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The Children of the King

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Simon McInerney

on 19 April 2018

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Transcript of The Children of the King

World War II
The Impending Blitz on London
To Heron Hall!
- A Tedious Train Ride -

Task: Research the evacuation of children from London During the Blitz
Children of the King - Sonya Hartnett
The novel opens with an atmosphere of fear and suspense. The author hints at the threat of war without actually mentioning it.
Which word suggests the novel may be set during a war?
We are introduced to the Lockwood family
Who are the members of the family?
What kind of person is Cecily? (Use 2 Adjectives)
Provide evidence from the opening pages to support each of your answers
What kind of person is Jeremy? (Use 2 Adjectives)
Provide evidence from the opening pages to support each of your answers
What kind of person is Heloise? (Use 2 Adjectives)
Provide evidence from the opening pages to support each of your answers
What kind of person is Humphrey? (Use 2 Adjectives) Provide evidence from the opening pages to support each of your answers
Sonya Hartnett loves to use Figurative Language!

Last term we explored a few of the most common figurative devices

Can you spot examples of each of the following devices in the opening chapter?

Remember to say what effect Sonya Hartnett wanted each of these to have on the reader
Character & Comprehension Questions
Why did Cecily like to be found?
What is Jeremy's opinion of his sister? How do we know this? (Use
Why do you think Jeremy continues to play Hide & Seek? What does it tell us about his character?
How does Cecily know that what their father has to tell them is very serious?
"Even Jeremy, who relished such talk, stared in silence (p7)
What 'talk' does Jeremy 'relish'? Why do you think he does so?
Why is Jeremy reluctant to be evacuated?
Do you think he is right to want to remain in London? Why/Why not?
'Her father turned from the son who was like those brilliant sparks of the fire, to the daughter who was as unremarkable as a daisy.'

What figurative device is used in this quotation?
What does the author mean by each of these comparisons?
Why do you think she makes these comparisons?
Write a half-to-three-quarter page piece about a time when you were told to do something you didn't want to do for your own good.

Remember to include your reflections on the situation - What happened - How you felt.
Use descriptive language and figurative devices!
Cecily is deep in thought at the beginning of this chapter

What is she thinking about?

What do we learn about her from these thoughts? (Provide Evidence)
What two sentences (one on p11 and one on p13) indicate that the Lockwood family is wealthy?
Write out the sentences and

your answers
We are given some insight into Heloise's character in this chapter.
Can you find some sentences that tell us something about her?
Do these insights tie in with what we learned about her in Chapter One? Explain your answers
Why do you think Jeremy usually 'took a farmer's interest' in lambs? How does this tie in with what we have learned about his character in Chapter One?
Cecily doesn't understand why 'the war, which was huge and serious and complicated, should bother to disrupt even the littlest life - like a tiger so bad-tempered it would crush a ladybird'

What does this tell us about Cecily's character?
Why does the author paint Cecily like this? Do you think she will remain this way for the whole novel? Why/Why not?

What figurative device is used in the above quotation? What is the intended effect on the reader?
'The afternoon sun threw flares into the blackness of her closed eyes. Heloise turned a book's pages, Jeremy scratched the varnish on the windowsill. The train made a heavy rushing sound like a bull charging through shoulder-height grass. It hauled the children north, away from the menace of bombs, across squarely fenced countryside with its tidy woods and glossy fields and into a soundless place beyond it, where a white sky hung greatly over a silver land.' - p18
OK - this is a nice chunk of writing to get our teeth into!
First things first! Let's identify some parts of speech!
3 x Noun
3 x Verb
2 x Pronoun
3 x Adjective
3 x Adverb
2 x Preposition
Your Turn!
Write a half page in which you describe a journey through a landscape.

Remember to be as descriptive as possible; not just about the landscape, but about your actions and the mood that they represent
What was The Blitz?
How many children were evacuated?
What happened to those children whose parents were killed in The Blitz?
How long did The Blitz last?
When and how did The Blitz end?
Sonya Hartnett describes the confusion and loneliness of the children at the station and in the town hall. How does she manage to get across to us just how chaotic and frightening it must have been for the evacuees?
While Cecily is busily fascinated by the scene before her, Heloise is more concerned about other things. What is she worried about and what does it tell us about her character? Is this in keeping with what we already know about her?
How does Cecily treat the situation?

Is this a mature attitude to have? Why/Why not?

Why does Jeremy speak up about choosing a child? What does it tell us about his character?

Why does Heloise not want to choose a child?
Imagine you are May - Write down your thoughts as you stand in the Town Hall waiting to see if you will be 'chosen' by a family
What are your first impressions of May?
Draw and label your impression of May standing in the Town Hall
Why does May keep saying 'I'm not afraid of anything'?

Do you think this is true? Why/Why not?
Uncle Peregrine
May has 'never been to country' - Why do you think this is? What does it tell us about her life? How will this impact on her friendship with Cecil?
'And don't say anything - impolite. You know what impoliteness is, don't you?'
'I do.'
'Good,' said Cecily. 'I want to be proud of you.'

Why does Cecily want to 'be proud' of May?

Do you think she is right to feel this way? Why/Why not?
'Her host at Heron Hall was, in appearance, like a wily criminal from an adventure tale. He was tall and lean, and his face was shadowy, and he wore his dark hair long, like a mane, which May had never seen a real-life man do. His eyes, too, were very black, as if only night-time sights were invited into them. There was something mysterious about him, something beyond the fact that he looked like a sly magician, beyond his wife and baby having died, beyond his intolerance of questioning. There was something about him that made you feel he knew more about you than you did. If he'd a weasel up his sleeve, a knife in his belt, or the ability to change into a jackdaw, none of it would have surprised.'
This passage tells us a great deal about Uncle Peregrine. What kind of man does he seem to be? How does the author paint this picture?
Choose a member of your family and write a description of him/her that paints a vivid picture like the one above. Remember to use the language and devices that Harnett has used for her description of Uncle Peregrine
May shows herself to be quite independent in the first weeks of her stay at Heron Hall.

How does she do this?

Why do you think she does what she does?

How does Cecily feel about it? Why?
Cook was reading the paper and 'scanning a list of names for one she recognised' - what does this mean?

Who else might need to scan the list of names?

What does it tell us about the war?
The following is a transcript of the dialogue between the two girls.

Notice that every time there is a new speaker, there is a new line.

Also, with each new speaker, the first line indents (moves in right a bit from the margin)

Take note of the speech marks and where the commas, full stops, question marks & exclamation marks are located.

What do you think the ' - ' means at the end of some sentences?

'Cook doesn't like it, that's way. Cook gets angry. Look at you, you're filthy, you'll have to wash, and change your clothes. Where have you been?'

'I went for a walk - '

'Well you're not allowed to - '


'Stop saying why! Uncle Peregrine wouldn't want it, that's why!'

May wiped her nose. 'I don't think Mr Lockwood would care if I went for a walk,' she said.

'He wouldn't!' snapped Cecily, who wasn't skilled at fibbing. Honesty was, for her, not merely the best policy, but the only one she could reliably manage. 'I was worried,' she said again.

May answered, not unkindly, 'You don't have to be. I'm used to looking after myself.'

'In the city, not - here!' Cecily waved a hand at the landscape as if there resided dragons. 'Where did you go?'

'I followed Byron. We found a big stream.'

'You mean the river? That's far.'

'How can it be a river? It only came up to my ankles.'

'I don't think there is a law to say how deep a river should be,' Cecily said archly.

May chose not to argue. 'We crossed the river, and we found some old ruins.'

'Those ruins! It's dangerous there. You could have been lost or killed. Probably killed.'
Snow Castle!
May has 'discovered' Snow Castle and Cecily, in an effort to distract from the fact that May has not received any presents in the post, asks Uncle Peregrine about it. May suggests that the people who lived there must have been well-off
'Marble comes from Italy, where Michelangelo lived. So only a rich person could bring it all the way here and use it to build a house'
How does May know this?

What does it tell us about her life before the war?

What generous gesture does Jeremy make?

How does Cecily react, and why?
Write down something you know that you think is interesting and how you came to know about it.

Pair off and swap stories and be ready to tell the class about your partner's story.
'He limped from the room and left them sitting at the table, their young faces buttered with sunshine, the last piece of toast standing, a lone soldier, cold on the rack.'
Why do you think the author chose to finish the chapter like this?
A Secret in the Castle
May heads back to the castle with Byron and a plate of food.

She says to Cecily, who can't understand why they don't wait for her, 'You don't have to come.'

What does this tell us about May?

What does the author tell us about Cecily on the same page?
'Oh, she's always cross, I'm used to it. She's always nice, but always cross. She lets me do whatever I want, but everything I do annoys her. She scolds me for being spoiled, but buys me lots of things. That's funny, don't you think? You can't be sad and happy, but you can be mean and nice.'
About whom is Cecily talking?
Does this fit with our understanding of this character? Why/Why not?
Does this kind of relationship between Cecily and the other character appeal to you? Why/Why not?
'You can be happy and sad,' said May. 'I am.'
What does May mean?

Write in your Journal about a time when you were happy and sad
You and the person beside you are going to explore an unknown land. You are both feeling differently about the upcoming adventure. As you get your gear together, you have a conversation about the trip.

Write out the conversation in direct speech
Reasoning with Evidence
Reasoning with Evidence
Reasoning with Evidence
Reasoning with Evidence
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