The Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Paper 2 is title Directed Writing and Composition. Section A tests both reading and writing skills. You can check out our previous post on genres to learn more about that. Section B, though, tests only the student’s writing skills.
Section B of Paper 2 gives the student four options to choose from: two descriptive prompts and two narrative prompts. Our last post covered descriptive writing. This post will give some suggestions for succeeding in the narrative writing.
Below are sample narrative prompts:
- Write a story that ends with the phrase ‘he couldn’t believe his eyes’.
Write a story where one of the characters becomes ill.
- Write a story that involves solving a problem.
- Write a story which includes the words, ‘… this could not be the present …’.
- Write a story with the title, ‘Visitors’.
- Write a story which involves a mistake in the sending or receiving of a message.
24 marks are given for style and accuracy: The plot is well-defined and strongly developed with features of fiction writing such as description characterization and effective climax and convincing details.
16 marks are given for content and structure: Many well-defined and developed ideas and images create a convincing overall picture with varieties of focus.
Tips for the Narrative
- Write from personal experience, and make it interesting.
- Makes it credible and engaging
- Avoid zombies, aliens, and monsters
- Make it believable
- Time and length are short
- Structure and organize
- Develop a plot: Beginning, middle, end
- Allow to time to edit
- Have a realistic but interesting ending–don’t just start strong
- Use narrative features
- Setting (imagery, sensory details)
- Characterization (2-3, and believable)
- Conflict (main issue)
- Dialogue (not too much)
- Style and Accuracy
- Punctuation and grammar
- Tense consistency
- Vocabulary and Sentence Structure
- Appropriate vocabulary
- Varied sentence structure (see next slide from descriptive writing)