Assessment focuses: AF2, AF3, AF5, AF7
Pupils read and discussed a selection of extracts from Roald Dahl's Boy as part of a longer sequence of work on childhood. This evidence comes from an activity where pupils worked independently in class: they read two short extracts from Boy before completing a series of reading and writing tasks.
Reading assessment on Boy, a book by Ronald Dahl
Boy by Ronald Dahl is a book about his own boyhood. In it he describes some of the members of his family and some of the people he knew at school
Read the description of Mrs Pratchett. who kept the sweet shop near Ronald’s school in Llandaff, South Wales. At this time Ronald was seven years old and the year was 1923. This section of the story begins on page 33 and finishes on page 34 (-*The sweet shop in Llandaff… we found the dead mouse".
Task IHow does Ronald Dahl build up an impression of Mrs Pratchett?Think about:• the devils he gives of her words and actions• the words he uses to describe her• the feelings Ronald and his friends have towards her.In your answer give examples of the words Ronald Dahl uses to present Mrs Pratchett to his readers.
Task 2In the final paragraph of this section, how does Ronald Dahl give us clues about how the story will continue? How does he suggest that the boys will try to get their revenge on Mrs Pratchett?Think about:• how he builds up to the last sentence• what the last sentence suggests about what the next chapter will be about.
Reading assessment on the chapter - "Going to Norway" from the book "Boy", Ronald Dahl
Read the chapter 'Going to Norway' (pages 53 to 59).
How does Ronald Dahl convey a sense of the journey from South Wales to Norway?
• the preparations for the journey
• the size of the group travelling together
• the Hire taken for the different stages of the journey,
Mow does Ronald Dahl build up his impressions of the differences between his life in
Britain and his summer holidays in Norway?
• how life in Oslo differed from life at home
• how particular words are used to show these differences
• how his grandparents were an important part of his life in Norway.
Think about how you can write about some of your childhood experiences. It might help to ask yourself how Ronald Dahl might have written about your experiences if he had known about them.
Write about one of the following:
1. A journey that didn't go according to plan
2. A holiday in a new and exciting place
3. Spending time with my grandparents or other adults
Reading assessment from the book Boy
Ronald Dahl give me the impression that mrs pratchet is an old distrusting old tramp with, dirt, Grime, breakfast all over her blouse. She doesn’t welcome or smile at you and is always suspicious of any child and doesn’t give you a bag unless you pay over 6 pence
It says that many schemes were put forward but none of them were any good. They clearly wanted revenge for anything bad she had done or said. Then suddenly it says “one memorable afternoon we found the dead mouse. I think I know what the next chapter will be about. I think something bad will happen in the next chapter
Ronald Dahl endlessly talks about his sleepy grandparents and what they do in Norway compared to Britain like they eat boiled fish skins they are very politely mannered. They have a weird ceremony where 10 year olds and younger get given alcohol as it was explained in the book
Reading assessment from the book Boy
Ronald Dahl sense of journey. His mum has to pack, book all the stuff, keep them all under control. Ronald Dahl feel’s as though he’s going home, so do his family
Ronald Dahls family come from Norway, and act alot different because he was allowed to drink beer and wine at the age of 10. This is shown by the ceremony
I loved going to my grandparents house before they died. I liked playing in the garden and even being in their company. I think I did respect them very well when l talked to them. grandad used to take me and my Brother to this little fairground in fleetwood and if we weren't there we were on the beach with the little dog