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Sample Narrative Essay

Sample Narrative Essay


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Sample Narrative Essay Learning something new can be a scary experience.

One of the hardest things I've ever had to do was learn how to swim. I was always afraid of the water, but I decided that swimming was an important skill that I should learn. I also thought it would be good exercise and help me to become physically stronger. What I didn't realize was that learning to swim would also make me a more confident person. New situations always make me a bit nervous, and my first swimming lesson was no exception. After I changed into my bathing suit in the locker room, I stood timidly by the side of the pool waiting for the teacher and other students to show up. After a couple of minutes the teacher came over. She smiled and introduced herself, and two more students joined us. Although they were both older than me, they didn't seem to be embarrassed about not knowing how to swim. I began to feel more at ease. We got into the pool, and the teacher had us put on brightly coloured water wings to help us stay afloat. One of the other students, May, had already taken the beginning class once before, so she took a kickboard and went splashing off by herself. The other student, Jerry, and I were told to hold on to the side of the pool and shown how to kick for the breaststroke. One by one, the teacher had us hold on to a kickboard while she pulled it through the water and we kicked. Pretty soon Jerry was off doing this by himself, travelling at a fast clip across the short end of the pool. Things were not quite that easy for me, but the teacher was very patient. After a few more weeks, when I seemed to have caught on with my legs, she taught me the arm strokes. Now I had two things to concentrate on, my arms and my legs. I felt hopelessly uncoordinated. Sooner than I imagined, however, things began to feel "right" and I was able to swim! It was a wonderful free feeling - like flying, maybe - to be able to shoot across the water. Learning to swim was not easy for me, but in the end my persistence paid off. Not only did I learn how to swim and to conquer my fear of the water, but I also learned something about learning. Now when I am faced with a new situation I am not so nervous. I may feel uncomfortable to begin with, but I know that as I practice being in that situation and as my skills get better; I will feel more and more comfortable. It is a wonderful, free feeling when you achieve a goal you have set for yourself.

I have dived down the deepest trenches. watching television is a culture of today’s modern society. Thus. gender and age. However. on Mother Earth and on nature and peoples and creatures that colour it with. this programme is of very high quality and it is produced by a team of experts. The National Geographic is a well-known documentary programme. Thus. the narration is very accurate. It is a ‘window to the world’. interesting and stimulating. sounds and colours of the world and its different peoples. I like this programme because it is very educational. Just the press of a switch and a button and ‘Hey Presto!’. In fact. creed. In addition to that. cutting across the culture. vivid and descriptive. I have trekked up the highest peak and conquered Mt. distracted or bored watching this programme. I also enjoy watching the National Geographic because it is entertaining. I must admit that I too enjoy “sitting glued” to the TV as mum often laments. big and small. focusing mainly on the ever-changing world. I don’t blame mum. By watching it. I get a chance to enjoy the kaleidoscope of sights. Since I watch TV whole day long. I can proudly say I am no more a ‘frog in the well’. It is a favourite past-time of many people. Besides. Personally.Descriptive Essay: My Favourite Tv Programme The television (TV) is part and parcel of many households. Therefore. all are authorities in their own field of interest. Everest. whenever I watch my favourite TV programme she doesn’t complain. this programme has helped to expand my horizon and improve my knowledge and experience. informative. I never imagined that such an educational programme can be very enjoyable. I am often awed and amazed with them. I have never felt restless. she often sits together to watch it. all in the comfort of my own home. for me to savour its beauty and wonders. I can ‘travel’. I have walked through the wilderness and be amongst the wild beasts. ‘explore’ and ‘discover’ the four corners of the world. . the ‘National Geographic’. The photographic footage is extremely breath-taking and inspiring. the whole world is brought before me.

Allow me to illustrate my point. Higher order thinking skills such as application and inference are often neglected. It is a touching and heart-warming TV programme and I will not hesitate to recommend it to others so that they too have a chance to savour amazing moments and appreciate and care for the one and only world we live in. which requires students to memorise moral values. Thus. especially students because the results are used for a wide range of purposes ranging from placement of students to awarding of scholarships. In his eleven years of schooling. Despite these advantages. I strongly believe that public examinations should be abolished as they have several drawbacks. Teachers teach to prepare students for exams and not for life. public examinations to some extent merely test a student’s ability to memorise and regurgitate facts. And what about the student who gets an E? Are we suggesting that he is not a morally upright individual? Another reason why I am not in favour of public examinations is that they are not the best way to identify a student’s strengths or weaknesses. Students with excellent memory do well in such examinations while those with poor memorising skills do poorly. Argumentative essay: “Public exams should be abolished. many of our students are ill-prepared to face the challenges of the real world. I learn to be more appreciative of Mother Earth and its beauty and wonders. for example. Do you agree?” Public examinations play an important role in a student’s life in Malaysia. the National Geographic has converted me into a more responsible citizen of the world and a caretaker of Mother Earth. Another case in point is the Moral Education paper. test a student’s reading and writing skills only and even so. does a C mean a student is about average in all the language skills? Do these grades tell us where a student’s strengths and weaknesses lie? Another major drawback is that teaching in schools today is largely influenced by public examinations.The National Geographic is my favourite programme as it has helped me to ‘grow’ and ‘mature’. the UPSR. I have watched it since I was a sevenyear-old innocent child. An A in these subjects does not reflect a student’s competency in all areas of the language. These examinations are taken seriously by all parties involved. In short. I am more sensitive and aware of the world and Mother Earth. Or for that matter. Bloom’s taxonomy of learning ranks these skills as lower order thinking skills. he may be an incompetent speaker. To begin with. An A in this paper does not guarantee that the student is a morally sound and virtuous individual. For all you know. the range of sub-skills tested is limited. I am more concern about the preservation and conservation of the world not only now but also for posterity. a student has to sit for three major public examinations. This also goes against the grain of our National Philosophy of Education where the emphasis is on character building and the . This is not a valid test as it tests only a student’s knowledge of values. it is not surprising that many students with poor recall skills loathe subjects like History and Biology. PMR and SPM. not the practice of these values. This is because these examinations test only certain skills. Now. As such. The language papers.

flour. We cannot deny the fact that public examinations enable us to assess thousands of students using a similar instrument but the question one needs to ask is who eventually benefits from such a system? What happens to students who are not able to master test-taking skills? Is academic excellence the only indicator of success as suggested by the public examination system? In a world which is changing rapidly. we need to prepare our students for the many challenges they will have to face as they will form the backbone of our nation in the years to come. First. Be sure to preheat your oven to the appropriate temperature before you begin. You will need a boxed cake mix (the favourite of the birthday person). Next. Parents too. and teachers are overworked. At the end of the day. extra classes and tuition. Then. All parties involved are to be blamed for this as they are more concerned with student achievement and not student development. eggs. principals want excellent performances from their students and teachers. Next. . gather all of your equipment and food items in your work area. Thus. They see these as a waste of precious time. Then. and birthday candles (the number will depend on the age of the birthday person. put the dry cake mix into your large mixing bowl. Then. leaving both parties with little or no time for relaxation. we can conclude that public exams take the fun out of learning. you will need to wash your hands and work area. All you'll need is a little time. school becomes a bore and a chore. If you wish. Read through the directions on the cake box to be sure you have everything you need. a large cake pan. are affected by the emphasis on academic achievement. here is how to make a simple birthday cake. with the electric mixer or mixing spoon mix the batter until it is smooth and free of clumps. parents want straight A’s for their children. oil. oil. Thus. Some go to great lengths to secure private tuition for their children. you will need to gather a few items: a large mixing bowl. put the prescribed amount of water.)When you get home. it is not surprising that students choose to ignore cocurricular activities. Expository Essay: How To Make A Simple Birthday Cake Have you ever wanted to make a birthday cake for a loved one? Well. grease the large cake pan with the shortening. Students are overwhelmed with homework. it is clear that we should seriously consider other means of assessing students and do away with public exams. love. an electric mixer or a large mixing spoon. a spatula. and the list goes on. and a few items from the grocery store. Taking into consideration the flaws of the public exam system. shortening. in their quest for excellent academic results. hiring only the best. Finally.development of human capital. organize it according to the order you will use them in making your cake. and measuring cups and spoons. and eggs into the mix.

flour the pan lightly. place the cake on the top rack of the oven and bake for the amount of time specified on the box. After the cake has had ample time to cool. but still shows someone you care. a birthday cake that someone will be glad to devour. using the rubber spatula to scrape all of the batter off of the sides of the bowl. Next. Be sure to prepare it with love. If you use a spatula. While the cake is baking clean up you work area. If you push a toothpick to the bottom and it comes out clean it is done. Turn off the oven and let the cake cool. place the appropriate number of birthday candles on it. This cake is easy to make. After the cake is done remove it from the oven. There you have it. the time is usually around thirty minutes. Be sure the batter is level in the pan so it will rise evenly. Then. pour the cake batter into the cake pan. you are ready to present your simple birthday cake. . and your loved one will appreciate it. When the icing is on the cake. Next. the icing will spread easier and will be less likely to ruin the cake. rather than a knife.you can wrap your fingers with wax paper to keep them from getting greasy. you are ready to spread the icing on the cake. If you do this over the garbage can it will be easier to clean your work area later.

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