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SECTION 1: LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT - UNIT 1 : Education and Humanity

 Narrative Essay

When writing a narrative essay, one might think of it as telling a story. These essays are often anecdotal (a short, interesting, or amusing account of a real incident - especially a biographical one), experiential, and personal—allowing students to express themselves in creative and, quite often, moving ways. In a narrative essay, you tell a story, often about a personal experience, but you also make a point. So, the purpose is not only to tell an entertaining tale but also to expound (add detail) on the importance of the experience. 


A personal narrative essay is about a personal experience, so you should write it in the first person. A personal narrative is a story about yourself, and great personal narrative essay topics include experiences you’ve had, people you know, your reactions to books or other writing, and many other options. 

Knowing how to write a personal narrative essay starts with finding a great topic. You need a topic you really want to write about. 

  • Think about events in your life that make a great story. What stories do you have about your life that always make people laugh or keep them entertained?
  • Consider when you learned something from an event that happened to you. This kind of learning experience makes a great personal narrative essay.
  • Think about special experiences you shared with a friend or relative and how those experiences changed your relationship with that person.

Malala Yousafzai’s Speech at the Youth Takeover of the United Nations

On 12 July 2013, the first-ever Youth Takeover of the UN took place, organized by the President of the UN General Assembly, UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, and A World at School, an initiative from Theirworld.

A World at School and partners brought together hundreds of young education advocates from around the world, including Malala Yousafzai, who made her first public speech since being attacked by the Taliban in Pakistan. 

In her first speech since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her for advocating education for girls, Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday by making an appeal for compulsory free schooling for all children. 

Ways with Words

  1. Find the words from the text which mean the following.
    1. envoy
    2. dignity
    3. revenge
    4. extremist
    5. compassion
    6. prophet
    7. philosophy
    8. violence
    9. prejudice
  2. Match the words on the left with their opposite meaning on the right.
    1. disgrace
    2. guilty
    3. kindness
    4. punishment
    5. literacy

  1. Study the dictionary entry above and answer these questions.
    1. The headword in the first entry is humanity.
    2. There are four meanings of the word humanity.
    3. UUncountable, OPPOpposite, plPlural, sthSomething
    4. The British spelling is Humanise.
    5. The word humanize is pronounced as hyoo-mu-nIz.
  2. Arrange the following words in Alphabetical Order.
    1. advance analysis amuse assure allergy attain aid anxiety acute agreement
      1. acute
      2. advance
      3. agreement
      4. aid
      5. allergy
      6. amuse
      7. analysis
      8. anxiety
      9. assure
      10. attain
    2. smoke small smart speaking smelling smoothy smuggler smashed smearing smallpox
      1. small
      2. smallpox
      3. smart
      4. smashed
      5. smearing 
      6. smelling
      7. smoke
      8. smoothly
      9. smuggler 
      10. speaking 
    3. terminal terminate terminology termite terms terrace terrible terribly territory terror 
      1. terminal
      2. terminate
      3. terminology
      4. termite
      5. terms
      6. terrace
      7. terrible 
      8. terribly
      9. territory 
      10. terror 

     B. Classify the underlined words into different word classes. (p.10)

Parts of Speech

In English, the main parts of speech are noun, pronoun, adjective, determiner, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection (used as an exclamation to express sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension). 

ah! alas! Congrats!, Bless you!

Relative Pronoun (5w’s 1h)

who, what, when, where, why, how

Who was involved?

What happened?

When did it happen?

Where did it happen?

Why did it happen?

How did it happen?

  1. The man who is wearing glasses is my uncle’s friend.
    who - relative pronoun
    wearing - verb
    my - pronoun / possessive 
  2. I bought a round table in the supermarket.
    round - adjective
    the - determiner 
  3. Alas, she is dead.
    alas - interjection
    is - verb
  4. Hari works very hard all the time but his wife is very lazy.
    hard - adjective
    but - conjunction
    wife - noun
    very - adjective
  5. I have never been to Japan.
    never - adverb
    to - preposition 


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