3 Things to Look Out for When Faced With a Composition Topic
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3 Things to Look Out for When Faced With a Composition Topic

September 20, 2019


– Lil’ but Mighty! – Hmm. Write a composition of
at least 150 words about? I better count the
number of words I write. The pictures! Ooh, there’s a park! Recently, we just wrote a story about a bee attack at the park! I’m gonna write that! Done! (gasps) What?! Writing a composition can
be something that you love or something that you hate. Students are creative
and they have the urge to jump straight into writing a story. More often than not,
students look at the pictures and decide what story to write. Unfortunately, many students
fail to look at the topic given (It’s rewind time!)
Hmm. Write a composition of
at least 150 words about? (buzzer buzzes) First and foremost the key thing about writing a composition is not the number of words that you write. Even if you write a 1,000 word essay, you will still not be able to score if you write completely off topic. My advice to students
is to focus on the topic without looking at the pictures first. Using at least one
picture is a requirement. However, if you fail to answer the topic, you will still not do well. Pictures given are meant to
help you develop the plot, however, it should not be the key focus of writing a composition. Today, other than reminding
you to focus on a topic, I would also like to
share some tips on how to decipher the composition topic so that your composition
will not go off track. Tip number one: Always look out for the articles. The first thing you should
take note of is the word “a”. This means that throughout
the whole composition, there should only be one main commotion. When looking at a composition topic, always look out for
the words “a” and “an”. For example, if the topic is
“An Embarrassing Incident”. Some students tend to ignore the word “an” and go on to write a story about a series of embarrassing incidents. In those cases, students
will be marked down if the examiner is unable to pinpoint which is the main embarrassing incident. We always advise students
to focus on one main event throughout the composition
to avoid going off topic. In addition, hardly will
you encounter topics that require you to write
about a chain of events. So stay focused! Tip number two: Look out for continuous tenses. A kind deed. Aha! I spotted the word “a” so I can only write about one kind deed. I am going to write about Jack who saw this old man who did a kind deed and Jack went home to tell his mother. (buzzer buzzes) Does that plot really answer the topic? It sounds more like Jack
witnessing a kind deed. Wouldn’t it be better if I
wrote that Jack did a kind deed and went home to tell his mother? When you see a verb in
the continuous tense as the first word of the topic, always ensure that it is a main character who is doing, running, winning, saying, or whatever the verb is. On top of that, keep it to two to three main
characters in the story. And avoid having multiple
characters that do not play a role in developing the plot. Tip number three: Look out for the “Y” pronouns – The “you” and the “your”. Hmm. Overcoming your fear. Hmm, overcoming. “…ing” verb, which
means the main character must overcome the fear. Let’s write about Mary! Mary has a fear of heights. (buzzer buzzes) Mary? Are you Mary? When you see “you” or
“your” in the topic given, be sure to write in the
first person perspective, which means you write as “I”. Many students tend to lose marks when they fail to notice
these special pronouns. Even though questions like
“A Day You Were Careless” are more common in lower and
middle primary examinations, do be wary of such topics and make sure you fulfill
the question’s requirements. So these are some tips I have for you. These three simple tips will ensure that you address a topic well. Happy writing! (gentle music)

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