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A Thousand Stars Programme

2014

SPM ENGLISH
LANGUAGE 1119/1/2
1

CONTINUOUS WRITING
CHOOSE ONE OUT OF
FIVE TOPICS (50 MARKS)
TIME: 1 HOUR

WRITING TIPS

ACCURACY
structures

- sentence

- spelling
VOCABULARY
- wide
- precise
PUNCTUATION
- correctly used
ORGANISATION - paragraphs have
unity
- flow of ideas
SUBJECT MATTER - relevant
- interesting

1. LENGTH
word limit is 350 600 words
writing too much more mistakes
made lowers the mark
short script does not do justice to
the subject matter lowers mark
too
planning is important

2. STANDARD ENGLISH

it communicates clearly to the


examiner
it obeys the rules of spelling,
punctuation and grammar that are
accepted and practised in the English
speaking world
the vocabulary used is suitable for
the reader

3. RELEVANCE
GOLDEN RULE

dont ever try to avoid the


purpose of the examination
by writing a prepared
composition or by deliberately
twisting the title

4. COMMUNICATION

message conveyed must be


clear and understood by the
reader

5. VOCABULARY
For communication to be
clear, use words that
convey intended meaning
as exactly as possible.

WALK - SYNONYMS
marched
toddled
hobbled
limped
rushed
staggered
strolled

RUN
chase

dash

flee

scamper
sprint

scoot

6. PUNCTUATION

Very important to ensure your


piece of writing make sense
And communication is
established

7. ORGANISING
SENTENCES
avoid writing a long series of short
sentences
use your sentences to link ideas
together so that the reader is carried
smoothly from one ideas to another

SCRIPT 1
It was a Monday in June. It was early
in the morning. The school was quiet.
No one else had arrived yet. Today
was an important one. Our exams
were beginning today. I was very
nervous. I had tried hard. I had
revised for several hours each night. I
felt ready. I was determined to do
well.

SCRIPT 2

It was early on Monday morning. As


no one else had arrived yet, the
school was quiet and deserted. Today
was very important for me as it
marked
the
beginning
of
our
examinations. I had revised hard,
staying up late each night revising,
because I was so anxious to do well. I
felt confident that I was well
prepared, but I was still very nervous.

8. SPELLING
Most spelling mistakes
occurred in CW are caused by
carelessness
check your spelling carefully
when writing any composition

SCRIPT 3
It was definately not going to be a good day. My
mothers aincient vechile had a flat tyre, and
nothing could be done imediately to mend it. No
one knew how the dammage had occured
altough we suscepted the little boy next door,
who had been showing more intrest in the car
than we thought was necesary. On one ocasion,
we had cought him trying to open the car door.
I lay on my bed, gazing at the cieling, and
hating the tought of having to walk all the way
to school, and recieving a lecture for being late.

9. PARAGRAPHS

Most candidates lose marks in CW


due to poor paragraphing.
No paragraphs at all
mini paragraphs compositions
which have a new paragraph for
almost every sentence
casual paragraphs they begin and
end for no obvious reason

A GOOD PARAGRAPH

Is complete in itself
Usually summarised in a topic
sentence that comes in the beginning
or at the end of the paragraph
Must not stand alone
Must be linked with the paragraph
before it and to the paragraph that
follows it

10. HANDWRITING & PRESENTATION

Use black ball point pen


Small handwriting is difficult to read
Dont cram too many words into one
line
Spacing between words makes
reading easier
Dont use liquid paper. Just cross the
unwanted word with a single line
through it.
Be clear where a new paragraph
begins.

11. SUBJECT MATTER


When writing a CW, be
yourself
Use experience, settings and
ideas that are familiar to you
and that you understand