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MELICA PART 6: BONUS MODEL GUIDED ESSAYS FOR GALUS/HALUS SPM 1119/2 CANDIDATES




Some Guided Writing questions in Part 2 of SPM 1119/2 may seem difficult and challenging for galus/halus candidates. At times, some teachers are a bit sceptical with weak candidates’ ability to accomplish the writing tasks successfully. To me, there is a truth in it, however, through ample exposure to SPM standard questions, galus/halus candidates have a potential to perform in their writing.


MELICA PART 6 continues to offer model essays to lower intermediate candidates. Just like the previous essays, the three essays in this part use simple ideas, vocabulary and sentence structures. The following are practical activities that could be carried out with the weak SPM candidates based on the model essays. Even though certain activities have been suggested before, there is no harm as similar activities done by the galus/halus candidates will definitely reinforce what they have learnt previously. Their understanding, skills and confidence to write can be further fortified. Teachers may want to carry out these activities:


i) Examine the ideas and details presented in each paragraph. Teacher may ask the candidates to highlight which part fulfils the first, second and third tasks. This focused discussion will guide the candidates how each task should be fulfilled.

ii) Revise with the students three different techniques of writing their introduction; repetition (Model Essay 1), questioning (Model Essay 2) and flashback/personal experience (Model Essay 3). Let them apply the techniques in small groups. They write their own introductory paragraphs.

iii) Underline linking words, connectors or cohesive devices. They are also encouraged to suggest other additional connectors or cohesive devices in the model essay.

iv) In groups, the candidates can examine the ideas in the model essay. They discuss and suggest other possible ideas and details that can be included to fulfil each task.


Notes:

1. MELICA stands for Model Essays for Lower Intermediate Candidates of SPM 1119/2.

2. The suggested activities may require teachers to adopt and adapt to suit their realities; needs, context, learning and teaching styles, availability of time and pupils’ readiness.

3. Other model essays for lower intermediate candidates will be shared in this blog from time to time in future. Do subscribe this blog so that you won’t miss any of the latest sharing of materials.


Part 2


You must answer this question. Write your answer in 125-150 words in an appropriate style.


Question 2


Your class has been discussing on the topic of doing something good for others. Your teacher asked you to write an essay on your opinion about a charity project.


In your essay, you should write about:


* a charity project you wish to take part

* how to carry out the charity project

* why it is important to be involved in charity work


Write your essay using all the notes and giving reasons for your point of view.


Charity, charity, charity. My family members want to do charity. Moreover, all my friends also want to do charity. I also want to do charity work.

I wish to take part in a charity project. I want to clean Sungai Nibong mosque. I live in Sungai Nibong, Penang. I love the mosque. The mosque is old but beautiful. In addition, it is also big.

I plan to clean the mosque with my friends. I plan to ask Kamal, Roslan, Elmi, Syafiq and Azham to join me. They are good friends. Kamal, Roslan and Elmi can sweep the floor. Syafiq, Azham and I can mop the floor. Syafiq loves to clean toilets. Azham loves to vacuum carpets. I love to watch Syafiq and Azham doing their work. We can do our work for three hours.

It is important to do charity work. We can learn to help other people. Besides, we can learn about teamwork. We can do more when we have a team. Furthermore, we can learn not to be selfish.

To conclude, doing charity work is good. We can be a better person! [184 words]


Part 2


You must answer this question. Write your answer in 125-150 words in an appropriate style.


Question 2


Your class has been discussing on how to earn extra pocket money. Your teacher asked you to write an essay on your opinion about having a part-time job during school holidays.


In your essay, you should write about:


* a part-time job that suits you

* benefits of having a part-time job

* how you would spend your extra pocket money


Write your essay using all the notes and giving reasons for your point of view.


Do you want extra pocket money? How to get extra pocket money? Should I have a part-time job during school holidays? Maybe yes.

My family is not rich. I must have a part-time job. I can work during school holidays. I want to be a part-time cashier because I love to see money. I can work at a café near my house.

It is good to have a part-time job. Firstly, we can get extra pocket money. Next, we can also learn new things. We learn to be responsible. Besides, we get new experience. We can also get new friends.

When I have extra pocket money, I want to buy a ring for my girlfriend, Mina. I can buy a RM10 ring at night market. I also want to buy a cheap teddy bear for Mina. Maybe I also buy Mina a jacket at a bundle shop.

In conclusion, I know it is good to have a part-time job. Mina will be happy and I am happy too. [168 words]

Part 2


You must answer this question. Write your answer in 125-150 words in an appropriate style.


Question 2


Your class has been discussing on cocurricular activities. Your teacher asked you to write an essay on your opinion about online competitions among school students.


In your essay, you should write about:


* examples of online competitions

* an online competition that you wish to promote

* reasons for students to take part in online competitions


Write your essay using all the notes and giving reasons for your point of view.


Last year, I stayed at home for many months. I could not go to school. The pandemic was very serious. Students had no face-to-face co-curricular activities.

My friends and I joined many online competitions. For examples, we joined essay writing and creative video competitions. In addition, I also joined e-sports competition. My cousins, Vee, Siti, Sandra and Celine joined online singing competitions. They lost. They were bad singers.

I wish to promote a video competition. It is so easy. We must know what to do. First, we must read and understand all the rules. We must follow all the rules. Moreover, we must not do the video last minute. Besides, we must also be creative.

When students take part in online competitions, they learn new things. They can learn about new applications. Next, they can practise their ICT skills. My ICT skills are good because I practise a lot. Practice makes perfect.

In conclusion, online competitions are good. Students must do their best. Yes, they can! [166 words]

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