SPM 2013 Paper 2 Section D

Poem: He Had Such Quiet Eyes

1. In Stanza 1,

a) what made the woman attracted to the man?

b) which word has the same meaning as “begging”?

2. “If only she’d been wise, And had listened to advice”

What is the feeling expressed in the two lines above?

3. The woman in the poem has been cheated by the man. If you were her friend, what advice would you give her?

Advice 1:

Advice 2:

 

Novel:

Write about an important decision made by one of the characters. With close reference to the text, explain how it affects the other characters.

 

Sharing is Caring – Form 5 Literature Component

These are the “official” notes produced by the Curriculum Development Division for the Form 5 Literature Component. As I have mentioned in last week’s post, these notes consist of a brief introduction into the different literary genres, synopsis of the texts, LOTS of classroom activities (with ready-to-print handouts & worksheets plus answer keys) and assessment tasks (with ideas for projects/portfolios as well as general comprehension questions).

Poetry – Nature

Poetry – Are You Still Playing Your Flute

Novel

*Please bear in mind that there are different novels depending on the zone in which your school is located and students are meant to answer the novel question (Section D, Paper 2) based on the novel that was allocated for their zone. However, there are no set rules regarding this issue. As such, should you feel that your students will do better with one of the other novels, you can actually consider a change of text although this should be done only with the approval of your Panel Head (Ketua Panitia), Department Head (Ketua Bidang) and School Administration.

The novels and their respective zones are as follows:

**Unfortunately, the notes for Step by Wicked Step is incomplete because the file that I had was corrupted. If any of you have the original complete pdf version, I would really appreciate it if you can forward a copy to ideasforenglish2012@gmail.com. Thank you in advance!

Reminder: You can find the notes for Form 4 Literature Component in last week’s post.These files are hosted here on WordPress itself so you do not need to log into any sharing sites to download them. Leave a comment if you have any trouble downloading the files and I will reupload them. Also, the notes are in the pdf format so you will need the Adobe Reader software to be able to open them.

Note to students/parents: While these notes are originally meant for teachers, I believe they will be useful for self study as well so do have a look at them.

 

Teaching to the Test – Part 2

Last week I wrote about Paper 1 for SPM English. This week I will talk about Paper 2.

Paper 2 has a total of 4 sections with a time limit of 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Section A: Multiple Choice Questions (15 marks)

This section consists of 15 MCQs. Question 1 to Question 8 are based on a variety of graphic materials such as labels, road signs, tables/charts etc. Students often need to rely on both their language knowledge as well as their general knowledge in order to be able to answer the questions correctly. Question 9 to Question 15 are in the form of a cloze passage. The questions are usually based on grammar and vocabulary.

Section B: Information Transfer (10 marks)

Again, students are given some sort of graphic material either in the form of a poster, an advertisement or even a short passage. Students  have to transfer relevant information into a table or a graphic organiser. To be honest, this is by far the easiest section in SPM English. But because of that, it is also marked the strictest. Most importantly, students must not make any spelling mistakes. This includes mistakes with capital and small letters. Also, students must not change the form of the answer. For example, from “December” to “Dec”.

Section C: Comprehension & Summary (25 marks)

In this section, students will be provided with a passage based on which they have to answer comprehension questions and write a summary.

For the comprehension questions, each question typically refers to a specific paragraph. Make sure students are aware of this so that they know where to look for the answers. Question 33 typically asks for students’ personal opinion. As such, students should refrain from copying directly from the passage. Instead, they should try to form their own sentences. Also, because this question asks for students’ opinion, any answer is acceptable as long as it is logical and suitable.

For summary, it is important for students to be able to identify the relevant points based on the question given. Look out for the key words used in the question such as “factors”, “benefits”, “causes” etc. Make sure students look for points within the range given in the question. Refer to the instruction that says “use materials from Line … to Line …”.

Section D: Literature (20 marks)

For the Literature component, please bear in mind that only the poems and the novels will be tested. The short stories, “QWERTYUIOP” and “The Fruitcake Special” as well as the drama, “Gulp and Gasp” will NOT be tested.

The poems tested are:

  • “In the Midst of Hardship” (Form 4)
  • “He Had Such Quiet Eyes” (Form 4)
  • “Nature” (Form 5)
  • “Are You Still Playing Your Flute?” (Form 5)

Only ONE poem will be selected and FOUR questions will be asked based on it.

There are a total of three novels listed for this section but students typically learn only one depending on which zone they are located in. The novels are:

  • “The Curse ” by Lee SuAnn (Pahang, Johor, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan)
  • “Catch Us If You Can” by Catherine MacPhail (Perlis, Kelantan, Kedah, Penang and Perak)
  • “Step by Wicked Step” by Anne Fine (Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan and Malacca).

ONE question will be asked. Please remember that this is an extended-response question as it is allocated a total of 15 marks.

***Students are meant to answer this question based on the novel that was allocated to their zone. However, there are no set rules regarding this issue. As such, should you feel that your students will do better with one of the other novels, you can actually consider a change of text although this should be done only with the approval of your Panel Head (Ketua Panitia), Department Head (Ketua Bidang) and School Administration.

Hopefully, this helps to clear things up a little for those of you who are still new to teaching the upper forms. (: