English Journal: Week 2 (Commentary Writing)

This week’s english class material is mainly about ‘Commentary Writing’, but my teacher also included grammar practices about conditional sentences.

Before we started the class discussion about commentary writing, we did a little bit of grammar exercises. We were given 10 numbers of exercises and asked to fill in the blank. In my opinion, by having this warming-up exercises at the beginning of the lesson, helps us to retain our memories.

There are 4 types of conditional sentences:

TYPE 0: Used when we want to talk about general truths, scientific facts or things which always happen under same conditions.

Example: If you heat ice,  it melts.

TYPE 1: It is possible and very likely that the condition will be fulfilled.

Example: If I find her address, I’ll send her an invitation.

TYPE 2: It is possible but very unlikely, that the condition will be fulfilled.

Example: If I found her address, I would send her an invitation.

TYPE 3: It is impossible that the condition will be fulfilled because it refers to the past.

Example: If I had found her address, I would have sent her an invitation.

After we’re done with grammar, we discussed about the ‘Commentary Writing’. Commentary writing can be defined as a writing based on our opinion or comments about a text or a passage’s style and language.

Example: Magazine article

STYLE

  • What is the purpose of the article? Is it to inform or persuade?

if it is a promotional article, the purpose is to persuade

if it is a short story article, the purpose is to entertain

  • How will the writer achieve the purpose?

for example, by using descriptive words

  • What is the mood of the writer? Is it sarcastic or friendly?

LANGUAGE

  • Passive or active sentences?
  • Compound or complex sentences?
  • Formal or casual words?

The next english session I had this week still discussed about commentary writing. We were asked to comment on a commentary writing in groups and share our comment to another group.

I find it hard about the commentary writing activity in the last session. I hope that I can understand soon enough as time goes by and get more detail explanation from my teacher rather than reading the book first.

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