Sunday, 19 June 2011

PMR ESSAY- GUIDED WRITING


PMR Essay Writing Paper is divided into three parts, which are Section A and Section B and Section C.


Section A is called Guided Writing.
Section B is Summary Writing.
Section C is Literature Component.


Section A

Time    : 30-40 minutes (advised time)

Marks : 30 marks

Format : Guided Essay - (Instructions,graphs,pictures etc)
* Details will be provided as a guide for students to write their essay. Students may use all the points or details given in the paper.

Okay, today I will give some simple pointers on how to write the Guided type essay.



How To Write
  1. Use the 5P technique (5 Paragraph)
  2. 1 Paragraph for Introduction
  3. 3 Paragraphs for Body
  4. 1 Paragraph for Closing

How To Break The Paragraphs

  • Introduction Paragraph
  1. Construct the paragraph using the points or details given in the exam paper.
  2. Construct at least 5 sentences.
  3. At least 40-50 words.
  4. Use proper grammar,punctuation and spelling.

  • Body Paragraph
  1. Construct the paragraph using the points or details given in the exam paper.
  2. Break the points into 3 main ideas and supporting ideas
  3. Construct at least 5 sentences for each paragraph.
  4. At least 40-50 words.
  5. Use proper grammar,punctuation and spelling.

  • Closing Paragraph
  1. Closing must follow the type of format used.
  2. Construct the paragraph using the points or details given in the exam paper.
  3. Construct at least 5 sentences.
  4. At least 40-50 words.
  5. Use proper grammar,punctuation and spelling.



* Use the 5P technique to write your Guided Essay. It is easy to remember and saves a lot of time. Make sure it is not less than 200 words.Marks will be deducted if you write less than the required words in the exam.

33 comments:

  1. I was wondering, what if the question ask for a open ended question? Like the one with the question mark '?' at the last picture of the question. Can we just write anything of how we imagine the story would end? Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hello Fara, thanks for asking this question.Usually there will be 4/6 pictures and the last pic will one marked with '?'.

    To answer this type of question :-

    1. Read the question carefully and see what is required.
    2.You need to look at the pictures carefully and understand the flow of the story.
    3.Finally, end your story with a suitable and with an interesting ending.

    I hope my explanation is satisfactory for you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What if I write more than 270 words ? My marks will be deducted ?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hello Nurul, don't worry no marks will be deducted if you write more than 270 words.

    ReplyDelete
  5. can you help me? what is the example of the words,that i can use in the body paragraph of speech essay?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi RH, it depends on the 'title' of the particular question. There is not much difference in the 'opening' and 'closing' a speech but for the body section - you need to see what is required of you.

    Words can vary according to topics.Therefore, in order to write well, you need to spend time reading more English materials. All the best.

    If you can give the topic, then I'll try to give you certain words which might come in handy...ok.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hello Kopitiam, would like to ask if i write more than 60 words like example 62 or 65 words would it be fine for section C ?

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi Anonymous, For section C [Summary] only 60 words are required - anything more than that will not be counted in - marks will not be deducted if you write 62 or 65 words.

    Therefore, keep your summary in the [60 words]limit, so as not to loose any of your points which you might have.

    ReplyDelete
  9. hello kopitiam,I'm quite weak in writing essays..can u give me some tips on writing essays? tq

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Anonymous[22/10] - To write a good essay needs a lot of practice.Reading good English materials like English novels, English Newspapers or even Readers Digest Magazines will help to boost up your writing skills.You also must do a lot of grammar practice.

      Delete
  10. hi... for section A, what if i forgot to write the title for my essay (story kind of question), how many marks will be deducted?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Anon - for story type essays - A title is not needed.So, don't worry.

      Delete
    2. then, what if the instruction ask for student to give a suitable title for the story essay? and i forgot to give the essay a title? Will there be marks deducted?

      Delete
    3. If you are required to give a suitable title then do so by all means. Yes, marks will be deducted but not so much, it's somewhere 1-2 marks only.

      Delete
  11. will there be any marks deducted if i have given a wrong usage of word in an essay..?
    for example...the question asked for writing a speech...but i wrote a sentence (as my fellow opponents....)
    So,the word opponent automatically changed the essay to a debate...
    can i get a clear explanation...?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, marks will be deducted depending on the way you wrote your essay. In your case - it can be considered as out of topic, if that's the case then you will lose a lot of marks.

      Delete
  12. I'm the same previous person who asked a question regarding the wrong usage of word (opponents)

    -The question asked for writing a speech....
    I had only used the word (opponents)at the greeting part of a speech.
    Example sentence : A very warm good morning to the headmaster,teachers and all my fellow opponents.
    Otherwise i had brought up the essay in a speech form..for example
    I've given the definition of the title of my speech and finally thanked the audience for lending the ears...
    So,won't they just deduct the marks only for the word OPPONENTS as a wrong usage of word category...?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Sorry for the late reply, busy with my things.Now, I get a clearer picture about your situation. Don't worry-your essay won't be considered as out of topic. You will only be penalised for the word [opponents].

      Delete
  13. Thank You So Much ! I really appreciate your blog..Thank you once again !!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello kopitiam. I was wondering that can my mark will be deducted because my article essay doesn't have a title.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Read the question carefully. If you are asked to give a 'Title' then give a suitable title for your article.

      Delete
  15. i really appreciate all the notes given by you ! I'll enjoy it while practice for my upcoming exam.

    ReplyDelete
  16. wht if i used 100, 200 words and more in the literature section?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. In the Literature Section there's no limit as to how many words a student can use.

      Depending on the question-you'll need at least 3 points to asnwer your question.It can easily come to 150-250. My advice is keep your points short and packed.If you have 3 points then write them in 3 separate paragraphs.

      Delete
  17. hello, Kopitiam.. I don't know how to start my report essay in interesting way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Starting or ending an essay depends mostly on the type of question asked during examination. As for report writing, just follow the basic report format:-

      Delete
  18. If the format wrong, how many marks will be deducted?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wrong format - 1-3 marks will be deducted.

      Delete
  19. Hi, I would like to know if out of topic, how many marks will be deducted?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It depends, if the whole essay is out of topic then the chances are you'll be graded as 'VERY WEAK' which is 1-5 marks.

      Delete
  20. What if I didn't write the title of an article?how many marks will be deducted according to the pmr marking scheme?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Depends on the question, if in the exam you are asked to give a 'TITLE' then you have to give a suitable 'TITLE'. If not asked then it's okay - no marks will be deducted [ depending on the marking scheme]

      1-2 Marks will be deducted.....

      Delete