DAY 16

Bootcamp
Descriptive Writing

Get to work with a pen and some paper in today's essay writing bootcamp where we help you get in shape for the exam.

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  • Example
  • Practice

ENGAGE THE QUESTION REQUIREMENTS

You’ve learnt so far that identifying and decoding keywords and directional words are crucial first steps in approaching any essay question. Once you’ve settled that, the next step is to expand on these keywords. This helps show your reader how you’re engaging with the question requirements. 

Non-expanded

You re-use the keywords and directional words throughout your entire essay. 

Expanded

You use synonyms, paraphrases and examples to expound on the question.

This also helps you paint a clearer image of your subject. 

ENGAGE THE QUESTION REQUIREMENTS


EXAMPLE

Describe a person that has made a big impact in your life. How has this person influenced you?

Non-expanded

Peter Jackson is a person that has made a big impact in my life. He is the person who directed The Lord of the Rings. He has influenced me in the way I approach challenges. 

Expanded

Peter Jackson, best known for his work on The Lord of the Rings, has been a key inspirational figure in my life. With his frizzy tussle of black hair and playful eyes, this whimsical film director has shaped the way I approach difficulties. He has taught me how to face them as fun opportunities to create and not simply as problems to get over. 

ENGAGE THE QUESTION REQUIREMENTS

Describe a place that means a great deal to you. Why is it so important?

2017 O Level English Paper 1 Question 1

Non-expanded

The movie theatre at The Cathay means a great deal to me. It is very important because apart from being the place my father would bring me to as a birthday treat, it is also the place I learnt many life lessons. 

Expanded

The movie theatre at The Cathay has a special place in my heart. It houses many fond memories of my time spent with my father. Sitting on the red foldable seats, eyes glued to the big, luminous screen, I learnt many life lessons.