To paraphrase a passage from the ancient Hebrew Book of Ecclesiastes:
The author, AdvancedAcademia, talked about the topics that are acceptable in the PSLE as well as those that are taboo. Those who want to read the original post, please click here.
I would summarise his or her? Firstly he categorised the taboo topics into four broad categories: Crimes such as mass murder, terrorism, kidnapping, white collar-crime and identity theft are not encouraged because the pupils are too young and do not have the necessary knowledge to write a convincing story.
But others like robbery, snatch-theft, vandalism and the occasional murder are okay. Sometimes, it depends on whether the topic has been taught in school.
But I did topics such as kidnapping and terrorism with the pupils and they were mostly able to handle it. The key is that the pupil must have done the topic before and is familiar with the chain of events that could unfold in such cases, and also the vocabulary associated with such incidents.
Fantasy is completely out. Talking animals, witches flying on brooms ironic considering that JK Rowling made a huge fortune writing about thisfairies and elves are out.
Any appearance of these in the story will result in a failing or near-failing mark. Horror is generally also not advised.
An effective horror story is one that sends chills down your spine. Such stories tend to degenerate into victims running around screaming for no good reason and caricatures of horror figures.
That said, I have also personally seen a PSLE script that was almost awarded full marks despite the fact that it was a horror story. And it got the marks it did because it spooked the examiner!
However, that is more the exception than the rule, so pupils are generally advised to give horror stories a wide berth.
Another way to end a horror story is to have the narrator be confronted by irrefutable evidence that he was indeed haunted, but this approach is riskier in the PSLE, because you actually end at the climax, and more conservative teachers would not accept such an unorthodox story structure.
That means no racial stereotype. Same goes for religion. Also don't criticise any race or religion. But if you do not make judgments about race or religion, and use the tension between races or religion as a trigger for conflict between characters, then it should be okay.
This is new to me. These topics would be great fodder for stories with emotional growth. You could for example have a story about a girl growing up with certain stereotypes but through an incident learnt that her mental pictures were false.
Such stories, if handled properly, would be able to score well for content because they are really rare. From experience, I would say that above average pupils would be able to handle such topics.
Even for pupils who are not so academically inclined, such topics tend to stretch their critical thinking and would be more likely to trigger their interest than yet another birthday story.
Writing as an artistic endeavour embraces such stories; they reflect reality. But in the PSLE, it is generally frowned upon because of the fear that such stories would carry the wrong lessons.From Unit 1, they dished out helpful tips on how students can analysis pictures since they will first be tackling picture composition.
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