English Makes the World Go Round

Have you ever heard of that idiom before? Maybe you’ve heard of the phrase, ‘Money makes the world go round’. So why did I say English makes the world go round instead? The idiom is used to express the importance of something to the normal and ordinary operation of life or even the whole world!

The English language has been a known and recognized medium used to communicate at a global level for decades now. Having a common language opens up all barriers, making it possible to learn things that might have not been accessible in your country and making friends with people all across the globe that shares the same interest as you.

Your world will feel a whole lot bigger the moment you learn how to utilize the English language. Even landing a job will be easier once you are able to communicate in English. Nowadays, most jobs will have a prerequisite condition for their employees to be able to speak English well.

This shows the vital significance of the English language in making the world move along the axis of modernization. Thus, we should not get left behind by other countries in pursuing a better future for our people.

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What is the current status of the UPSR 2021 examination?

Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) has been a standard to evaluate the teaching and learning curve for the students’ whole primary school experience. We’ve heard how the 2020 UPSR and PT3 examinations were canceled last year due to the virus outbreak. And some of you may or may not have heard the Ministry of Education (MOE) announcement on discontinuing UPSR examination in the future.

While some parents and teachers have different and divided opinions on the sudden news of the plan to abolish UPSR, the final decision for the abolishment still hasn’t been made. Thus, we should try to follow the usual norm until then, which is to do our best and prepare for the examination that is to come.

In today’s topic, we will be discussing the English subject for UPSR, mainly on Paper 2 Essay Writing, Section C questions! Although, before we start, get to know the UPSR English Paper Marking Scheme.

UPSR English Examination- Writing an Essay

Pencil 2B for UPSR Paper 2
Do you know that you are only allowed to use 2B pencils to write your essay? Make sure the pencil is sharpened so that the writing will be neater. (Source: Pixabay)

English Paper 2 Writing for UPSR prioritized the student's ability in constructing sentences and writing an essay in English.

This paper plays a crucial role in the UPSR students' overall grades as more often than not, the student would achieve 4 or 5 A's and 1 B's in their UPSR result, the non-satisfactory grade being English as students would fail the writing section of English Paper 2 Penulisan (Writing).

Thus, we at Superprof would like to share some important tips to tackle UPSR English Writing questions.

Here, the overall mark to be obtained is 25 marks. You will be given two different sets of questions and you are only required to choose ONE.

The question will have two options. They will either give you a picture with several words that you can use in your essay or, they will give you around three pictures that show you how the story goes and include some disjointed sentences you need to connect. You can choose which scenario you prefer and write an essay on that question.

Some questions will provide a starting sentence and ask you to continue. For example:

Begin your story with:

Lisa and Ana were walking home from school yesterday. They were going to Ana's house to study together. Suddenly,...

When writing an essay, or any other narrative type stories, we would always use past tense, either simple past tense or a continuous past tense. This is because a story is usually a retelling of something that had happened in the past, fictitious or not. An exception to this is if you include a dialogue showing a conversation between the characters, in which case, you might want to use the present tense. So, when you start writing, always keep the tenses in mind and make sure it's consistent throughout the story.

For those of you who have difficulties in coming up with sentences to write a story, I have a great tip on how to achieve that.

Let's check out the latest format for UPSR English Examination.

First Step- Create a Draft for UPSR English Essay Writing

Teacher Teaching Mind Map
You must remember how to create a mindmap before you start writing your essay. By doing so, you can reduce a lot of mistakes, time and can have a better construction of the essay. (Source : Getty Image)

In any kind of essay, be it a formatted essay or a narrative kind, creating a draft is a crucial step to write a good essay.

Drafting your ideas can be as easy as scribbling out the points that came across your mind on the corner of the question paper, to create an organized flow chart of how you want your story to go. Whichever way you prefer it, having a draft can tremendously help you write an understandable story flow and also saves time!

You might think that writing a draft would waste precious time when it’s not! A draft acts as a referral point so you won’t forget the main point you want to come across in the story.

Identify the Subject, Verb, and Object in UPSR English Paper 2

The most important thing that you need to remember when drafting a story essay is to map out these 3 things:

  1. Subject- Who/what is the subject that was shown in the picture?
  2. Verb- What is the action that is going on in the picture?
  3. Object- Identify the who, what, where, and when.

Now, what about the verb? As we have learned in English classes, a verb is a word used to describe an action. Example of an action in the image is cycling! If you combine both the subject and verb together, it will sound like this;

‘Abu was cycling.’

Remember, past tense. Now, we've got two out of three items checked before we can make a full proper sentence.

Lastly, we need to identify the objects that can be used to describe the image better. It also acts as a complement for the first two words. As I have written, start by figuring the five wives one husband (5W1H). Remember what that means?

  1. Who
  2. What
  3. Why
  4. Where
  5. When
  6. How

Looking at the context from the picture given, we can answer the 'When'. Study the picture. Look at the background. From the description given above, we can guess that the place where Abu is cycling is in the park. Be general. You don't have to be specific where exactly the park is unless the word is already given to you.

With the subject, verb, and objects combined, you will have a full sentence of;

‘Abu is cycling in the park.’

Congratulations! Now we have a working sentence that can serve as the start of our essay. BUT!

The sentence sounds plain. This might work for a standard one student, however, a UPSR candidate must show that they have a wider range of vocabulary compared to the younger students. You are going into a secondary school next year. You should be able to write an interesting essay that will captivate your English teachers as they mark your paper.

So, what can you do to improve your writing? Check out the Latest UPSR Reference Papers.

More Tips & Tricks for UPSR English Writing Paper 2

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Word Linkers and Time

To make an essay more polished, there must be a mixture of different styles and writing formats. One thing that you can do is include linkers or combining two sentences into a compound sentence. Make full use of the FANBOYS word, (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So) to make your sentence more developed and interesting.

There are also a few options of words that you can memorize to include in your essay, for example, suddenly, after that, then. Moreover, when starting a story, you will also mention the time. One day, last Friday or last weekend.

Have I caught your attention when you read out the first sentence in this article? That is the power of using a catchphrase or idioms in your writing. In this case, you should also memorize a few common and uncommon idioms or similes to use in your essay. When you want to say, ‘He ran quickly,’ you can change or tweak the sentence into, ‘He ran as fast as lightning.’

The use of a simile in that sentence makes it more vivid and entertaining to read.

You can keep it simple while making it interesting! However, make sure that what you write is related to the picture. Do not makeup stories! Double-check your essay after you finish writing. Check for spelling errors and make sure you use the correct articles for each word.

To get more tips and info, check out the Complete Guide to UPSR English.

So there we have it. Writing an essay for UPSR Paper 2 Section C can be easy if you follow these tips and do a lot of exercises. For more tips on answering UPSR question papers, check out Superprof as we also compiled the past year's papers for you to refer to.

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