DAY 17

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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ADDRESSING DUAL QUESTION REQUIREMENTS

Descriptive essays typically give you two tasks: first, to describe and second, to explain why you have picked your chosen subject. This means that while you may have written very vivid descriptions, you do not fully address the question until you have also given reasons to justify your subject choice. 

No Explanation

You describe your subject without meeting the second requirement of explaining why you have chosen to write about it/ them. 

Clear Explanation

You help your reader understand why you have chosen to write about your subject to address the question. 

Tip: It helps to streamline your descriptions to focus on developing the ones that directly answer the question prompt. 

ADDRESSING DUAL QUESTION REQUIREMENTS

EXAMPLE

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

No Explanation

Sometimes I think my brother is the only person in our family with thick, curly hair because he needs more space to house all his inventive, crazy ideas. A true movie buff, my brother has not only watched hundreds of movies in his 20 years of living but has rewatched his favourites to the point where he can quote all the characters’ lines. 

Clear Explanation

If it were not for my brother and his bold, creative personality, my timid nature would have doomed me to lead a dull life. Growing up, he would re-create and re-tell scenes from his favourite adventure movies for me. He helped me to let my imagination run free and wild from the safety of my own bed. 

ADDRESSING DUAL 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

No Explanation

Ever since Universal Studios opened in Singapore, it has been my go-to place to celebrate my birthday. The theme park is filled with rides inspired from different movies. The air is always bustling with soundtracks from the various blockbusters. 

Clear Explanation

Ever since Universal Studios opened in Singapore, it has been my yearly holiday go-to place for inspiration. Surrounded by the epic soundtracks and life-sized architecture from my favourite movies, I am motivated to continue my pursuit to be a filmmaker who can create new worlds that bring joy and wonder.