Thursday, 23 September 2010

Literature Component: Form 5 novels 2011

The book loan scheme teacher informed me today that the school has received the Form 5 novel for 2011. I assume Johor will be doing "The Curse" as this was the title she mentioned today.  Since your schools have also probably received the books, it's not a secret anymore. So here are the novels:

(Pahang,Terengganu, Johor,Sabah,Sarawak and Labuan)

(Selangor,Kuala Lumpur,Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan and Malacca)
(Perlis,Kelantan,Kedah, Penang and Perak)

Happy browsing!

31 comments:

  1. I find books for Literature components (form 1 to form 5) have been poorly selected. The Pearls, for instance, is a very good book but it is hardly read by teachers in several schools I know in this rural area. Teachers resorted to giving simplified versions and aynopsis defeating the inteded purpose. I cannot help feeling many teachers themselves are unable to understand it! Over the years I had groups of pupils coming for help.

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  2. salam pakcik,
    when we first started the literature component, i think everyone got too excited so they chose classics or texts u can call the 'canon' of literature- considered the most important of a particular time period or place or simply because they are authorised work. i think we forgot that we are not dealing with literature the big L but 'literature component' to encourage reading and improve language. however, you will find that the new list for 2010 will be much lighter and manageable. a welcome change :)

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  3. I agree with Al-Manar. For the 5 years that I have taught form 5 English, my students in Penang really enjoyed THE PEARL. The reason, it has a lot of moral values and easy to understand. I did a close reading with them, page by page, chapter by chapter. Not many English teachers are doing that, especially those not majoring in English. They only use the synopsis books. Yes, I agree that the texts chosen must be lighter, but also easy to understand and deals with every day issues. The truth is, studying literature makes my students becoming more matured in handling their every day issues. Thank you.

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  4. I have read Catch Us If You Can and it is a delightful book, full of humour but dealing with relationships and other issues in life....am glad that Perak will be doing this book....looking forward to this...

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  5. hi furz,
    thanks for visiting. yes i agree it has many moral values. am glad ur students are benefiting from it :)

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  6. dear jenny,
    how r u? perak is lucky!! johor is getting step by wicked step and it's pretty depressing!! am writing a book on it now and trying to make it a 'happy' one :)

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  7. I am an English teacher in a private school in Selangor. Any idea which novel is for the Central Zone?

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  8. dear anonymous,
    a fren in Perak told me her state is doing 'Catch us if U can'. if selangor is in the same zone , then u will be doing this text. if not, it has to be the other one then. good luck!

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  9. salam to the author of this blog. i want to ask you a few question.i cant find the synopsis of the literature CATCH US IF YOU CAN.do you know any site that i can search the details about that literature?i need to know about the setting of the story,the character,and the synopsis's 23 chpters.can you help me?i hope you can.thank u.

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  10. salam nasem,
    sorry i can't help you because there are none at the moment. i guess you have to read it and find out for yourself.

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  12. The CURSE is full of grammatical mistakes. it was poorly edited. Can the school change the novel?

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  13. can u show some examples, perhaps via email? if the previous practice is taken as a model, yes u can but this will mean you have to ask your students to buy the text.

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  14. It seems to me that English teachers or teacher-bloggers are unaware of the many mistakes or discrepancies in the F5 Lit component, or perhaps they don't want to address the issue. There is something wrong with the translation of the poem 'Are You Still Playing The Flute?' Nobody seems to know about the missing lines in the poem.

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  15. dear anonymous,
    tx for your comments. it would be great if you could enlighten us on the mistakes. this blog will be a perfect place to discuss it. this is what this blog is all about, sharing ideas and opinions. perhaps teachers have been less critical of the translations...

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  16. hi, teacher..can i get the synopsis for catch us if you can? i am in selangor but step by wicked step is so difficult to understand and i decided to read either the curse or catch us if u can...many said the 2nd is nice..so, can u share the synopsis wif me?

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  17. dear anonymous,
    look no further. go to top of blog and click on 'literature' tab. These materials should be sufficient for the time being before more books are published. btw, 'step by wicked step' is not difficult. it could be the british english that's bothering you nd the dialogues (too many ya) good luck!

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  18. hey, i'm a kl form 5 student and my school is using 'can us if u can' as our novel.. do u have any idea where i can find it ASAP
    thx :)

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  19. dear form 5 student,
    i assume that ur teacher has decided to choose 'catch us if u can' instead of the novel assigned for ur state. otherwise u will not have probs looking for the text as it is provided by the book loan scheme in ur school. hey...perhaps u can try mph? the texts should be available in bookshops as 'the curse' is available in my local bookshop. all the best :)

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  20. salam..i'm a new teacher,i can't download the poetry Form 1 - River & Mr Nobody.pdf because it state 'The file link that you requested is not valid.' :(

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  21. wassallam miss tie,
    thanks for the alert. i've corrected the link. tell me if it works tx

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  22. Dear teacher,

    Can I ask if the students sitting for SPM this year (2011) will be tested on all the literature components from poems, short stories and drama to novel? Thanks in advance for your time.

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  23. hi chin,
    sorry i missed ur comme poems and the novel will only be tested.

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  24. Dear teacher, can you explain the moral values "time heals pain" in the novel Step By Wicked Step also with example?

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  25. dear anonymous,
    thank you for ur question. pls refer to my book published by pelangi. i have explained it with examples.

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  26. I really love The Pearl, and I miss teaching it. Anyway, Sarawak has been assigned The Curse but I find the book so tiresome as it dwells in gossips. I also find the use of flashbacks excessive. It certainly confuses my students, especially the weaker ones. I may just abandon The Curse in favour of Catch Us If You Can. !

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  27. dear anonynymous,
    i can't agree with you more! 'tiresome' indeed! i find that there are too many events to remember. 'The Pearl' has depth and a strong story that's memorable but not 'The Curse'. i'm switching to Catch Us If You Can too next year. Best!

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  28. As mentioned above, is it possible to switch "The Curse" with other novels?

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  29. Salam Mrs Rahmah,

    1st of all I would like to say thank you so much for all the tips,exercises and modules that u had upload here as I hope it will bring a great benefits to my students..But I realized that the link for vocab zodiac lesson cant be download..hope you can have a look at the link..thanks and cheers!

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  30. dear anonymous,
    thanks for your kind words :) i have corrected the links for the two zodiac descriptions but you will not believe this- i cannot seem to find the lesson plan!! i will continue looking for it and will upload as soon as possible. tx for your patience.

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