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9-9.30 P.E. with Joe
1st lesson: Numeracy
2nd lesson: Literacy
Read the extract below.
We walked over to where Mum and Aunt Gloria were having coffee. ‘Let’s lie,’ hissed Kat.
‘About taking that ticket from a stranger.’
She grabbed me by the wrist so hard it hurt.
‘Lie,’ I repeated. ‘Hrumm. Lie.’
‘We could say that Salim got lost in the crowds, that he—’ She let my wrist go. ‘Oh, forget it,’ she said. ‘I know telling a lie with you is useless. And stop doing that duck-that’s-forgotten-how-to-quack look!’
We reached the table where Aunt Gloria and Mum sat talking up another storm. We stood by them in silence. A pounding started up in my ears, as if my blood pressure had shot up above normal, which is what Mum says happens to her when Kat drives her distracted.
‘There you are,’ Aunt Gloria said. ‘Have you got the tickets?’
Kat waited for me to say something.
I waited for Kat to say something.
‘Where’s Salim?’ asked Mum. ‘Not still in the queue?’
‘Hrumm,’ I said. ‘No.’
Mum looked as if Salim might be behind us. ‘Where then?’
Read Extract 2 again. Think about how the writer deliberately chooses language to create a relationship between the writer and the reader.
Look at the following examples and explain how the writer/reader relationship is developed.
Ted struggles to understand what idioms are in Extract 2. Idioms are expressions that can’t be understood from the ordinary words in it.
The following idioms are included in this extract.
Can you explain what these idioms actually mean?
- something is up your street
- drives him bananas
- round the bend
- off your trolley
Try to collect four more idioms to add to your writing toolkit!