Active Reading and Assignment
In this lesson, you are going to actively read through the Text before working your way through the assignment questions.
You should print out a copy of the Text and have a highlighter, ruler and pen or pencil with you.
- Re-read paragraph 1, what does the narrator mean when he says, ‘…all details were different and the village had to be rediscovered’?
- Re-read lines paragraph 2, find the simile and explain why the writer has used it.
- What impression do we get of the mother in this text?
- The writer writes that the trees looked like ‘confections of sugar’ – what does this mean?
- Re-read the last three paragraphs, in your own words describe how the village had been affected by the cold weather.
- The writer writes ‘One’s nose went dead’ – what language technique is this and what effect does it have on the reader?
- In paragraph 2, find the two onomatopoeias and explain how they help the writer to create a vivid image for the reader.
- The writer writes that as the children went out, they were ‘armed’ with the tin cans and gloves – what language technique is this and what effect does it have on the reader?
- The writer writes ‘So, armed with these, and full of hot breakfast, we stepped out into the winter world.’ What structure technique is being used here and why has the writer used it?
- In the paragraph starting ‘It was a world of glass…’, find three metaphors and explain how the writer uses each to create powerful imagery for the reader.
Look again at the last three paragraphs. How does Laurie Lee use language and structure to make his description of winter so memorable? You should use relevant subject terminology to support your answer.