How to Answer Questions on Creative Writing in 10th Class English Exams

Creative writing is an important part of 10th Class public exams for English subject in AP and Telangana boards. Several other boards and central boards like ICSE and CBSE may also have these sections. Here we are giving important tips on answering questions on Creative Writing:

There are two discourses to be written viz., Major Discourse and Minor Discourse.

The following items may be asked under this section- Essay / Narration, Biography, Speech on a specific topic, Letter- formal or informal, Notice writing, Diary writing, Debating, Writing Invitation card, Description of a place / incident / event, Play script, Interview, Personal profile, Poster, Conversation, Review, etc.

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In writing discourses, you should be careful about the three main fields, the theme, the content and the format. Mind that if you enjoy reading various texts, you will definitely fare the questions efficiently. Let’s take up debating and arguing as a discourse, you have to follow a set of rules.


Firstly, you need two teams: The proposition team and the opposition team.  Then you need something to argue. This is called motion. The proposition team starts.
The first speaker has to declare what the motion is about. The opposition team goes next. The other speakers take turns. The last speaker on each team has to sum up their team’s main argument.

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How to write a Play Script?

A script is a piece of writing in the form of drama. A script consists of dialogue – what the characters say, and Stage directions- instructions to the actors and director.

Grammar and Vocabulary, Essay Writing Tips for 10th Class English Exams

As you all know, Grammar and Vocabulary section in 10th Class English exams is a marks scoring one. First of all let’s take up vocabulary for consideration. Questions relating to vocabulary are asked both in Paper-I and Paper-II. Let’s have a glance over the items involved in vocabulary: Word-meanings, synonyms, antonyms, spellings, one-word substitutes, word formation, choosing right words, suffixes, collocations, homonyms, idioms, irregular plurals, prefixes, binomials etc.

To have mastery over the use of words in the right approach, you have to read a wide range of books with an eye on the use of certain words mainly ‘structural words’. Apart from reading your reader, you have to make it a habit of reading other various books such as biographies and autobiographies of eminent persons, periodicals, comics and especially newspapers!

You should invariably have a good dictionary of English, say Active Study Dictionary of English, or the like. Keep the dictionary on your table so that you can refer to it wherever you find a new word while reading.  Reading of newspapers and constant referring to the dictionary pays to enrich your word-power i.e., your vocabulary.


Reading of the prescribed text book and other books is an advantage. You can grow thinking power and imagination after every reading. Pause for a white after reading every paragraph.

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Never depend upon guides. Keep in mind that there is no short-cut for success. Spoon feeding doesn’t pay. Questions such as fill in the blanks or in cloze type are asked under vocabulary. So a thorough knowledge of vocabulary is essential for scoring good marks. Further, this section will contain questions related to grammar which will be properly contextualised by embedding them in appropriate discourses. The chosen text should be from different genres i.e., story, description, conversation, etc targeted at this level.

The grammar and vocabulary items will not be restricted to class 10 Text-book, but will be chosen even from the lower classes. So you have to be thorough with the functional grammar. School level English grammar, Nouns and Pronouns, Articles, Determiners, Adjectives, Adverbs, Tenses, Verb forms modals, Subject verb Agreement, Non-finites, Active and Passive voice, Degrees of comparison, Reported speech, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Phrasal verbs, Transformation of sentences, Conditionals, Correction of sentences, etc.,

Essay Writing Tips:

It is a short piece of writing that discusses, describes or analyses a topic. It can describe personal opinions or just report information.

There are many different kinds of essays. Some of the most common ones are:
Expository, Compare and contrast, Cause and Effect, Argumentative, Informal, Critical Review, Analytical, etc.

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