Sunday, October 12, 2008

Creative writing portfolio

Under the GEP, the kids have to compile a Creative Writing portfolio, representing some of their written work throughout the year. The portfolio is put in a clear folder and the kids have to design a nice cover with dividers and file their work which includes essays, poems and limericks. For each piece of work they include, they have to write a one-page reflection on what they had learnt or why they chose the topic.

This portfolio can eventually be used for Direct School Admission (DSA). Some of the writing assignments are quite interesting. There was one where they had to write from the point of view of a cockroach at a hawker centre.

Here's one of Lesley-Anne's poems she included in her portfolio for this year:


At the back of the folder, they have to include acknowledgements. And here's what Lesley-Anne wrote:


She acknowledged me! Yay!! See, I'm not such a hands off mum lah... I told her that was the best part of her portfolio and she rolled her eyes. Am I an egoist or what?

8 comments:

Lilian said...

Well done mummy! So gratifying when they appreciate your effort. So, what are the tips on writing better compositions :)

monlim said...

Buy a book on compositions and make 'em read it, haha!

No lah, I gave her a list of alternative phrases, eg. instead of "said", you can use "retorted", "expounded", "protested" etc. It's not that the kids don't know these words, but when they're writing, they don't immediately come to mind, so it's just putting them in their consciousness. And other nice phrases. That's about it, no magic formula. Not that your kids need one anyway! They're so adept in writing.

Alcovelet said...

Wow! That's such a nice compliment from your own kid. 7th heaven, eh??

monlim said...

Yah lor, considering her teacher "forced" all the kids to acknowledge her!! At least mine was unsolicited :P

Alcovelet said...

Hahaha! Think she's planning to show up as the reason why so many of the kids get in through the DSA ;)

bACk in GERMANY said...

Oh... that's why you came in only second.
But sometimes, the more important people are also mentioned last....

Good work Mommy Monica! And like you, I'd read the acknowledgement page, again and again! You're not an egoist. You feel appreciated and loved! Make sure you whip this out again when L-A publishes her first book ;)

eunice said...

Very clever poem. I like it. At least your efforts are appreciated!! Writing must run in Lesley-Anne's genes.

monlim said...

Thank you all! Yes, nice to be appreciated... Cindy, you're right, I shd keep this for when (if) she gets famous!

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