A couple of months ago, we posted a set of creative writing tips together with our marketing partner, LearnSuperMart. However, they were edited for a Facebook audience and some details had to be left out. Some parents have asked us for the version that has the full details. Hence, we are pleased to present the full set for your reading pleasure.
We hope that with this full set, you’ll be able to understand the requirements of the continuous writing component of Paper 1, and help your child understand how to tweak his writing to ensure the requirements are met. With these tips, we are confident that your child will be able to improve on his creative writing. At the same time, please check our webpage every now and then for more information and tips. If you prefer frequent and bite-size tips, do like our Facebook Page.
Introduction to this Creative Writing series
The first three tips of this series will focus on helping your child prepare for writing. Before your child starts writing, it is important that he reads and understands the question before proceeding. He needs to brainstorm for ideas, ensuring that his story answers the question and engages the reader. As such, we will be discussing how your child can stick to the theme of the essay question and suggest different ways to generate ideas. Most important, we will be teaching how to give your child’s essay an overarching emotional tone that will help his essay stand out.
After that, we will focus on some techniques of writing – from writing about emotions to improving the climax and coming out with fantastic conclusions. We are confident that these techniques will help your child develop his writing and help him score better in the next essay he writes.
Finally, we will a little technical and focus on how to improve your child’s language by focusing on varying sentences. As a bonus, we are also going to touch on the marking rubrics as well as common marking comments that may help you understand how your child’s teacher marks.
There is just one more thing we would like you to read before you forge ahead with this series. Please download the PSLE English syllabus. It will be most helpful to you to understand these tips. The English syllabus can be found here.
- Focus on the theme
- Creating conflicts
- Controlling your emotions
- (I)nner Sensations
- (E)motional Expressions
- Stretching the Tension
- A Perfect ending?
- Varying Sentences I
- Varying Sentences II
- Understanding your teacher’s marking
Without further ado, let us proceed to the series!