Homework and Revision
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Your task is to visit as many countries as possible (research of course!)
Fill your passport with information, facts, pictures etc. that associate with a country's culture.
This could include: Faith, food, National Dress, flag, currency, language, music, famous people etc.
Have them ready for the last week of term and we will peer and teacher assess.
This is the shortest ever Detective story –
Split Personality by Mark Turner
He was gorgeous. She was thrilled. But puzzled.
‘Why were your other relationships so short?’ she wondered aloud as they walked.
He glanced upwards.
‘Well, I have this slight problem…’
Later, the detective grimaced at the ghastly sight of the young girl, bloody beneath the full moon.
In the distance, a wolf howled.
Extension: Write your own and make it short.
Explain your answer by referencing the text.
Miya came out of the bathroom with tears in her eyes. She ran down to the cafeteria and asked the staff if they had any rice. Fortunately for Miya, Ms. Lucille did. Ms. Lucille filled a red plastic cup about half way with white rice grains and handed it to Miya. Miya pulled a damp phone from out of her back pocket and pushed it into the dry rice grains inside of the plastic cup. She sincerely thanked Ms. Lucille and then went back to class. She felt relieved, but she was still a little worried.
1. Why is Miya upset at the beginning of the passage?
How do you know this?
2. Why does Miya put her phone in the cup of rice?
How do you know this?
3. Why is Miya relieved but still worried at the end of the text?
How do you know this?
Inference skills – underline quotations that support your answers
Today was a special day in Ms. Smith’s class. Some of the children were walking around the room, some of them were standing in small groups, and some of them were at their desks, putting finishing touches on cardboard mailboxes. After colouring a cool flame on the side of his racecar mailbox, Johnny hopped out of his chair, strutted over to Veronica’s desk, and dropped a small white envelope into her princess castle mailbox. Veronica blushed and played with her hair. While this was happening, Bartleby was frantically trying to put a small white envelope into everyone’s mailbox. After giving one to Ms. Smith, Bartleby pulled out a medium-sized red envelope from his pocket. He blushed and tried to put it in Veronica’s mailbox, but it wouldn’t quite fit. Bartleby struggled with it for a few seconds and then ran off with the envelope. Veronica rolled her eyes and popped her gum.
1. Why is today a special day?
2. Which boy does Veronica like?
3. Why did Bartleby run?
Central London Hotel Draws Harry Potter Fans With "Wizard Chambers"
By Meera Dolasia on November 7, 2014
Though the last book of the spectacular Harry Potter series was released seven years ago in 2007, the young wizard continues to be extremely popular with both kids and adults. Over the years, Potter fans have been able to experience numerous aspects of the young wizard's life, right down to his favorite drink - Butterbeer. Now thanks to a British hotel, they can also spend a night in the wizard's Hogwarts Castle dormitory room.
The four-star Gregorian Hotel in Central London, which recently revealed its two "Wizard Chambers", is ideally suited to reproduce J.K. Rowling's school of wizardry. That's because the hotel, which is still run by the descendants of the original owners, dates all the way back to 1851. And though it has been retrofitted with modern amenities, not much has been done to its external appearance.
According to Serena von der Heyde, partner at the 163-year-old Georgian House, the idea originated as a way to create a kid-friendly environment in a hotel that is well-known for its staid Victoria Classic and Belgravia Boutique rooms.
The "Wizard Chambers" that have been refinished to resemble the Hogwarts dormitory rooms are furnished with everything a wizard fan could dream of - four-poster beds, potion bottles, cauldrons, spell books, and even battered trunks. In order to make them appear even more magical, the hotel owners have added their own special touches that include placing a wand in the hands of the Mona Lisa painting that adorns one of the chambers.
As you may have guessed, these unique accommodations are not cheap. The rooms that include breakfast, cost about $350 USD for two people. The good news is that kids occupying the same room pay only an additional $40 USD each. Given that the bigger "Wizard Chamber" can sleep up to five, the overall cost is palatable for families that are avid Potter fans. Special packages include a "Muggle Walking Tour" that takes fans through areas of the city where parts of the movies were filmed or a visit to Warner Bros. Studios, home of the Harry Potter sets and props.
Not surprisingly, since the news of the availability of these rooms went viral on October 27th, 2014, the hotel's website has crashed several times. Whether it is because fans are curious to see what these rooms look like or because they are trying to book them for their next visit, is unclear. One thing is for sure - the hotel is certainly generating a lot of buzz amongst Potter fans!
1.What kind of accommodations did the Gregorian Hotel recently unveil? Why does the author believe they are the ideal location for the rooms?
2.What are some of the things they have done to make the rooms appear authentic?
3.How much do the rooms cost? What are the options for visitors that want the special packages?
Liverpool Guide 2012/13
Liverpool. The very name conjures up images of a world-beating musical heritage, two of the Premiership’s biggest football teams, a glorious maritime history and not one, but two majestically different Cathedrals. This Northwest city and the surrounding City Region is certainly all those things, but it is also so much more. Liverpool is undergoing a thrilling renaissance, recognised by its hugely successful year as European Capital of Culture.
It is now bulging with fabulous new shops, has buzzing restaurants, hip hotels and trendy wine bars, as well as a world class cultural offering with the finest collection of museums and galleries outside of the capital.
This year Liverpool celebrates 50 years of The Beatles with a spectacular year-long programme of events and also the 2012 Liverpool Biennial, one of the most exciting contemporary visual arts festivals in the world.
Then of course there’s the city’s other major attraction, its people, who are famously warm and funny, and will welcome you with pride. It is no surprise, in fact, that Liverpool has been voted the UK’s Friendliest City two years in a row by readers of stylish travel bible Condé Nast Traveller.
So come and enjoy an expertly mixed cocktail at Alma de Cuba and a fabulous meal at The London Carriage Works, one of the city’s many award winning restaurants. Check out the stunning new Museum of Liverpool in its landmark building on the waterfront, or snap up something gorgeous in the Liverpool ONE shopping district in the heart of the city centre. This city bursts with energy, life, humour, and so much to do. Enjoy your visit – we know you will.
'Scott of the Antarctic' was a naval officer and explorer, who died attempting to be the first to reach the South Pole.
Robert Falcon Scott was born on 6 June 1868 in Devonport. He became a naval cadet at the age of 13 and served on a number of Royal Navy ships in the 1880s and 1890s. He attracted the notice of the Royal Geographical Society, which appointed him to command the National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904. The expedition - which included Ernest Shackleton - reached further south than anyone before them and Scott returned to Britain a national hero. He had caught the exploring bug and began to plan an expedition to be the first to reach the South Pole. He spent years raising funds for the trip.
The whaling ship Terra Nova left Cardiff, Wales in June 1910 and the expedition set off from base the following October, with mechanical sledges, ponies and dogs. However, the sledges and ponies could not cope with the conditions and the expedition carried on without them, through appalling weather and increasingly tough terrain. In mid December, the dog teams turned back, leaving the rest to face the ascent of the Beardmore Glacier and the polar plateau. By January 1912, only five remained: Scott, Wilson, Oates, Bowers and Evans.
On 17 January, they reached the pole, only to find that a Norwegian party led by Roald Amundsen, had beaten them there. They started the 1,500 km journey back. Evans died in mid-February. By March, Oates was suffering from severe frostbite and, knowing he was holding back his companions, walked out into the freezing conditions never to be seen again. The remaining three men died of starvation and exposure in their tent on 29 March 1912. They were in fact only 20 km from a pre-arranged supply depot.
Eight months later, a search party found the tent, the bodies and Scott's diary. The bodies were buried under the tent, with a cairn of ice and snow to mark the spot.
Obviously, Camp Green Lake is a dangerous place to be, from what we have seen of Stanley’s experiences-we have just read all about the deadly yellow-spotted lizard that lurks there! Stanley was unaware of Camp Green Lake’s risks and pitfalls before arriving there-it would have been good for him, and other new campers to know what they need to be aware of before beginning their imprisonment there.
Write an instruction leaflet that warns new campers about the dangers of Camp Green Lake, warning them of the dangers there?
A good idea would be to use different headings/subtitles in your leaflet to discuss the different dangers at Camp Green Lake: e.g. ‘People to be aware of’, ‘Dangerous animals at camp.’
You could also include pictures in your leaflet to show new campers what Camp Green Lake is really like!
Remember, you need to instruct the new campers on the issues they should be aware of and things they should avoid doing at camp so they don’t get into trouble there.
Design an alternative cover – (you will need more knowledge of the story) so don’t start this one too early! It must be complete with a blurb that will encourage readers to buy the book.
Create your own fictional character – another inmate at Camp Green Lake; what did they do, how did they get their nickname? Write a descriptive paragraph involving them with Stanley.
One of the characters has trouble with literacy (spelling and punctuation) design a booklet that will help. Don’t cut and paste things from the Internet, look at websites (SAM Learning), books…design some activities for the student to complete.
All activities to be in for peer/self and teacher assessment by the end of term.