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Friday, August 14, 2009

Directed Writing Exercise: Report (SPM)

Book Review:


Your English teacher has asked the class to read an English novel – fiction or non-fiction. You are to write a book review of the novel.

Based on the notes below, write a review of the novel.

  • title, author, publisher, number of pages
  • the synopsis
  • the main theme[s]
  • the main character[s]
  • the language and quality of the writing
  • personal opinion of novel and comments

When writing the book review, you should remember

  • to lay out the review correctly
  • to add relevant additional information
  • to write in paragraphs

Newspaper Report:

Your neighbour who owns a pedigree cat informed you that his cat went missing and he had a difficult time getting his cat back. As a stringer for a local newspaper, you jotted down some notes as he related to you about the catnapping incident.


Based on the notes below, write a report for the newspaper.

  • lost valuable cat – a cat lover found it and sent it to SPCA
  • another cat lover saw advertisement – contacted owner
  • owner phoned SPCA – officials denied all knowledge of cat
  • owner received phone call at night – offering to return dog for reward
  • owner contacted finder of cat – finder insisted sent to SPCA
  • owner suspicious – contacted police – police planned to trap phone caller
  • a trap set – police in hiding – stranger arrived – asked for money
  • another arrived with dog – both nabbed – went to address supplied by men
  • found SPCA official – cleared many animal-napping cases


When writing the report, you should remember

  • to lay out the newspaper report format correctly – headline, by-line, place, day
  • to elaborate on information given
  • to use paragraphs
  • that your report is for a newspaper

Police Report

You returned home after a long weekend away from home with your parents to find that your house had been broken into. You reported the matter to the police who asked you to make a written report.


Based on all the notes below and adding any other relevant information, write your report for the police.

  • Date and time you discovered the break-in
  • What you saw
  • Loss of property
  • Damage to house
  • Any witnesses?
  • Any suspicions?


When you write the report, you must remember

  • to write clearly and precisely
  • to be brief
  • it is a police report

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Collection of SPM English Language Question Papers

2005
Terengganu Trial [Paper 1]

2007
Johor Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Answers], Melaka Trial 2007 [Paper 1] [Paper 2], TIMES [Paper 1] [Paper 2] SPB [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2008

Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2],
Trial
MRSM Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], SBP Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kelantan Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kedah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Johor Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Perlis Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sabah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sarawak Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Melaka Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2009

Terengganu TOV [Paper 1] [Paper 2] Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2]
Melaka Trial , Johor Trial , Sabah Trial , Kedah Trial , Perlis Trial , Times , SBP , Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

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