Guided writing

A. Speeches
Introduction

A speech is a talk delivered to a group of people in a formal or an informal occasion. You
may be asked to write a farewell speech, a welcoming speech, or even a talk on a topic.
Here is the format of a speech:
Greetings
Greet the audience
Introduction
Introduce the topic and the purpose
Body
Include all the points given and elaborate on the points
Conclusion
Conclude your speech and thank the audience

Model Question
Recently, you attended a talk on cyber bullying. You have been asked to give a speech to Form 1
students of your school. Based on the points below, write out your speech.



 Stolen
Stolen
identity
identity
 Abusive
Abusive
comments
comments
and
gossips
 Rumours
Rumours
and
gossips
Threats
and
blackmail
 Threats and blackmail

When writing out your speech:



You must describe the problems
Give two advice of your own
Add any other relevant information
Write between 120-150 words

Writing plan:
Introduction

Introduce the topic and the purpose

Body



Stolen identity – someone else could steal your identity and pose as you – use an unusual
password
Abusive comments – someone bullies you by posting a nasty remark about you – delete the
postings and block the abuser
Rumors and gossips – spread easily – be careful of what you share
Threats and blackmail – if someone is blackmailing you – file a police report

Conclusion

Conclude your speech and thank the audience

Model question 1 As a president of the computer club in your school. The dangers of social networking     Additive hobby Inappropriate information or photograph Unhealthy culture Online threats and bullies When writing your speech:     You must use the notes given Add relevant details to make the speech more interesting Suggest two ways to curb the dangers of social networking Write between 120-150 words Writing plan Introduction  Greet the audience and introduce the topic Body     Social networking – popular among teenagers – many dangers involved Underage users – may post inappropriate information or photographs online – become victims of cyber-bullying – emotional distress Used as a communication tool – unhealthy culture – lack of face – face interaction An addictive hobby – too much time spent on the computer Conclusion   Be a responsible user – exercise caution Refrain from divulging personal information online . Use the notes given to help you write your speech. you have been requested by your principal to give a speech upon “The dangers of social networking”.

    Good opportunity to experience life in a foreign country Learn and experience new culture Develop new friendships Become independent and resourceful When writing your speech:     You must use the notes given Add relevant details to make the speech interesting Add two additional benefits of the programme Write between 120-150 words Writing plan Introduction  State purpose of speech – share experience – student-exchange programme Body        Describe your feelings – initially apprehensive – once in a lifetime opportunity Experience life as a student in a new learning environment Develop cultural awareness – appreciate cultural diversities New friendships – foster family – appreciation of home and family Become independent and resourceful Learn to make own decisions Learn how to face challenges Conclusion  Good experience – tremendous sense of achievement . Write a speech to encouraging other students in your school to apply for the programme.Model question 2 You participated in a student exchange programme recently. Use the following notes to help you.

You must elaborate on the points given. Opinions Introduction    When giving opinions. You have decided to give a talk on the benefits of part-time jobs for students     Opportunity to earn own pocket money Ease the financial bueden of parents A taste of working life Instil a sense of responsibility When writing your essay:     You must use the notes given Add in other relevant information Give two more benefits of part-time jobs Write between 120 – 150 words Writing plan  Students should be encouraged to work during school holidays Body     A productive way of spending holidays – opportunity to earn money without affecting studies adversely Ease the financial burden of parents – own pocket money Apprenticeship schemes – a taste of working life – make informed decisions on choice of career Instills responsibility – follow schedules and carry out tasks – learn the importance of teamwork – getting along with co-workers Conclusion  Part-time work – not only monetary benefits – students become responsible and independent .B. Model question You are representing your school in a public speaking competition. You must justify your opinion by giving relevant examples. you must clearly state your stand/view on the topic given.

    Sense of belongs – sharing of activities and photographs Reconnects us to people from our past – number of friends will grow Entertaining – games and quizzes Keeps us abreast with developments in other people’s lives When writing your essay:     You must use the notes given Add in other relevant information Express your feelings on the topic Write between 120-150 words Writing plan Introduction  The facebook phenomenon – has swept through society – 1.Model question 1 Give your opinion on why Facebook is so popular. Your essay should not be less than 120 words. Use the following notes to help you.4 million users Body     Gives us a sense of belonging – sharing of activities and photographs – makes us feel good when people notice and comment Reconnects us to people from our past – tracks down old friends – number of friends will grow Entertaining – games and quizzes – ensures continued commitment Keeps us abreast with development Conclusion  Hard to imagine life before Facebook – Facebook is here to stay .

Model question 2 “As our country progresses. so does our dependence on foreign maids”. Do you agree with this statement? Give your opinion by writing an article for a consumer magazine.        Agree dependence on feoreign maids – unhealthy level Maids needed – to look after children and aging parents – household chores Local workers – unavailable –prefer service and manufacturing industries Many social problems Children raised by maids – no quality time with parents – family unit suffers Dependence has taken a toll on maids – overworked – rebel – children suffer People muse assume more responsibility in the home to reduce dependence on maids When writing your essay :     You must use the notes given Add in other relevant information Express your feelings on the topic Write between 120-150 words Writing plan Introduction  Dependence on foreign maids – has reached an unhealthy level Body      Maids needed – look after children and aging parents –household chores Local workers not interested – prefer the service and manufacturing industries – no choice but to import foreign maids Many social problems Children raised by maids – no quality time with the parents – family unit suffers Dependence has taken a toll on maids – overworked – rebel – children suffer Conclusion  Must reduce dependence on foreign maids – people must assume responsibility in caring for their family .