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Lower Secondary Essay Writing Programmes

Writing underpins much of how we communicate and think. Good writing requires not only knowledge, but also specific skills and techniques. 

Enhance your child’s writing abilities with our writing programmes today. Each writing programme focuses on a specific writing technique. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lower Secondary Essay Writing Programmes

 

Writing underpins much of how we communicate and think. Being an effective writer is an advantage that will serve your child well in school and beyond.

Good writing requires not only knowledge, but also specific skills and techniques.  Enhance your child’s writing abilities with our lower secondary writing programmes today. Each writing programme focuses on a specific writing technique.

 

 

 




Programme Highlights

 

 

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Mastering Descriptive Writing

Through this programme, your child will learn the 6 six key techniques in descriptive writing that help an essay to stand out for the O-Level. 

This is an ideal programme for students who wish to strengthen their descriptive writing skills, which can also be transferred to other types of writing in school. 

Mastering Expository Writing

Do you find the expository essay unfamiliar terrain on which you have to tread cautiously? Do you know how to address the feedback by your teacher: 'More Elaboration Needed' in your essays?

This lower secondary programme will help you learn how to elaborate and explain your topic sentences through the 'DEC' technique. We will also help you develop your style of writing through the 'SEL' method so that your essay is unique, helping you score better.

In addition, as you develop a personal style, we will help you with specific ways to create unique introductions and conclusions to hook your reader.

There is no better way to learn than to put what has been taught into ample practice. This programme does exactly that as students learn through micro-writing exercises and even a full essay practice. 

COMPONENTS COVERED

Through this programme, your child will:

  • Learn to respond to two different expository essay prompts from past years’ O-Level papers
  • Hone their elaboration skills using the 'DEC' technique
  • Develop their own distinctive personal voice through the 'SEL' technique
  • Create unique introductions and conclusions for their essays
  • Gain feedback on her or his writing
  • Receive personalised guidance
  • Understand the examiners' expectations so that they know what to work on in their own essays


Topic 1:

Through micro-writing exercises, your child will:
  • Learn what exactly teachers mean when they say "elaborate and explain"
  • Find out how to use authorial voice


Topic 2:

Through writing a full essay from start to finish, your child will: 
  • Receive individualised feedback
  • Gain tips on writing effective introductions and conclusions
  • Garner an understanding of examiners' expectations by editing a sample essay


Gain exposure to the various A-Level comprehension and summary questions types, and their specific requirements.


Learn techniques to break down each question type and craft detailed answers that demonstrate understanding.


Learn how to check their answers and avoid common pitfalls, especially for more challenging passages.


 

Mastering Descriptive Writing

Through this programme, your child will learn the 6 six key techniques in descriptive writing that help an essay to stand out for the O-Level. 

This is an ideal programme for students who wish to strengthen their descriptive writing skills, which can also be transferred to other types of writing in school. 

Mastering Personal Recount

This programme teaches lower secondary students the key features of personal recount essays that will set their writing apart from others. Through an 'SEL' technique, students will learn to 'SEL' their story to a reader by developing their own distinctive personal voice and strengthening their skills in expressing personal reflections. 

Through micro-writing exercises, students will develop these skills through a step by step process: teachers will role model writing, followed by students applying the skills together and then independently when they write a full essay. Having mastered the personal recount, students will then take on the role of an examiner and evaluate and edit a sample essay.

COMPONENTS COVERED

Through this programme, your child will:
  • Learn to respond to two different personal recount essay prompts from past years’ O-Level papers
  • Develop their own distinctive personal voice that will make their writing uniquely theirs by creating their own style of writing. This way, they can score higher marks for their essays
  • Learn how to showcase how they have grown from their personal experience as they include personal reflections
  • Gain feedback on his or her writing
  • Receive personalised guidance
  • Understand the examiners' expectations so that they know what to work on in their own essays


Session 1:
  • Essay topic 1: Through micro-writing exercises in applying skills taught 
  • How to 'SEL' your essay
  • How to create a personal voice
  • What is style of writing?


Session 2:
  • How to be reflective in personal recounts through micro-writing exercises for application of skills taught
  • Essay prompt 2: Write a full essay from start to finish


Session 3:
  • Gain feedback on his or her writing
  • Improve specific parts of the essay
  • Edit a Sample Essay to understand examiner's expectations
     


 

Mastering Descriptive Writing

Through this programme, your child will learn the 6 six key techniques in descriptive writing that help an essay to stand out for the O-Level. 

This is an ideal programme for students who wish to strengthen their descriptive writing skills, which can also be transferred to other types of writing in school. 

Mastering Descriptive Writing

This programme teaches lower secondary students four key techniques in descriptive writing to make their essays unique. This is an ideal programme for students who wish to strengthen their descriptive writing skills, which can also be transferred to other types of writing in school.

Students will be guided through multiple micro-writing exercises covering each of the four key features. They will also get the opportunity to edit pieces of writing, allowing them to apply the skills they have learnt.

During the final session, students will learn how to construct introductions and conclusions to descriptive essays with the help of their teachers.

COMPONENTS COVERED

Through this programme, your child will:
  • Practise and workshop two different descriptive essay prompts over the course of the programme
  • Learn how to focus on unusual aspects of descriptive writing that make a piece stand out
  • Get a set of guiding questions to help them develop each key feature in their descriptive essays
  • Receive feedback on his or her writing and guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls and errors


Session 1:
  • Essay topic 1: through micro-writing exercises for application of skills taught
  • Covering techniques on descriptive essay introductions
  • Covering 1 technique to engage a reader in his or her descriptive essay

Session 2:
  • Essay topic 1: through micro-writing exercises for application of skills taught
  • Covering another 2 techniques to engage a reader in his or her descriptive essay
  • Essay prompt 1: Writing a full essay from start to finish

Session 3:
  • Gain feedback on his or her writing
  • Essay topic 2: through micro-writing exercises for application of skills taught
  • Covering the last technique to engage a reader in his or her descriptive essay
  • Covering techniques on descriptive essay conclusions
  • Edit a Sample Essay to understand examiner's expectations
     


 

Programme Schedule

 

Mastering Expository Writing

United Square Tuesday
23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug
7.30pm to 9.30pm

Mastering Personal Recount

United Square Tuesday
2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul 
5.00pm to 7.00pm

Mastering Descriptive Writing

United Square Friday
19 Jul, 26 Jul, 2 Aug
5.00pm to 7.00pm


 

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Programme Details

 

Duration

3 x 2 hour lessons

Fee

1 programme: $431.64 (w/GST)

3 programmes: $1,165.43 (w/GST)

Class Format

Fully physical classes

 

 

 



 

 


 

 

 


 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can join this programme? 

Students who are in Secondary 1 or 2 in 2024 are welcome to join this programme. 

 

2. My child signed up for this programme last year, can he/she attend again? 

Students who took this programme previously should not take this programme again as the material will be repeated.

 

3. Are these materials unique?

For Mastering the Expository Writing at Lower Sec programme, the programme covers the parts of writing an expository essay that students usually find challenging — how to elaborate and how to make the essay unique so that the essay does not seem templated and like every other student's essay. We will teach very specific techniques that they can apply in their writing that we have not covered in the core programme.

 

For Mastering the Personal Recount at Lower Sec programme, students will be taught new skills to strengthen and enrich their personal recounts, namely how to create a personal voice, meaning they will improve in their style of writing and they will go into techniques on how to better add reflections throughout their essay, areas that are not covered in the core programme.

 

For Mastering the Descriptive Writing at Lower Sec programme, this programme covers aspects of descriptive writing and essay prompts which are unique and different from existing TLL materials. TLL  students will be taught new skills, specifically 4 techniques to strengthen and enrich their descriptive writing.  

 

4. Who would benefit from this programme?

This programme is ideal for students who are already familiar with the basic structure and expectations of the various types of writing that have been covered in schools in Secondary 1 and at TLL but who wish to further improve their writing skills through more advanced techniques. It is also for students who wish to consolidate and apply their existing skills to different topics. In other words, they get more practice as we cover 2 essay topics.

 

5. Will this programme provide further guidance to students who are weak in a particular area?

Yes. The materials in this programme allow for teachers to customise their teaching to cater to the needs of students (for e.g. if some students are weak in language, the teacher can provide more scaffolding for that micro-writing exercise; if other students are weak in thinking of unique content points, the teacher can focus more on content building).