• Form 4 Lessons & Activities,  Learning Resources,  Listening,  SPM Paper 1 Directed Writing

    Earth Day Skill-based Activities & Worksheets

    It’s almost that time of the year again! We celebrate Earth Day on April 22 of every year and 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day. It’s a little disheartening that we will be celebrating the golden jubilee in the midst of a catastrophic pandemic but worry not for Earth Day has gone digital! We can all still participate at home.

    Here are some of the things we can do to celebrate Earth Day as teachers and students.

    1. GENERAL QUIZ

    For starters, get to know a little bit about Earth Day by completing this interactive missing words exercise!

    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this interactive activity to your class. This link requires them to input their name. >> https://wordwall.net/play/1553/637/445
    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this interactive activity to your class. This link requires them to input their name. >>
    https://wordwall.net/play/1554/078/793

    2. READING

    Download the Printable Worksheet (3 pages):
    Earth Day 2020 Reading Worksheet (Vocabulary & Short Answer) (708 downloads)

    Reading-Activity-for-Earth-Day-2020

    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this worksheet to your class without downloading >> https://bit.ly/earthday2020reading

    3. LISTENING

    Movies are not only good sources for language learning. They are also useful in teaching empathy. Below are climate related films that I absolutely love. The films are available on Netflix Malaysia and some other streaming services.

    Geostorm The Day After Tomorrow2012
    p.s/ Their posters in case you thought you got the wrong film

    Download the Printable Worksheets:

    1. Geostorm Movie Printable Worksheet (377 downloads)
    2. The Day After Tomorrow Movie Printable Worksheet (327 downloads)
    3. 2012 Movie Printable Worksheet (323 downloads)
    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this worksheet to your class without downloading >>
    Geostorm >>> https://bit.ly/geostormlistening
    The Day After Tomorrow >>> https://bit.ly/thedayafterlistening
    2012 >>> https://bit.ly/2012movielistening

    4. WRITING

    Download the Printable Question Sheet:
    Earth Day 2020 Writing (DW: Article & Speech) (635 downloads)

    *** Sample essays will be uploaded a day after Earth Day 2020

    Writing-Activity-for-Earth-Day-2020

    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this worksheet to your class without downloading >> https://bit.ly/earthday2020writing

    That’s all for now. Until next time!

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  • SPM Paper 1 Directed Writing

    [DW] Informal Letter: Making a Choice (Hotel vs Homestay)

    Hello, how are you? Today we’re going to look at a DW question, an Informal Letter. Is it everyone’s favourite DW format, I wonder? I’ve had many students tell me it’s the easiest one to write. Good for you 😉

    Disclaimer: The original question is from 2018 trial paper (Penang).

    Question:
    Your family is planning to go for a holiday at the end of the year. Your brother/ sister has asked you to choose either to stay in a hotel or a homestay. He/she has given you some information about the two places. Write a letter to your brother/sister stating your choice.

    In your letter, you should:

    • Describe all the details of the two places
    • State which place you think is more suitable
    HOTEL
    – in town
    – RM150 per person
    – complimentary breakfast
    – swimming pool
    – close to shopping complex
    – (suggest one more idea)
    HOMESTAY
    -in village
    -RM80 per person
    – own cooking
    – barbecue pit
    – closer to nature
    – (suggest one more idea)

    Sample Answer by Students (Edited and Cleaned):
    Remember that a good essay does NOT have to be lengthy. Also, remember that the sample given is only a sample. If you’re a student, it is best if you try to answer the question yourself and have a teacher mark your essay.

    dwhotelvshomestay

    **** Want to have your own essay graded? Submit your essay to teacheradlina at gmail dot com.

  • SPM Paper 1 Directed Writing,  Writing Tips

    SPM English 1119 Focus on Directed Writing – Seminar Handouts

    Assalamualaikum and hello 😀 It’s now March and SPM is approaching fast. Before long, candidates are going to find themselves busy with extra classes, projects, seminars, workshops and frantic revision hours. I can’t remember how it was for me back in 2004 but I definitely remember crying tears of stress along the way LOL. I hope the younger generations have it better. Information is abundance today, unlike then. Broadband was a luxury. Narrowband was all we had until much, much later.

    This morning, I was given the opportunity to conduct a two-hour long seminar at Damaisari Tawang, Bachok for SPM candidates from  SMK Dato’ Mahmud Paduka Raja (2). Thumbs up to the organising committee for choosing such a conducive venue! The seminar hall was massive! Since I prefer workshops where students are more actively involved, I struggled internally at first with what to say. I mean, I have so much to say 😆 Adjustments had to be made since I decided to focus on writing only. Feel free to click on the links below to download some handouts.

    Download: Directed Writing (DW) Format Recap for Quick Revision (2422 downloads)
    Handout – DW Format Recap

    Download:  Introduction to the English 1119 Paper and Quick Tips (1663 downloads)
    Introduction to English 1119 Paper and Quick Tips

    I went into continuous writing for a bit but we didn’t spend too long due to time restraint. We did discuss the figurative language/ narrative styles a bit. Here’s what we covered:

    Download:  Writing Tips - Tell versus Show (1459 downloads)
    Handout – Tell versus Show

    Thanks for the opportunity! I hope they got something from my short visit. Good luck for UP1, too 😀