4 Lively Literary Devices to Use in Your Compositions

Today, I am as tired as a pair of worn out shoes. 

Famished, all Andy wanted to do was to stuff his face like a fat pig. 

What do you think these sentences have in common? If you correctly identified the similes, then you’re absolutely right! 

In our writing, we often have to use literary devices like similes to make our compositions more interesting. Many schools already teach them—some examples like “as happy as a lark” and face “as red as a tomato” come to mind. However, today, we’ll teach you how to come up with your own literary devices so that your compositions will stand out!

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5 Ways to Start a Primary School Composition

“What should I even type?” Ms Xie wondered. The stark whiteness of the blank page seemed to take up her entire field of vision. She was hit by writer’s block. Since her blog post was due on Monday night, she had to find a way to write something to wow her readers—and fast.

Was that introduction attention-grabbing? Wouldn’t you like to read more? Hi, I’m Ms Xie, and I’m thrilled to share with you five techniques on how to write a good introduction for your school compositions.

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3 writing skills to start nurturing from Primary 2

Hi, everyone! I hope that I have piqued your interest in my post with a word of the day. I’m Ms. Quek and this is my very first post on Lil’ but Mighty’s blog. Expect to learn a new word each time with my blog posts, as well as useful tips for English learning!  In my inaugural blog post today, I will be touching on writing at the Primary Two level. 

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20 Commonly Tested Phrasal Verbs!

Before going through these 20 phrasal verbs, let’s do a quick recap on what a phrasal verb actually is. Like I have mentioned in the earlier post, a phrasal verb is an idiomatic phrase that contains a verb (e.g. break) and another element, usually an adverb (e.g. down) or a preposition (e.g. out). Sometimes a phrasal verb can contain both an adverb and a preposition (e.g. get away with).

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I Love Reading | 3 Tips for Reluctant Readers

Hello everyone! How are you? With the closure of school to mark the end of Term 1, I hope you are all enjoying this short break! Some of you will probably relish the opportunity to wake up a little later and also have the freedom to do what you want for a week :) I usually advise my students to play hard AND also work hard during this holiday. That is because once school reopens for Term 2, it won’t be long till they will have to sit for the Semestral Examination.

Unfortunately, my advice will elicit some groans from the class as I think that’s probably the last thing students want to hear at the start of their holidays! Nonetheless, I tell them that working hard doesn’t have to be sitting down and doing assessment books. Catching up on some reading counts too!

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5 Commonly Confused Pairs (or is it Pears?)

Just the other day, I was confused by a student who wrote, “I was very boring as I sat in class.” Did the student just confess to being dull? Or did he mean that he was inattentive in the lesson because it was uninteresting? I am sure that it was the second meaning he was referring to, which points to the error of his statement, that instead of writing “I was boring”, he should have written, “I was bored”. What a world of difference this small change makes!

How is this related to the post I am writing today? Well, I am well aware that English is full of words that sound similar but are spelled differently (case in point: pairs and pears) and those that are identical in meaning so they are easy to misuse (boring vs bored). As such, I am going to share 5 pairs of words that often get many of my students tangled up in webs of confusion. Let’s take a look at them now!

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Newspaper: 4 Ways to Practise Oral

Hi, everyone! Happy Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year in advance 💛Before we begin our celebrations, let's look at how we can further tap on newspaper as a learning resource! We have previously shown you how to use newspaper articles for comprehension cloze passages. Today, we are going to share with you how you can use newspaper articles to help your child hone his or her oral skills! We will be introducing 4 different activities for parents to do with their children at home.

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3 Common Grammar Misconceptions

“Why is English so confusing?” That is definitely a comment which learners of English make now and then. The strange, occasionally inconsistent rules of English grammar may prove to be too overwhelming for students. Take for example, we know that a singular noun agrees with a singular verb and a plural noun agrees with a plural verb, but we exclude singular pronouns “I” and “You” from this grammar rule. You cannot get away with saying “You is confusing me!” unless you are Yoda. (Confusing, it is.)

I am a strong advocate of practice makes perfect for grammar. However, I am an even stronger advocate of understanding grammar before blindly practising. Today’s blogpost will highlight three common grammar misconceptions as well as clarify them so read on!

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4 Fun & Interactive Classroom Display Tools!

How does Lil’ but Mighty encourage learning English with physical space?

Apart from a solid curriculum and passionate teachers, having a condusive learning environment is just as important. At Lil’ but Mighty, we use our space to display tools that

1. help children in their learning even if they spend just 5 minutes looking at it

2. are interactive for children

3. creates a fun-loving environment for learning English

If you are an educator or even a parent who is thinking of how to make the learning space around your children interesting and meaningful, here are some ideas from us! 

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Reading | Video: A Totto-ly Delightful Read!

Imagine getting vegetables as prizes in your school Sports Day. How about having to endure a bravery test which included walking through a cemetery at night. Or how would you like going to a hot spring for a school trip? Join me as I share with you three reasons why Totto-Chan: The Little Girl At The Window is such a delightful book. 

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Continuous Writing | 4 Tips to Address the Topic

Some pupils have the misconception that to score well, it is better to use more pictures. This is not the case. Scoring well depends on how well the pupil can connect the topic to the chosen picture(s) as well as how the topic is being developed, based on the chosen picture(s). As you can see, addressing the topic is key to achieving success in your continuous writing and today, I am going to share with you 4 tips on how to do that well.

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Primary 4 marching onto Primary 5: Changes you need to know for English

The Primary Five year is in my opinion, one of the most challenging years in a child’s Primary school life. The start of the year for any Primary Five student is likely to be the start of a stressful time - intellectually, physically and emotionally. This is largely due to the fact that students will be introduced to a more challenging and demanding curriculum, with additional components, in the English language. It is thus not an understatement to say that there is a significant jump in the difficulty level of your child’s work when they start Primary Five.

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