Has your child ever struggled with writing a strong resolution paragraph in the Continuous Writing (composition) component of their English Paper 1 examination, but has no idea where to start? In today’s blog post, we will be addressing this prevalent problem. Read on to find out more.
Here at Mega Minds, the secret to a well-developed composition is to break down the composition into its various paragraphs and focus on its individual main points. By doing this, we believe our students will hone the skills of crafting each paragraph well, and hence leaving a lasting impression on the markers..
Therefore, in this blog post, we will be focusing on arguably the most important paragraph in the composition – Resolution Paragraph. With it being the last paragraph of the composition, it almost always makes or breaks the composition. Hence, it is imperative that students impress their markers with their Resolution paragraph.
Resolution paragraphs can be broken into a Positive Resolution and a Negative Resolution. Students should use a Positive Resolution when their character in the story has done a good deed, and a Negative Resolution when their character has done a bad deed. While it sounds confusing, the good news is that both Positive and Negative Resolutions can follow a strict formula, which students can use to craft their resolution paragraph well!
The formula comes in the form of 3 questions, which students must answer.
Question 1: How did the character feel after doing the right thing?
Question 2: What was the positive outcome of the good deed? (e.g. Was the character commended? Did he/she offer help which saved a person’s life? Were his parents proud? etc.)
Question 3: Is the character intrinsically motivated to doing the right thing again?
Question 1: What was the lesson learnt?
Question 2: What was the consequence of the wrong-doer’s deed? (e.g. Loss of friendship? Disappointing his/her parents? Loss of something precious? etc.)
Question 3: Will the wrong-doer repeat the bad deed?
Once all 3 questions are answered, the composition will be elevated dramatically, and will definitely blow the markers’ minds away! Below is an example of using the formula to craft a Negative Resolution.
Essay topic: An act of regret
Resolution: In hindsight, Roger realised that he should never have played a prank on his best friend, as they were now no longer friends. He truly regretted his actions, and vowed to always treat his friends with respect in the future.
This sums up our Resolution Paragraph Writing Formula. We hope that you and your child have found it insightful and applicable for his/her next Continuous Writing examination.
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