Fea­tures of the stim­uli

New Straits Times - - Higher ED - LeeLa Chakrabarty ed­u­ca­tion@nst.com.my In this is­sue, we will prac­tice to write the full an­swer as ex­pected. 4,500 4,000 3,500 3,000 2,500 2,000 1,500 1,000 500 0 State Public SPeak­ing chal­lenge Prize for Pri­mary and Sec­ondary SchoolS in rm (2

FOr Writ­ing pa­per Ques­tion 0ne, you are re­quired to write an ar­ti­cle based on the graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion given. Do note that you need to be pre­cise in de­scrib­ing the in­for­ma­tion or process and ad­here to the word limit which is be­tween 150 to 200 words. there are five fea­tures that you need to fo­cus on. they are:

1) the ti­tle

2) In­tro­duc­tory sen­tence

3) Over­view or trend

4) key fea­tures

5) Con­clud­ing sen­tence

here are some ex­am­ples on how you need to an­swer ac­cord­ing to the five fea­tures.

1) the ti­tle: here you write what the graphs or stim­uli tell you as a whole. ex­am­ple: based on the ta­bles be­low, write a re­port on the 2015 and 2016 State Public Speak­ing Chal­lenge Prizes and the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in the 2015 and 2016 Com­pe­ti­tion. you are to link the in­for­ma­tion given. your re­port must be about 150 to 200 words.

Ta­ble: Num­ber of Par­tic­i­pants in Sec­ondary Schools Melaka

Pu­lau Pi­nang Pa­hang


Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory


No. of par­tic­i­pants in Sec­ondary Schools

30 25 15

45 60



19 50 74

Now, let’s write our re­port with the five fea­tures to guide us.

1) The ti­tle: (Ex­tract this from the rubric or ti­tles of the stim­uli)

the bar graph shows the State Public Speak­ing Chal­lenge Prize for Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Schools in 2015 and 2016, whilst the ta­ble shows the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants from sec­ondary schools in 2015 and 2016.

2) In­tro­duc­tory sen­tence (Now, we need to in­tro­duce both stim­uli)

3) Over­view or the trend (Show the link be­tween the two stim­uli)

the in­crease in the prize money for sec­ondary schools in the State Public Speak­ing Chal­lenge from 2015 to 2016 might have in­flu­enced the in­crease in the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in 2016. Gen­er­ally, there was an in­crease in prize money for all sec­ondary school prizes from 2015 to 2016.

4) Key fea­tures (anal­y­sis and syn­the­sis)

the third prize for pri­mary school re­mained un­changed at rM500 but there was a rise of rM1,500 from rM500 to rM2,000 for sec­ondary school over the two years. Sec­ondary school’s sec­ond prize money had an in­crease of more than dou­ble from rM1,000 (2015) to rM3,000 (2016) than pri­mary school’s which ac­tu­ally dou­bled from rM500 to rM1,000 re­spec­tively in the two years. the first prize for both schools dou­bled. the in­crease in the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants from sec­ondary schools in all states in 2016 was prob­a­bly due to the in­crease in prize money from 2015 to 2016.


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