Darkside - a gripping reading!

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"It wasn't what he had expected. It wasn't like anything he had ever imagined. Jonathan stood motionless, barely breathing, and trying to take everything in. His senses were working overtime, struggling to make sense of the scene before him.

He had come out on to a narrow cobbled street that bubbled with a cauldron of voices: gabbled shouts, throaty cries, squawks of protest and snarled threats. A procession of horse-drawn carriages filed past in front of him, and Jonathan's ears reverberated to the rumble of the wheels and the loud clopping of hooves on the cobblestones. On either side of the street, a row of tall, soot-covered buildings leaned menacingly towards each other like boxers."

Chapter 9 "Darkside" Tom Becker

Miss Maugham has been working with a group of year 6 pupils in the afternoons to develop comprehension skills and depth of understanding about a text. The children have explored a very well written text and discussed why the author chose particular language features.

See if you can answer these questions about the extract above:

1. What effect do the concise sentences have at the beginning of this chapter? (1 mark)

2. Retrieve an example of: alliteraction, personification, metaphor (3 marks)

3. How do you think Jonathan is feeling at this point? (3 marks)

4. What do you think Jonathan expected? Why was he so surprised? (2 marks)


We can't wait to find out what happens next...


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