Reading Texts and Challenges for next week


 Cogheart Synopsis
When 13-year-old Lily’s inventor father vanishes after a Zeppelin crash, Lily’s determined to hunt down the truth behind his disappearance, helped by Robert, the local clockmaker’s son, and her wily mechanical fox Malkin. But shadowy figures are closing in and treachery lurks among the smoky spires of London – along with a life-changing secret. Be swept away by airships and flabbergasted by dastardly plots in this extraordinary and wildly imaginative debut, bursting with invention and adventure.

Read the prologue attachment below

Cogheart prologue

Now answer the following:

True or False:

Malkin is a human.
John has been carrying Lily’s letter for a while.
John is a selfless man.

Find and copy a word or phrase that shows:

The enemy airship is well armed.
It’s going to take some time for Malkin to reach Lily.
John has been keeping secrets from Lily.

Main Questions

What impression do you get of John?
How does Peter Bunzl create tension in this extract?


TUESDAY- Non-fiction extract: Encyclopedia entry about airships

Read the extract below:


Vocabulary to discover:

Propelled, atmospheric, rigid, pressure, excess, resemble, internal, articulated, reconnaissance, pioneered,

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

Main Question:

What are the pros and cons of using an airship instead of an aeroplane?


WEDNESDAY- Song: Come Take A Trip In My Airship – Natalie Merchant

Once, I loved a sailor
Once, a sailor loved me
But he was not a sailor
that sailed on the wide blue sea
He, sailed in an airship
Sailed like a bird on the wind
And every evening at midnight
he would come to my window and sing
Come take a Trip in my Airship
come sail away to the stars
We’ll travel to Venus
we’ll sail away to Mars
No one will see while we’re kissing
No one will know as we swoon
So come take a Trip in my Airship
and we’ll visit the Man in the Moon
One night while sailing away from the crowds
we passed by the Milky White Way
While idly drifting, watching the stars
he asked if I’d name the day
Just by the Dipper, I gave him my heart
the sun shone on our honeymoon
We swore to each other, we never would part

Unpick meaning:

What’s the song about? How do you know?
The author begins the song by telling us about a sailor – what assumption does the author think we’re going to make? How do you know?
How does the poem make you feel?

Main Question:

How does the author of the song make it sound like the couple’s adventures are going to be extremely special? Use examples from the text.


THURSDAY- Moonlocket

 Moonlocket Synopsis
When infamous escapologist Jack Door breaks out from Pentonville Prison, he sets out for the town of Brackenbridge, determined to find his missing treasure – the Moonlocket. But when Lily and Robert unwittingly find themselves caught up in Jack Door’s search, they discover that Robert’s history holds the secret to the Moonlocket’s whereabouts…
Determined to solve the mystery, Lily, Robert and Malkin, set out for London on an adventure full of danger, daring, family secrets and long-buried treasure.

Read the prologue attachment below:


True or False:

Jack had spent some time planning this escape
Jack is a very clever man.
Jack has fun being a criminal and likes to mock those who think they can catch him.

Find and copy a word or phrase that shows:

The prison is very secure.
Jack had to negotiate for the rope.
Finlo doesn’t want to get caught.

Main Question

Do you prefer the prologue of Cogheart or Moonlocket? Explain why.



Writing Task-Based on Cogheart Extract

Choice of three:

1. Rewrite the chase scene from the Cogheart prologue, from the perspective of the attackers. Make sure you magpie or allude to some of Peter’s authorial choices.

2. Write a police report about the attack on Dragonfly. Make sure you magpie or allude to some of Peter’s authorial choices.

3. Predict what the letter that John gave to Malkin might say, and write this letter to Lily.

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