Thursday, 5 March 2015



(40 marks)

(Time suggested : 45 minutes)

Question 1

The picture below shows a snatch theft incident which you witnessed while walking to school. Based on the picture given, write about the incident for your school magazine.

When writing about the incident, you should:

  • describe what happened
  • express what you felt
  • suggest ways to prevent snatch theft
  • write between 120 to 150 words. (Follow the limit which is allowed by your school teacher)

Tips On How To write
1.  Read and understand the question carefully.
2.  Find the key words :-
o    For example     : snatch theft, incident, witnessed, walking back to     school, school magazine.

3.   In your essay you need to :-
o    how the snatch theft happened
o    your feelings about the incident
o    to prevent snatch theft

4.  Use the technique to arrange and to write your ideas/points.

5.   Introduction Paragraph – ( 30 – 50 words )
o    Last week – I – walking – to school
o    8.00am – football practice
o    saw – neighbour – Miss Siti – opposite road – waiting for bus
o    she – holding a big brown – handbag

Body - First Paragraph( Describe what you saw happen)
o    saw – a motorbike – two men
o    snatch Miss Siti’s handbag – fell down – screamed for help
o    shocked – gave chase – got away

Body - Second Paragraph( Describe what happened after )
o    checked on Miss Siti – hand and leg – bruises 
o    father came – took her home – made a police report
o    I – felt – angry and sad

Body - Third Paragraph ( Suggest ways to prevent... )
o    People – more careful / alert  - alone
o    More street lights - bright roads / safe
o    Police patrol – in / around – housing areas

Sample Essay
          Cases of snatch thefts are reported almost daily in our local dailies. In some incidences innocent lives have been lost due this unspeakable act.I recently was an eye witness to this dastardly act. The horrifying incident unfolded right in front of my eyes as I was walking to school for my football practice last week.
          The football practice was scheduled at 8.00 in the morning.On that fateful morning, I decided to walk to school instead of taking the bus as I normally did. As I was striding along the brick pavement, my eyes caught Miss Siti, my neighbour, standing on the opposite site of the road waiting to catch a bus to work. She was gingerly holding a big brown handbag in her hand.I waved to her and she waved back to me with an angelic smile.I looked at my watch, it was 7.oo a.m.
          As I strode past her, I saw two men on a motorbike riding slowly towards her.Both were wearing full face helmets. I didn't give much thought about it and just moved on.Suddenly, without warning, they zoomed past her snatching her handbag in the process.Miss Siti fell down onto the pavement. She was shocked but managed to scream for help. It all happened so fast.I gave chase but the thieves managed to escape. They just sped off into the horizon.
          I quickly dashed to Miss Siti's aid. There was a look of bewilderment on her pained face. I helped to check on her.Fortunately, only her hand and leg were bruised but overall she was alright. I immediately called and informed her father about the incident.He drove there as fast as lightning and took her home. Later, they went to the police station to make a report.The barbaric action of the snatch thieves just made me angry. At the same time, sad when I thought about all the unfortunate victims who had fallen prey to them.
         In order to prevent from becoming a victim of snatch theft, people need to be more careful. For example, when they are alone at a bus stop or walking back home alone- alertness plays an important role in ensuring their safety.In addition, the government should put up more street lights so the streets and dark alleys can be bright and safe for the public.Lastly, I strongly believe police presence in and around housing areas would boost public confidence whereby their safety can be assured by the police.