Autumn 2 Home Learning Tasks

Here are the tasks that have been set for Autumn 2. These are designed to allow you to practise the skills required in your exams. Remember to talk to me about any areas you are struggling with.

11Y3 Home Learning Worksheet Autumn 2

Task 1: (Due 20 Nov)

Read the extract:
Suddenly there is some sea-borne entertainment. Dahwood at the wheel, has spotted dolphins approaching the boat. They gather ahead of us, lazily and luxuriously rolling around in the bow wave, weaving in and out, diving, backtracking, returning and always keeping just ahead of the boat. The crew encourage them with drumbeats and whistles. As soon as they know there’s an audience the dolphins show off shamelessly. For a magical few minutes they stay and play. The sea is so blue and clear it is one of the most remarkable and beautiful sights of the journey so far, rivalled a little later by the raising of the huge sail.

Comment on the methods used by the writer to describe the dolphin sighting.

(5 Marks)

Task 2: (Due 27 Nov)

Write a definition for the following terms and give an example of each:

Term Definition Example
Simile
Verb
Metaphor
Contrast
Adverb
Adjective
Personification
Alliteration

Now write the opening paragraph of a story called ‘The Forgotten Road’ which incorporates all of these. Underline each feature and label.

Task 3: (Due 4 Dec)

Paragraphs are used to organise your writing to help your reader follow your ideas. They can be used for effect to slow the pace or emphasise a particular event or idea. As a guideline, you can change paragraphs at a change of TIME, PLACE,TOPIC and / or PERSON.

Read the following which is the opening to the novel 1984 by George Orwell. Look up any unfamiliar words in a dictionary.

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features. Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week. The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.

Inside the flat a fruity voice was reading out a list of figures which had something to do with the production of pig-iron. The voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface of the right-hand wall. Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely. He moved over to the window: a smallish, frail figure, the meagreness of his body merely emphasized by the blue overalls which were the uniform of the party. His hair was very fair, his face naturally sanguine, his skin roughened by coarse soap and blunt razor blades and the cold of the winter that had just ended.

  1. Give each paragraph a heading.
  2. In the final paragraph, highlight all the adjectives and then comment on the impression that the reader gets from all this detailed description.

Task 4: (Due 18 Dec)

Read the 1984 extract again. How does the writer establish atmosphere in this extract? Answer using quotations to support your ideas.

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