One of the main reasons to why many students do not excel in their composition is because they do not analyse the composition question thoroughly enough. Composition questions are designed with specific elements to help students address the topic given effectively and prevent any unnecessary loss of marks. Here are the three key features which students msut not miss out on, if they wish to score well in their compositions.
1. The Topic
The topic is given at the top of the question. It usually sums up the central theme which needs addressed in the composition. The topic is usually a phrase which encapsulates the experience of the main character of the plot of the composition. This is the key feature which must be adhered to throughout the composition especially at core of the plot and revisited at the end at the conclusion to ensure the plot does not go out of point. Moreover, when the topic is revisited at the end of the plot, it is also essential that the topic is linked to a moral value like kindness or determination which helps to complete the composition and bring it to a proper closure. Failure to keep close to the topic given and not linking it to any related moral values usually results in the composition being labelled as written out of point. This usually results in a failing grade.
2. The Pictures
The pictures given in the question serve as ideas to help in planning the plot for the composition. They provide ideas for characters, situations in the plot and even for objects which can be central to the plot. In addition to this, it is important to note that it is a compulsory condition to use at least one of the pictures given in an evident way in the plot. If one is unable to see the deliberate usage of the pictures in the composition, the composition will be graded with a significant deduction of marks in the content section. This will have a very adverse effect on the total grade of the composition. As such, students should never forget to use the pictures given in their plot and connect them to the guiding questions making them more relevant to the topic in the plot.
3. The Guiding Questions
The composition question usually comes with 2 or 3 guiding questions. These guiding questions will mention what the characters in the plot have to achieve or complete. They also serve as a reminders to ensure that the main elements which will support in the topic being addressed completely in the composition itself. You may use them as pointers when planning the plot or also use them as a checklist to ensure they have been covered in the plot once you have completed your composition.
These features may appear simple and straightforward, but can cause fatal loss of marks if overlooked. Be sure to keep an eye out for them, when you write compositions in future!