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Monday, November 10, 2014

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In one of the lessons where we were revising for SPM examination, I

told my students that they should memorize at least a narrative
essay in order to tackle Section B of Paper 1. One of my students
memorize this essay:

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However, I was aghast when I read the SPM Paper 1 questions. It was
so specific that I wondered how can my students write what they had
already memorized. Below is an idea:

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4. Write a story about a fisherman starting with 'The wind

blew strongly. Out at sea...'

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The wind blew strongly. Out at sea, I carefully navigated the

ship, hoping to survive another day. As a seasoned fisherman,

this was nothing new. However, I could not help remembering
what happened last year.
It was a scorching hot day. My daughter just had netball
practice and felt very exhausted. She headed to the bus stop to
wait for Bus 101 which would take her home. She was
beginning to drift off to sleep when she saw the bus arriving.
The sun was shining ablaze and that was probably the reason
why she took the wrong bus, Bus 111. She was totally unaware
of it.

She was glad to get a seat. Within minutes, she was

slumped against the window, fast asleep. When she opened
her eyes more than an hour later, she found herself in the
middle of nowhere. It was already dusk and she was the only
passenger left on the bus. She could not recognize the part of
town they were passing through. She pressed the bell and the
bus puffed to a halt. She planned to hop across the road and
catch a bus going the opposite direction. But, she found herself

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on a deserted street with a row of shops that were already

shuttered. She kicked herself for not asking the driver for

As she was wondering what to do, a motorcycle lurched into

view and stopped right in front of her. She braved herself to
ask him how to get back to Taman Kenangan. He grinned,
showing his uneven set of teeth. Then he patted the back seat
and said that he would send her home. Without hesitation, she
scrambled on the pillion. He turned the motorcycle around and
headed in the direction she wanted. They travelled for about
fifteen minutes and the road seemed peculiar to her. The rider
made a few turns and she knew she was brought to different
unknown destination.

Out of the blue, alarm bells started to ring in her head. She
tapped his back and told him to stop. He leaned forward and
went at high speed instead before slowing down to turn into a
dark and narrow road that led into an oil palm plantation.

My daughter had had enough. She leaped off and rolled

herself onto the ground. Angrily, the man turned around and
rode towards her. She swung her school bag at him and he
lost his balance before falling off his motorcycle. Without
looking back, she ran for her life. She dared not to stop until
she found herself on a tarred road. She was relieved to see a
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did! She got in and gave the driver our house address.
After twenty minutes, she arrived at our home. When I
came towards her, she hugged me tightly. After I learnt what
had happened, I was horrified. I told her that she should have
just looked for a public phone and called home when she was
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reality. I wryly smiled.

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Najib Ariyan said...
Salam kenal dan salam singgah... takleh dah nak belajar yg
heavy2... dah tua, otak keras... hehehe

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a.k.u.g.u.r.u.: SPM Sample Essay

10:29 AM
farhana onana said...
Tlng buat satu essay narrative yg "Write a story about a
singer, begins with 'It's was like other normal Sunday
morning ...' "
10:40 PM
Cikgu Azizul said...
Maaf ye Farhana... cikgu tak buat ikut permintaan... blog ini
sekadar berkongsi apa yg berlaku di atas diri cikgu dan
sekitar cikgu.... I'm sure you can do it by your own... lagipun
tajuk yg awak beri tu rasanya mudah je kot.. cari Nouns,
Verbs dan Adjectives yg bersesuaian dengan kehidupan
seorang penyanyi. You'll be fine.
7:22 AM
Mardiyati Basri said...
Creative thinking, well done!
6:48 PM
Cikgu Azizul said...
Thanks, Mardiyati... Read my latest on 'A friend in need is a
friend indeed'.
7:08 PM
Arifd said...
Hi cikgu! In my opinion, ordering them to memorise essays is
not a wise move as it will only suck up the creativity of the
students. Instead, my teacher had given us a specific
topic/phrase/word And instructed us to write anything that
comes in mind about it for under a specific time. Its called
impromptu writing and I think it helps me boost my
creativity in writing essays. If you have the creativity and
the skill of time management, coping with any continuous
essays Will be a breeze!
12:00 PM
Unknown said...
Pls..if u want the students to memorize make sure they turn
it into a that the teacher is able to mark n correct
the students' mistake.n this will b their original
asking students to only memorize, the examiner will
consider it as a "prepared script".n will compare to DW.they
will pull down the band if the language is not parallel tu
12:29 PM
zaitul liny said...
minta izin nak guna story cikgu untk di share dengan rakan
saya for this upcoming spm :) terima kasih.
9:04 PM
Unknown said...
Write a story about a fisherman, yet the whole plot revolved
around his daughter and had nothing to do with the title. My

teacher would mark this as off-topic, so study this essay at!/tcmbck



a.k.u.g.u.r.u.: SPM Sample Essay

teacher would mark this as off-topic, so study this essay at

your own risk.
9:39 PM
Unknown said...
Write a story about a fisherman, yet the whole plot revolved
around his daughter and had nothing to do with the title. My
teacher would mark this as off-topic, so study this essay at
your own risk.
9:39 PM
ping joan said...
if the question ask describe what make you happy and
explain it. can i say have an outing with my family is thing
make me happy
6:00 PM
Nur Khairiena said...
hai tc... boleh tak tc listkan kata2 hikmah in english?
8:52 PM
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