Part 1 - "Could you do your child's homework" 3
Part 2 - Letters from George and William Heritage 3
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 the first paragraph, find and write down two abstract nouns.
- In the third paragraph, why do you think Eddie raised his eyebrows?
- A colloquialism is an informal word that is used in conversations between people who know each other well. Re-read the fourth paragraph, find and write a word that is a colloquialism?
- Re-read the fourth paragraph, what makes us think that the writer didn’t enjoy doing homework when he was younger? Support your answer with evidence from the text.
- In your own words, describe the relationship between the father and his son.
- Re-read the second, third and fourth paragraphs. There are a number of short sentences used. Identify them and explain how the short sentences help the writer to make his point.
- The writer writes, ‘But with the next one I am firmly back in the weeds’ – what language technique is this, what is the writer trying to tell us and how does the technique help him to make his point?
- Re-read the fourth paragraph, find two metaphors and explain how they help the writer to make his point.
- The writer uses these three words: ‘remorselessly’, ‘shamelessly’ and ‘irritatingly’ – what kinds of words are these and explain for each one why it is a powerful word.
- The writer writes, ‘Hmmm. Right. Yes. I mean…’ – what technique is the writer using here and what do you think he is trying to tell us?
- Re-read the first four paragraphs, analyse how the writer has used structure to emphasise what is happening and how he is feeling. Make sure to include an analysis of the writer’s use of (if applicable):
- short sentences
- long sentences
- varying sentence length
- How does the writer use language and structure to interest and engage the reader?