Term 4 Week 1: ST Article Discussion

Selected Articles: 13 September 2014

  • ISIS action puts Obama's anti-war legacy at stake
  • The poisonous politics of the elite
  • Nurturing the art of compromise




T3W8 Essay Topic Discussion:

The media has the power to make or break a leader, a company, a country, or anything at all. Do you agree?
  • Define the scope of the media - i.e. new media, traditional media and the scope of influence. Good to provide proper definitions that are logically/academically sound.
  • Consider the range of examples that substantiate your stance on how the media can "make or break" - a leader, a company, a country or anything at all.
  • Good to devote one paragraph with 2 concrete examples PER POINT (e.g. leader, company or country) to substantiate your point on how the media can do so. Remember to analyze and explain the examples and link them to the question requirements.
  • Consider a strong paragraph with rebuttal and counter-arguments - all well substantiated by recent, cogent examples.
  • After considering the range of examples - formulate a viable thesis statement.
  • Conclude with recommendations/solutions that are drawn from current practice/ ideas.

Consider the range of potential examples for this topic.
*Please include time, context (countries, segment of the population), facts & your take on the events
Formulate a Thesis Statement & 3 Topic Sentences.



Do you agree that with the emergence of new media, there is a greater need for censorship?
  • Define the scope of "new media".
  • Consider the range of examples that are recent/valid to substantiate your points on WHY censorship is needed - expound on the economic, social and political impact.
  • Good to come up with ideally 3 (at least 2) topic sentences that are substantiated by 2 concrete examples per paragraph. Remember to analyze and explain the examples and link them to the question requirements.
  • After considering the range of examples - formulate a viable thesis statement.
  • Conclude with recommendations/solutions that are drawn from current practice/ ideas.

Consider the range of potential examples for this topic.
*Please include time, context (countries, segment of the population), facts & your take on the events.
Formulate a Thesis Statement & 3 Topic Sentences.


‘Everyone is talking but no one is listening.’ Is this a fair comment on the new media?
  • Define the scope of "new media"& define the scope of its reach/impact - i.e. social, political, economic. The question implies that the reach/power/significance of the new media is overrated.
  • Consider the range of examples that are recent/valid to substantiate your points on WHY the new media is effective/ineffective in terms of its reach/impact.
  • Link your ideas back to the question - is the statement a "fair comment on the new media" OR is the media more significant and impactful than we attribute it to be?
  • After considering the range of examples - formulate a viable thesis statement.
  • Conclude with recommendations/solutions that are drawn from current practice/ ideas.

Consider the range of potential examples for this topic.
*Please include time, context (countries, segment of the population), facts & your take on the events
Formulate a Thesis Statement & 3 Topic Sentences.


Discuss the impact of new media on social cohesion in your society.

  • Define the scope of "new media".
  • Consider the range of examples that are recent/valid to substantiate your points on HOW the new media impacts social cohesion in your society - expound on the economic, social and political impact.
  • Good to come up with ideally 3 (at least 2) topic sentences that are substantiated by 2 concrete examples per paragraph. Remember to analyze and explain the examples and link them to the question requirements.
  • After considering the range of examples - formulate a viable thesis statement.
  • Conclude with recommendations/solutions that are drawn from current practice/ ideas.

Consider the range of potential examples for this topic.
*Please include time, context (countries, segment of the population), facts & your take on the events
Formulate a Thesis Statement & 3 Topic Sentences.

T4W1 Essay Practice: Final


1) Leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people (Mohandas Gandhi). Discuss. [S4 EOY 2010]

2) To what extent should scientists concern themselves with ethical issues? [S4 EOY 2009]

3) ”We seek to develop every Singaporean child to his full potential, and across the spectrum of abilities and talents.”

(Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Education, 2008)

Do you think Singapore schools do enough to develop all-round individuals? [S4 EOY 2009]

4) Our mercy has become our crime (John Dryden, 1837)

Are harsher punishments the answer to curbing crime? [S4 EOY 2008]

5) Social media is more constructive than destructive. Do you agree? [S4 EOY 2012]

6) What do you think is the most pressing problem in your country? Explain why. [S4 EOY 2011]



Answer Key for Final Comprehension Practice: