1.Write an article for publication in a national newspaper on the migration of people from the rural to the urban areas and what should be done to reduce it.
2.Write an article for publication in your school magazine on the dangers of keeping bad company in school.
3.Write an article to be published in a national newspaper on the menace of indecent dressing in the society.
4.Write an article suitable for publication in your school magazine on the effects of drug abuse.
5.Write an article to be published in a national newspaper on the high cost of living suggesting, at least, three ways in which the government of your country can tackle the problem.
6.You recently took part in an excursion to a part of the country you were visiting for the first time. Write an article for publication in your school magazine narrating your experiences.
7.Write an article suitable for publication in a national newspaper on the frequent power interruptions in your town and the attendant hardship experienced by your people.
8.Write an article for publication in a school magazine on ” the problems of indiscipline in schools”.
9.Since the introduction of video films into your country, there has been a rise in juvenile delinquency. Write an article suitable for publication in a national newspaper on the need for Government to regulate the importation of these films.
10.Write an article suitable for publication in one of your national dailies discussing the vandalization of public facilities in your country and its effects.
ARE YOU ASKING YOURSELF WHAT TO DO?
The questions above have been provided by WAEC to assist you understand the required standards expected in English Language final examination.
i. pick one of the questions…
ii. remember the notes below
HOW TO WRITE ARTICLES /NARRATIVE ESSAYS FOR WAEC/NECO ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAMS
1.Nature: Students must learn how to distinguish between an article for publication in a national daily or magazine (which calls for expository or descriptive prose) and a letter to the school editor which is like any formal letter(notes to be provided on this later)
2). Layout: It follows the standard format of an essay: with an introduction, a body and conclusion.
3). Language & Style: when asked to describe a celebration the student witnessed only once or by chance, he or she must use the past tense and not the habitual tense which should be used to describe an annual event that is usually celebrated e.g. new yam festival in a village.
1. Definition: Narrative essays can be described as short stories or reports of an event that took place be it fictional or true. The focus is on creativity and dynamics of the events from the perspective of the narrator.
2. Layout: The short story should have a title, an introduction, starting date (month or year) ,a place of event and a conclusion which emphasizes the impressions and recommendations by the narrator on how to confront or avoid re-occurrence of any particularly untold event. The name of the narrator is usually also required at the end.
3. Narrative technique: Since the narrative story is to be told from the perspective of one or more people that can range from the writer acting as a participant (first person narrative), to a farm girl who witnessed the event(third person narrative), the use of “I said” and “she said” or “he said” comes to play. Knowing when to apply the correct term depends on the perspective of the writer.
4. Language & Style:
a). Essays are usually past events so the tense of the verbs and adverbs must also be in past tense. Words are often emotion laden, so imagery should be used to give the words extended meanings. Proverbs and humor can be used for special effects. Dialogue should be used to bring the characters alive and suspense to hold the interest of the examiner or reader.
b). For reported events, this should be less emotive and more factual than a story. The writer should more objective than suggestive.
c). The narration can be divided into- the situation before the event, the actual event, causes and effects of the event, the post-event situation. Remedies can also be mentioned.
d). Stay on the main thread of the narration and don’t introduce too many irrelevancies
e). Avoid frequent use of words like “NEXT “and ”THEN”.
f). At the same time, don’t be in a hurry. If there is the need to describe the scenery please do so.
g). The student should aim at simplicity and let the story unfold itself.
h). Don’t forget the climax of the story.
i). Students using dialogue should be careful about punctuation marks.
j). A good story should have a mixture of long and short sentences as well as a variety of sentence patterns.
k). The story must be built up to point out the moral or lesson to be learnt. This must be restated in the conclusion.
iii. check past Q/A booklets for similar answers
iv. then write yours…that is, do your own work,learn from the mistakes you make along the way, and the world will be a better, brighter place for you,at least academically (WIKI).