Bedok View Secondary School
Tackling Structured Response Question – Part A
Theme: Exploring Citizenship and Governance
Study the extracts carefully and then answer the questions.
Saleswoman Noriza A Mansor has been named the first Straits Times Singaporean of the Year. Madam Noriza, who works as a bedsheet operator, made headlines in October 2014 when she stepped forward to help an elderly man who had soiled himself while buying groceries with his wheel-chair bound wife at Toa Payoh supermarket. Others had recoiled from the man and his stench, but Madam Noriza’s subsequent acts- she knelt down to wipe the dried faeces off his legs and bought him new shorts – moved a bystander to tears. She did not stop there, however. Since that day, she has regularly used her days off to visit Mr Tan Soy Yong and his wife Lee Bee Yian, both 76, even after they were moved into nursing homes.
(a) Extract 1 shows a Singapore actively involved in contributing to the needs of the society within her personal capacity. In your opinion, what recommendations would you make to motivate individuals to contribute back to society?
Part 1: Approaching the question
Steps to approach a SRQ
Read the extract
Analyse the focus of the issue
(a) giving reasons
(b) providing strategies
(c) making recommendations
(d) provide solutions
Explain your reasons / strategies / recommendations / solutions to why would your recommendation / reason / strategies / solution work.
Take note of these criteria: Answers
(a) should be in PEEL structure
(b) should be in Singapore context: all information must be related to Singapore
(c) must not include any of the extract information
Part 2: How to answer a SRQ: You can write your answer in these perspectives
What role can the individual play?
What role can family play?
What role can schools play?
What role can community play?
What role can government play?
How does it work? In what way is it effective?
· role model
· share personal
· make contributions
· role models
· role in educating the child
· Schools as a means to educate/teach
· Schools provide the experience e.g. classroom lessons, assembly...