SituationalWriting 3thingstocheckforaccuracy

Accuracy in Situational Writing: Check for These 3 Things!

Situational Writing: Check for Accuracy in These 3 Things!

The SA1 examinations are upon us and many students are revising fervently for their papers. Paper 1 tends to be a cause of anxiety for students and parents. Continuous writing may be of a greater concern as it has a higher weightage of marks. However, one should not neglect the situational writing section and end up being careless when tackling it.

Frequently, students underestimate the need for accuracy in situational writing.

This oversight may cost them dearly in terms of marks. Today, I will be sharing 3 little details that will affect the accuracy in situational writing.

1. Retain the purpose statement as stated in the task box

Every situational writing piece has a purpose and it should be stated in the opening paragraph of the letter or email.

The purpose will be stated in the task box given on the second page of the question paper. Students should go to the task box and look for a line like this:

Accuracy in Situational Writing

Accuracy in Situational Writing

The purpose will always be found in the line that mentions:

 “Write an email / letter / report / note to [the audience] to [purpose]”.

Do not change the purpose by changing the verb. Instead of using “I am writing to invite you to…”, some children tend to replace the purpose word and change the meaning. “I am writing to tell/inform you about…” is different from inviting the speaker. Stick close to the given word to indicate the purpose accurately!

2. Retain details from the poster

A. Details of people, places, things and actions

B. Uppercase and lowercase usage

Situational writing aims to teach students to communicate information in various contexts and situations. Hence, the accuracy of such information is of utmost importance. Imagine if we were to write an authentic email to invite a guest speaker: if we gave him the wrong date or time, would he turn up for the event at the right time?

Hence, students should refer closely to the poster whenever they are answering a particular content point and include all details that answer it. Do not memorise details; do not paraphrase the details and make them inaccurate. 

For instance:

Accuracy in Situational Writing

Students should write “international art competition” instead of “art competition” or “national art competition”. Details of people, places, things and actions provided by the poster should be included completely and accurately.

In terms of information, students should be aware that even the littlest error can be penalised. One particular detail is the usage of uppercase and lowercase letters. Oftentimes, letters and emails require students to include names of places or things. For instance:

Accuracy in Situational Writing

In an email that requires students to use the names of the dishes above, they should take note to retain the uppercase letters of the dishes’ names instead of changing them to lowercase as the above words are proper nouns.

3. Comma usage for day, date and time

Commas are used to create organisation. In SW, students usually need to include the day and date of an event. Frequently, the timing is also provided. How do we place the commas accurately?

a) Day, date

A comma is required between the day and the date.

Day, date 

If you are writing the day and date as part of a sentence starter, another comma is needed after the date (see comma in blue above).

Day, date 

b) Day, date, time 

When including the day, date and time of an event, a comma is needed to separate each of these details:

b) Day, date, time 

Again, if the time details are written in a sentence starter, another comma is needed after the time (see comma in blue above).

b) Day, date, time 

SW is meant to teach students how to write an authentic piece of communication. Hence, one needs to understand that communication needs to be accurate and clear. All the best for your paper 1!


Un-Pac The Situation

Features of the Course:

1. Video Lessons

2. Model Practices + 8 Targeted Practices covering various purposes and contexts

3. Annotated Model Answers for each practice

4. Notes to recapitulate video content

Group 48 2 1
Ms. Quek

Ms. Quek is an English Teacher at Lil’ but Mighty. She is dedicated to helping her students do well in the language through a focus on the learning process. As an educator, she believes in creating a nurturing and stimulating environment for students to learn.

Have something to share? Drop us a comment below!

Leave a Reply


Other related posts

Creative Writing | 3 Easy Steps to Write Your Own Haiku!
Verbs: More than Just Action Words! | Part 3: Changes in Verb Forms
Ketchup on English! – is, are, was and were!
Audience In Visual Text | Visual Text Comprehension
Exploring Points of View (POV) in Composition Writing
Metaphors For? | Part II – Implied Metaphors
10 Beautiful Vivid Verbs to Boost Your Writing and Oral! | Primary School English
Metaphors For? | Part I – An Introduction to Metaphors
3 Family-Friendly Shows on Netflix (Educational & Entertaining)!
Verbs: More than Just Action Words! | Part 2: Tenses
2021 Father’s Day Contest Winners
Verbs: More than Just Action Words! | Part 1: Subject-Verb Agreement
10 Beautiful Words You Can Use in Narrative / Descriptive Writing | Secondary School
Ways To Create A Well-Rounded Character | Creative Writing
Understanding Purpose-Related Questions in Visual Text Comprehension
How Playing Video Games Can Improve Our English (With Practical Tips for Parents!)
Primary School Composition | Onomatopoeia – What’s That?
2021 Mother’s Day Contest Winners + Our Founder’s Journey (Mother’s Day Special)!
Composition Revision: Using Your 5 Senses in Your Writing
How to Create A Dynamic Piece of Writing Using Idioms
Ketchup on English! – Subject-Verb Agreement
Punctuation Marks: Colon Vs. Semicolon
4 steps to Create Suspense
That Simile Though 2 | Using Stronger Similes
Understanding the PSLE Oral 2025 Changes to Stimulus-Based Conversation (SBC): What You Need to Know
PSLE ORAL | Compiled Prelim 2021 Oral Topics + Questions!
If you’re looking at getting recent PSLE Prelim Oral topics and practice questions, this will be an excellent resource for you!
5 Steps to Convert a Newspaper Article into a Cloze Passage
I would like to share with you 5 steps on how authentic articles can be transformed into cloze passages easily. Read on here!
PSLE English | Oral Conversation: Free SG50 Sample Practice + Model Answers
In this blogpost we will be touching on the oral stimulus-based conversation topic of National Day and SG50! Read on here!
PSLE English | Oral Conversation: Filling your Story with Details Easily + Free Revision Cards
By simply using the 5W1H, your children will be able to lengthen their stories (hence, the conversation!). Read on here!
PSLE English | Situational Writing: Q&A + Formal vs Informal Writing Comparison Chart
To aid you in your situational writing revision, here is a comparison chart that shows the differences between formal and informal writing!
PSLE English Tips | Oral: Stimulus-Based Conversation Checklist
To help my children handle the Stimulus-Based Conversation examination, here are some instructions again about using the checklist!
A Little Encouragement | DIY Motivational Bookmark (Easy to personalise too!)
A bookmark with a quote to motivate is also a chance for them to see the power of words and how words can mean more than what they seem.
Situational Writing: Step-by-Step Guide + Free Revision Card
I believe a walkthrough on the process of doing situational writing is in order. Here are the requirements for content and language!
I Love Reading | 5 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers
One of the most important ingredients necessary for a child or anyone learning English is the habit of reading. Get motivated to read now!
PSLE English | Printable Ultimate Grammar & Synthesis Summary
Today, we are sharing two lists of essentials in our Ultimate Grammar and Synthesis Summary Printable. Download them free here!
How Well Do You Know Your Past Participles?
While we are familiar with the past, present and future tenses, the little less known but equally important tense is the past participles.
Primary Composition Writing | Starting Sentences with Introductory Clauses
Today, we'll be revising the use of sentence starters to help you create variety in your sentence structures. Read on here!
The Sentence Train | Lower Primary English
Today, we are going to learn what makes up a sentence. It will come in handy when you do the word order activity in school! Read on here!
PSLE English Tips | Oral: Reading Checklist
This Oral Reading Checklist can be used by children when they practise reading on their own. Download it now!
Language of COVID | 10 Words Added to the Dictionary
Using Personification to Show, Not Tell!
Expressing Character Feelings Too! | Using Show-Not-Tell (Part 2)
How to Choose a Book to Read: 8 Ways
How to Dress Up A Boring Paragraph | Creative Writing
Ketchup on English! – Halloween Special: Prepositions of Time!
Ketchup on English! – Verbs Are Not Just Action Words!
Expressing Character Feelings | Using Show-Not-Tell
Which Picture Should I Use? | Choosing the Best Picture to Use for Composition!
Oral: Reading Passage | Long Vowels – Have You Been Reading Your Vowels Correctly?

Like what you are reading?

Subscribe now to receive news and tips hot off the press!

shape icon 06
shape icon 05