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.
Not sure how to read actively? Click here to learn how: An Introduction to Active Reading
After actively reading through the Text, answer the questions below. Once you have finished, head to the next lesson.
- Vocabulary Study:
(a) What does the writer mean when he says that the roof was ‘a barren landscape’?
(b) What is another way you could say: ‘The monumental ascent had taken a lot out of Jade’?
(c) What does the writer mean by ‘the sun chose to stroke the façades of the buildings’?
- What would Jade’s parents have felt about her being on the roof? Support your answer with evidence from the Text.
- How do we know that Carol was worried?
- Why was Jade moving ‘cautiously’?
- Read the last three paragraphs again. In your own words, describe how the little boy looked and behaved.
- What does the writer mean when he says that the boy’s attempts to curl his toes were ‘futile’?
- The writer writes of the sun that its rays ‘were most unwelcome as they lashed at [Jade’s] forehead unforgivingly’. What language technique is this and what effect does it have on the reader?
- A student said: “We know that Jade is scared as she was trembling”. Do you agree with this statement? Support your answer with evidence from the Text.
- Why do you think the boy takes Jade’s hand?
- Do you think Carol has a good influence on Jade? Support your answer with evidence from the Text.