Saturday, September 16, 2017

Teknik menjawab novel SPM Sing to The Dawn

Teks: Rozanah Zakaria

Contoh soalan:

Write about a memorable event in the novel. Explain how this relates to a character in the novel.

In the novel Sing to the Dawn by Minfong Ho, a memorable event in the story is when Dawan is announced as the winner for the scholarship to further her study in the city. This event is closely related to Dawan as she did her best to attain the scholarship.

When Dawan is announced as the winner for the scholarship, she is shocked as she never expects a girl would win the prestigious award. This part is memorable as it relates to her determination later, when she seeks help from people around her, to let her achieve her dream. Her determination is shown when she goes to see the head monk to help her convinve her father, to let her go to the city. Her father believes that a girl furthering her study is a waste of time. Since she knows her father respects the head monk, she is confident that, if the head monk persuade her father, he will let her go. However, it turns out to be a sour affair for her as the head monk, similar to others in the village, belief that a mere schoolgirl like Dawan does not deserve a higher education. She is so frustrated that she runs out of the temple crying. Yet, she does not stop there. She is still determined in convincing her father to let her go. Looking at Dawan's determination, it is indeed a memorable event when she is announced as the winner for the scholarship. It sparks the determination in her to secure what is hers. We as teenagers should always follow Dawan's characteristic.

Next, after she is announced as the winner for the scholarship, Dawan shows her caring side when she is more concerned of her brother's feeling. After knowing the result, friends surrounded her. Yet, she has mixed feeling of happy and worry at the same time. She is looking for her brother Kwai. As usually they will walk home togeher after school, that day she is worried as Kwai is seen clutching to his books, looking sad. Then Kwai disappears. When she reaches home, Kwai is not there either. This shows that Dawan is caring towards her brother. Even she is happy that she gets what she always wants, she is aso concerned about Kwai since she knows that he has high hope to get the scholarship as well. This is shown when they are sitting on the old rickety bridge at dawn, whenKwai tells her about his dreams of exploring the city if he gets to go there. Kwai also tells about how he will come back to the village and help his father with new ways of farming. Remembering all these, Dawan is sad for her brother. She is in dilemma as she herself really yearn to be there in the city, but at the same time, she is concerned of her brother's frustration of not getting what he always dreams of. Here, we can see that Dawan is caring towards her brother even she has got what she wants. I believe we should always be caring towards our siblings, like what Dawan shows towards her brother, Kwai.

Other than that, this is a memorable event for Dawan when she is announced as the winner for the scholarship as this shows Dawan's bravery to speak up for herlself. In her village, it is uncommon for girls to speak up. For example, Dawan is not confident at first when she wants to ask questions to her teacher. However, with Kwai's encouragement, she speaks up. She ia surprised when her teacher doesn't ignore her. Then, she is brave to talk to her father, to let her pursue her study in the city. She asks her father to let her try, giving example of the sparrow that is never let out of the cage. Her father is shocked but eventually he grants her his permission to let her go. We can see Dawan's bravery here as she speaks up for herself with his father when her mother is also afraid of him. I believe we should be brave like Dawan, in fighting for our right in life. 

All in all, it is a memorable event when Dawan is announced as the winner for the scholarship as this shows us her determination, caring and bravery in fighting fir her right for education. Let us be like Dawan, fighting for our right, as well as for our society's whenever it is needed of us. 


How to improve your essay writing for SPM

Text: Rozanah Zakaria

Improving your essay writing is a crucial thing to do. It is not as easy as ABC, yet it is attainable if you have enough determination to pursue it.

As for your SPM examination that is around 5 weeks to go (minus one week of holiday in October), these are some quick ways that may help you:

1) read articles of current issues.
I would like to recommend the Star Online paper as this will help you with the sentence structure, vocabularies and most importantly, giving you ideas on what to write for your essay.

2) make dictionary your best buddy.
Always look up the dictionary for any words you find difficult to understand.

3) practice writing every day.
Write every day as this will prepare you to get used to writing. At this time, since your SPM is getting very near, you can write a page a day. Topics to write? Rewrite whatever you read on the newspaper. Hopefully by doing this, you will find it easy to write during your exam.

Happy writing! 😊

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Report Writing

Text: Rozanah Zakaria

Dalam section A, kertaa 1, Bahasa Inggeris 1119/1, bahagian A ini adalah Directed Writing.

Kali ini jom tengok bagaimana menulis Report atau Laporan.

Mulakan dengan stabdard format:

To:
From:
Title:

Bagaimana anda tahu format Report ini begini? Well, dalam kertas soalan, buasanya bahagian bawah selepas content points, akan ditulis begini:

When writing the report, you must:
• address your report to the Teacher Advisor
provide a title
• include your name
use all the notes given
• add one suggestion _______

Address your report maksudnya tujukan report itu kepada individu yang berkenaan, contoh di sini adalah Teacher Advisor. Kalau di situ ditulis Principal, jadi ikut kehendak soalan, ok?

Kemudian provide a title. Bagi tajuk untuk report. Baca arahan di atas sebelum content points, ha, dekat situ ada diberikan apa yang anda perlu tulis. Jadi tajuk sudah diberikan, cuma ambil dan tulis. Make sure setiap letter permulaan is capitalised. Contoh: Report On Cleanliness At Our School.

Include your name, maksudnya tulislah nama anda ye. As simple as that! 😉.

Selesai semua tu, dah dapat 3 markah untuk format. Senang kan? Macam mana pula nak kembangkan isi kandungan atau content points? Ikuti entri seterusnya ok?

Selamat menghadapi peperiksaan percubaan SPM!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Preparing for your SPM trial exam

Teks: Rozanah Zakaria
Photo: Carian Google

Trial semakin hampir. Bagi Penang, minggu 4 September adalah minggu yang mendebarkan. Peperiksaan Percubaan SPM akan berlangsung!

Bagi sesetengah negeri lain, mereka sudah di pertengahan 'medan pertempuran'. All the best from me!

Bagi yang bakal menghadapi trial awal September ini, apa persediaan saat akhir anda? Apa perlu dilakukan bagi subjek Bahasa Inggeris 1119/1 & 1119/2?

Kita lihat satu-persatu. Kertas 1: esei.

Section A:

Get yourself familiar with all the formats of writing namely:
formal letter, informal letter, article, report & talk/speech. Tak pasti? Baca semula nota-nota dalam buku catatan anda.

Sepatutnya juga, anda juga sudah tahu bahawa setiap isi (content point) patut dihuraikan sekurang-kurangnya dalam 1 atau 2 ayat. 

Section B:
 Pilih 1 tajuk yang anda paling yakin untuk jawab, quickly draw your draft (not more than 10 minutes) dan terus menulis tanpa henti! Berpandukan draft ringkas, idea flow anda tidak akan tersekat. Be confident in writing the topic. Tulis sekurang-kurangnya 2 muka surat.

Are you ready by now? Semoga anda berjaya! ☺️

Love,
Teacher Rozanne

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Life is about moving on

Teks: Rozanah Zakaria
Foto: Rozanah Zakaria

Stay where you heart is.


Hidup perlukan perubahan untuk kita terus ke hadapan.
Perubahan mendadak atau 'slow motion' bak kata orang sekarang, terpulang.
Hidup masing-masing, kita sendiri tahu diri kita.

So, what are you waiting for?
Do it now!
Life's too short to keep waiting!

:)

Adios!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sudut Pandang Hidup

Teks: Rozanah Zakaria
Foto: Rozanah Zakaria
Hidup ibarat memandu di lebuhraya; adakala kau perlu memecut meninggalkan semuanya di belakang; adakala kau patut 'take it easy' dan 'enjoy the moment'.

Hidup aku seorang guru.
Sudut pandang aku seharusnya berkisar 360 darjah.

Hari ini, tatkala aku menjamah lauk sedap,
adakah aku tahu,
ada anak muridku yang hanya melihat rakan-rakan mereka di kantin dari tingkap kelas, sambil menahan lapar?

Hari ini tatkala yang aku pandu laju keretaku menuju ke sekolah,
adakah aku tahu, ada di sana anak didikku yang menunggu bas seusai Subuh,
sendirian-
demi seteguk ilmu?

Hari ini, tatkala aku menilai seorang murid,
dia kumarahi dek kesalahan yang aku kabur kebenarannya,
adakah aku tahu, bagaimana kehidupannya sebenar di luar sana?

Kini, tatkala kualih sudut pandang itu,
agar ia berputar, supaya kasut kami bertukar,
aku dekati dia,
aku berjalan seiring dengannya,
aku hargai pandangannya,
aku dengar pendapatnya;

Akhirnya;

aku tersentap dengan kebenaran di depan mata;
betapa realiti kehidupannya amat pedih;
walau hujahnya dalam tawa sentiasa,
aku merasa liur yang kutelan tersekat pahit di kerongkong.

Betapa mulia hatimu muridku,
tatkala kau aku marahi suatu masa itu,
kau hanya diam membisu,

Tika itu,
acapkali kau ingin bersuara,
aku lantas memintasmu.

Syukur aku,
takdir ini kini mendekatkan aku dan kau,
Aturan yang Tuhan tentukan untuk aku dan kau,
aku tahu kini jalan hidupmu,
aku arif kini mengapa kau bersikap begitu
aku pilu meratapi kepayahan hidupmu,
yang kau hadapi saban hari,
merungkai satu demi satu di depan mataku;
mengapa kau bersikap bagaimana kau bersikap dulu;

Dalam usiamu yang amat rapuh,
tatkala kawan-kawan lain mewah dengan kasih-sayang,
melimpah-ruah dengan perhatian,
tapi kau sebaliknya.

Aku mula sebak,
melihat kau masih bercerita kepadaku dalam tawa,
kepayahan hidup yang kau lalui serta rencanamu setiap hari,
sendirian;
agar kau dapat hadir menimba seteguk ilmu di pekan bertuah ini.

Aku tersentap lagi;
betapa rapuhnya jiwaku,
betapa utuhnya jiwamu anakku.

Kini, aku yang dulunya sentiasa fikir,
hanya kau harus mendengar bicaraku,
mula tersedar,

aku sebenarnya yang patut membisu,
dan biar kau berbicara,

kerna-

aku sudah lama didengari,
tapi jarang aku mendengar.

Maafkan aku Tuhan,
semoga hidayahMu memandu aku menjadi manusia yang memanusiakan manusia.



Friday, March 31, 2017

Live life

Photos: Rozanah Zakaria
Where I hail from.
Eat like a king.
Choose the right food for you.

Set 'me-time' alone, believe me, it's good for you.


Some things are just for display.

Embrace the odds. Why not?

Travel, for it broaden your horizon.