is soft. 2. It is very comfortable to wear. 3. It is beautiful and trendy. 4. It is stylish and is in fashion now. 5. The size is very suitable for me. 6. It is manufacture/made inI like the clothes because they are of high quality and more lasting. 7. It is suitable to used for.. 8. It is made of .

(h) Computer games/ Surfing the internet

1. I can acquire information on anything I want to know. 2. I can widen my knowledge. 3. It can help me in my homework/my folio. 4. I can meet and make new friends through online chatting 5. I can send e-mails to my friends. It is faster and cheaper 1. It is thrilling and I can test my endurance. 2. I can learn living skills like cooking and housekeeping, which will be useful in my life in future. 3. There will be a lot of fun-filled activities. 4. It is fun and adventurous. 5. I can learn about team building and cooperation

(i) Camping / jungle tracking

What is being tested ?

y Test how well you can write

sentences in paragraphs. y Write at least 3 paragraphs based on 3 pictures y Write in 35 minutes.

 Read and understand the instruction.


 Study the pictures and words carefully.  Circle the keywords - present or past tense.  Organize the writings into a few paragraphs  Write a lot of simple sentences , a few compound and complete sentences.  Write neatly and clearly.  Write a paragraph of introduction and closing.  Insert the appropriate words and write sentences. ( adverbs, proverbs, adjectives, similes etc )  Add linking words to show the flow of the story (Later on, After that, A few minutes later, Then Finally, suddenly, unfortunately, accidentally, etc  Check your grammar, spelling and punctuation by reading the whole sentences.

Who? When? Where? What? Why? How?

Who was in the picture ? Where did it happen? When did it happen ? What are the things in the pictures? Why did it happen ? How was the story going ?

Hamid is twelve years old. He walks to school everyday as his school is a stones throw away from his house. One day, while Hamid was going home from school, he saw his friends buying burgers at Azlans stall. He was hungry. He wanted to buy a burger but he did not have any money. Hamid had lost his money at school. He was sad. Meanwhile, his class teacher, Puan Mawar, was on her way home. She saw Hamid was looking at his friends. She was sorry for him and decided to help . Puan Mawar went closer to Hamid. She took out some money from her purse and gave it to him. Hamid refused to take the money but Puan Mawar insisted. Finally, he accepted gladly. He thanked his teacher for giving him the money.

As Puan Mawar walked away, Hamid rushed to the burger stall. He was as happy as a lark because he could buy a burger for himself. He quickly bought a double cheese burger which is his favourite. When he reached home , he ate the burger. He shared it with his brother. He told his mother that Puan Mawar gave him the money. The next day, his mother asked him to return the money. When Hamid reached his school, he returned the money to Puan Mawar. However she refused to take the money from Hamid. Hamid realized that his teacher was very generous and kind-hearted.

Dont worry. If you are unable to write like that.. write like this.

Hamid - going home - friends - burgers Hamid was going home from school. He saw his friends were buying burgers. teacher - Puan Mawar - looking - gave - money His teacher, Puan Mawar saw he was looking at his friends. She gave some money to Hamid. Now read this.

happy - quickly - bought - ate

Hamid was very happy. He quickly bought and ate the burger.

Ali home searched keys not pockets bag


Yesterday Ali went home from school. When he reached his house, he searched for his keys but he could not find them. They were not in his pockets. They were not in his bag. (Band C) Yesterday afternoon, Ali had to walk home from school because his mother, Cikgu Hasnah, had a meeting with the headmaster. The weather was very hot. Ali was very thirsty. All the way home, he was thinking about the orange juice in the refrigerator in his house. When he reached home, he searched for his house keys but he could not find them. They were not in his pockets. They were also not in his school bag. (Band B ) Yesterday afternoon, Ali had to walk home from school because his mother, Cikgu Hasnah, had a meeting with the headmaster. The weather was very hot and he was very thirsty. All the way home he was thinking about the orange juice in the refrigerator in his house. When he reached his house, he searched high and low for his house keys. Unfortunately, they were no where to be found. They were not in his pockets neither were they in his school bag. ( Band A)

worry wondered sit wait mother hungry tired


Ali was worried. He wondered where his keys were. He sat in front of his house and waited for his mother. He was tired and hungry. ( Band C ) Ali was sad but he knew that he did not have to worry because his mother had another set of keys. He wondered where his keys were. He could not do anything at that moment but to sit and wait for his mother. He waited for a long time. He was getting hungry and tired. ( Band B )

Although he knew that he did not have to worry as his mother had another set of keys, Ali was still disappointed with himself for being very careless. He wondered where he might have kept his keys. He could not do anything at that moment but to just sit and wait for his mother. It was already two oclock in the afternoon. He had waited for one and a half hours. His mother was still not home. He was getting very hungry and tired. His throat was dry and he was starting to cry. ( Band A )

AVOID THE FOLLOWING COMMON ERRORS


Wrong pronouns We ask he to show we the way. Mawar Flat is near ours school. Her went with her parents. She went to Taiping with his. I and my family love local fruits Missing Verbs Salimah an honest girl. The lady in pain. You must helpful to the girls. The dancers very beautiful SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT He have an idea. The fruits is good. He are going to Wakaf Bharu. He were cycling home. Her grandparents loves her.

PREPOSITIONS At there we saw many animals. You have a chance to visit to Sabah. She thanked to Ahmad for his help. He jumped in to the river. MODAL WORDS He can comes with you to my house. At first I cannot saw the lions. My father did not went with me. She does not plays netball every afternoon. Betty will writes the letter. INFINITIVE To Use root words after. e.g He was planning to play the ball. DOUBLE VERBS The lady was fell into the river. We are must clean the drain every day. Later he was crashed into the ditch. POOR STRUCTURES There have many ways to become clever. I very like to listen to music. There very many many people at concert. They go picnic last week with teacher they. Muthu was not go to school because he did not feeling well.