We are learning to develop our critical thinking skills

This means to improve our thinking.

Success Criteria :

*I add detail when I answer questions about texts


*In the past I used keywords when answering questions, now I use full sentences and paragraphs

See my self-assessment targets on my Bloom’s levels of thinking

My comment: I am enjoying ansering questions and I am  looking foward to be doing more!

Kelly’s comment:

I think it has been a really great challenge for you this term to answer a range of questions about text with a lot more thinking required. We will continue to use the Bloom’s questions to help you improve your thinking. Next you can write the questions for the texts you read!


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Questions starters and prompts at each level of thinking:


  • What is...
  • Where is…
  • When did…
  • Who were the main characters?
  • List 3…
  • Write true or false


  • In your own words…
  • Tell the main idea…
  • What is meant by…
  • Describe…
  • What facts or ideas show…
  • Which is the best answer..


  • Tell me another time when…
  • What could you ask about…
  • What instructions could you give to…
  • Show how…
  • What examples can you find to…
  • What questions would you ask in an interview with...


  • How is … related to …
  • Why do you think…
  • What is the theme..
  • Can you list parts that show…
  • What evidence can you find…
  • What is the relationship between…
  • Distinguish between…
  • What conclusion can you draw..
  • Explain similarities between...
  • Separate fact from opinion
  • Arrange the least to most important        


  • How effective is…
  • What is your opinion of..
  • Based on what you know, how would you explain..
  • What was it better that..
  • Convince another reader..
  • How would you feel if…
  • How would you have handled..
  • How could think the story help you in your own life...


  • Create a new character for the story
  • Invent a different way to…
  • What if…    Imagine that …
  • What ideas can you add to..
  • How would you design a new ..
  • What might happen if you combined..
  • Rearrange the…
  • Can you suggest an alternative..
  • Find other ways to…
  • Design a better...

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 3-11


1. In your own words, explain where Alfie lives and how it changes due to the weather/seasons.

Answer: He has a small hut on the balcony to keep him warm at night and he hibernates

Over winter


2. What is meant by “whispering endearments to him” on page 7?

Answer: Whispering sweet things to him


3. What instructions could you give to someone wanting to buy a tortoise?

Answer: "Feed it lettuce and water, that's all it'll need"


4. Describe the reasons why Mr Hoppy is jealous of Alfie?

Answer: Mrs silver gives all his love to Alfie instead of Mr hoppy


5. What questions would you ask in an interview with Alfie?

Answer: What is it like to get lots of love?


6. Why do you think Mr Hoppy is in love with Mrs Silver?

Answer: She's kind and pretty

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 12-21


7. Why do you think Mr Hoppy is moving all his furniture?

Answer: To make way for his tortoise collection


8. How would you feel if someone told you these magic words made your pet grow bigger?

Answer: If from strangers I wouldn't accept but if from friends I'd try it.


9. How would you design a different chant for Mrs Silver to say to Alfie?

Answer: It would be about slow stuff, big things and growing


10. Describe why Mrs Silver wants Alfie to grow bigger?

Answer: She heard about tortoises being so big you could ride on them.


11. Could you find other ways for Mr Hoppy to pass the note down to Mrs Silver? What are they?

Answer: Fishing rod, bird fly it down.


12. What could you ask about Mr Hoppy’s trip to North America?

Answer: Why did you go? How did you get there? Who did you go with?

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 22-31


13. Tell the main idea of these pages in one sentence

Answer: mr hoppy brought home 140 tortoises


14. Tell me another time when you might have tricked someone?

Answer: when I made spooky noises in my dads room


15. Can you list parts that show how Mr Hoppy is making sure the tortoise looks the same as Alfie?

Answer: spots dark shell and 2 ounces bigger


16. What facts or ideas show that Mr Hoppy would be very clever at inventing  a tool to move the tortoises?

Answer: he was a machanic and he came up with a clever plan


17. What instructions would you give to someone making this tortoise moving tool?

Answer: make sure there is a long pole in the middle


18. What are the relationships between Alfie and the tortoises at Mr Hoppys house? And then what differences could there be?

Answer: They come from the same pet shop

they all weigh different sizes

Alfie has a name and the others don't

All tortoises

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 32-41


19. How effective is the tortoise swapping?

Answer: Very affective and easy for Mr hoppy.


20. What examples can you give to explain the difference of weights in the tortoises?

Answer: They have to weigh exactly 2 ounces more than the tortoise before.


21. Why do you think Mr hoppy wants the growing to happen so slowly?

Answer: Because he wants to give Mrs silver a surprise when he's really big.


22. Can you suggest an alternative to get Mrs Silver interested in Mr Hoppy without him needing to play this trick on her?



23. On page 40 it says, “Mrs Silver’s pet had more than doubled in size and the good lady hadn’t noticed a thing.” What does it mean by “the good lady”?



24. What is your opinion of Mr Hoppy’s sneaky plan?

Answer: it is being cruel to the tortoises

Remember to improve your thinking and add lots of details Eva.

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 42-56


25. What does it mean by “I mustn't bish it” on page 51?

Answer: I mustn't fail it.


26. Was it better for Mrs Silver that Mr Hoppy tricked her into thinking Alfie grew? Why do you think that?

Answer: yes because truth sometimes Isn't always the way.


27. What if Mrs Silver found out that Mr Hoppy had tricked her, how would that change the ending?

Answer: she would get angry and lose her trust in Mr hoppy.


28. Design a bigger house for the new big Alfie so that Mr Hoppy doesn’t have to switch the tortoises again. You could draw a picture, screenshot it and then insert it in here.



29. Convince another reader into reading this book, how could you do this?

Answer: create a book trailer.


30. If you were Mrs Silver, how would you have handled the situation, would you have married Mr Hoppy for all his hard work or thanked him in a different way?

Answer: I wouldn't have married him, but I would always have known as a friend

Swimming for Gold

Chapter 1


On page 1 Esther sighed. Describe why Esther sighed, connecting with her feelings.

She thought Sam wasn't treating her the way she wanted?


Clarify the meaning of what Sam said “I’m not threatening your independence”

It means: I'm just trying to help you!


What did Sam compare himself to and what does this mean for his actions?

Mr nice guy and ogre


How would you feel if you were in a wheel chair?


The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

Understanding author's purpose

1.For what purpose did the author write many rhetorical questions?

To get the reader thinking

Understanding author's purpose

2. List all the verbs used in paragraph 1. Then explain the different impact the paragraph would have on the reader if there were none of these descriptive verbs.

flashing losing shuddered jerked staggered falling huddled gasped . It wouldn't have hooked the reader in and they wouldn't of wanted to carry on. It also wouldn't have painted such a clear detailed picture into the reader's head.

Understanding author's purpose

3. Give an example of each sentence type found in chapter 1. Simple, compound and complex.

compound: the ship was losing speed and tracking off course.

Simple: it was rising.

Complex: he stared at the screen again and saw flashes of land.


4. Explain what this sentence tells the reader ‘Raki felt small beads of sweat break out on his lips’

he was frightened and was trembling


5. Give definitions for 4 words that might need clarifying

telotion? federation) found) quadrant expedition  

Eva, reread the question to do what the task asked you to do.

The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

CHAPTER 7- Teacher Questions                       CHAPTER 8- Our Questions        


1. Think deeply about this sentence from on page 59 ’Weak light leaked out of the cracks’. How has the author done a great job of describing the light?

after thinking and reading on I got it and I got a real clear visualisation in my head. If I was the author of that book I never would have thought of that.


2. Create a diagram to show your understanding of the process explained on page 59



3. Reread carefully, focusing on how Raki feels. List and explain the range of feelings he has in this chapter.

Raki stiffens and shakes his head. He doesn't want to go in. I think he's feeling scared.

It wasn't what Raki wanted to hear. I think he's nervous.q

In this chapter he feels nervous but brave and he knows he has a duty that will save his friends.

He sure had a range of feelings. I bet you have had times like this Eva. I know that sometimes I do not want to do things and feel nervous but then I am brave and in the end feel amazingly proud of myself.


Without reading ahead, write a paragraph of what might happen next

Raki felt his heart beating, fast. The wind pushed against him and he put his arms out, like he was going to sprout wings and fly. He turned his back to the wind as the light darkened. Suddenly caves appeared on the sides of the hole. Amazed, Raki started running in mid air towards the wall because he spied a blinding light coming up below that he thought could be the one. He grabbed the bottom edge just in time and flung himself up, relived and panting.

I bet you can’t wait to read on now!


5. List 4 words that might need clarifying

upstream, eject, crevasses, protest.

Teacher Assessment:

What an improvement! You are definitely improving your thinking Eva!

The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

CHAPTER 9- Teacher Questions                        


1. On page 76  Raki rolling in the sticky substance and moving his body around and around. Explain why Raki did such things?

Because he thought if he was slippery enough he could fit through the hole.


2. Record possible dialogue which could have come from Raki during the events in page 76 and 77.

78 prise

No dialogue found between page 76 and 77. It's possible that he could talk to himself eg "I hope this works!"  "The ground is bouncy" "The crescent is stuck!"


3. Clarify the word ‘prise’

Now explain what it means in this text

Prise - use force to move something. In the text it means trying to get the crescent loose from the dome.


4. Separate true and false, explaining each statement

  1. A knife sliced across Raki’s fingers.
  2. He felt his knuckles stretch.
  3. Raki cried silently.
  4. The pool had a strobe in it.
  5. The tsunami knocked him out.
  6. The monitor gave them direction.

1. False because it said it felt like a hot knife and it didn't have to be a knife it could be something else.

2. True because we have proof from the book.

3. False because he didn't cry silently his cry was silenced by a mighty crack.

4. False - it only mentions blue lightning and a flashing blade.

5. True because it says in the book that the tsunami of nectar knocked him down and the next thing he knew he was waking up.

6. True because on the last page it he gave the direction around the eggs.


5. How could you relate this story to your own life?

In the story Raki was scared at first but when he got the crystal crescent he had overcome his fears. I relate this to my own life when I did dance NZ made. I was really behind and was scared to mess up but when it happened on the night I remembered all the moves and wasn't scared anymore. I had overcome my fear.

Due Tue 25th August