Primary 4 English Composition Themes
Next week marks the start of most school for the Paper 1 SA2. Last week when I met my new students (mixed with my existing students), I did a revision on Situational Writing (SW) rules and we wrote a formal one out (for the P5s).
For the composition (CW) part, I gave my P4-P5 classes a past year list of composition themes (found on one of my blog posts) and together we planned out plots.
I concluded that part of the lesson by differentiating clearly the difference between –
- Being honest
- Being kind
The likelihood of going out of point is quite high if the student doesn’t pay close attention to the theme. While every composition for upper primary has 3 random pictures to choose from, I gave them just one – a wallet.
Using that one picture, we planned out possible plots suitable for the these two themes.
Below are 2 basic Planning – (Introduction/Body/Conclusion) for these two themes.
Introduction – Main character & character development
- comes from a poor family
- difficulties main character faces being the only one without luxuries such as a smartphone in class
- walking home from school through his nearby park
- comes across a wallet
Dilemma & Personal conflict
- keep the wallet filled with money or give it to nearby police post
- makes the right decision on being honest
- while walking to the police station
- sees his elderly neighbour, Mrs Tan, looking around the park desperately
- goes up to her and realises that it is her wallet
- money needed for important medicines
- Mrs Tan praises main character for his honesty
- Mrs Tan tells his parents who are proud of him
- Mrs Tan calls his school principal
- following day in school main character is called on stage and presented a plaque for Most Honest Student and presented with a cheque of $200
- honesty is really the best policy
Character description & dialogue
- Main character making fun of a new student, P, who comes from a poor family
- P sits alone everyday at recess and eats food brought from home
- Main character can’t find his wallet when the bell rings for recess
- He searches desperately in the classroom and along the corridors
- He is famished and tries to borrow money from his classmates
- No one wants to lend him any money
- Main character sits miserably in the canteen without any food
- Suddenly P approaches him and offers to share his homemade fried rice with him
- Main character is filled with shame by P’s kindness
- He learns an important lesson about being kind to others
Conclusion & dialogue
- Main character turns over a new leaf
- He invites P to join him in a game of soccer and tells him that he has brought extra chocolate cake to share with P later
- Both characters laugh and play together
- Kindness brings happiness
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