Reading Comprehension Week beg. 25/3/19

Reading Comprehension tasks Week beginning 25/3/19

Monday

Synopsis

Darkus is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and now he is living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever. A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue. But can the two solve the mystery of his dad’s disappearance, especially when links emerge to cruel Lucretia Cutter and her penchant for beetle jewellery? A coffee-mug mountain, home to a million insects, could provide the answer- if Darkus and Baxter are brave enough to find it.

 

Beetle Boy FINAL opening extract

Read up to Page 6 where it says

‘ ‘BOY WITH BROKEN HEART STOPS SPEAKING!’ the papers told the world.’

True or False:

Dr Bartholomew Cuttle is a clever man.

Darkus is a sensible boy.

The journalists were sensitive towards Darkus.

Find and copy a word or phrase that shows:

Dr Bartholomew cares about Darkus.

Dr Bartholomew had been gone for some time.

The story was frustrating for the journalists.

Main Questions

Summarise Darkus’s feelings in three words. Why did you pick these?
Predict what might have happened to Dr Bartholomew Cuttle.

 

Tuesday

Non-fiction extract: Website about beetles.

http://www.coolkidfacts.com/beetle-facts-for-kids/

Vocabulary to learn:

 Compiled, environment, fragile, residing, climates, cultures, larvae

 

Retrieve and record what you consider to be the 3 important parts of information.

Main Question:

 Why do you think it’s important to have people like Dr Bartholomew Cuttle, who devote their lives to the study of beetles?

 

Wednesday

“Here Comes The Sun”

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It’s all right, it’s all right

Unpick meaning:

What’s the song about? How do you know?

What’s your favourite part of the song? Why?

Main Question:

Summarise the song and tell a member of 6C.

 

Thursday

Synopsis

My mother is still alive, and she is going to come for me one day. Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker. Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – urchins who live in the sky. Together they scour the city for Sophie’s mother before she is caught and sent back to London, and most importantly before she loses hope.

Rooftoppers FINAL opening extract

Read Chapter 1 only.

True or False:

Nobody had cared about the baby until she was rescued.

Charles is very sociable.

The woman makes unfair assumptions about Charles.

Find and copy a word or phrase that shows:

Charles is a clever man.

Sophie picked her own name.

Charles can’t believe what the woman is saying.

Main Question

Do you think Sophie will be as affected as Darkus, about the loss of her parents? Why do you think this?

 

Friday

Writing Task-Based on Beetle Boy Extract

Choice of three:

 

  1. Write a diary entry as Darkus, on the day that Bartholomew goes missing.
  2. Write a police report about the disappearance of Bartholomew Cuttle.
  3. Write the newspaper report that would have been titled ‘Boy With Broken Heart Stops Speaking’

Remember to magpie or allude to MG Leonard’s vocabulary and style of writing, so that the reader can tell that your text and Beetle Boy are interrelated.

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