Please note: Many of this week's activities can be done using the characters in any book you are reading if you do not have a copy of Running on Empty at home. Alternatively, please email your class teacher and we will try to email you the relevant chapters.
Lesson 1: To compare characters
We will be reading p104 to p115 today, starting at the Chapter beginning with "Special".
Think about these questions while you are reading it:
“People and kids don’t usually like other people who are different. But to me they’re just people.” What Grandad might mean by this? Is he just talking about people with learning difficulties? Are there other groups of people that might face unfair attitudes, when really, ‘they’re just people’?
AJ notes at the start of the text, ‘My dad’s more like me in the way of worrying.’ (p. 5) What other qualities do you think they share upon reading this part of the story?
Compare and contrast AJ and Dad’s mood at this time with Mum’s mood. What qualities do they share? Why might Mum not want to go back to the cafe now?
We would then like you to compare the characters of AJ, his mum and his dad in terms of their characteristics, feelings and thoughts.
Lesson 2 - To take on a role from the text
Please see the PPT below for today's learning.
Lesson 3 - To write a letter
Today, we will read p126 to p134 of Running on Empty. We would then like you to think about whether AJ should give Amit his ticket or not.
Consider the pros and cons of this.
Write a letter to AJ, explaining whether you think he should or not.
Please see the PPT for a recap of the features of a letter.
Lesson 4 - To recognise the effectiveness of formal language
Please see the PPT for today's activities. You could then look at the speeches in the Word document and identify the formal and informal phrases.
Lesson 5 - To identify subordinate and relative clauses
Please work through the PPT which explains what main, subordinate and relative clauses are.
Then, choose one of the "spot the clauses" activities to do.