SPM English 1119 Past Year Papers

Paper 1

Section B : Continuous Writing

[50 marks]

[Time suggested : One hour]




Write a composition of about 350 words on one of the following topics.

2019

1 If you had the chance to be someone else, who would you choose to be? Explain what would be good about being that person, and what might be difficult.

2 "Modern inventions have made our lives much too complicated. Things used to be a lot simpler in the past." How far do you agree? Explain why.

3 Write a story about two people who had an argument because one of them had lost a mobile phone. End your story with: "... and they both realised how foolish they had been."

4 Which do you think is more important, money or health? Compare the two and decide if one is more important than the other. Give your reasons.

5 Write about the day you first met your best friend. Describe where you were and how you began talking to each other. Explain how your friendship has developed since that time.

2018

1 Describe a problem you once had while you were travelling. Explain what you did to solve the problem and what you have learnt from the experience.

2 Some people complain that they have no free time. Discuss the reasons why they might say this and suggest how they could use time better.

3 Write a story about a teenager who had an unusual hobby. Explain what was unusual about the hobby and how the teenager’s friends became interested in it. Begin your story with: “Even though it was a strange hobby, everyone came to love it ...”

4 Young people should be trusted to make their own decisions. How far do you agree with this opinion? Explain why.

5 Imagine you went to a big sports event. Describe what you saw, what happened and how you felt on that day.

2017

1 If you had the opportunity to move to another part of Malaysia, where would you choose to live? Explain your choice.

2 Write a story in which you had to keep a friend’s secret. In your story, give details of the secret and explain why it was important to keep that secret.

3 The Malaysian tradition of having open houses is important and should be practised more. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your view.

4 Write a story of a small town girl who worked hard to become a successful chef. Begin your story with: “She has used the last of her savings to get to the cooking competition in the big city and ...”

5 Describe the first time you went on a camping trip. You should write about the activities at the camp and explain how you felt about the experience.


2016

1 Write a story about a time in someone’s life when music played an important role.

2 Some people believe that all students in Malaysia should learn at least three languages. What do you think?

3 There are many things to do after your SPM examination. Write about your plans for the next three months and the challenges you might face.

4 Write about your experience helping Puan Ramlah, an elderly lady who lives alone. End your story with “... I learnt a lot about myself by helping Puan Ramlah.”

5 What is the best way for teenagers to stay fit and healthy?

2015

1 Describe what makes you happy and explain why.

2 Social networking has caused a lot of problems. How far do you agree?

3 Why is having good neighbours important?

4 Write a story about someone you know who took a big risk and had a good result. Begin your story with: "Everybody said that the plan would never work. It was far too risky ..."

5 ‘Honesty is the best policy.’ Describe an experience when this was true for you.

2014

1 Describe an important family celebration and how you felt about it.

2 There is a lack of freedom given to teenagers today. Do you agree?

3 Why are animals important to human beings?

4 Write a story about a fisherman beginning with: "The wind blew strongly. Out at sea, ..."

5 ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’ Describe how a friend helped you in difficult time.

2013

1 ‘Truly Malaysian.’ Describe what this means to you.

2 Is tuition necessary? Discuss.

3 Write a story about being alone.

4 Write a story that ends with: "... and so I became a better person."

5 Reality shows

2012

1 Describe an outing with your friends.

2 Should parents give children more freedom? Discuss.

3 Saving money for the future.

4 Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period ..." (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

5 Cleanliness

2011

1 A famous person you admire.

2 Should school students have part-time jobs?

3 The best things in life are free.

4 Write a story that ends with: "... They looked at each other and smiled meaningfully." (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

5 Peace

2010

1 Describe the most popular student in your school.

2 “The Internet is mostly a good thing.” Do you agree? Support your opinion. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

3 What can we do to save the environment?

4 Write a story beginning with "It had been raining all day..."
Model Answer 2
Model Answer 3

5 Home

2009

1 Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school.
Model Answer 2
Model Answer 3


2 School children should not have long holidays. Do you agree?

3 My favourite day of the week.

4 Write a story that ends with: "... We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways."

5 Beauty

2008

1 Write about a person who has succeeded in life.

2 Examinations - good or bad? (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

3 My perfect future husband or wife

4 Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend."
Model Answer 2
Model Answer 3

5 Stars

2007

1 Describe an embarrassing experience in your life.

2 'Teenagers today are only interested in entertainment.' Do you agree?

3 My early years

4 Write a story beginning with: "Kim was nervous when the door opened...". (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

5 Tomorrow

2006

1 Describe an enjoyable weekend you have experienced. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2 Write a story ending with: "If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened." (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

3 What changes would you like to see in your life in the next ten years?

4 How can television help students in their studies?

5 Food

2005

1 Describe the biggest challenge in your life.

2 Write a story with the title: "An Unexpected Visitor".

3 How to keep oneself healthy.

4 If you were given a chance to be anybody, who would you want to be and why?

5 Music

2004

1 Describe a festival celebrated in your area.

2 Write a story ending with: '...We had never laughed so much in our lives.'

3 My ideal school

4 How can we help promote tourism in Malaysia?

5 Clothes

2003

1 A day I wished had never happened. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2 You have been given a chance to visit a country of your choice. Which country would you choose and why?

3 An invention you cannot live without

4 Write a story that ends with: "... If only I had listened to his/her advice."

5 Friends (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2002

1 Describe a favourite teacher who had a great influence on you.

2 Write a story beginning with: "Is it really you? Where have you been all these years?"

3 Good results in school do not guarantee success in the future. What is your opinion?

4 How I can help to make the world a better place to live in.

5 Colours

2001

1 How do you think the media has influenced you and your family?

2 Some people think the legal age for driving should be increased from 17 to 19. What do you think?

3 Describe how you spent a free day when the weather was very bad.

4 Large families make happy families.

5 Write a story of an old man returning to his home he left many years ago.

2000

1 My Hero

2 If you were able to choose a time in history that you could visit, which time would it be and why?

3 Life in Malaysia in the new millennium.

4 Things that I like about my life.

5 "More land should be used for agriculture than for industry." Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to support your opinion.

1999

1 My Dream Car

2 Education - what it means to me.

3 The computer - is it really an advantage?

4 The day I lost my temper

5 Memories (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)
(Although this essay with the same title is a bit long, you can get some ideas too.)


1998

1 Describe a day at school when you were very unhappy.

2 Parents do not spend enough time with children nowadays. What is your opinion?

3 Write a letter to a penfriend describing some interesting places in your village, town or home state.

4 Write a story beginning with: "I could tell by his face that he was angry...

5 Being young.

1997

1 Imagine you were moving to a new house. Describe the last day in your old house.

2 Describe the scene at a crowded bus or railway station.

3 Write a story with the following title: A Narrow Escape. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

4 Do you think games are an important part of school life?

5 Water



SPM English 1119 Past Year Paper Essay Topics - Categorised

DESCRIPTIVE

2018 - Describe a problem you once had while you were travelling. Explain what you did to solve the problem and what you have learnt from the experience.

2017 - Describe the first time you went on a camping trip. You should write about the activities at the camp and explain how you felt about the experience.


2015 - (1) Describe what makes you happy and explain why. (2) ‘Honesty is the best policy.’ Describe an experience when this was true for you.

2014 - (1) Describe an important family celebration and how you felt about it. (2) ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’ Describe how a friend helped you in difficult time.

2013 - ‘Truly Malaysian.’ Describe what this means to you.

2012 - Describe an outing with your friends.

2011 - A famous person you admire.

2010 - Describe the most popular student in your school.

2009 - Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school.
Model Answer 2
Model Answer 3


2008 - Write about a person who has succeeded in life.

2007 - Describe an embarrassing experience in your life.

2006 - Describe an enjoyable weekend you have experienced.
Model Answer 2


2005 - Describe the biggest challenge in your life.

2004 - Describe a festival celebrated in your area.

2002 - Describe a favourite teacher who had a great influence on you.

2001 - Describe how you spent a free day when the weather was very bad.

2000 - My Hero

1998 - Describe a day at school when you were very unhappy.

1997 - (1) Imagine you were moving to a new house. Describe the last day in your old house. (2) Describe the scene at a crowded bus or railway station.


ARGUMENTATIVE

2019 - (1) "Modern inventions have made our lives much too complicated. Things used to be a lot simpler in the past." How far do you agree? Explain why. (2) Which do you think is more important, money or health? Compare the two and decide if one is more important than the other. Give your reasons.

2018 - Young people should be trusted to make their own decisions. How far do you agree with this opinion? Explain why.

2017 - The Malaysian tradition of having open houses is important and should be practised more. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your view.

2016 - Some people believe that all students in Malaysia should learn at least three languages. What do you think?

2015 - Social networking has caused a lot of problems. How far do you agree?

2014 - There is a lack of freedom given to teenagers today. Do you agree?

2013 - Is tuition necessary? Discuss.

2012 - Should parents give children more freedom? Discuss.

2011 - Should school students have part-time jobs?

2010 - “The Internet is mostly a good thing.” Do you agree? Support your opinion. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2009 - Is tuition necessary? Discuss.

2008 - Examinations - good or bad? (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2007 - 'Teenagers today are only interested in entertainment.' Do you agree?

2002 - Good results in school do not guarantee success in the future. What is your opinion?

2001 - Some people think the legal age for driving should be increased from 17 to 19. What do you think?

2000 - "More land should be used for agriculture than for industry." Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to support your opinion.

1999 - The computer - is it really an advantage?

1998 - Parents do not spend enough time with children nowadays. What is your opinion?

1997 - Do you think games are an important part of school life?


FACTUAL / EXPOSITORY

2018 - Some people complain that they have no free time. Discuss the reasons why they might say this and suggest how they could use time better.

2016 - What is the best way for teenagers to stay fit and healthy?

2015 - Why is having good neighbours important?

2014 - Why are animals important to human beings?

2013 - Reality shows

2012 - Saving money for the future.

2010 - What can we do to save the environment?

2009 - My favourite day of the week.

2007 - My early years

2006 - How can television help students in their studies?

2005 - How to keep oneself healthy.

2004 - How can we help promote tourism in Malaysia?

2003 - An invention you cannot live without.

2002 - How I can help to make the world a better place to live in.

2001 - (1) How do you think the media has influenced you and your family? (2) Large families make happy families.

2000 - (1) Life in Malaysia in the new millennium. (2) Things that I like about my life.

1999 - Education - what it means to me.

1997 - Being young.


NARRATIVE

2019 - (1) Write a story about two people who had an argument because one of them had lost a mobile phone. End your story with: "... and they both realised how foolish they had been." (2) Write about the day you first met your best friend. Describe where you were and how you began talking to each other. Explain how your friendship has developed since that time.

2018 - Write a story about a teenager who had an unusual hobby. Explain what was unusual about the hobby and how the teenager’s friends became interested in it. Begin your story with: “Even though it was a strange hobby, everyone came to love it ...”

2017 - (1) Write a story in which you had to keep a friend’s secret. In your story, give details of the secret and explain why it was important to keep that secret. (2) Write a story of a small town girl who worked hard to become a successful chef. Begin your story with: “She has used the last of her savings to get to the cooking competition in the big city and ...”

2016 - (1) Write a story about a time in someone’s life when music played an important role. (2) Write about your experience helping Puan Ramlah, an elderly lady who lives alone. End your story with “... I learnt a lot about myself by helping Puan Ramlah.”

2015 - Write a story about someone you know who took a big risk and had a good result. Begin your story with: "Everybody said that the plan would never work. It was far too risky ..."

2014 - Write a story about a fisherman beginning with: "The wind blew strongly. Out at sea, ..."

2013 - (1) Write a story about being alone. (2) Write a story that ends with: "... and so I became a better person."

2012 - Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period ..." (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2011 - Write a story that ends with: "... They looked at each other and smiled meaningfully." (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2010 - Write a story beginning with "It had been raining all day...".
Model Answer 2
Model Answer 3

2009 - Write a story that ends with: "... We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways."

2008 - Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend."
Model Answer 2
Model Answer 3

2007 - Write a story beginning with: "Kim was nervous when the door opened...". (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2006 - Write a story ending with: "If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened." (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2005 - Write a story with the title: "An Unexpected Visitor".

2004 - Write a story ending with: '...We had never laughed so much in our lives.'

2003 - (1) Write a story that ends with: "... If only I had listened to his/her advice." (2) A day I wished had never happened. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2002 - Write a story beginning with: "Is it really you? Where have you been all these years?"

2001 - Write a story of an old man returning to his home he left many years ago.

1999 - The day I lost my temper

1998 - Write a story beginning with: "I could tell by his face that he was angry...

1997 - Write a story with the following title: A Narrow Escape. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)


ONE WORD / OPEN ESSAYS

2012 - Cleanliness

2011 - (1) Peace (2) The best things in life are free. (A reflective essay)

2010 - Home

2009 - Beauty

2008 - Stars

2007 - Tomorrow

2006 - Food

2005 - Music

2004 - Clothes

2003 - Friends (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)

2002 - Colours

1999 - Memories (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)
(Although this essay with the same title is a bit long, you can get some ideas too.)


1997 - Water


IMAGINATIVE / REFLECTIVE

2019 - If you had the chance to be someone else, who would you choose to be? Explain what would be good about being that person, and what might be difficult.

2018 - Imagine you went to a big sports event. Describe what you saw, what happened and how you felt on that day.

2017 - If you had the opportunity to move to another part of Malaysia, where would you choose to live? Explain your choice.

2016 - There are many things to do after your SPM examination. Write about your plans for the next three months and the challenges you might face.

2008 - My perfect future husband or wife

2006 - What changes would you like to see in your life in the next ten years?

2005 - If you were given a chance to be anybody, who would you want to be and why?

2004 - My ideal school

2003 - You have been given a chance to visit a country of your choice. Which country would you choose and why?

2000 - If you were able to choose a time in history that you could visit, which time would it be and why?

1999 - My Dream Car


LETTER WRITING

1998 - Write a letter to a penfriend describing some interesting places in your village, town or home state.


*Note: For the new SPM examination format, letter writing is not included in Section B (the Continuous Writing Section). It belongs to Section A (the Directed Writing Section) instead.


SPM English 1119 past year paper essay topics listed in a table