The expectations for a P5 composition are higher than a P4 composition. Aside from the additional 20 mark score, from 20 marks to 40 marks, students now need to lengthen their compositions, develop their theme and be as descriptive. Writing techniques are useful tools to help P5 students meet new expectations for their compositions.
However, with so many writing techniques out there, do they really need to use as many as possible in one composition?
Selecting 3 simple writing techniques to practice on for each composition is a good way to put into practice the writing techniques our students have learnt at Thinking Factory.
Three simple writing techniques to practice on for each composition
Recently, we wrote on the theme of A Good Idea.
The model composition I selected from our P5 students this year contains 3 simple writing techniques. I found it a well-written composition, done in the time frame of 50 minutes. While the plot was simple, she developed her ideas relevantly. Well done Lisabelle & keep up the good work!
What were the three writing techniques used in this composition?
Developing the characters in our stories is one of the techniques that we encourage our students to use in each composition. During the planning and discussion stage, we often ask our students the reason why the protagonist is doing something for someone or to someone. We prompt our students to visualise their characters by asking them questions like Is he lazy? Is she kind?
In this composition, our student started off her composition by using characterisation. She wanted to explain why the protagonist wanted to come up with a good idea for her mother. She used only this technique only at the start of her composition but it is enough for the reader to visualise the protagonist’s mother.
2. Theme development
Another good technique to use to move the flow of the story in the right direction is consciously developing the theme of the story. Our students are encouraged to use this technique in their descriptions, dialogue, personal thought, and conclusion.
Below are some examples of how our student brought out her relevant ideas using this technique
3. Vivid Verbs
Writing a descriptive composition is a sure-fire way to score well. Sometimes, even adding a few vivid verbs can help the reader visualise the actions and emotions of the protagonist.
Now that we have discussed about the 3 simple writing techniques, we hope that you will enjoy reading our student’s model composition.
Model composition on the theme of A Good Idea
Note to students
The model compositions in this blog are to help students generate ideas and to be used as a guide. Students are not allowed to copy the model compositions and then pass them off as their own work, especially in school. It is called plagiarism.
Being a mother of three children was challenging. My mother worked multiple jobs with my father to provide us enough food and a roof over our heads. It was going to be her 46th birthday soon and I wanted it to be a memorable one to show my appreciation to her.
The next day, I thought long and hard about how I could make it a memorable birthday for her. After almost two hours of reflection, I came up with a good idea; a surprise party! Jumping for joy that I had come up with a brilliant idea, I decided to break the news to my sister, Louisa.
Dashing to her room, I excitedly shouted, “Louisa! You know it’s going to be mummy’s birthday soon, so we will have a surprise birthday party for her!”
Louisa looked at me with a confused look on her face.
“So, you want to do a surprise party in only three days? That’s going to need a lot of work but we can do it..I guess,” she sighed.
Punching my fist in the air, I told my father and my brother, Leroy about the wonderful idea and they all agreed. However, we could not let the cat out of the bag or else it would be ruined. Leroy and my father came back with many colourful decorations and banners and I squealed in excitement.
“Let’s put this good idea to use!” I shouted like an air horn.
On the day of the party, I put my good idea into action. We put up all banners and decorations on the walls and lights. We had to this quickly as my mother would be coming back in 2 hours. Leroy and Louisa were getting the cake ready while my father was inviting many of my mother’s close friends over. When all the guests had arrived, the doorbell rang.
“Quickly! Everyone hide!” shouted my father.
Everyone turned off the lights and hid behind the sofa, chairs, and tables. The door softly creaked open as my mother walked in.
“Where is ever- ,” she asked but before she could continue, we screamed,” Surprise!”
My mother looked stunned as she saw the room filled with a lot of decorations.
Tearing up, she looked at me and said, “Was this your idea?”
I nodded my head, thankful that she loved my good idea. Soon, the ball started rolling. We partied, played games and ate the scrumptious cake. Finally, we took a family photo and she thanked us.
“Thank you for coming up with this party. I loved it!”
I hugged my mother tightly.
When the party ended. I grinned back at her as I knew that my good idea would always be a happy memory in both our hearts.
We hope that this post will encourage you to use simple writing techniques to give a sparkle to your compositions.
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