8A and 8BY/BX Homework – Due Monday 19th March


  • Write a short story told by a first person unreliable narrator, like in The Tell-Tale Heart.

Choose a scenario from those below or make your own up, then complete the planning questions in your book:

  • You believe that your lodger is spying on you and conspiring to kill you.
  • You have an irrational fear of your cat/dog/budgie.
  • You do not trust the ladies in the paintings hanging in your hallway.
  • You have a fear of your sister’s porcelain doll.

Planning Help:

  1. Who is your enemy?
  2. What do you have an irrational fear of?
  3. Why are you afraid of it/them?
  4. What has happened to make you suspicious?
  5. What do you decide to do to get rid of your fear?
  6. How do you go about enacting this plan?

Use some of Poe’s techniques for creating an unreliable narrator:

  • Questions
  • Repetition
  • Simple sentences
  • Minor sentences
  • Hyphens
  • Commas instead of conjunctions
  • Exclamation marks
  • Direct address and talking to the reader
  • Boasting
  • First person pronoun ‘I’
  • Embedded clauses and parenthetic commas
  • List of three
  • Powerful verbs
  • Capitalised words
  • Imperatives

Additional Success Criteria:

  • Full and varied punctuation (going for gold? Use high level punctuation such as: Hyphens; Exclamation marks; Question Marks; Semi-colons; Parenthetic commas
  • Paragraphs (TiPToP)
  • High level vocabulary
  • Use of the senses
  • figurative technique


Year 7 and 8 Reading HW

This is the first set of work from the snow day work.

If you have already completed it you will not need to do it again.


Task 1: Read the passage below and answer the following questions in your exercise books using full sentences.

He sniffed. There was a foreign smell in the Wood … like petrol and fireworks.

Funny – it wasn’t Guy Fawkes yet. Some kids must have been messing about.

As he pressed on, the smell grew stronger. There must be an awful lot of petrol.

Something was blocking out the light through the branches. A new building; a

secret army base; a new anti-aircraft gun? He couldn’t quite see, except that it 5

was black.

And then he saw, quite clearly at the top, a swastika, black outlined in white. He

didn’t know whether to run towards it or away. So he stayed stock-still, listening.

Not a sound … except the buzzing of flies. The angry way they buzzed off dogdirt

when you waved your hand over it. It was late in the year for flies, thought 10


He moved forward again. It was so tall, like a house, and now it was dividing

into four arms, at right angles to each other …

He burst into the clearing. It was the tail of an aeroplane: the German bomber

that had crashed onto the laundrette. At least, most of it had crashed on the 15

laundrette. The tail, breaking off in the air, had spun to earth like a sycamore

seed. He’d read of that happening in books. He could also tell from books that

this aeroplane had been a Heinkel HX 111.

Standard Questions:

1) What could the young boy smell? (Paragraph 1)

2) What is the young boy called? (Paragraph 2)

3) Give an example of a simile (Paragraph 3)

4) What type of aeroplane has the young boy found? (Paragraph 4)

5) Where had the German bomber crashed? (Paragraph 4)

Challenge Questions:

6) How does the opening sentence engage the reader?

7) Why has the writer used semi colons in the opening paragraph?

8) How is the writer’s use of ellipsis (…) effective in this