Composition writing is one of the teething areas to work on, and students who have been with us can testify so. We are thankful most of our parents understand that writing takes time and like a seed, needs space and room to bloom and GROW!
With this mission in mind, we are going to share a simple peek in on how we teach our students to write a composition that they are confident in.
Number 1: Read the title of the given question immediately. Brainstorming starts at this point of time. In this case, the title is about A Fire.
Number 2: Look at the pictures and link them to the title. In this case, there is a picture about a cloth, some candles and some newspapers, and the title is on A Fire.
Number 3: Now, choose the pictures to form in your story. Many students still have the misconception to choose ALL pictures, otherwise they will lose out. This is further from the truth. Choose only the pictures that work to your advantage, otherwise, you will be stuck with the ‘compulsory’ pictures and stuck with nothing to write about.
Number 4: After choosing your pictures, dive right in the concept mapping / brainstorming etc that your teachers have taught you. In this case, we chose a cloth and some candles, with the title A Fire in mind. A simple mind mapping tool is our hardy W+H questions to guide our students. Planning is necessary to help our students keep to their story plots as much as possible, and they are encouraged to tweak their story plots along the way, if needed.
Number 5: Introduction. We challenge our students to start, write and end their stories differently, and this is no easy task, if a student is not a strong reader to begin with. Thus, we expose our students to many scenarios as possible, to help them bridge their writing abilities. In this sample, there was no mention of weather description, a too overused opening. Instead, the setting went straight into describing the joys of displaying lanterns with candles – a recipe for disaster.
Number 6: Climax. We encourage our students to insert as many descriptive phrases as possible, to make their stories engaging and alive. A good gauge will be three to four descriptive phrases per paragraph. In this sample, ample descriptions are used describe the fire, and someone used a cloth (chosen from the picture) to help extinguish the fire.
Number 7: Conclusion. We like to introduce various ways to end our students’ stories too, one of which is a cliffhanger. From the sample, the characters escaped and did not own up, and this made the reader wonder if they would ever be caught for their actions. This suspense is realistic and is still within the given title.
If you are keen to boost your child’s composition writing, do write to us and find out how.