Reading W@W Model Compositions
Knowing how to do something well by looking at an example which has already been done well is an important part of learning any skill. Often, students may be stumped as to how to write well as they are unsure about what a good essay looks like. At W@W, students have access to Model Compositions which they can read to figure out what makes a good essay.
This article will break down how to read a typical W@W Model Composition to improve your own reading and writing skills at both the primary and secondary school levels.
Reading a Model Composition blindly without knowing what you are looking for is the wrong way to approach it. Instead, the Let’s Learn About section will outline what you are supposed to take home from reading the Model Composition. If the learning objectives include learning about the plot flow and some phrases to describe a key event, such as a fire, students should look out for these elements when reading the Model Composition to highlight them later on.
Next, the student should read the question in detail to figure out what the question is asking them for. Reading the Model Composition must be done in the context of the question it answers, as you need to see how the essay at hand addresses the question being asked. Read the question thoroughly, taking in all the keywords and any accompanying information, such as diagrams.
The next part of any good essay is its structure. At W@W, the essay is broken down into paragraphs so that students know what to write in each paragraph. Knowing the structure of an essay will help in reading the Model Composition, as students will be able to take in the aspects of a sample Introduction paragraph. Knowing which phrases to be used for a type of paragraph will help students writing the same kind of paragraph in their own essays in future.
If students do not understand the skills which they need to write a good essay, such as elaboration using the 5W1H technique, they should read up on how to elaborate with more details before reading the Model Composition. Knowing how to use the phrases or literary techniques is more important than simply memorising the exact phrases used in a particular essay, as the skill of elaboration is more important so the student can transfer it to any question.
When students read the Model Composition, they should highlight useful expressions, evidence, and examples as they read. This will help them use the same phrases in future relevant essays. Moreover, students should annotate the Model Composition and mark the essay structures, writing mechanics, literary devices, and evaluative statements as they read.
Later on, students can put away the Model Composition and try to recount paragraphs of it from memory. Before doing this, if students need some more help to memorise the Model Composition, they could practice rewriting the Model Composition to absorb the language used in the essay, assimilating the writing style and making it their own.
Model Compositions are an integral part of the student’s learning. Students should not be discouraged that they cannot write as well as the people who have written the Model Composition, as with practice and time, they will surely be able to get there themselves!
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