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Monday- Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone

L.O: To formulate predictions and opinions from a text

Today I am going to introduce you to a new book ‘Rumblestar’ by Abi Elphinstone.

  1. Read the blurb, then answer some of the discussion questions that follow. You can either write them down or discuss with someone else.

 

Blurb

2. Follow the link and listen to the prologue or you may prefer to read the prologue below whilst listening to the clip.

Prologue

Monday Task 3- questions about the blurb or the prologue

Discuss  or write down some ideas from the blurb or prologue, there are some suggested questions to start you off.

  • Name the genre of the book. Do you think this is one you would usually choose?
  • Summarise what you have learnt from the prologue.
  • What do you predict might happen next?
  • Describe some other types of beasts that might be found in the kingdom.
  • What are your first impressions of Casper? How have you come to this conclusion?
  • Who do you think the ‘Unmappers’ are? Do you think they are powerful?

Tuesday- Oliver Twist

Today we are going to look at a short extract from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Often, when we are reading a book we experience a range of different emotions as a reader (relief, happiness or possibly even sadness).

 

L.O: To comment on how the author creates sympathy for character

 

  1. Watch Russell Kane reading extract 1 from Oliver Twist or you might prefer to read the extract (below or in the word or PDF)

2.  Complete Activity 1 where you will consider key questions and the language choices of the author (below or word or PDF)

 

Oliver Twist extract

Wednesday- Oliver Twist extract 2

 

Today we are going to look at another short extract from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Often, when we are reading a book, we experience a range of different emotions as a reader (relief, happiness or possibly even sadness).

 

L.O: To summarise events from an extract

1. Watch Russell Kane reading extract 2 from Oliver Twist or you might prefer to read the extract (below or word or PDF) 

Oliver Twist Extract 2

  1. Complete Activity 2: List four things from the extract that the boys do, followed by writing a summary of the events. See a model of a summary if you need some inspiration.

 

Thursday- James and the Giant Peach Chapter 24

L.O: To justify your viewpoints linking to ideas in the text

Today we are going to continue with James and The Giant Peach; we have now reached Episode 7 ( Chapter 24).

  1. Watch the story being read.

EP 7: Yo-Yo Ma, Billy Porter, Cynthia Erivo, Jamie Cullum & Utkarsh Ambudkar read w/ Taika! #WithMe

In Episode 7, Taika Waititi is joined by Yo-Yo Ma, Billy Porter, Cynthia Erivo, Jamie Cullum and Utkarsh Ambudkar as he reads James and the Giant Peach, by R...

  1. Look at the thought bubbles. Consider how you can relate to the characters in the story and justify your choices.

Thought bubbles and example

Friday- James and the Giant Peach Chapter 27

L.O: To explore the meaning of words in context

 

Today we are going continue with James and The Giant Peach; we have now reached Episode 7 ( Chapter 27).

 

  1. Watch the story being read

 

EP 8: Mindy Kaling, Ben Schwartz and Gordon Ramsay read James & the Giant Peach w/ Taika! | #WithMe

2. At the end of the clip, we hear ‘’once again the Giant Peach was sailing peacefully through the mysterious moonlit sky.’’ Explore the question below:

 

  • What do you think of Dahl’s vocabulary choices ? For example, he uses peacefully and mysterious in the same sentence.

 

Hints:

  • Think of what the word peacefully means.
  • What does mysterious make you think of?
  • Could the vocabulary chosen be suggesting what is to come next?
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