CXC English A exam: Past paper type summary writing question 14

Here is a CXC past paper type summary writing question.

This is the type of question that appears in Section one of the CXC CSEC English A exam

Section ONE

(Suggested time: 35 minutes)

You MUST answer the question in this section

1. Read carefully the following extract and then write a summary of it for your school magazine setting out how children should be kept healthy throughout the school year.
Your summary must be no longer than 100 words.

Your summary must be in continuous prose and in paragraph form. Only the first 100 words of your answer will be read and assessed.

An important part of the back to school experience is the visit to the doctor and the dentist. It is important that your child gets a clean bill of health
before he or she goes back to school.

It is now mandatory in most schools for your child to have a health check-up, but this is just at the beginning of the school term. As parents,
there are ways to ensure that your child is not only healthy at the beginning of the term, but throughout the school year.

The very first thing is that your child should be fully immunized before returning to school.
Remember that immunization provides protection against extremely contagious diseases, such as measles, mumps and rubella.
Even though these diseases are becoming increasingly uncommon, outbreaks still do occur. Measles, for instance, is still a big killer among children.
A child with measles, if (s)he survives, may be deaf or blind. A child with rubella may also end up suffering from viral meningitis. While the occurrences
are still low, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Another thing you want to teach your children is proper hygiene. Proper hygiene cannot be stressed enough as this, more often than not,
is the source of most illnesses. Take extra care among your preschoolers, as they are oftern the most susceptible to picking up germs from playmates
on the playground.

Another preventative measure is informing your child's teacher of allergies (food and otherwise) that your child may suffer from.

Last but by no means least, never send your child to school when (s)he shows symptoms of infectious illnesses, such as the flu and chicken pox.
Irrespective of how well the child looks or how much better (s)he is feeling, never return her/him to school until your doctor advises you to do so.

Adapted from "Your Child's Health"
The Gleaner July 28, 2005

(25 marks)

Another summary writing question please.


Archie 22 January 2009 - 10:36pm

Wow Kathy, you have been hard at work! This is a lot of new stuff that you have added. You can bet I will be using them. Thanks!

tara (not verified) 29 April 2009 - 12:38pm

when they say continuous writing what do they mean,is it writing in past are present continuouse tense.

admin 29 April 2009 - 1:12pm

In reply to by tara (not verified)

Hi, no by continuous writing they mean you should write in paragraph form; as you would if you were writing a story. It means do not use bullet points,do not write in short note form or anything like that, just write as though it was a news article or something.

You should check our CXC exam prep wiki and caribexams library for some stuff we have on summary writing.

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