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To ace Question 1f in your IGCSE English Language Paper 1, here’s a strategic approach to summary writing:

1. Key Word the Question:

• Highlight the key part of the question: “why did Jayden Dee want to take part in this particular event?”

• The focus here is on “why” and “want to take part.”

2. Reading for Meaning:

• Skim through Text B for explicit reasons Jayden Dee participated in the ‘Tough Mudder’ event. These might be stated as motivations or reasons.

• Look out for implicit reasons too—these could be revealed through his attitudes or experiences that suggest a deeper meaning or purpose behind his participation.

3. Using Your Own Words:

• Once you’ve identified the reasons, put them into your own words. This means synthesizing the original text and expressing the same ideas in a new way.

• Avoid lifting phrases or terminology directly from the text. Instead, interpret the information and convey it as if you were explaining it to someone else in a conversation.

4. Continuous Writing:

• Your response should be in full sentences and paragraphs, not in note form.

• Make sure it flows naturally from one point to the next, creating a cohesive summary.

5. Quality of Writing:

• Your writing quality is also assessed, so ensure that your summary is not only accurate but also well-structured, clear, and concise.

• Pay attention to grammar, punctuation, and sentence variety to enhance readability.

In practice, you might write something like this:

“Jayden Dee was motivated to participate in the Tough Mudder event primarily because of [reason 1]. He also expressed a passion for [reason 2], which is evident when he mentions [implicit reason]. His enthusiasm is further demonstrated through [an example from the text].”

Remember, keep it within 120 words and focus on clarity and conciseness for a top-scoring summary.

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