SPM English 1119 Past Year Papers

Paper 1

Section B : Continuous Writing

[50 marks]

[Time suggested : One hour]

Write a composition of about 350 words on one of the following topics.

Year Descriptive Argumentative Factual Narrative One Word Imaginative Letter
2012 Describe an outing with your friends. Should parents give children more freedom? Discuss. Saving money for the future. Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period ..." Cleanliness    
2011 A famous person you admire. Should school students have part time jobs? Discuss. The best things in life are free. Write a story that ends with: "...they looked at each other and smiled meaningfully." Peace    
2010 Describe the most popular student in yourschool. "The internet is mostly agood thing." Do you agree? Support youropinion. What can we do to save the environment? Write a story beginning with "It had been raining all day...". (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2) Home    
2009 Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school. School children should not have long holidays. Do you agree? My favourite day of the week. Write a story that ends with: "... We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways." Beauty    
2008 Write about a person who has succeeded in life. Examinations - good or bad?   Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend." Stars My perfect future husband or wife  
2007 Describe an embarrassing experience in your life. 'Teenagers today are only interested in entertainment.' Do you agree? Support your opinion. My early years. Write a story beginning with: "Kim was nervous when the door opened...". Tomorrow    
2006 Describe an enjoyable weekend you have experienced.   How can television help students in their studies? Write a story ending with: "If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened." Food What changes would you like to see in your life in the next ten years?  
2005 Describe the biggest challenge in your life.   How to keep oneself healthy. Write a story with the title: "An Unexpected Visitor". Music If you were given a chance to be anybody, who would you want to be and why?  
2004 Describe a festival celebrated in your area.   How can we help promote tourism in Malaysia? Write a story ending with: "... We had never laughed so much in our lives." Clothes My ideal school  
2003   Data 3 An invention you cannot live without. (1) Write a story that ends with: "... If only I had listened to his/her advice." (2) A day I wished had never happened. Friends You have been given a chance to visit a country of your choice. Which country would you choose and why?  
2002 Describe a favourite teacher who had a great influence on you. Good results in school do not guarantee success in the future. What is your opinion? How I can help to make the world a better place to live in. Write a story beginning with: "Is it really you? Where have you been all these years?" Colours    
2001 Describe how you spend a free day when the weather was very bad. Good results in school do not guarantee success in the future. What is your opinion? (1) How do you think the media has influenced you and your family? (2) Large families make happy families. Write a story of an old man returning to his home he left many years ago.      
2000 My Hero "More land should be used for agriculture than for industry." Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to support your opinion. (1) Life in Malaysia in the new millennium. (2) Things that I like about my life.     If you were able to choose a time in history that you could visit, which time would it be and why?  
1999   The computer - is it really an advantage? Education - what it means to me. The day I lost my temper. Memories (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2) My Dream Car  
1998 Describe a day at school when you were very unhappy. Parents do not spend enough time with children nowadays. What is your opinion?   Write a story beginning: "I could tell by his face that he was angry ..."     Write a letter to a penfriend describing some interesting places in your village, town or home state.
1997 (1) Imagine your were moving to a new house. Describe the last day in your old house. (2) Describe the scene at a crowded bus or railway station. Do you think games are an important part of school life? Being young. Write a story with the following title: A Narrow Escape. Water    

*Note: For the new SPM examination format, letter writing is not included in Section B (the Continuous Writing Section). It belongs to Section A (the Directed Writing Section) instead.

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