A resolution, also known as a denouement, is the final act of a story where all the conflicts are resolved, and the story is brought to a close. It is the point where the characters’ problems are solved, and their journey ends. In the context of PSLE English Composition, it is the part that gives a satisfying conclusion to the readers and wraps up the plot neatly.
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Writing a resolution is as important as any other part of the story. It is the final impression that the readers are left with and hence, it needs to be impactful and well-written. Here’s how you can effectively write a resolution for your PSLE English Composition.
1. Tie Up Loose Ends: The main purpose of the resolution is to resolve conflicts and answer any unanswered questions. Make sure that you tie up all the loose ends, and don’t leave any major plot points unresolved.
2. Show the Outcome: Describe the outcome of the story. What has changed since the story began? How are the characters different? Have they grown or learned something? Show the results of the events that took place in the climax.
3. Reflect on the Journey: Allow your characters to reflect on what they have been through. This can involve showing their feelings and thoughts, their hopes for the future, or what they have learned from their experiences.
4. Keep it Brief: A resolution doesn’t need to be long. In fact, it should be concise and to the point. The aim is not to start a new plot but to wrap up the existing one.
5. Provide a Sense of Closure: The resolution should give the reader a sense of satisfaction that the story is complete. Whether it’s a happy or sad ending, the reader should feel that the story has come full circle.
For example, let’s use the earlier example of Sarah, the shy girl who participated in the storytelling competition. After the climax where she overcame her fear and successfully told her story, we move on to the resolution. Here’s an example of a resolution:
“After her performance, Sarah walked off the stage to a standing ovation. She felt a sense of accomplishment wash over her. Her fear didn’t completely disappear, but it no longer held her back. She realized that she was much stronger than she thought. From that day forward, Sarah no longer shied away from opportunities that came her way. She had learned that it was okay to be afraid, but what mattered most was how she overcame her fears.”
In this resolution, the conflict has been resolved (Sarah’s fear of public speaking), the outcome of the story is shown (Sarah no longer avoids public speaking), and there is reflection on Sarah’s journey. It is brief, provides closure, and ties up the story neatly.
More examples here:
|1. A boy named Tim had lost his favourite toy car and spent the entire day searching for it.||Tim found his toy car under his bed and promised to himself to keep his things in their proper places from then onwards. He understood the importance of being organized.|
|2. Sarah, a shy girl, decided to participate in a school storytelling competition.||After her successful performance, Sarah overcame her fear of public speaking. She realized she was stronger than she thought and was more open to new opportunities.|
|3. A student, Danny, struggled with his Math assignments and decided to ask his teacher for help.||Danny’s understanding of Math improved significantly. He was grateful for his teacher’s help and learned the importance of seeking assistance when needed.|
|4. An athlete, Lisa, trained hard to win a medal in a district running competition.||Lisa won the competition and felt proud of her achievements. She learned that hard work pays off, and she gained more confidence in her athletic abilities.|
|5. A group of friends worked together to raise money for a local animal shelter.||The friends were able to donate a substantial amount of money to the animal shelter, and they felt proud of their teamwork and community contribution.|
|6. David used to be a picky eater until he went on a cultural exchange program and tried different cuisines.||David’s perspective towards food changed after the trip. He became more adventurous in trying new foods and appreciated different cultures better.|
|7. June, a primary school student, was tasked with leading her project group. She had never led a team before and was nervous.||After successfully completing the project, June became more confident in her leadership skills. She learned the importance of responsibility and teamwork.|
|8. Sam, a quiet boy, joined a drama club to boost his confidence.||Sam’s confidence grew as he performed in various school plays. He discovered his passion for acting and decided to pursue it further.|
|9. Lily was devastated when her pet cat ran away from home.||After a week of searching, Lily’s cat was found by a neighbour. Lily was overjoyed and decided to be more careful about keeping her pet safe.|
|10. Ryan was always afraid of swimming, but he finally decided to take lessons.||Ryan gradually overcame his fear of swimming. He learned that it was never too late to conquer his fears and learn something new.|
These examples demonstrate different types of resolutions based on varied story situations that could occur in a PSLE English Composition. The resolution not only wraps up the story but also provides a lesson or takeaway for the main character.
Writing an effective resolution for a PSLE English Composition requires a careful balance of summarizing, reflecting, and looking forward. The resolution is the part that leaves a lasting impression on the readers. Therefore, it is essential to end your composition on a high note that gives a sense of closure and completes the narrative arc.