Thursday, 31 January 2013

Y6 Reading Homework

Before you attempt this piece of homework, please read the 'Group Feedback' given at the end of the last blog homework. Use this to improve the quality of your response.

Compare and contrast the ways in which each author has chosen to open their story and why they are effective openings:

Escape from Shangri-La by Michael Morpurgo:

I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window. Summer holidays and raining, raining streams. "He's been there all day," I said.

"Who has?" My mother was still doing the ironing. "I don't know why," she went on, "but I love ironing. Therapeutic, restorative, satisfying. Not like teaching at all. Teaching's definitely not therapeutic." She talked a lot about teaching, even in the holidays.

"That man. He just stands there. He just stands there staring at us.'

"It's a free world isn't it?"

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick:

Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life. Her feet pounded through the deserted streets of derelict buildings. Somewhere, not far behind, she could hear the gang coming after her. It felt as if her heart would burst, but she didn't slow down. She'd been planning to leave the island for a long time, but had been putting it off. It was a big decision to set out to sea in a tiny rowing boat. Now she had no choice.

Tips:

  • A good comparison will include several points to explain the similarities and differences between the two openings.
  • Use quotes from the text as evidence to justify your points.
  • Think about: the atmosphere and feelings created; and techniques used by the author.
Due:
  • February 8th 2013




90 comments:

  1. I loved the book, Floodland, and read several more novels by the same author.

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  2. For the first opening I think the atmosphere is quite because no one is talking in this part of the opening.

    For the second opening I think Zoe is feeling scared and exhausted. I think Zoe is feeling scared because it says further more in the text that she'ran harder then ever in her life' and exhausted because of the running.

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    1. I think a more detailed, planned answer is needed. You haven't mentioned Escape from Shangri-la, which makes a comparison virtually impossible. Please try again.

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  3. The first opening i think that it is just a horrible day and there is only a bit going on like talking about the man standing outside.

    The second opening i think Zoe is feeling really exhausted after having to run far.Also i think that she is terrified because it says that she could hear the gang coming after her.

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    1. You could have achieved a much more detailed answer by considering the author's techniques and the atmosphere created. Have another try.

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  4. Purple Squid1/31/2013 7:19 pm

    In the floodlands starter paragraph it begins with a cliffhanger and it makes you wonder how she got there. The escape from shangrila paragraph is a casual start to the book

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    1. Purple Squid2/06/2013 12:42 pm

      1.The escape from shangri la opening is a casual start because it says ' I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window' it suggests that it is an ordinary day and nothing out of the ordinary is going to happen.

      2. The flood lands opening is a sort of ellipsis 'Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life. this opening wants you to read on and find out how she got there.

      The two openings are different because they are both different genres.

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  5. 1. Floodland starts a sudden opening but Escape from Shangri-la eases the reader into the story. E.G. floodland: 'Zoe ran'. Escape from shangri-la: 'I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window. Summer holidays and raining, raining streams'. In Floodland it said Zoe ran which is a short and snappy sentance and don't explain who is in the story. In Escape from Shangri-La it eases you in by saying 'I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window. Summer holidays and raining, raining streams'.

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    2. hotshotGG, you have compared the two openings by saying how they are different. I wonder... Are the two openings similar in any ways?

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  6. Spotty chameleon2/01/2013 5:23 pm

    1. I think that the floodlands opening is very dramatic."She ran." It creates an atmosphere of suspence because short and snappy sentences are spooky and strange.
    2. I think that Escape from Shagrila's opening is very suttle and calm. "I was nealing up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window." It kind of eases you into the story because it just sets the scene gently.

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    1. I agree with your points Spotty chameleon, and you have clearly used the feedback from the last piece of homework to structure your answer. Well done!

      I'm not sure that I agree that short and snappy sentences are spooky and strange.

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    2. Spotty chameleon2/09/2013 8:44 pm

      Thanks for the advicve Mr Amies.

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  7. In the first paragraph of Floodland, it begins with a very interesting opener. It even has a cliffhanger to make you wonder how Zoe got there!
    For the opening in The escape from shangri-La, it is quite carm and not much going on. Like it's a bit casual at the start.

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    1. I agree with your points zoey101. I'd like to know more detail about why you think the Floodland opening is very interesting. You haven't really justified this opinion.

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    2. thank you for the advice Mr.Amies. The opening paragraph of Floodland is interesting because it is a bit dramatic start when it said in the text 'Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life. Her feet pounded through the deserted streets of derelict buildings. Somewhere, not far behind, she could hear the gang coming after her. It felt as if her heart would burst, but she didn't slow down. She'd been planning to leave the island for a long time, but had been putting it off. It was a big decision to set out to sea in a tiny rowing boat. Now she had no choice.' If i had this book, this opening paragraph makes me want to read on further into the book!

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  8. fiood land has opened his with a sudden opening umlike ascape from shangrala.ascape from shangrala does not start with a cliff hanger
    flood land however does.

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    1. Floyd, this answer doesn't really have enough detail to show that you have invested time and effort into this work. Have another go. Please read the feedback from the last piece of homework to improve your work.

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  9. The first text by micheal Morpugo starts very calm giving the descrptions of what is happening. It says, " I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window." I think the created atmosphere is boring and without action, the weather was dull, "Summer holidays and raining, raining streams. "He's been there all day," I said."
    In this text, the author uses a lot of dialogs which shows that the text is written in first person. It makes me feel closer with the characters.
    In the text by Marcus Sedgwick the atmosphere is all vivid because straight away it said in short sentance "Zoe ran." This suddenly draws the attention to what is happening, we know that there is a tention, quick movement. The text is written in third person ("Now she had no choice.). The feeling in the text is tense, we can see that the main character is running away. "Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life." and "She'd been planning to leave the island for a long time, but had been putting it off." The word "gang" creates scarier atmosphere.
    In both texts there is a mistery because we dont know fully what's going on. For example, "That man. He just stands there. He just stands there staring at us.'' - we don't know who the man is and why is he staring at the characters. A quote from the secon text, Somewhere, not far behind, she could hear the gang coming after her. "It felt as if her heart would burst, but she didn't slow down." makes us think why is she running away, why is gang chasing her.

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    1. Miss Fletcher2/04/2013 12:03 pm

      A very well thought out and detailed answer.A good comparison between the texts and you have considered the author's techniques while using PEE effectively. Well done.!!

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    2. This answer clearly shows that you have considered several different similarities and differences between the two openings. You have also used quotations from the text to support your points. You also have some structure to your answer: firstly, you analyse Escape from Shangri-la; then you analyse Floodland; finally, both texts together. Well done!

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  10. In the escape to shangri-la opening paragraph the author's character is talking about her-self like it's a diary. In the floodland opening paragraph, its about the character like the author, Marcus Sedgwick, is talking about his character.

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    1. A couple of good points, but a piece of Year 6 reading homework should have much more detail. Look at Niuciolinek's answer above. This is the standard that you should be aiming for.

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  11. I think the first opening is very slow but descripitive for example it tells you its the summer holiday and that the characters mum is a teacher, building the character.
    The other opening is faster and snappy. I know this because in the text it says "Zoe ran. Harder
    than she had ever run in her life." It creates a more dramatic start . Although both paragraphs create a sense of mystery encouraging you to want to read more.

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    1. This is a lovely answer that compares the two openings well. You have used quotations from the text to support your points! Are the openings similar in any ways?

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  12. the first opening is slow and is building the story in a descriptive and mysterious way as their is a man staring into there window e.g "I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out the window ". The second opening has short snappy sentences as Zoe is running away e.g " Zoe ran " and " Harder than she ever run in her life ".

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    1. Firstly, you have attempted to use PEE (point, evidence, explain) but I'm not sure how the quotation from Morpurgo's opening shows mystery. Make sure that your quotation relates to the point that you are making. Secondly, you have not really explained why the author has used short sentences in Floodland or how this is similar or different to Morpurgo.

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  13. Escape from shangri-la starts like a normal day unlike flood land it starts with action. They start of similar because straight away it introduces the main charcters. Flood land starts with a short sentence but escape from shangri-la starts with a normal sentence.

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    1. You make some accurate points dovakiin, but some evidence from the text would improve your work. What do you mean by normal sentence?

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  14. In the two different texts they are both the opposite of the other, because 'Floodland' starts with a very dramatic,short and snappy sentence to create tension in the atmosphere:'Zoe ran.Harder than she'd ever ran in her life.' Whereas in 'Escape from Shangri-la' it has a more of a laid back opening sentence to make you want to read the rest of the book.'I was kneeling against the back of the sofa looking out of the window.'

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    1. A well structured and clear answer that uses quotes from the text. How does the quotation that you have chosen for Excape from Shangrila try to get you to read on. You have made that point and selected a quotation, but you haven't explained it.

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  15. Danny Morgan2/03/2013 1:27 pm

    I think that the two openings are very different.

    Cessie is confused in Michael Morpurgo’s opening as she does not know who the man is. Zoe is scared in Marcus Sedgwick’s opening because the gang is running after her.

    The atmosphere in the opening of Escape from Shangri-La is calm. Cessie’s mum is calm as she is doing something she likes, she finds ironing therapeutic. The atmosphere in the opening of Floodland is exciting to read because you don’t know what is going to happen, you know Zoe is very frightened but you don’t know how far behind the gang is.

    Cessie is feeling a bit worried about the man standing staring at them but her mum doesn’t seem bothered. Zoe is feeling nervous as she had doubts about taking a small boat out to sea but as the gang is chasing her she feels she has no choice.

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    1. This is a very good, clearly structured answer that explains the differences between the two openings. I wonder... Are the openings similar in many ways?

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  16. maths maniac2/03/2013 5:21 pm

    1. Making you read on.THe starting of escape from shangrila involves a man outside the house,"That man. He just stands there. He just stands there staring at us.". Certain questions pop up in your head eg: Who is he? What is he doing there?. This makes you want to read on to find the answers.

    2. Adrenaline. The start of floodland is full of action. "Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life." This starting is good to draw you in and make you feel like you are there. If the start is action packed then readers want to read on to see what other action packed things happen>

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    1. Your explanation of how Michael Morpurgo makes you read on is brilliant! Well explained! But, how does the opening of Floodland make you want to read on?

      You need to refer to both openings in points 1 and 2 in order to achieve a true comparison.

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  17. Bubblegum19862/03/2013 5:47 pm

    In Floodland short sentences creates suspense eg: 'Zoe ran.' which makes the reader read on, and Escape From Shangri-La does the same thing but with speech.The differences are that in the Escape From Shangri-La the opening is a calm and quiet setting but compared to Floodland, where it is a more of a dramatic scene.The similarities in the 2 books are that they both are feeling worried because Zoe 'could hear the gang coming after her' and Cessie is worried about the man who just 'stands and stares'.

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    1. You have made some good points Bubblegum1986. Could you use numbers, or words like firstly, secondly, finally etc., to show the person when one of your points ends and another begins?

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  18. lolness 12342/03/2013 5:48 pm

    The first piece of writing is written in first person but the second piece is written in third person. For example, the first piece is written in first person by saying 'I' and 'my'. The second piece is written in third person because the author uses 'She' and 'her'.

    The first author brings the story in slowly and uses more description by saying 'summer holidays and raining, raining streams.' The second extract starts very quickly by using very short snappy sentences like 'Zoe ran' 'harder than she had ever run in her life.'

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    1. A well structured answer. In both of your points you refer to the differences between both texts and you use quotes from the text as evidence! Well done!

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    2. lolness 12342/10/2013 12:26 pm

      Thank you Mr Amies i wasn't 100 percent sure about this so this has given me some confidence. At least I got it right! :)

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    3. yeah, well done lolness 1234. very good answer. :D

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  19. Floodland begins with an unexpected start to the story with an exciting cliffhanger, but the begining of escape from Shangri-la draws the reader's attention with a strange part which sounds a little unusual making the reader want to read on.

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    1. '... a strange part that sounds a little unusual making the reader want to read on.' You haven't explained which part you mean or how it makes the reader want to read on.

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  20. tasmanian devil2/04/2013 12:51 pm

    In Escape from Shangri-La, 'I was kneeling on the back of the sofa, looking out of the window,' is an interesting starter because it sets the scene of what the person is doing. In floodland, 'Zoe ran' is a good sentence starter because it is short and snappy.

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    1. But, how are they different? How are they similar?

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  21. I think at first the opening is calm and quiet! until the flood came then it was very 'fast and snappy'
    the text said "Zoe ran Harder than she had every run in her life!"
    and is more dramatic than the other starter. Although both paragraphs create a sense of mystery encouraging the reader to read on!

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    1. The sentence 'Although both paragraphs create a sense of mystery encouraging the reader to read on!' adds real quality to your answer. Try to be really clear about which opening you are talking about. Instead of saying the first one, use its name.

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  22. I think the first piece of writing starts off boaring, as it says its the holidays and its raining, but then it is a good opener because straight away the boy says about the man that keeps standing there, so its obviously bothering/worrying him, and it makes you want to read the rest of the book to find out who the man was who was standing there, also it gets you hooked at the start.

    The second piece of writing starts of really exciting because it says in the text that she was scared and running it says in the text that 'her heart felt like it was going to burst out of her chest.And wanting to see the little rowing boat

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    1. You have really explained your opinions and points clearly and structured your answer as two separate paragraphs. Well done!

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  23. They are good openings because they do not just start with I,or The. They use a different variety of word openings. Floodland is a longer sentence to start, the second book is short and snappy " Zoe ran." Floodlands asks more questions and changes the subject very quickly. It sounds confusing. Floodland leaves a cliffhanger, it makes me want to know more." Why has zoe been planning to leave the island for a long time?" "Why did she have no choice."
    Both used a variety of puncuation and describing words like, "big decision," "it felt her heart would burst," "deserted streets of derelict buildings," "raining, raining streams" and "therapeutic, restorative, satisfying."

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    1. You have attempted to compare the two openings with a close look at the author's techniques. However, I think you may have got the two openings confused with each other in this sentence: 'Floodland is a longer sentence to start, the second book is short and snappy " Escape from Shangri-la starts with a longer sentence, not Floodland.

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  24. I think that the sentence 'I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window. Summer holidays and raining, raining streams.'Creates an atmostphere of boredom and makes you feel sorry for Cessie as you know how it feels to be in that situation. Whereas in Marcus Sedgwicks paragraph of floodland the short snappy sentence 'Zoe ran' creates suspense due to the fact that it makes it seem unexpected, tempting the reader to read on!

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    1. This is really concise and clear explanation and you have used quotations from the extract! Very good!

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  25. peanut butter jelly time2/05/2013 6:46 pm

    I think that Floodlands has a very action packed beginning...

    "It was a big decision to set out to sea in a tiny rowing boat. Now she had no choice."these last two lines make you want to read on because you want to know what happens (what happened to the character? did they go out to sea?)

    I think that escape from shangri-la is a cliff hanger...

    "That man. He just stands there. He just stands there staring at us.'
    "It's a free world isn't it?"these two ending parts of speech are making you want to read on because you want to know who the man in the window is and why the man is there.




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    1. You have made two very valid points and justified your points with evidence from the text. I like the way that you have split your answer into sections. Well done!

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  26. The first piece of writing is normal sort of day apart from the fact that someone is watching them.But in the other story it start off with someone running away from some bully's.

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    1. You've said what happens in the two openings, but you haven't explored the openings in much depth. I would like you to try again please.

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  27. 1. In the Escape from Shangri-la, the extract immediately pulls you in. The sentence "He's been there all day" makes you wonder who it is. After the first paragraph you are already asking questions! Also, with the summer holidays being mentioned, that is something we all love so you can identify with the author.

    2. 'Zoe ran'. This is an effective opening because it instantly makes you want to read on. You wonder why Zoe is running, where is she running to? What is she running from? This is a very exciting beginning to the story!

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    1. You make a couple of excellent points woodysteak. Both openings draw you in by raising questions in the readers mind! You have also used structure in your answer with numbers and used point, evidence, explain.

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  28. Funky pigeon2/05/2013 7:54 pm

    The first opening has the person/first person, telling the story where as the second is in third person. The first passage has a gentler opening yet the second is action packed straight away.
    1) " I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out the window."
    2) "Her feet pounded through the deserted streets of derelict buildings."
    Both passages capture the reader because of the atmosphere and suspicion created.
    1) "He's been there all day", "Who Has?"
    2) "Somewhere, not far behind, she could here the gang coming after her."
    These sentences create suspicion, who has been there all day? and why is there a gang coming after Zoe?.

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    1. Wow Funky pigeon, this is a well crafted answer! Clear, to the point and well explained. You have used evidence and explained that evidence well.

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  29. In the opening form Escape from Shanrgri-La the athour has chosen to give the start of the book a calm opening"i was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window". it is also very ifective because of the way it has been done e.g "He's been there all day," I said.
    "Who has?" My mother was still doing the ironing. this creates suspence

    in the book from flod land the approch was very diffrent it was filled with action e.g"Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life. Her feet pounded through the deserted streets of derelict buildings." this creates a very intence secen from the fact she was running and her hart was pumping.

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    1. You make very well observed points freckes. You have used also used text as evidence. You've said that 'this creates suspense'. How?

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  30. Both openings explain what the character is doing. Eg, in Escape From Shangri-la it says "I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window". in Floodland it says "Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life".
    The openings are different because In Floodland there are short sentences eg, "Zoe ran. harder than she had ever run in her life." This makes the reader feel scared. In Escape From Shangri-la there were long sentences not short sentences. This makes the reader feel calm.
    In Escape From Shangri-la there are lots of speech ,but in Floodlands there are more descriptions.

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    1. Some very good, and valid, points made. Good use of the text to support your answers. What do you think the effect of using no speech in Floodland, and lots of speech in Escape from Shangri-la, has on the reader?

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  31. I think Floodlands has a very action packed beginning....

    "That man.He just stand there. He is just staring at us

    These two speech are making want to carry on because who the man is!

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    1. A piece of Year 6 reading homework needs a more detailed answer. Read some of the other answers and use them as guide. Also, be careful with your wording. If you read your last sentence; it is missing words.

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  32. In the first book [Escape from Shangri-La ] is sort of an normal atmosphere but by the fact that someone was staring at them all the time ,which is strange. But in the other book Flood Land] it starts off with a Zoe 'running as hard as has ever run in her life' from bullies.

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    1. You have not really compared the two extracts. You have only commented on a each one. To compare, you need to say how they are the same or different.

      Example:
      The apple I am looking at is green, but the banana is yellow.
      However, they are both fruits.

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  33. I think the beging is is very exciting because the girl wants to escape the island and it makes you want to read more.

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    1. You can't compare two openings if you only mention one of them. You need to try again.

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  34. 1.I think that floodlands fist bit was a little bit dramatic."She ran." It creates an atmosphere of suspense because little words like that mean a big thing because it makes it more exiting also in floodlands i think Zoe is maybe a little bit scared "Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life." that little piece of the text seems like she is trying to get away from something.

    2.I think that Escape from Shagrila's opening is very calm. "I was nealing up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window." Its kind of just gentle and a bit lad back.Also i think she felt happy and fine there's nothing really going on.

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  35. You have made an attempt to structure your answer, but if you read it back to yourself you will realise that your first point is quite wordy which makes the meaning unclear at certain points.

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  36. In the first extract there is a very calm atmosphere created. I know this because it says 'I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window. Summer holidays...'. This makes a calm atmosphere because nothing very active is going on. But in the second extract a very adventurous atmosphere is created. I know this because in the extract it says 'Zoe ran. Harder than she'd ever ran in her life.' This makes an adventurous atmosphere because there a lot of activity which creates a sense of excitement.

    Also, in the first extract there is no narrator, but in the second extract there is a narrator. I know this because in the first extract is says 'I was kneeling up against...' This shows there is no narrator because it is in first person. In the second extract I know there is a narrator because it says 'Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever ran in her life...' This immediately shows there is a narrator because a narrator is telling the story.

    I think the first extract is effective because it introduces you to the main character and sets the scene. The second extract is effective because it is exciting as soon as you start reading. This is good because in some stories it takes a while to get exciting.

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  37. the green monkey2/07/2013 5:02 pm

    The first text is full of suspence, how a old man has been watching them all day in the rain" That man. He just stands there".
    The second text is realy dramatic because a little girl is just runing away from a gang. "not far behind, she could hear the gang coming after her".
    Both of the books make me feel like they are going to be adventure stories.The first text mentions that they are a family and so it sound like a family adventure. But the second text shows that she is alone so it feels like she has no family so it must be an adventure about the girl.
    Both of the text use words which make a picture in your head "I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window".

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  38. 1. I think that the difference is that in escape from shangri-la the setting is a calm, relaxing and a casual situation.
    "I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window."
    This shows that it was a bit of a lazy, rainy day.

    2. However, floodland opens with a highly dramatic beginning. Which is completely the opposite to shangri-la.
    "Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life."
    This shows that she must have been scared and was running away from someone.

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  39. flood land starts of with a lot of action but escape from shagri-la
    starts of peaceful every day life. Also in escape from shagri-la the charcters arent doing much but in flood land the charcters are up and running.

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  40. The opening in Shangri-La is slower because it's like they have nothing to do and are sat at home because of the rain,"I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out at the window. Summer holidays and raining,raining streams"
    It also feels mysterious because they have seen someone staring at them through the window "That man. He just stands there. He just stands there staring at us"

    The opening of Floodland is much better because it goes straight into action "Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever ran in her life. Her feet pounded through the deserted streets of derelict buildings". She's terrified because it says "It felt as if her heart would burst" and that she could hear the gang behind her. It makes me wonder in both of these who the man is and who is the gang chasing her.

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  41. 1.In Shranga la it starts with a very calm,casuel, start like a normal day because it says that 'my mum was doing the ironing' that is casuel;calm and it starts with an unusual man across the street.

    2.In Floodland it starts with action because it says 'Zoe ran harder than she ran in her life.

    3.They are both effective openings because Floodland starts with action and shranga la starts with an opening with a luring start what makes you wont to read more.

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  42. 1.I think that the escape from shagrlias first bit is serious "i was nealing up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window"its like a serious bit of the story.Also i think she felt a bit wrorried becuase it sounded like she was scared.

    2.I think floodland is layed back and has a bit of a dramatic start to it " Zoe ran.harder then she had ever ran in her life"it creates suspense becuase it sounds like you should say it louder.

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  43. the first book [shangi-la] we read was quiet clalm and as you read on it got quiet exicting you though what was going to happen.the book we are reading now is more exicting and i am woundering what is going to happen next it seems quiet exciting.

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  44. I think that the atmosphere in Escape from Shangri-La is calm and peaceful meanwhile in Floodland it is an atmosphere of anger because Zoe was running away from everyone. The feeling in Escape from Shangri-La is suspicion 'That man. He just stands there. He just stands there staring at us.' but in Floodland Zoe feels frightened and out of breath 'Harder than she had ever run in her life. Her feet pounded through the deserted streets of derelict buildings.'

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  45. The Floodlands is very descriptive and uses short sentences to describe the rising panic that Zoe feels as she hears the gang behind her. You are able to picture Zoe running away from the gang in your head.


    Escape from Shang-rila uses speech to describe that it is calm in the place it is set. In Escape from Shang-rila it is telling the reader that the atmosphere is calm followed by them having a discasution about the stranger starin gat them through the window.

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  46. In floodlands it is alot more dramatic because the author uses words like "she ran" "more than she had ever ran in her life". yet in the other one it is alot more calm and peacfull EG:Therapeutic, restorative, satisfying.

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  47. the eascape from shangri-la is a calm opening and who is that.
    fooland is a oh no what's going to happen is she going to survive.

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  48. The opening on escape from Shangri-la is different because:
    *The way escape from shangri-la makes you feel as if this conversation was normal, but floodland gave more enfersis to the way she moved and talked. "Somewhere, not far behind, she could hear the gang coming after her." this is from floodland and this is from escape from shangri-la "He's been there all day," I said. "Who has?" My mother was still doing the ironing." this gives more of a homely atmosphere

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  49. Both of the stories open by making you "WONDER".
    The first story uses the sentences "He's been there all day" and "that man.He just stands there.He just stands there staring at us".Making you wonder who is the man? and why does he stand there?.Aiso why isn't the mother worried about it?
    The second story uses "Zoe ran.Harder than she had ever ran in her life" and "Now she had no choice" making you wonder why was she running from the gang?,why was she so frightened?,why had she been thinking of leaving the island for so long? and also why did she think she had no choice to leave the island?
    By using these openings the author makes you want to read more to find out the answers and I think if a book starts like this the reader is enticed to continue reading the story to find out all the answers.

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  50. the differences are that in escape from shangri - la it is all set in one place, the house however in floodland it is set in many places. I know this because it said "Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life." ( Floodland) This is telling you that she was running and moving from place to place whereas in escape from shangri - la it is all set in the house and not moving to a different place.

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  51. 1. The first story is less dramatic and calmer as it starts slowly using words like "summer holidays and raining streams" whereas the second story starts very quickly by using a short exiting sentence "Zoe ran" "harder than she had ever run in her life."

    2. The first story uses the first person" I" and "my" however the second story uses the third person "she " and "her".

    Both stories give an atmosphere of suspense to the reader.


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  52. 1.Ascape from shangrala has a much calm than flood land.flood land goes strate to zoe ran although ascape from shangrala is i was neeling agansed the window. the first one jumps strate to the exitement.

    2. the flood land is as if she is runing for her life but the second book has a much more drairy start to it.

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