Leanne wrote:Hello TAS
May I seek some advice from you?
My child can write well, but as he writes on, at times, he tends to forget who person A is and mixed up with B.Also, there is sequencing problem too.How can I rectify this error?I did try to ask him to jot down the main point before write on, apparently, he has his own mind set, doesnt work, he just write.Good day, he will not get lost in his own story, bad days, got penalised.
Sure, no problem. Actually, one way to address this problem is to
get him to use "I" as a main character. So if there are any other
characters, he can easily differentiate between the characters.
Usually, to keep it simple, it would be better just to have 2 main
characters ('I' and another person). When you write from your
own perspective, it is also easier to 'feel' for your character and
to describe the tension.
Looking back, I saw my younger brother running back to the
road to pick up his toy.
"Run!" I hollered with all my might as I saw the car careening
He stood still, absolutely still. Too frightened to do anything, he
stood in the middle of the road and clutched his teddy bear.
I ran pell-mell, helter skelter towards him. I had to get him off the
road. I had to. With my heart hammering away and fear gripping
my heart, I made my way to the road.
In this example, the child would not get confused between the
characters as it just involves his younger brother and himself.
However, as an extra precaution, like what Bebe has mentioned,
it is important to get your child to check his work thoroughly
so that he does not make the mistake of switching the
characters mid-way as that would mean that his mark
range for his content would go down by at least one band.
I am not sure how his teachers mark his composition. But for
PSLE, the markers mark in bands. For example, if his content
is very good and well-developed, he would be be in the top
band - (about 17-20 marks over 20 marks). However, if
he makes a major mistake like switching characters halfway,
then he would be marked down by at least one band. So he
would go to the band below the top band (about 14-16 marks)
If he makes this mistake many times, he might be marked down
further (going to the average band-12 marks over 20 marks)
The content marks are upon 20 and the language marks are
also upon 20. The problem you described your son as
having would fall under the content.