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Unusual and unexpected as it may seem, this same
wind will become my friend on the way home.
D. USING THEMES TO DEVELOP IDEAS
The themes of the topics of the following activi-
ties are loosely based on the title of the stated
category. Each activity is intended as a prewrit-
ing activity that should help pupils develop ideas
for writing on a topic. Most of the topics tie into
the experiences of pupils, making it easier for
them to generate material for writing.
• Because the topics are general, pupils will have much
freedom to develop their ideas.
Activity #1: An Important lesson
Directions: Think of a time when you learned an im-
portant lesson. Answer the questions and write a
narrative about this experience and what you
learned. Remember to include an opening, body and
closing in your writing. Support your ideas with de-
tails and examples.
1. What is the subject you are writing about?
2. When did this happen?
3. Where did this happen?
4. Who was with you?
5. Describe what happened.
6. Why did this happen?
7. What lesson did you learn?
Using similar types of questions, develop para-
graphs on the following topics:- My greatest fear;
My greatest responsibilities; My greatest goal;
advice for younger pupils; An excellent teacher; A
NOTES TO TEACHERS/PARENTS:
The Graphic Stimulus Comprehension Exercise is another
way in which students writing the Secondary Entrance
Assessment (SEA) are quizzed. Information is usually
provided in several ways for students to use to answer
questions. Here are some of the different ways in which
the Graphic Comprehension may be presented in the SEA.
1. Tables: The information is presented in rows
and/or columns in a particular order. Do you re-
member your multiplication tables? Do you re-
member how the multiplication tables were
presented in a particular order from the lowest
numbers to the highest? Another popular exam-
ple is the TV guide. The TV guide is presented in
terms of a time schedule for a day from early
morning to late night as shown in the example
TV GUIDE FOR THURSDAY JUNE 19, 2014
Several observations can be made using the infor-
mation provided in the table. You can identify rela-
tionships; compare data as well as spot
differences. In the example, you can see whether at
a given time the shows aired are at the same or dif-
ferent times on two or more channels or whether a
particular programme is aired on all channels at the
same or at different times.
Consider the question: At what time did all three
channels start broadcasting?
You can easily find the answer to this question by
simply checking the time the FIRST programme
You can also make inferences and draw conclusions
from the information provided. For example, you can
infer about the contents of a particular programme.
Consider the question: On which programme
would you most likely get information about activi-
ties taking place in the United States of America
There are no programmes which say, "News from
USA" however, we know (from our past experi-
ences) that CNN broadcast news from around the
world including the USA; therefore we can infer that
we will get news about activities taking place in the
USA on CNN Live.
Consider also: Which channel most likely belongs
to the Government?
You can conclude that it is Channel 4. If you were
asked to give a reason for your answer, you can say
that Channel 4 is the only channel that airs Govern-
ment programmes; therefore, it most likely belongs
to the government.
However, you must remember that your inferences
and conclusions are based only on the information
2. A Flow Chart is a diagram showing the particular
order or sequence in which related events or ac-
tivities follow each other. Flow charts show
which activity comes FIRST in a series or in
terms of the sequence of time, that is, which pe-
riod of time comes BEFORE or AFTER. For ex-
ample, one can state the sequence by which
sugar is made as shown below:
Cultivation of sugar cane
Harvesting of sugar cane
Transportation to factory
Grinding & extraction of juices
Boiling of juices & separation of by-products
Refining of sugar
The arrows show the sequence or order of activi-
ties, which comes first and which follows.
Consider the question: What activity takes place
after the juice is extracted from the cane?
If you follow the flow of the arrows, you will observe
that the next stage after extraction is boiling and
separation of by-products.
3. Time Lines are special kinds of flowcharts which
show the order or sequence of how things hap-
pened in relation to a given time period (seconds,
minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years,
eras). An example is given below:
Time line showing the major developments in
the Government of Trinidad and Tobago from
1960 -- 1990.
Black Power Revolution
Republic Status PNM defeated for the
first time in a General
Election by the NAR
In most instances the exact dates are not given but
you can make inferences from the information given.
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