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:

We read esio trot and I loved the story. For the book there were questions and usually I just use keywords but now I do paragraphs.

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.


Bright and sunny


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


Mrs silver  whispers nice words to  mr hoppy


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




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


Because mr hoppy might  want a tortoise.


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


Why do you like mrs silver so much


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

Answer:because there next door neighbours

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 12-21


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

Answer: know lot about mrs silver.


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

Answer: I would love it because you never get it bigger like a click.


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

Answer: Esio trot is tortoise


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

Answer: they can understand words backward


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

Answer: paper under a brick.


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

Answer: was it long 

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 22-31


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

Answer: he bought 140 tortoise he got Alfie and gave him  tortoise catcher


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

Answer: all the time


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

Answer:kg two ounces bigger,spots dark shell


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 mechanic. We know he is smart. He would have done secret facts


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

Answer: catcher at the bottom pole in the middle handle at the top


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. The difference are that they weigh different sizes. There both tortoises. Alfie has a name others tortoise don't have names.

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 32-41


19. How effective is the tortoise swapping?

Answer: very effective because Alfie was looking the same as the other tortoises plus they all eat leaf. Mrs silver didn't even notice it grown


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

Answer: you could weigh them by a weing Machine or the height. Or you could have a tortoise catcher and see wich one is the heaviest by holding it and if you can carry them.


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

Answer: because if it happened quick a Mrs silver would know that because usually animals grow slowly


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

Answer: Mr Hoppy could ask her if she wants to go on a picnic or Mr Hoppy could give her a rose


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”?

Answer: it means that mrs silver is a good lady because she wanted


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

Answer: it was good because that spell would not work but great because he had so much tortoises so he could swap them without Mrs Silver even noticing.

Remember to improve your thinking and add lots of details Akshay

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 ruin this


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

Answer: yes because mrs silver did really want Alfie to grow


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

Answer: they wouldn't be married


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: doing 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 would thank him and give him a present by him a tortoise

Swimming for Gold

Chapter 1


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

 Esther sighed because she's sleepy.After our big discussion about this question I hope you can redo this response below Akshay.


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

stopping her independence


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?

bored because you need to push the wheelchair

The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

Understanding author's purpose

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

The author used rhetorical question so the reader thinks really hard.

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.

huddled,shuddered,jerk,staggered. You would not be challenged by this book. The story wouldn’t be so engaging. These verbs also provide us with lots of details which help us paint a picture in our heads of what the story would be like in real life.

understanding author's purpose

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

Simple :What's wrong?                                                                 .                                                              Complex:  suddenly, it shuddered and jerked Akshay, have a look at our wall display to think about this sentence type a lot more carefully.

compound: Raki gripped the armrest and watched Tando wrenching a joystick


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

he was scared because it says it before that sentence. Possibly nervous. When we get nervous sometimes we can sweat.


5. Give definitions for 4 words that might need clarifying

hauled lurching turbulence foliage 

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

Where are your own questions written for chapter 2?


1. Understanding

what hit the ship?

2. Applying

how did they describe the claws?

3. Understanding

who was the leader?

4. Analysing

who was the fingerling?

5. Understanding

what is a joystick?

1. I'm understanding

what is a communicator ?

2. Understanding

what does canopy mean?


 how high did he get on his jetpack?


what does tendril mean? *

5. Applying

what does lashing mean? *

*These are clarifying / understanding questions Akshay.

1 answer

2 answer

3 answer

4 answer

5 answer

1. Understanding

what does scrambled mean

2. Applying

tell me another time when something just disappeared?

The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

CHAPTER 7- Teacher Questions                       CHAPTER 8- Teacher Questions