Hello Year 8!
I am wondering how you are all doing and what you are up to this term. I am really sorry that I have disappeared again but one of my check up scans showed another nodule on my left lung so they decided to take it out as quicky as possible so as you started your term I was in hospital having an operation.
I was in the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea as they specialise in lung surgery. From my ward window I could see the local church called St Luke’s. I discovered that Charles Dickens was married in the this church so when I went for a check up to the hospital yesterday I went into the church and had a look at the small exhibition in the church about Dickens. What was interesting is that they had a time line showing other things happening at various points in time during his life time – like the start of the first underground railway in London (what we now know as the tube) and the lay out of Trafalgar Square the way we know it today. While Dickens was working in a factory he would have walked across Blackfriars bridge on a daily basis.
I am making good progress and hope to be back with you soon. I feel much better and am trying to use my time to get more reading done. I have just read a very interesting book about the author Angela Carter. When she was living or travelling abroad she sent post cards to a friend. What her friend, Susannah Clapp has done is to write a book called A Post Card from Angela Carter and she uses the post cards as links to give the reader an insight into Carter’s ideas, thoughts and personality. So it is not a conventional biography but gives you an idea of the person and her life. I found it interesting therefore because of the style of writing and the idea of how to put the book together as well as giving me some insight into what Angela Carter was like.
I hope you are using all these rainy days to keep up with your own reading! Enjoy school and I am looking forward to hearing about what you are currently learning in English.
|On Wednesday, 11th January 2012, we asked you to do the following in class:
Once – by Morris Gleitzman
Talk to each other about these questions and then write your ideas in your books.
1.What have you found out about the narrator of this story so far?
2.What can you guess about this narrator that he is perhaps not telling you but that you know as a reader?
3.How successful have you found the story telling so far?
4.What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Once’? You can have different things that it reminds you of.
5.Write down any 5 things that you know about the Second World War.
6.If you could ask the author of this book three questions, what would they be?
Your own writing: This book starts like this: “Once I was ……………….”