When we plan to write a narrative essay for the coming SPM examination , English Paper 1, section B: Continuous Writing, we have to bear in mind of making our essay exciting and impressive. The first thing to do is study the question carefuly, understand the scope of the question, then draw a rough plot from the beginning , rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
Then we should decide the theme, moral values, characters and scenes of events. The theme of the story is the central message and the moral values are the lessons that we learn from the story. In order to make our story alive, name the settings/places of our story, then descibe the scene of the place.
Besides that, name the characters and reveal their characteristics by writing about their actions, reactions, thoughts, speechs and what other characters say about them. We also have to elaborate the sequence of events and incidents, what happen, how did it happen, why did it happen, who was involved and when did it happen?
Please don’t forget to descibe the scene, characters, events and incidents using our 5 senses, what we see, hear, touch, smell and taste and add appropriate adjectives and adverbs. We can also use phrases, idioms, sayings or expressions to make our narration lively and impressive too.
The marking scheme for countinuous writing will be based on impression, as its holistc marking, which scoring involves the assignning of a single score to a piece of writing based on a “whole” reading of the essay. The examiner will fit the candidate’s response to the most appropriate band, by refering to upper and lower bands and the marks depend on the number of criteria that are found in the script that matches the band.
Please make sure the language used is accurate, use varied sentence structures (simple, compound, complex, compound/complex sentences), and the use of vocabulary is correct, prescise and wide. Write well-planned paragraphs, unified and appropriately linked, and make sure the tone and mood suites the story creating interest, being arousing and sustained throughout the story.
P/S: There are two links below as examples of websites where we can find idioms and meaningful phrases.http://www.englishclub.com/ref/Sayings/index.htm