Saturday, September 15, 2012

PMR : DIRECTED WRITING


Question 1

You are the Secretary of the Cleanliness Club in your school. The Club had a meeting and members have decided to write a report for the principal regarding the cleanliness of the school canteen. As the Secretary to the club, you have been asked to write the report.

Include the following points in your report:

• Dirty plates and plastic glasses used

• In sufficient number of rubbish bins around the canteen area

• Not enough benches and chairs for the students to sit on

• Not enough food to cater for the students during recess

• Dirty kitchen area

• Clogged drains surrounding the canteen

Remember to:

• Give your report a title

• Use all the points given

• Write in paragraphs

Question 2

You are the President of the Taman Megah Residents Associaton. Your current concern is the increase in dengue cases among the residents in your area. Write a letter of complaint to the President of the Town Council

Include the following points in your letter:

• Clogged drains surrounding your area

• Irregular rubbish collection-empty cans scattered or exposed, collect water-breeding ground for Aedes

• No house visits by Health Enforcement Officers to check residents’ homes

• No fogging activity conducted by health inspectors

• Grass uncut in the field

• Vacant land next to the area has become dumping ground filled with old tyres

Remember to:

• Use the correct format to write the letter

• Use all the points given



Question 3

You read a letter to the editor in a local newspaper where the writer is against studying for STPM and finds it a waste of time. You disagree with the writer. Write a letter to the editor to state your views.

Include the following notes:

• opportunity to apply to local public universities

• local private colleges and universities

• degree programmes

• professional courses

• study abroad

• an academic qualification that prepares one to pursue tertiary education

• do not have to take foundation courses

You should use all the points given below. When writing a letter you should remember:

• to give a suitable title

• that your reader are mainly students

• to include all the points given

• to write in paragraphs





Question 4

You are taking part in a public speaking contest. The topic of your speech is “Keeping the Environment Clean’. Write out your speech based on the notes below.

Include the following points:

• do not litter

• use rubbish bins that are provided

• no open burning

• use public transport

• walk or cycle • reuse paper and plastic

• keep rivers clean – no dumping

• plant more trees

• organize campaigns to raise awareness

• be a good friend to the Earth

You should use all the points given above. When writing out the speech, you should remember to:

• address your audience

• include an appropriate introduction and conclusion

• use an appropriate tone

• thank the audience



Question 5

You are the President of the Counselling Club in your school. You attended a seminar on how to prepare for examinations. Your advisor has asked you to share the information. You have to give a talk during the next club meeting

Include the following points in your talk:

• Do not play truant

• Attend class regularly

• Pay attention in class

• Make your own notes

• Prepare a study time-table

• Group study is a good option

• Have enough sleep before the examination

You should remember to:

• give your talk a title

• use all the points

• write in paragraphs


Question 6

You are concerned about the increasing rate of accidents in Malaysia. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper to suggest ways to reduce the number of accidents.

In your letter, include the following:

• motorcyclists must wear helmets

• the strap of the helmets must be fastened properly

• check if all lights are functioning

• motorists must service their vehicles

• make sure vehicle tyres are road worthy

• do not speed

• use the pedestrian crossing

• use the overhead bridge

You should remember to:

• write in the correct format

• write in paragraphs

• add your own details to make your letter interesting




Question 7

You are the President of the Nature Club in your school. Your club has organized several activities in conjunction with World Environment Day. As the Club’s President, you have been asked to give a speech about air pollution and what students can do to help lower levels of pollution. You can use the tips given below to help you.


Cause of air pollution Measures to reduce pollution

• smog

• exhaust fumes from vehicles

• open burning

• fossil fumes • car pooling

• using public transportation

• do not do open burning

• recycle

• do not use aerosol sprays

You should use all the points given above. When writing out the speech, you should remember to:

• address your audience

• include an appropriate introduction and conclusion

• use an appropriate tone

thank the audience





Question 8

Nowadays, parents do not spend enough time with their children. You want to make suggestions on how parents can spend quality time with their children. Write an article for a local newsletter and give your suggestions.

Include the following points:

Problems:

• Parents are too busy working or making money

• No time for children

• Work long hours

• Not enough communication

• Too tired to interact with children

• Children feel neglected

• Lead to many social problems or delinquency

• Children mix with bad company

Suggestions:

• Parents should spend quality time with children

• Show love, care and concern

• Plan meaningful activities to do together

• Give guidance, advice and religious teaching

• Need to play, have fun, be happy travel and have meals together

Hope for:

• Happier or more loving families

• Better family relationships

• Less social problems among children

• More love and respect between parents and children

• Advantages for everyone and country

You should use all the points given above.

When writing the article, you should remember to:

 write a suitable title

 include all the points given

 write in the format of an article

 write your name


Question 9

Many students feel that they have too many things to do in one day. Many of them really do not manage their time wisely and end up not completing their homework or school projects on time. You want to make a few suggestions on how they can manage their time in a better and more effective way.

Write an article for your school magazine and give your suggestions. Include the following points:

Problems:

• Students too busy — school work, homework, projects, assignments and tuition classes

• Not enough time to complete work on time

• Too tired

• Feel stressed, otten lead to frustration

• Too much time playing computer games or loafing

• Lag behind in their studies

Suggestions:

• Pay attention in class

• Try to complete as much homework as possible during school hours

• Make a ‘To do’ list

• Need to plan time or prepare a timetable for after-school activities such as completing homework, tuition classes, revising lessons, extra-curricular activities or spending time with friends

• Make time for rest and relaxation

• Join study groups

• Seek help from parents, teachers or peers

• Speak to a school counsellor or peer counsellor if necessary

Possible results:

• Get work completed on time

• Reduce stress and frustration

• Promote positive attitude towards school life and social life

• Time spent wisely

• Feel happier and healthier — physically and mentally

You should use all the points given above.

When writing the article, you should remember to:

 include the title

 include all the points given

 write in the format of an article

 write your name


Question 10

The Nature Club of your school is in charge of the 'School In A Garden' project. As the secretary, write a report to the principal on the activities carried out by your club throughout the year.

Include the following points :

Activities

- tree planting campaign

- trimming and shaping trees

- planting grass

- rock garden and waterfalls

- education trip

- herb garden

- painting murals

- labelling plants and trees

- hydroponic garden

- flower beds

- cleanliness campaign

- maintaning fish ponds

- talk

- 'Donate A Plant' campaign

You should use all the points given above. When writing the report, remember :

- To address it to the principal

- that this is a formal report and should be written as such

- to give it a suitable heading or title

- to include all the points given



Question 11

You are the President of the Environment Club for your school. Recently, your club had organized a programme called “Lets Recycle”. Write a report to your teacher advisor regarding the programme.


Include the following points:

• Time and date of the programme

• Purpose of the programme

• Location of the programme

• Number of students and teachers involved

• Two preparations done by the committee members

• Three types of activities

• Three benefits of the programme


When writing your report, you should remember to:

• use the correct format

• include all the points given and elaborate on them

• add elaborations and details of your own




Question 12

You are the head prefect of your school. Your school principal is going to retire. Write a farewell speech for your beloved school principal.


Include the following points:

• the purpose of the speech

• the principal’s number of years of service

• school taught

• principal’s biodata

• contributions by the principal

• the principal’s popularity

• how everyone will miss the principal


When writing the speech, you should remember to:

• use the correct format

• include all the points given and elaborate on them

• add elaborations or details of your own

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