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......my journey of discovering the light of literature hidden beneath a million stars and unveiling the concealed beauty of the work of arts through passion and patience, to experience the amazing journey where no words can heave but hearts can feel…………….

May God have Mercy on us & bless us with His Love and guide us in His Light of Truth.


A Roman philosopher of the mid 1st century said: "There is no delight in owning anything unshared." and Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American poet,lecturer and essayist said: "Our best thoughts come from others."


Describe the obstacles that the main character faced.With close reference to the text, how did he or she overcome these obstacles? (Step by Wicked Step)



(a) Based on the novel you have studied, describe the obstacles that the main character faced.With close reference to the text, how did he or she overcome these obstacles?
             Support your answer with close reference to the text.


[15 marks]   (SBP 2013)
Nurin Jazlina binti Ahmad (saujana impian,kajang) Thank you Nurin for your contribution:
I choose the novel “Step by Wicked Step” written by Anne Fine as there are many main characters in the novel who have faced a lot of obstacles in their life. This novel is regarding  five British school children from Stagfire who had arrived ahead of their classmates for a week-long field trip at "haunted' Old Harwick Hall. They found a long-abandoned secret room containing a mysterious journal which uncovered a heart rending story of Richard Clayton Harwick, who runs away from the sinister influence of a loveless stepfather. This discovery made them reveal and share their own engrossing, heart-rending  stories filled with hurting and healing moments.The main characters that I choose is Richard Clayton Harwick because he faced a lot of obstacles in his life and finally managed to overcome them in the midst of sadness.

Analysing Form5/SPM novel questions from 2001-2011




After many years diving in the sea with my students ,in search of the PEARLS  in “The Pearl” by John Steinback, a novel that reveals the power of hope, love and determination… we have now taken the STEPS to leave the pearls which have taught us many valuable lessons and making us feel the waves of emotions in the sea of family love and unity. Since 2011, we have to change to “Step by wicked step” by Ann Fine…do I have a choice? Very well…life needs changes, so have faith that the changes are positive ones….as we go thru it, we learn new values in life especially about appreciating the power of family love which creates joy, peace, tolerance, understanding, gratefulness, forgiveness and beauty….blooming seeds of happiness, tranquility and attachment…as this novel managed to prove that strong family relationship sustains family bond and heals all the hurting moments through sense of love, devotion and loyalty. The power of family love leads to reunion and healing in a family. Therefore, we should appreciate and love our family unconditionally and be prepared to make sacrifices  as when there is strong sense of love, there is forgiveness , patience, loyalty and devotion growing without force under the shade of genuine family love. 
As the SPM examination is getting nearer, I’ve started to analyse the step by wicked steps novel, and created some sample answers in framework form so that you can understand better/ faster/ and make great effort to answer during your SPM English paper. Please share this literature notes with anyone in need as the more we share, the more we get…..Thank you God for Your Endless Blessings….
This is part of my literature notes prepared for SPM English Seminar (for my tuition students and those who are interested to join) which I will be presenting  on the 14th and 21st  October, 2012 at Kajang.
Analysing Novel Questions (2001-2011):
2001   A character you like/admire (character)
2002   What important lesson did you learn? (moral value)
2003   A character you sympathies. (character)

Do you like the novel? "How I met myself"


Sharing again the edited versions of my students work. Well done!

The novel that I have chosen is “How I met Myself”, written by David A. Hill. I like this novel for certain reasons. It is because it has an interesting character who is John Taylor, 34 year old Englishman who works as a computer programmer with a computer company in Bristol, England. He is married with his Hungarian teacher, Andrea. He is a faithful and caring husband and father. The beginning of the novel was very impressive, as it is filled with mysterious moments that arouses my attention to keep on reading. The story started off interestingly when John bumped into  someone who looked exactly like him while on his way back from home. The person apologized to him and disappeared without leaving any footprints on the snow. Besides that, the flow of the novel began to create suspense as John began actively searching for his doppelganger. It was because after his encounter with his doppelganger, he felt terrified as he always have nightmares of him. Lastly, the ending was resolving as the truth was revealed. The story ends with a positive note when

The theme of family love which is portrayed through the characters in Step by Wicked Step.


Write about the theme of family love which is portrayed through the characters in the novel that you have studied.


Support your answer with close reference to the text.


[15 marks]


The novel that I have chosen to portray the theme of family love is “Step by Wicked Step” by AnneFine. This novel is regarding  five British school children from Stagfire who shared their joys, sorrows and anxieties of their family life. It all begin when they arrived ahead of their classmates for a week-long field trip at "haunted' Old Harwick Hall. In the stormy wild night, Claudia, Pixie, Robbo, Ralph and Colin find a long-abandoned secret room containing a mysterious journal with the aid of flashes of lightning. They uncover a heart rending story of Richard Clayton Harwick, who runs away from the sinister influence of a loveless stepfather. This discovery triggers off each of them to reveal and share their own engrossing, heart-rending  stories filled with hurting and healing moments way through a minefield of embittered or uncommunicative or just plain immature parents, insecure or reluctant step parents and resentful step siblings. The implied themes in this novel are revealed through the characters thoughts, speech, actions, reactions and what others say about them. Thus, based on this novel, I have chosen to write on Richard Clayton Harwick’s family members who have portrayed the theme of family love amazingly and dramatically through sense of love, devotion and loyalty.

STEP BY WICKED STEP answering technique for SPM 2012


FRAMEWORK for answering literature component/
Outline/personal response (for Question 33 of Paper 2, SPM English 1119)

1)      Introductory paragraph (paragraph 1)
-  State your novel (plus a very brief synopsis of the novel)
- State your chosen element( plot/characteristics/ setting/themes/moral values)
-  State in brief the reasons of your choice.

2)      Content paragraphs
-  Reason 1 + elaborations (paragraph 2)
R1 + E1+E1+E1

-  Reason 2 + elaborations (paragraph 3)
R2 + E2+E2+E2

-  Reason 3 + elaborations (paragraph 4)
R3 + E3+E3+E3

3)      Concluding paragraph (paragraph 5)
- Summarize/ restate the reasons on why you have chosen the part/ character/ place/etc
-  State a lesson you have learnt from the element
Provide any personel experiences (if any) which is closely related to the chosen element.

The Character you admire the most in David A. Hill’s novel,“How I met myself”


The  following are the novels studied in the literature component in English language.
1)      The Railway Children - Edith Nesbit
2)      Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
3)      How I Met Myself - David A. Hill
Based on one of the novels above, choose one character that you admire the most. Write about the character that you have chosen and give reasons why you admire the character.
Selected personal responses from my Form 3 tuition students on The Character you admire the most  in  David A. Hill’s novel,“How I met myself” written based on a prĂ©cised  framework outline according to the PMR requirements for the latest literature component 2012. Hope all the shared materials will benefit, ease  your understanding and help you score by God’s will.
Question : The Character you admire the most. (John Taylor)
                Based on the novel  “How I Met Myself” written by David A. Hill, the person I admire the most is John Taylor.

The new literature text used in Form 4 and 5

Interestingly very challenging, yet rather appealing but seems amusing ...that's what feel as I explore the new text prepared for the Form 4 and Form 5...moving like a snail, but being observant and  reflecting on the words chosen and used by the author and drawing out response is an amazing experience...and the most interesting part is when throwing the light to my students when teaching them to understand the text...
Form 4:
Poems
1. 
In the Midst of Hardship -Latiff Mohidin
2. 
He Had such Quiet Eyes -Bibsy Soenharjo
Short Stories
1. QWERTYUIOP -Vivian Alcock
2. The Fruitcake Special -Frank Brennan
Drama
1. 
Gulp and Gasp- John Townsend

Form 5:
Poems
1. 
Nature -H.D. Carberry
2. 
Are you Still Playing Your Flute -Zurinah Hassan
Novel
The Curse by Lee Su Ann ~ Pahang,Terengganu, Johor,Sabah,Sarawak & Labuan.
Step by Wicked Step by Ann Fine ~Selangor,KL,Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan & Malacca.
Catch Us If You Can by Catherine McPhail ~Perlis,Kelantan,Kedah,Penang & Perak.

Answering more questions on “The Pearl” for SPM 2010/ English/ Literature Component


Dear Form 5 students, since your examination is just around the corner, I have written the answers to 5 more questions in order to aid you…

1.    Based on the story that you have learned, write about the HOPES of ONE of the characters. WHAT DID THE CHARACTER DO to achieve his/her hopes? Support your answer with close reference to the text.
“The Pearl” by John Steinback is a novel that reveals the power of hope living in people. Kino, a poor pearl diver, begins to have great hopes after the discovery of the pearl of the world, so in order to fullfill his hopes, so became an ambitious, aggressive and determined person in order to protect the pearl before selling it.
Kino became an ambitious person when he tried to sell the pearl in order to fullfill his hopes to bring his wife, Juana, their baby, Coyotito out of the clutches of poverty, discrimination and hardship. Kino hopes to educate Coyotito through formal education, marry Juana in a proper ceremony in church, buy himself a rifle- Winchester carbine, and a harpoon. The doctor pretended to cure Coyotito from his scorpion bite, in order to get the pearl, but Kino is alert to protect the pearl and hid it. When the pearl buyers tried to cheat him, he took all the effort to protect the pearl, as he wanted a higher price for the pearl. He became too ambitious and is willing to go thru all the difficulties to sell the pearl for a better price.

Writing dramatic narration for SPM English Paper 1, section B:



When we plan to write a narrative essay for the coming SPM examination , English Paper 1, section B: Continuous Writing, we have to bear in mind of making our essay exciting and impressive. The first thing  to do is study the question carefuly, understand the scope of the question, then draw a rough plot from the beginning , rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. 


Then we should decide the theme, moral values, characters and scenes of events. The theme of the story is the central message and the moral values are the lessons that we learn from the story. In order to make our story alive, name the settings/places of our story, then descibe the scene of the place. 

Understanding Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare


Introduction:
Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare is poem where the persona who is immensely in love with his beloved, deeply admires his love and compares her with summer. The comparison is done based on the beauty of summer’s day and its wonders.
However, the persona finds his belove being more beautiful than summer and its elements; the sun, flowers, nature’s movements, and the summer of his heart and life is and will be forever beautiful and warm.

Besides that his beloved’s beauty is eternal. Life is full of meaning to the persona as the beauty of his life remains forever. Even as summer fades, the love of his life will remain intact as long as people are alive to read and appreciate the beauty of his beloved in the poem.

Describing how the main character managed to raise awareness to the readers in The Pearl by John Steinbeck



Question: Reading a novel will leave the awareness to the readers. Based on the novel you have studied, describe how the main character managed to raise awareness?


 Answer:
Based on the novel, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, the main character who managed to raise awareness to the readers is Kino. Kino, is a poor Mexican Indian pearl fisher who lives with his wife, Juana and their baby, managed to raise awareness  by being a memorable, determined and remorseful character. Kino managed to be a memorable character as he reveals a very dramatic characterization from being a very loving and caring father, he changed into a very aggressive person due to the pearl he found. 


Kino, took all the effort to dive into the sea after Coyotito, their baby was stung by a scorpion.  Being a poor pearl diver who strives for a hard life made Kino’s character a touching one.  He managed to find a big, beautiful pearl of the world, but unfortunately his dreams of leading a better life lead only to tragedy. He was cheated by the pearl buyer, attacked by the attackers and followed by the trackers. His personality changed as the pearl stayed longer in his hands,