Todd’s Challenge: Composition Writing

Hello, Hello! Are you ready for a fresh new Todd Challenge? I have, for the first time, created a blog having to do with Composition Writing. The key to good composition writing begins with the organization process. So, take a look at this composition topic and follow the Guide to Good Composition Writing that I have created just for IRBr candidates like yourself. Let’s see if your organizational process is up to par. Good luck!

Guide to Good Composition Writing

In the past, one reason why IRBr candidates failed the Composition Writing exercise of the 3rd Phase English section was because people simply did not pay close attention to good grammar skills. Up to 2016, if a candidate had 20 or more grammatical errors, he/she was automatically awarded a zero on the composition, practically killing any hope of passing the exam. This is no longer the case.

As of 2017, the scoring logic has been slightly modified. The text must be between 400-450 words in length. The total score is still 50 points, but it is now divided into 25 points for grammar & vocabulary and 25 points for content (there is no longer a vocabulary score per se). The content score is further broken down into three parts:

  • 10 points for coherence (flow and link between ideas);
  • 10 points for content (examples to support the ideas);
  • 5 points for analysis and reflection (introductory thesis statement and outlook on the issue).

In this sense, when organizing and writing a composition text, you should follow a basic framework of:

  • Introduction
  • 2-3 supporting paragraphs
  • Conclusion

Blog Exercise: Keeping the above philosophy in mind, try to organize the main points of the composition topic in an outline form, following the 08 (eight) steps to composition writing as presented below.

Composition Topic

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Command:

Analyze the above quote with regards to the impacts of worldwide migration upon the present-day principle of a global society. Illustrate your argument with appropriate examples.

Now, to achieve this seemingly daunting task, simply follow these 8 easy steps:

Composition: Eight easy steps to good formatting in IRBr Composition Writing.

  1. Read and circle all the key words in the quote(s) that appear to be relevant to you.
  2. Read the composition’s command and determine what should be the main focus of the composition.
  3. Connect the key word(s) from the quote to the key idea(s) from the command.
  4. Considering the command’s main focus and any key elements from the quote. Write down the key elements from the first three steps in the box below. These will be the information needed to formulate your introduction.
QUOTE/COMMAND ANALYSIS AND YOUR THESIS
 

 

  1. Considering what you wrote in the sentence above, choose 2 main sub-themes that you feel could effectively treat this topic.

Theme 1:

Theme 2:

  1. Now, back these sub-themes up with ONE solid example for EACH theme.

Theme 1 – Example:

Theme 2 – Example: 

  • Note: The supporting paragraphs should follow a “theme – example – theme” ordering.
  • Do not end supporting paragraphs with examples, bring the idea back to the overall thesis statement.
  1. Conclusion:

Reaffirmation: Reread your text and determine what conclusion you would draw from all the information that you have presented.

Outlook: Make a future prediction on the issue.

  1. Final Revision: Reread your entire text, checking for any and all grammar and vocabulary mistakes to try to maximize your score.
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