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FORM 5

Novels

Step by wicked step
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Synopsis Elements Activities Assessment Answer Key Glossary Panel of writers

Curriculum Development Division.Ministry of Education Malaysia 2010 .

STEP BY WICKED STEP

NOVEL

Introduction
What is a novel?

Only in a novel are all things given full play – D. H. Lawrence 
A novel is a long narrative in literary prose. Novels tell stories, which are typically defined as a series of events described in a sequence. The novel has been a part of human culture for over a thousand years, although its origins are somewhat debated. Regardless of how it began, the novel has risen to prominence and remained one of the most popular and treasured examples of human culture and writing. There have been stories and tales for thousands of years, but novels must combine a few unique characteristics in order to be defined as such. First, a novel is written down, rather than told through an oral account. Secondly, novels are meant to be fictional in form, differentiating them from myths, which are said to have their basis in reality or theology. Although some modern scholars argue differently, there is no truly established guideline for length, point-of-view, or even establishment of a moral or philosophical point in novels. Sources : http://www.wisegeek.com Date accessed : http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novel Date accessed : 5th July 2010 : 5th July 2010

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The elements of a novel include the following:
i. ii. Plot - the structure of a novel. It shows the arrangement of events and actions within a story (please refer to notes on Freytag’s Pyramid below for details). Setting - the time, place, physical details, and circumstances in which a situation occurs. Setting enables the reader to better envision how a story unfolds by relating necessary physical details of a piece of literature. Theme - is the main idea, or message, of an essay, paragraph, or a book. The message may be about life, society, or human nature. Themes often explore timeless and universal ideas and may be implied rather than stated explicitly. Along with plot, character, setting, and style, theme is considered one of the fundamental components of fiction. It is the universal statement or feel when you read a piece of writing. Character and characterisation - a character is a person in a narrative who may represent a particular class of group of people. Characters in a novel a the vehicle by which author conveys to us his / her view of the world. Characters maybe classify either main character or minor character. The characterisation of a character is revealed by actions, speech, thoughts, physical appearance, and the other characters’ thoughts or words. Language - used by author to reveal the theme and purpose of the novel.

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4 . Exposition: setting the scene. The writer introduces the characters and setting.Notes on Freytag's Pyramid Gustav Freytag was a nineteenth century German novelist who saw common patterns in the plots of stories and novels and developed a diagram to analyse them. He diagrammed a story's plot using a pyramid like the one shown here: 1.

A single event usually signals the beginning of the main conflict. England. 6. holding the position from 2001 to 2003. AUTHOR’S BACKGROUND Anne Fine was born on 7 December 1947 in Leicester. She also writes for adults. The inciting incident is sometimes called 'the complication'.providing description and background. of which she has written more than 50. She currently lives in County Durham. Anne Fine is best known for her children's books. 5 . Climax: the moment of greatest tension in a story. pronounced: day-no-moh) the ending. questions or mysteries which remain after the resolution are solved by the characters or explained by the author. 7. Dénouement: (a French term. 2. At this point. She was appointed the second Children's Laureate. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an OBE in 2003. It is the event that the rising action builds up to and that the falling action follows. She graduated in politics from University of Warwick. She was married to the philosopher Kit Fine but divorced in 1988. England. Rising Action: the story builds and gets more exciting. Falling Action: events happen as a result of the climax and we know that the story will soon end. Inciting Incident: something happens to begin the action. 4. Resolution: the character solves the main problem or someone usually solves it for him or her. This is often the most exciting event. Sometimes the author leaves us to think about the THEME or future possibilities for the characters. 3. 5. any remaining secrets.

Her work has been translated into 27 languages. any child disturbed by the sheer antagonism between the prototypically overbearing and unfeeling stepfather and the young grieving Richard can comfort themselves that this sort of thing is part of 'history'. I quite deliberately made the toughest emotional tale that of the Victorian child. one by one. I began researching the subject of what is often called 'reconstituted' families. The children's school visit to Harwick Hall provides both the outer frame and the explanation for why all five children should just 'happen' to be from broken families. Twentieth Century Fox filmed her satirical novel Madame Doubtfire as Mrs. "Since You Passed This Poster Yesterday. or by showing how the sheer determination of a child can give strength and purpose (Colin's story). Only five could be fitted into the radio adaptation . and the children aren't ready. Doubtfire. starring Robin Williams. with all the protagonists now lying safely in their graves. Her books for younger children include Bill's New Frock and How to Write Really Badly. Ralph's story is a 6 robust one from start to finish. after walking my children to school under a giant billboard that declared. But it was hard to argue an author shouldn't write about a state of affairs that affects so many of our children. We have six stories in the book. I think the adults who read the book simply shared the same shock I felt when. Set in the past. sometimes by showing things well on the way to a happy ending (Claudia and Pixie's stories). at heart. Step by Wicked Step took some reviewers' breath away.including a host of young readers whose depth of feeling and unhappy circumstances may mirror Richard's more than we care to think . Often the really tough time comes when one parent or the other sets up home with someone new.can take the story more at its emotional face value. And. each of the stories of the listening children. I knew from the lives around me that parental separation was only the beginning of the Notes for teachers and other adults from Anne Fine complications for children. Both book and radio adaptation has the structure of boxes within boxes. I've been a shade more protective in the other stories. Richard Clayton Harwick's long-hidden journal provides an inner tale that triggers off. Another 400 Children Were Affected by Divorce". When it was first published. . which was adapted for television by writer Deborah Moggach for the BBC.and even that was a squeeze.Her books for older children include the award winning The Tulip Touch and GoggleEyes. Richard Harwick. Those of us who know better .

from the letters I get.) The book's been a great success in schools. and listen' because none of these stories is particularly unusual. and the lack of real opportunity to speak frankly and openly about their feelings and situations to the adults around them. yes. emotionally. To this end. of course. one of the hardest books I've ever chosen to write. to be glad I kept at it. and not the broadcast version. the 'autobiography' element which can be mined to advantage. Collins Educational have published the playscript. 7 . But all of them.) The mix of sexes in the stories works well with classes of all sorts." "My family is. Update: since Anne Fine wrote these notes. But I only have to read the letters of children responding to it. and picked what I worked out was a fair cross-section of scenarios and emotional states.") keeps up the interest. lead complicated and demanding emotional lives. (Each child has a very distinct story-telling outlook and style. from the numbers of runaways on our streets. This is an entirely fresh adaptation. There is. But. like adults. It was. than we'd care to imagine. often lived in strained and stretched families. In giving five of them so intimate and honest a voice. (Colin's seems saddest. even now. All too many tales for young children assume far too narrow an emotional range. 'Look around you. Step by Wicked Step empowers all who share the story. what really seems to touch a nerve about Step by Wicked Step is the depth of the children's feelings. If adults reading the book or listening to the adaptation are startled by this. Many children do enjoy 'fun'. I think we can assume that even Richard Harwick's story is commoner.I've tried to be honest about the lack of choices most children are offered. but. I think the only thing that I can say is. The sheer 'domestic' element of the tales ("Our family's not like that. of course. I've shifted through scores of perfectly normal 'case studies' of families after divorce.

heart-rending stories they are: of hurting but still humorous children picking their way through a minefield of embittered or uncommunicative or just plain immature parents. From the journal. the two girls Claudia and Pixie and three boys.uk/stepnotes. all of whom also have "steps. Robbo. ‘ Richard Clayton Harwick – My Story.phpaccessed Date access: 6th July 2010 SYNOPSIS It is a wild and stormy night when five British school children from Mordanger School arrive ahead of their classmates for a week-long field trip at "haunted" Old Harwick Hall.annefine.Source: www." or step-parents. it reads. insecure or reluctant step parents and resentful step siblings.co. to share their own sagas. "Step by Wicked Step" proves that all pain eventually heals and that we have the power to change things for the better. one by one. the children uncover the story of a boy who runs away from the sinister influence of a loveless stepfather. Read and Weep’. 8 . And what engrossing. With the aid of flashes of lightning. each of the stories of the listening children. the lack of a principal plot is of no consequence as the novel main purpose is to serve as a forum for the various stories. On the cover. However. Ralph and Colin find a long-abandoned secret room containing a mysterious journal. Richard Clayton Harwick's longhidden journal provides an inner tale that triggers off.

’ says the spidery writing on the cover of the book. In Step by Wicked Step. Ralph.STEP BY WICKED STEP NOVEL Elements PLOT SUMMARY This novel is really five stories within a story that are induced by a story. like a nesting puzzle. we have six stories in the book. Claudia. In a hidden tower room they discover an old diary. five boys and girls find themselves in an old house on a stormy night. “Read and Weep. There may be a lack of a principal plot here but it is of no consequence as the novel’s main purpose is to serve as a forum for six various stories of Richard Clayton Harwick. Colin. that of Richard Clayton Harwick. Pixie and Robbo. So. who left behind a journal account of his wicked stepfather. 9 .

10 . He did not return to see his mother or sister until he read a square print from Riddle & Flook which requested him to claim his ownership to Old Harwick Hall. and almost always misunderstood. Richard makes the decision to leave and become a cabin boy when ‘a great ship strains at the tide’. Pixie and Robbo to tell their own tales of stepfathers. Ralph. yet with a fair share of sadness. Only then. stories that are full of warmth and humour. Being ‘robbed of all his precious tokens’ from home.After Richard Clayton Harwick’s father passes away. Colin. By then. His decision has caused anguish in his mother and sister.’ he reminded Claudia. Each vignette* is a wonderful study of human nature. “Stories don’t have to be written. As the lightning flashes. quick-witted Ralph. unwelcome. Read and Weep’. stepmothers. Harwick's story prompts Claudia. fiery Pixie and dreamy Colin seem as different to each other as it is possible to be. Reverend Coldstone. beloved. Sports-mad Robbo. and that they are all the products of broken homes and they once have a turbulent relationship with a ‘step-’ or ‘steps-’ Below are the five stories in ‘steps by wicked steps’ spin off from Richard Clayton Harwick’s ‘My Story.’ he reiterated. He wishes to burn Mordanger to ‘ashes’ as to him. At first it seems the children could have nothing in common. who have spent a fortune seeking his return. Richard knows that his stepfather. and stepsiblings. As Ralph says. who are in turn eccentric. he could not get along with his wicked and loveless stepfather. he was sent to Mordanger School for four long years. Off you go. mother and sister have passed on. When he returns to Old Harwick Hall. Yet they soon find they have one thing in common. he realises his decision to leave has changed the lives of his family members. the children begin to relate their own tales of step parents. sensible Claudia. ‘ This is the night for stories. ‘there’s no meaner place on earth’ than this boarding school.

Stella. Dad finds a girlfriend. Colin. /vin-‘yet. However.*vignette – n. she is being ignored. After Claudia’s parents’ divorce. 11 . Ralph. Claudia realises her rudeness and she comes out of her closet by wearing the green pyjamas given by Stella. “little vine”) Here are the brief description of the vignettes of Claudia. Ralph’s Story: A Tale of Three Stepmothers Ralph's life. is as complicated as a maze as he has three stepmothers and many stepfamily members. Pixie and Robbo. His mother takes up with a person whom he thinks of as his father. Finally. though merry. Now he misses him so badly that it hurts. vѐn-/ descriptive passage within a larger work (French. Claudia feels disloyal to her mum whenever she has a good time with her father and his new girlfriend. Even though Stella tries her best to be accepted by Claudia and her daddy’s friends. his immature mother also leaves this stepdad after a while. Claudia’s Story: Green Pyjamas Colin’s Story: The Bluebird of Happiness Colin and his mother left his father when he was a few weeks’ old.

Coldstone Mr. mother’s and sister’s. One day her stepmother ( Lucy) and Pixie have a fight. his stepfather’s. Finally. This has caused mum and Robbo’s stepfather to be upset. did not get along well with her stepmother at the beginning Fiery. Plumley family. selfish Owner of Old Harwick Hall. Richard’s wicked stepfather. When he inherits Old Harwick Hall. Dumpa has caused numerous problems between them and their step father. Robbo realises that Roy does not move on because Dumpa’s the problem. Robbo realises that his mother is always stuck in between when Callie and Roy quarrel. Reverend Coldstone whose wrath Richard cannot stand. quick-witted. They pour out their frustrations. sports-mad especially football School pupil. strict and cold-hearted A staff of the school who accompanies the children to Old 12 . Callie always think that the birth of their stepbrother. ‘always pretending he didn’t notice things’.Story within ‘step by wicked step’ Pixie’s Story: The Pains in my Life Pixie has to deal with two really irritating stepsisters and a father who pretends he doesn't notice how difficult things are for her. CHARACTERS Name of character Robbo Ralph Colin Descriptions/ Attributes/ Personality School pupil. longs to be reunited with his stepdad. without knowing that he has made a decision that will change three lives. and leaving them for Lucy to sort out the mess. hardworking and occasionally likes to intercept impolitely during a conversation School pupil. lost his father at a very young age. Roy. He runs away. His mother remarries the priest. Only then they realise that it is all because of Pixie’s father who is “selfish’. sensible. he has lost his three closest members of the Rev. Robbo’s Story: Dumpa’s the Problem Robbo and his sister. When the relationship between Robbo’s mother and Roy is on the rock. a good reader. dreamy as ‘he drifts through the hours of each school day as if his thoughts were hundreds of miles away’ and this ‘ drove his teachers to Claudia Pixie Richard Clayton Harwick despair’ Steady.

a The Beard). who is a cook Colin’s immature mother Colin’s endearing stepdad (Jack ) who calls him many 3. First stepmother.Miss O’ Dell Mr.k. Sophie and Hetty Payne Pixie’s dad. Annabelle Second stepmother. Robbo’s Story: Dumpa’s the Problem • • together as a happy one. Digby Lucy Charlotte Harwick Hall The school teacher who picks five of the children on a trip after a quick glance at her list. Robbo’s step dad. Flora Stepdad. whose lackadaisical attitude towards his family makes things difficult for the family to come 5. Callie. Stella. Pixie’s Story : The Pains in my Life • • • • nicknames. Lucy Two stepsisters . Roy ( a. Colin’s Story : The Bluebird of Happiness • • • Characters Dad’s girlfriend. OTHER CHARACTERS IN THE VIGNETTES VIGNETTE 1. Janet Third stepmother. Ralph’s Story : A Tale of Three Stepmothers • • • 4. Claudia’s Story : Green Pyjamas 2. Gardener at the Harwick’s household Maid at the Harwick’s household Richard Clayton Harwick’s sister. Robbo’s sister who 13 . Howard Pixie’s stepmother.

Claudia realises it is not fair to hate her new stepmother. Think long enough before making a decision Richard Harwick made a rash decision to run away and that had changed the lives of his stepfather. Family unity The nucleus of moral values. Pixie and Robbo. Colin.hates The Beard • • Dumpa. THEMES Family relationships Coping with new family members for example Pixie understands that her new stepmother is having as much trouble ‘adjusting’ as she is. there is no reason for us to be unhappy for ever’. Ralph. Dealing with adversities Young children and adults may find difficulties dealing with frustrations. Stella. Hope SETTING 1. The haunted house of Harwick. For example.” is being invaded by outsiders (‘step’ or ‘steps’) and this causes disharmony. fears and sadness. Sibling rivalry Resentful step-siblings cause burden and hostility in a home. Being happy ‘Life has dealt us one hard blow. 14 . 2. mother and sister. Robbo’s newly born step brother Robbo’s mum. “the family unit. Domestic households of Claudia.

and the events leading up to them. Like someone stepping on stones over a river with water raging on both sides (p. We must not judge someone without knowing all the facts. VALUES 1. 3. The listener or reader can form a mental image of the comparison. Dealing with Separation and Divorce It deals with a social phenomenon that many people are experiencing.. 16) 3. dressed black as a bat (p.25) . (p. 15 .Coping with change All pain eventually heals and that we have the power to change things for the better. This increases understanding of what the author is trying to communicate. Being brave Characters like Claudia and Pixie are brave as they confess to their own rotten behaviour. 4. 2.. These are some of the similes used by Anne Fine: Simile 1. Adults or parents should be more thoughtful in making decision as it would affect the lives of their children. nobody asks the lad who speaks as roughly as a gardener’s son. and study the facts. It is important that children should tell their parents about their real feelings and vice versa. Separation and divorce. 2. whether his mother knows he’s off to sea. 21) When a great ship strains at the tide. and claims to be Dick Digby. One has to be brave when facing adversities. We should weigh our pros or cons. the idea of a divorce as somehow horrible. and needs a cabin boy. interrupts the stability and predictability that children need. The comparison made in a simile is often unusual. LITERARY DEVICES Anne Fine uses similes to emphasise a certain characteristic of a thing.

10. 4) tight little circle. 6) She picked her way….17) How many cloudless afternoons I was to water with my private showers (p. (p 87) Like leftover shoved in a fridge (p. 3. 3. Anne Fine occasionally makes a point by overstating an action or object as in the following hyperboles: 1.103) It was like the Arctic.How many nights my pillow would become a flood (p. 8) …over a black and white tiled floor that looked like a huge checkerboard glazed … (p. with a look ‘Why should you?’ (p.4. 2) …. Hyperbole Hyperbole is exaggeration. As the driver swung the minibus (p. 17) Personification Personification is a a figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form. She ( Hetty ) is still wary of me. plain as day. but in the room the silence is palpable (p. 2. it also helps us to relate more to the object or idea that is being personified because it is easier for us to relate to something with human attributes. 8. 9. 7.. 4. 2. like campers round a …(p. 2) And then another flash shot generously across the sky (p. 34) Repetition 16 . and I don’t have to watch her cocking her one side and fiddling with her hair or rolling the cat like a sausage across the downie (p.as narrow as the ones that archers used… (p. By using this literary device. It puts a picture into the reader’s mind.like someone stepping …. 21) And I’d just stare down at my plate on my face that said. and I still get on with her that bit better when all the lights are out. 7) The wind still whistled through the tree. 1) Just as if the dull-looking binder on the desk was a delicious birthday cake (p. 1. Flinching as the twisted fingers of trees scraped at the glass (p. 40) 5.(p. 6. 10) No tears! I would have found obedience…. Anne Fine uses personification to make this novel more dramatic and interesting or to convey a certain mood.

as we went on. I started getting into trouble at school…’ (p. time. mood and social settings of ‘Richard Clayton Harwick – My Story.112.’ said Colin. ‘There isn’t anything to tell.’ said Colin. background.119 and 125 ) 5. 1-30 ) around the classroom. 56 ) ‘ I’ve told you.This device is mostly used in two of the vignettes to emphasise on the subject in hand. Students try to relate the setting with the main story . 4. 53) ‘There isn’t a story.51) ‘There isn’t a story. physical. We just went on. 57 ) ‘Dumpa’s the problem’ (pgs 107. 2. 3. Tell students to read and identify the place. Read and weep’.’ (p. (p. ‘We just went on. STEP BY WICKED STEP SETTING/ACTIVITY 1 Old Harwick Hall Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 2 To enable students to be aware of the setting To enable students to read and identify the setting based on textual evidence 1 2 3 Materials Chunks of the story Handout 1 – Chunks of the Story Worksheet 1 Steps 1 2 3 4 5 Paste chunks of the story ( Handout 1 taken from pgs. as shown in the following: 1. ’There isn’t story.’ said Colin.’ said Colin.’ (p. ‘It isn’t a story. It’s just that. Distribute Worksheet 1 17 Tell students to write short notes on the various types of setting.

The setting helps to establish the mood of a story.What feeling is created while reading the story? STEP BY WICKED STEP SETTING/WORKSHEET 1 Old Harwick Hall Place This is Old Harwick Hall.Notes The setting refers to the geographical location ( place). There are several aspects of a story’s setting to consider when examining how types of setting contribute to a story for example: Place – Where does the story take place? Time – When is the story taking place? Physical details – What do you see in the place where does the story take place? Background ( of characters) – Is the protagonist rich? Social conditions – What is the daily life of the characters like? Mood or atmosphere. write out the setting which you can identify from the story. Mood Time 18 . In each bubble. the time and the general environment and circumstances that prevail in a narrative.

stone tower. It was forbidden ground. strangled by ivy. was a dark silhouette of tumbled stone.’ They'd all heard about the ruined church. and if you were caught climbing on its perilously steep slopes. ‘Is that it?’ ‘No. even though this was a school week. you were sent home. 19 . that's the old church.Social Setting Physical details Protaganist’s Background STEP BY WICKED STEP SETTING/ HANDOUT 1 Chunks of the Story Another brilliant flash lit up a jagged. All they could see of it from the minibus as they swept by.

‘There it is!’ ‘Strick!’ Through the arcs of the wipers.. ‘What! Yet another costly search! Let the ungrateful boy be lost for ever!’ ‘Lilith! Waste more of your 20 . 16) Then he stepped back. his voice was even sharper than mine. It was not Sunday. the framed old maps – surely even his frail and nodding great-grandmother had spent her childhood in a brighter room than this. and ( I’ll say it fearlessly. ornate bed came from a family with a mint of money.’ (p. when he spoke. they could make out a towering mansion with dunce-hatted turrets. I am in a hurry. Moonlight flickered eerily against its dark windows. when it was left to spiders all those years ago. (p. And.’ He gripped my arm tighter. His pale face peered in mine. and loomed over me. standing black against storm clouds. ‘Sir. 9) It was the Reverend Coldstone.’ he warned. with. (p. the plain dark coverlet. I sensed. ‘ Trust me. There was a flash of anger in those ice-blue eyes. He was dressed black as a bat. far more practice. ‘I shall take time to mend your manners soon. but still I wished him back in his dark ivysmothered chapel. Everyone turned from the side windows and stared ahead. all of us suffered Mr Coldstone’s anger as money slipped steadily away. now he has done his beat to beat the fear out of me) he was no more welcome than one of those sinister.‘Cripes!’ the driver said suddenly. (pgs 1-2) The heavy drapes. All he could tell from looking round was that.. the last child to sleep in that high. 17) . stabbing at the brakes. misbegotten creatures in my mother’s pretty morning room.

everything changed. Mr Plumley. Last year she died ( of him too close. Master Richard!’ he said. My mother’s dark dresses billowed as she hurried across landings. out of the driving rain. over a black and white tiled floor that looks like a huge checkboard glazed with storm water. my father took a fever. ‘Ring the bell. they exchanged battered rucksacks and brand new holdalls as the driver took off in a spray of wet gravel. 15) … . and their teacher stared miserably at the huge oak and iron door. (p. and you too far). Is my father dying?’ He lifted his head and stared. pushing the spade aside and crushing me into his breast. (p. and took the courage to ask him. 4) Poor Mr Plumley had marched straight into a giant floor-to-ceiling looking glass that reflected the wide curve of stairs sweeping out of the shadows behind them. ‘What bell?’ Quite right. ‘Mr Digby.’ prompted Claudia.but early one evening I came across George the gardener leaning heavily on his spade. And. 3) The door grated open. 28) Here. And then I knew. impatiently snatching from the servants’ hands the things she begged my father to lift his head from the pillows and try : poor thing indeed! ( p. No bell that anyone could see. he would not give a penny to look for you… ( p. Day by day. The maids wept in corners. A dreadful silence fell upon our house. from the day that she was buried. 4) When I was young. 21 .dwindling fortune on this folly and I will make you pay for it twice over!’ And so he did. ‘Oh. (p.

where the brash patterns pressed by the soles of their shoes made them feel even more like trespassers. on books and cushions –even on the floor.’ They’d all hear about the ruined chapel. on lantern and candelabra. (p. God bless’ (p. 15) ‘ ‘Is that it?’ ‘No.That night. Lucy the maid came in my mother’s room to hear my prayers and say ‘Goodnight. 9) STEP BY WICKED STEP SETTING/ACTIVITY 2 There’s No Place Like Home Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 Materials 1 2 To analyse the setting of the story To examine the similarities and differences between the setting of the fiction book they are reading and the one they live in. that’s the old chapel.2 ) The dust lay thick – on shelf and desk and chair. 22 Worksheet 2 – Graphic Organiser . ( p. 9) Ralph gazed at the cobwebs glinting in the moonlight. It is quite obvious to every one of them that no one had stepped in this room as long as anyone alive could possibly remember. (p.

location. culture. the setting in the book and the one in which you live in. STEP BY WICKED STEP SETTING/WORKSHEET 2 There’s No Place Like Home Write the title of a chosen vignette. history and economy). landscape. Then. This can be as general or as specific as you’d like. flora and fauna. climate. the climate. State how are the two settings alike and then list four ways in which the settings differ ( for example. location. culture. Tell students to write the title of the chosen vignette in the novel. tell them to write the setting in which they live (on the top right of the ceiling). character or value. history and economy). Instruct students to write one setting on the top left of the ceiling.Steps 1 2 3 4 5 Distribute copies of the worksheet to the students. Notes This graphic organiser can also be used to compare and contrast other literary elements for examples. Tell students to write four ways in which the setting from the book is similar to the setting in which they live (in the box below the question “How are they alike?”). Tell students to list four ways in which the settings differ (for examples. landscape. TITLE OF THE VIGNETTE: _________________________ 23 . Students can compare one character with another or themselves. flora and fauna.

( a setting in the book ) setting) (the setting in which you live) How are they alike? How are they different? STEP BY WICKED STEP VOCABULARY/ACTIVITY 3 Vocabulary Robot Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 To enable students to learn the meaning of new vocabulary found in the fiction. 24 1 2 3 Materials Vocabulary Robot graphic organiser Dictionary Thesaurus .

Let students find the definition for the word as it is used in the sentence and write the definition on the right boot. an adjective. Find the definition of the word as it is used in the sentence and write the definition on the right boot. Tell students to write a word from the novel they are reading. Find four antonyms and write them on the right hand of the robot. Notes Give copies of the Vocabulary Robot graphic organizer after each lesson so that students can create a vocabulary journal. have students draw a picture of the word on the robot’s body. Draw a picture of the word on the robot’s body. Have them write the sentence containing the vocabulary word on the robot’s left boot. Finally. If the word is not a concrete noun. you may illustrate it using an emoticon. Use a thesaurus to find four synonyms and write them on the left hand. They can use a pocket folder to store all the vocabulary words they learn throughout the year.Steps 1 2 3 4 5 6 Give copies of the Vocabulary Robot graphic organiser to students. They should write it inside the robot’s head. an adjective or idea. (If the word is a feeling. etc) . or an idea). STEP BY WICKED STEP VOCABULARY/WORKSHEET 3 Vocabulary Robot 25 Write a word from the novel inside the robot’s head. they may need to illustrate the concept (especially if the word is a feeling. cutting from the newspaper or magazine. Invite students to use a thesaurus to find four synonyms and four antonyms for the word and write them on the robot’s hand.

STEP BY WICKED STEP 4 CHARACTERISATION/ACTIVITY Similar but Different Time : 40 minutes 26 .

STEP BY WICKED STEP CHARACTERISATION/WORKSHEET 4 Similar but Different 27 . Ask them to write the two names on the Worksheet. Give each group Worksheet 4. Group presentation – students state character traits and justify with textual evidence. Tell each group to choose a representative. the writer’s descriptions and how others react to the character. his or her actions. Students discuss the character traits of the chosen characters. Notes We can identify character traits by analysing a character’s speech.Aims 1 2 To identify the characteristics of each character To compare and contrast between two characters. 1 2 Materials Names of the characters Worksheet 4 Steps 1 2 3 4 5 Divide students into groups of four.

25) 2. Adventurous as he went sailing across the oceans ( p. (p. Are there any similarities or differences? Write two similar and different traits in the empty spaces provided. 19 ) Name: __________________ Name: __________________ 28 . Discuss the character traits of the chosen characters. Coldstone insisted Richard to stay but the latter answered. nor let another try it. Provide evidence to justify your answers. Protective as he once said. Richard Clayton Harwick 1. 4. ‘ Sir. Wild as this was how Mr Coldstone describe Richard (p.Write two characters in the two boxes given. I am in a hurry’. Remorseful as he wept after reading Charlotte’s letter. 28) 5. Rebellious when Rev . ‘ And I would not harm Charlotte for the world.’ 3.

Tell students to write the name of a character in the box at the top of the page. Could it be the birth of a baby sister? Moving to the new house? Taking a trip? Having to come to terms with parents’ divorce? 29 . Let students describe how the character feels or acts at the beginning of the story.STEP BY WICKED STEP CHARACTERISATION/ACTIVITY 5 A Change in Character Time : 40 minutes Aims 1. Notes Teacher may ask the students to name something that had happened in their lives and how their feelings or actions changed because of it. Instruct students to write a description of an event that had caused the character to change in the arrow at the centre of the organiser. Tell students to write about how the character feels or acts after the event. To examine the ways in which a character changes and grows over the course of the story 1 2 Materials Worksheet 5 Coloured pens/markers Steps 1 2 3 Give each student a copy of Worksheet 5. Tell them to write their description in the box on the left side of the graphic 4 5 organiser.

STEP BY WICKED STEP CHARACTERISATION /WORKSHEET 5 A Change in Character Write the name of the character chosen in the box below. Then. Finally. CHARACTER’S NAME BEFORE How does the character feel or act at the beginning of the story? AFTER How does the character feel or act at the end of the story? CAUSE What causes the character to change? 30 . Write how the character feels or acts at the beginning of the story in the left column of the arrow. write how the character feel or act at the end of the story on the right column of the arrow. write a description of an event that has caused the character to change in the arrow.

Have students glue each of the tabs behind the panel it meets Notes 31 . copy the templates onto cardboard. Show students how to fold the paper along the dotted lines so that it forms a cube. Tell them to cut out the cube pieces along the solid lines.) Ask students to follow the directions to fill out each of the six panels. ( For sturdier cubes. Instruct them to glue TAB A behind the bottom of Panel 4.STEP BY WICKED STEP 6 CHARACTERISATION/ACTIVITY Character Cubes Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 2 To analyse the traits of a character in the novel To make connections between the character and people or events in their lives 1 2 3 4 Materials Character Cube templates ( Worksheet 6 ) Coloured markers and pencils Scissors Bottles of glue Steps 1 2 3 4 5 6 Distribute copies of the two Character Cube templates (Worksheet 6) to each student.

Fold the paper along the dotted line so that if forms a cube. glue TAB A behind the bottom of Panel 4. Glue each of the tabs behind the panel it meets 32 .1. Then. Hang a string across the classroom. This activity may be given as group work. Fasten the Character Cubes STEP BY WICKED STEP 6 CHARACTERISATION/WORKSHEET Character Cubes Complete Panels 1 to 6 in the Character Cube templates. After that. cut out the cube pieces along the solid lines. Tie a paper clip to the end of a 10 cm thread. Create a mobile of students’ Character Cubes so that the others can see all the six sides of six major characters of ‘step by wicked step’. 2.

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Paste all completed worksheets around the classroom for other students to read. climax. how a problem affects the character and how the conflict is resolved 1 2 3 Materials Story in strips Paper Glue Steps 1 2 3 Tell students to reread a vignette ( choose one of the six stories ). and resolution) taken by the main character of the chosen vignette as in Worksheet 7. conflict. 35 .(Adapted from The Big Book of Reading Response Activities by Michael Gravois ) STEP BY WICKED STEP PLOT/ACTIVITY 7 Trace the Steps Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 2 To enable students to trace the development of a character To enable students to identify the events in sequence. Let students write out four steps ( exposition.

The plot is made up of an exposition. a conflict. Write the steps that he or she has taken from the start to the end of the story. STEP BY WICKED STEP PLOT/WORKSHEET 7 Trace the Steps The protagonist takes many steps in his/her life. The character that I have chosen is _____________ The First Step ( Exposition ) The Second Step ( Conflict or Problem ) 36 . climax and resolution.Notes The plot of a story is how the writer arranges events to develop into a story – it is the sequence of events in a story.

There are many values I have picked up from this novel. 1 To associate the events with values that a 1 The read you must. I learnt that we must _________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 37 ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ . These 2 To locate evidence to support the values in the story. It is the latest novel that every teenager and adult should text to discover reader should pick up from a story 2 Worksheet 9 about themselves. Aims Materials Hi! Have you read the novel.The Third Step ( Climax ) The Fourth Step ( Resolution ) STEP BY WICKED STEP VALUES/ACTIVITY 8 Picking up values Time : 80 minutes Dear Diana. Firstly. values will help us identify our problems and how to make life more comfortable. Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine? If you have not.

There are many moral values attached to the actions of a character or narrated by the writer. Your friend. love and care.____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ Steps ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 1 Teacher gives brief explanation on values found in the six stories. sympathy. STEP BY WICKED STEP VALUES/WORKSHEET 8 Picking up values 38 Write a letter to a friend on values you have learnt from ‘Step by Wicked Step’. and tolerance. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ That’s all for now! Do share your views on the novel after you have read it. 3 Students discuss in groups for other values found in other stories in this novel. Bye. Notes Values are picked up as we read a novel. ____________________________________________________________________ 5 Teacher evaluates the letters and discusses the contents in the next lesson. ____________________________________________________________________ 2 Teacher gives an example of a value with example from a vignette. Some Values moral values are kindness. Thank you. You man use the introduction below to start your letter . ____________________________________________________________________ 4 Students write a letter or e-mail to a friend about the values in the book.

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Give students Worksheet 9 with key phrases of themes or main ideas. 40 . Tell students to tick the appropriate phrases according to the story Tell students to choose a significant idea or theme and state how it had left a deep impression on them. Teacher discusses the responses. Give examples of themes.STEP BY WICKED STEP THEME/ACTIVITY 9 Main Ideas Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 2 3 To identify the themes To provide textual evidence to support a theme To give reasons for deciding on a theme 1 2 Materials The text Worksheet 9 Steps 1 2 3 4 5 Explain the concept of theme.

Notes The theme is the author’s underlying meaning or main idea that he or she is trying to convey to the readers. Some of the common themes are friendship, love, nature, believing in oneself, don’t judge a book by its cover, etc.

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Put a tick ( ) in the blank column if the main idea can be found in all the six stories or vignettes.

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Divide students into groups. Brainstorm students on the problems faced by the characters in the novel. Ask students to fill in Worksheet 1oa. Tell students to draw or find a picture which best suits a character in the novel and draw or paste it on the space given in Worksheet 10b. Tell students to use coloured pens to fill in the speech bubble with a problem that the character faces. Ask students to share the problems by pasting Worksheet 10b on the wall. Students and teacher discuss to determine a central theme in the story. (Teacher may encourage students to say out their own problems instead of those of the characters in the novel in Worksheet 10b).

Notes The theme of a novel is rarely stated directly. They usually must be inferred. A theme can be revealed by the way characters change in a story, conflicts in the story, and statements/speeches made by the narrator or characters.

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What’s the Problem?
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1 Story Richard Clayton Harwick – My Story.No. Read and Weep Claudia’s Story : Green Pyjamas Problem 2 3 4 Colin’s Story : The Bluebird of Happiness Ralph’s Story : A Tale of Three Stepmothers Pixie’s Story : The Pains in My Life 5 6 Robbo’s Story : Dumpa’s The Problem STEP BY WICKED STEP THEME/WORKSHEET 10b What’s the Problem? 44 .

Display your work on the wall/notice board. 5. 2. 3. Find a picture of a person from a magazine or newspaper that best suits the description of the chosen character (or you may draw a picture of the character). Paste or draw picture in the box given below. Write out (from the first person’s point of view) the problem faced by him/her in the speech bubble provided. My problem is… 45 . Choose a character from the novel.Instructions: 1. 4.

Picture of the character _________________________ (Name of character) STEP BY WICKED STEP THEME /ACTIVITY 11 Theme it all Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 2 To find out the writer’s message in each story. To find clues to justify their findings. 1 2 Materials The text Worksheet 11 Steps 46 .

Colin’s story The Bluebird of Happiness .Man Struggles Against Nature . Claudia’s story Green Pyjamas 47 3. .Man Struggles to Understand Divinity .Love .1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Give a brief explanation on how a theme is explored in a novel. Ask students to share their findings with classmates. Justify each theme with an event or incident in the story. Divide the class into six groups of students. Ask each group of students to brainstorm the theme(s) for each character’s story. Each student chooses a theme and fills in the worksheet given.life123.Human Beings All Have the Same Needs .Sacrifices Bring Reward . For each vignette in the novel ‘Step by Wicked Step’ choose a theme.Yin and Yang: Just when you think life is finally going to be easy. Richard Clayton Harwick’s story Read and Weep 2.Crime Does Not Pay .Friendship is Dependant on Sacrifice .Overcoming Adversity . 1.The Importance of Family .Love is the Worthiest of Pursuits . Notes The 12 Most Common Themes in Literature .com/parenting/education/children-reading/ Date accessed: 25 August 2010 ) STEP BY WICKED STEP THEME/WORKSHEET 11 Theme It All Discuss with your partner. something bad happens to balance it all out. Give some common themes in literature (see Notes).Man Struggles Against Societal Pressure .Death is Part of the Life Cycle (adapted from http://www.

______________________________________________________________________ Evidence : _____________________________________________________________ 5. ______________________________________________________________________ Evidence : _____________________________________________________________ 4. ______________________________________________________________________ Evidence : _____________________________________________________________ 6.1. ______________________________________________________________________ Evidence : _____________________________________________________________ 2. ______________________________________________________________________ Evidence : _____________________________________________________________ 3. ______________________________________________________________________ Evidence : _____________________________________________________________ 48 .

49 . Tell students to write a value they have learnt on the Wall of the Facebook in Worksheet 12. Pixie’s story The Pains in My Life 6. To introduce students to use a social media and networking website to talk about values in literature. Tell students to elicit value(s) learnt from one vignette of the novel.4. 1 2 Materials The text Worksheet 12 Steps 1 2 3 4 5 Give a brief history and the functions of Facebook ( see Notes). Robbo’s story Dumpa’s the Problem STEP BY WICKED STEP VALUES/ACTIVITY 12 Facebook Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 2 To encourage students to talk about the values they can pick up from some events or incidents. Ralph’s story A Tale of Three Stepmothers 5. Teacher explains values in literature ( see Notes ). Let students work in groups of four. Let students from other groups give comments on the Facebook Wall but remind them to write in proper English as this is a language task.

contact information and other personal information. . Users can create profiles with photos. It has more than 500 million active users in July 2010. . a social networking website launched in February 2004 was founded by Mark Zuckerberg. a space on every user's profile page that allows friends to post messages for the user to see.ethical value if reading it helps us asks questions related to the standards of a "good" life. Facebook has a number of features with which users may interact.Notes A Brief History and Functions of Facebook Facebook.entertainment value if reading it is an enjoyable way to pass the time. Let students from other groups to give comments on the Facebook Wall but write in complete sentences.cultural value if reading it sheds light on the place and time of the author of STEP BY WICKED STEP VALUES /WORKSHEET 12 Facebook Write a value you have learnt on the Wall of the Facebook in this worksheet. 50 . . What is there to value in literature? A work of literature can be valuable in several ways. They include the Wall. lists of personal interests.moral value if reading it teaches a lesson that will inspire the reader to live a better life. Literature has .

STEP BY WICKED STEP ENRICHMENT/ACTIVITY 13 Looking Out Devices Time : 40 minutes 51 .

simile. STEP BY WICKED STEP ENRICHMENT/HANDOUT 13 Looking Out Devices 52 .g. Discuss its meaning in class. Tell students to write a literary device on the top line. hyperbole. for e. and share examples ( see Handout 13) Give out a copy of ‘Looking Out Devices’ graphic organiser to each student. Tell students to write the phrase with the device and its page number in each lens of the binoculars. Notes Teacher may look at the literary devices given in the introductory section of this handbook for reference.Aims Materials 1 To allow students to explore ways in which literary device or figurative language is used in the novel 1 2 Worksheet 13 – Graphic Organiser Handout 13 Steps 1 2 3 4 5 Choose a literary device. Form groups of four and discuss the student’s findings. Instruct students to look for examples of the device in the novel they are reading. metaphor or personification.

4) …. Simile Simile …over a black and white tiled floor that looked like a huge checkerboard glazed …(p.Find two examples of similes. 8) STEP BY WICKED STEP ENRICHMENT/WORKSHEET 13 Looking Out Devices 53 . Write them in the binoculars with the lines and page number taken from the novel.as narrow as the ones that archers used (p.

STEP BY WICKED STEP BEYOND THE TEXT/ACTIVITY 14 Real life real people 54 .Find four examples of ________________ Write them in the binoculars with the lines and page number taken from the novel.

STEP BY WICKED STEP BEYOND THE TEXT/WORKSHEET 14 Real life real people 55 . let him or her create a fictitious story pertaining to this issue. climax and resolution. Notes Teacher may correct the narrative like any other written work or read them aloud in the class. Remind students that they may use pseudonyms or nicknames for the characters in the story. conflict. Give each student an envelope to put in his/her story. Instruct students to write out a narrative based on the four major milestones in the plot.Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 2 3 To write a narrative on a person’s life To retell a story of a real-life event in written form To develop story-telling ability 1 2 Materials Envelopes Writing Paper Steps 1 2 3 4 5 6 Ask students to think of a real life person who had gone through a life-changing event of any of the six characters in ‘step by wicked step’. Tell them to give a title to the narrative (like those vignettes in ‘Step by Wicked Step’ ) on the envelope. If a student does not have real life experience or knowledge of divorced parents. Tell students to focus on the four major milestones in a plot – exposition.

g. the character has an epiphany) Exposition Resolution (e. has an epiphany (a moment of sudden and great revelation or realisation). or overcomes an obstacle. 3.g.1. Give a title to your story. Draft the outline of your story based on milestones in the plot given below. 2.g. the character overcomes an obstacle) Conflict (e. life-changing event) STEP BY WICKED STEP 56 BEYOND THE TEXT/ACTIVITY 15 . Focus on moments where a character goes through a life-changing event. TITLE OF STORY : ________________________ Climax (e.

To identify the main conflict and minor conflicts To analyse cause-and-effect relationships 1 2 Materials The text The Ripple Effect graphic organiser Steps 1 2 3 4 Discuss with the students what will happen when they throw a stone into water. 57 .The Ripple Effect Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 2 3 To enable students to analyze the ways in which an action can have multiple repercussion. Tell students to continue reading. have them write down the many different effects that result from this single action. 53). Jack lamenting that the latter does not have a proper job. he ‘can talk to him’ (p. • Colin misses stepdad badly that he smells Jack’s tobacco tin. Relate this concept to an occurrence in the novel. Notes An example of the Ripple Effect in Colin’s Story: The Bluebird of Happiness Cause • Colin’s mother leaves Colin’s stepdad. The ripple will spread in all directions and can have an effect on several different things. 56). Effects • Colin becomes upset as Mum is always too busy doing things (p. talking to him. although he wasn’t there’ (p. 52) but with his stepdad. He can stay ‘awake for hours and hours. Give copies of The Ripple Effect graphic organiser to students and ask them to write a sentence describing an action from the novel they are reading.

Write the cause on the boat and its effects on each ripple.STEP BY WICKED STEP BEYOND THE TEXT/WORKSHEET 15 The Ripple Effect Write the cause on the boat and its effects on each ripple. 58 .

g.g.g. The daffodils nodded their yellow heads. e. personifications etc. e.a figure of speech involving exaggeration e. Students fill in Worksheet 16.is giving human qualities to animals or objects. Hyperbole . gleaming in the darkness. or as though. e. Notes Simile . as. 59 . The cat's eyes were jewels.A comparison in which one thing is said to be another. The students read and identify the literary devices ( for examples. How many nights my pillow would become a flood.figure of speech involving a comparison between unlike things using like. metaphor. Metaphor .g. simile.STEP BY WICKED STEP BEYOND THE TEXT/ACTIVITY 16 Writer’s Magical Tools Time : 40 minutes Aims 1 To identify the literary devices in the story 1 2 3 Materials Lines taken from novel Worksheet 16 The text Steps 1 2 3 Give each group is given Worksheet 16 from the story. Personification . She floated in like a cloud.).

… Literary Device Simile Reason the usage of the word ‘like’ 60 .How many nights my pillow would become a flood …I stood like a trespasser in the shadow of the lime walk.… .… Dumpa’s the problem (pgs 107.No tears! I would have found obedience….STEP BY WICKED STEP BEYOND THE TEXT/WORKSHEET 16 Writer’s Magical Tools Write out the literary device based on the example given. State a reason for your choice of literary device.119 and 125 ) Outside. Example from text …from stepping silently past doorways. and moving like a shadow through the house. the wind still whistled through the trees.112. and watched the house …he shook his grizzled head as to tell himself he was a foolish old man dreaming of better times.

17f Steps 1 2 3 Let students re-read each story or vignette of this novel. Let teacher evaluate the task. Tell students to produce a response to all comprehension questions on each story / vignette. Notes This task can be given after each story is read and discussed.STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/ACTIVITY 17 Have I understood Time : 40 minutes after each story Aims 1 2 3 To assess students’ ability to understand the story. 1 2 Materials The text Worksheets 17a . To assess students’ ability to make inferences and draw conclusions. To assess students’ ability to extract information and produce a written response. 61 .

.. RICHARD CLAYTON HARWICK – MY STORY “Read and Weep” Answer the following questions based on Richard Clayton Harwick – My Story: Read and Weep. 2).. How does the author describe the pupils on pages 1 and 2? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 4. “Don’t even want you coming up their garden path to give them a free paper!” What does this line suggest? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 3.’ (p.. It was forbidden ground. ‘They’d all heard about the ruined chapel. Where was the minibus taking the five pupils to? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2. 62 .STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/WORKSHEET 17a Have I understood 1. Write your answer in the space provided..

What is the literary device used in the following expressions: “ fronds of strange plants.. What were Pixie’s reasons for them to be together in one room? 63 .fingered them as they passed”. Who discovered the door in the wall? Where did the door lead to? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 8. What evidence was there in the room to suggest that the last child to sleep in that tiny room was from a very rich family? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 10.the tangled veil of stretched and broken cobwebs .” ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 6.” What does this tell us about the room? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 9.. “ornaments chattered. Why did the children rush to pretend to sleep when they hear the bus in the courtyard? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 11... “Pixie preferred safety in numbers. “......” What is the author trying to convey in the above line? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 7..Why do you think the school authority forbid children from going there? What is the punishment if they are seen there? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5.

___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 12.” just as he is about to visit his father? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 17. Why do you think Richard adds the line “Read and Weep” to the title of his album? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 15. What was Richard distressed about after visiting his ailing father? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 18. my dearest. Why does Richard stamp on his father’s grave? ___________________________________________________________________ 64 . What is Richard’s reaction to his mother’s request “No tears. How does Reverend Coldstone treat Richard? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 16. What was Ralph’s reaction to the finding of the album? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 13. What was Miss O’Dell’s reason for the five children to be together in the minibus? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 14. .

What is the common feature that all five young children have? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 25. What does Richard overhear his mother and Coldstone talk about? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 20. A lot of difficulties were faced by Richard’s family after his disappearance. What message does Charlotte convey to her brother about their mother? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 22. Why does Richard feel that it would be best for him to leave the family? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 24. What does Richard accuse Charlotte? What is Charlotte’s reasoning for this accusation? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 23. Coldstone. What does that teach us about making decision? 65 . Richard was sent to Mordanger after his mother marries Mr.___________________________________________________________________ 19. What is Richard’s attitude about school then? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 21.

Why didn’t Dad dare to come near the house after the phone calls? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 4 How does Stella look like.___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/WORKSHEET 17b Have I understood CLAUDIA’S STORY – GREEN PYJAMAS Answer the following questions based on Claudia’s Story – Green Pyjamas. What did Claudia’s mother moan about her dad? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2. according to Claudia? 66 . 1. Write your answer in the space provided. Why were Mum and Granny in a rage late one night after a flood of phone calls? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 3.

do I? And I’d just stare down at my plate with a look on my face that said. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 7. ‘What about Flora’? ‘ She’s very well. what do you think of Claudia’s behaviour? Do you think she should behave in such a manner? Give a reason to support your answer. ‘ I don’t know Flora. even if Stella was closer. What couldn’t Claudia bear when she was having a perfectly normal time with Dad and Stella? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 8. What did Stella buy for Claudia as a late Christmas present? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 67 . Why should you know anything at all about my friends. plain as day: ‘Why should you? You’re nothing to do with me.’ Stella would try again. What would Stella do when Claudia goes out for tea with Dad? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 6. If I wanted butter. 40) Based on the extract above.___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5. Read the extract below and answer the following question. thank you. You’re not my mother. (p. I’d ask Dad to pass it.

And I realized for the first time that she was nervous.’ she said. ‘Tucked up in bed in your nightie?’ (p. Why was Claudia guilty of saying ‘Yes I enjoyed it’ when she gets home to her Mum’s place from the weekend with Dad? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 10. How did Dad’s friend treat Stella? 68 . Why did Stella say. 61) ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 12.9. What did Claudia find out about the things that Dad’s friends talk about? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 16. What did Stella do when she set the tray across Claudia’s knees? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 14. Why did Claudia hate Stella? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 11. ‘Wish me luck. What did Claudia do behind the giant ferns? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 15. What was Stella nervous about and why? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 13.

What did Claudia feel about the way dad’s friends treat Stella? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 18. What was that decision? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 19. What did Dad’s friends do after Claudia addressed Stella by her name for the very first time? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 20.___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 17. From the story. The way dad’s friends treated Stella made Claudia make a huge decision. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 69 . what did Claudia find out about Stella? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 21. What did you learn from Claudia’s story? Justify your answer with textual evidence from the text.

1. anyway. He looks a bit like me. His hair is dark.STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/WORKSHEET 17c Have I understood Colin’s Story : The Bluebird of Happiness Answer the following questions based on Claudia’s Story – Green Pyjamas. Write your answer in the space provided. Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow: ‘Then she took up with my dad. though he has silver patches over his ears. like mine. What is the reason Mum gave about her separation from Colin’s real father? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 3. and he rolls his own cigarettes out of tobacco in a tin. I call him that because he came when I was eight months old. And he can’t sit on a park bench without every dog in the world 70 . How old was Colin when his mum leaves his real father? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2. He knows the words of practically every song you’ve ever heard. and I don’t remember anytime before that.

In your opinion.’ (a) How does Colin describe the similarity between him and his new father? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (b) From the extract. and put it under my pillow. so Mum wouldn’t hear. Then. when I was ready. I unscrewed the lid. Each night I took the tobacco tin out of the toe of my boot. And. what makes the dogs try to follow him home? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 4. why does Colin keep calling his stepfather as Dad instead of stepdad? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 7. what are some peculiar habits of his new dad? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (c) In your opinion. I pretended. and glanced around at them. Sometimes they even try to follow him home. What are the various names Colin’s stepfather (whom he now called Dad) has for him? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5. very softly. Where does Colin’s mother work after they had moved out from the flat? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 6. I’d hum our favourite song. There were only a few old shreds of tobacco in there. Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow: ‘I didn’t finish with him. where I kept it hidden. They were all 71 .coming up to say hello to him. but still – ‘ Again he stopped.

And I’d pretend that he was there with me.staring back. In your opinion. it smelled the same. can Colin find his father someday? Give a reason to support your answer. But no one was laughing at him. Claudia was even biting her lip. When did Colin last see his Dad? In your opinion. It was like burying your head in his woolly. And I could talk to him. why does Ralph stop addressing Colin’s father as a stepdad at the end of the story? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 10. just like before. to watch telly. Or squashing up in the chair. What does Colin do to show that his Dad matters a lot to him and will still be his Dad? ( refer to p. So bravely. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 72 . he went on. 61) ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 9.’ (a) Why does Colin hide the tobacco tin inside his boot? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (b) How does the smell of tobacco remind him about his Dad? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (c) Why do you think nobody is laughing at Colin’s story? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (d) Do you think Colin can accept the fact that his father is no longer staying with him? Why? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 8. ‘But still.

___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/WORKSHEET 17d Have I understood Ralph’s Story . How did the lunch boxes help Ralph to remember where to go? ___________________________________________________________________ 73 . Google the song.A Tale of Three Stepmothers. When does Ralph’s mother get her hair trimmed? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2.11. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 13. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 12. Share your findings with your classmates. Do you like Colin? Give two reasons to support your answer.A Tale of Three Stepmothers Answer the following questions based on Ralph’s Story . Find out the mythology of the bluebird of happiness in the Internet. 1. Why was Pixie confused after Ralph’s explanation? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 3. ‘ The Bluebird of Happiness’ Write out the lyrics and state how the song can be related to this story. Write your answer in the space provided.

___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 9. Why did Janet leave Ralph’s parents? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 74 . Why did Brandy go with Ralph to his dad’s house? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 8. Why do Ralph’s parents fond of Janet? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 11. Why were Ralph’s brothers fed up with Annabel? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 6. Why did George think their dad had found Janet ( Ralph’s Stepmother Number Two) in a “Gaol”? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 10.___________________________________________________________________ 4. Why did Ralph’s father stop listening to jazz? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 7. Who came up with the lunchbox idea? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5. Explain the incident that had caused Annabel to be so angry that she decided to leave dad.

What was the agreement made by Dad and Lucy to Pixie when they buy the house? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 3. Write your answer in the space provided. Why was Flora more acceptable to Ralph and his brothers as compared to the other two stepmothers? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/WORKSHEET 17e Have I understood PIXIE’S STORY – THE PAINS IN MY LIFE Answer the following questions based on Pixie’s Story: The Pains in My Life.12. Why did Ralph’s mom stick to Janet’s schedule even though Janet was not a part of their lives anymore? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 13. 1. How would you describe Flora? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 14. What made Hetty move from her sister’s bedroom? 75 . Why did Pixie call the Payne family ‘The Pain’? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2.

97-98) (a) What does Lucy mean when she said. if it weren’t for the Wicked Stepmother. ‘everything in your life would be hunky-dory’? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 76 . I’m used to it. How would Pixie’s Mum react if she realises something is missing at her home? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 8. everything in your life would be hunky-dory!’ She threw up her hands. all three of you. Carry on living in your dream world!’ (pg. everything would be fine. Go on. Carry on.___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 4. Keep on telling yourselves that. What present did Pixie give to Lucy during Christmas? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 7. In what way did Hetty drive Pixie mad? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 5. What was the first try made by Pixie to get Hetty out from her room? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 6. treating me as if I’m the only problem in your lives. Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow: ‘And as for you! I thought you were supposed to be an intelligent girl! But you still manage to walk round this house as if you sincerely and honestly believed that without me and Sophie and Hetty. ‘Go on. then.

But Lucy just said to him coldly: ‘Please go away.(b) Who are the `all three of you’ that Lucy is referring to? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (c) What can you infer from Lucy’s fury in the above extract? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 9. horrible mess he’d made by changing all our lives for ever. (p. and only creeping in when he thought the trouble was over. pretending he didn’t notice things. I see she was just fed up with him forever staying out of things. Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow: But instead he just got on with his own selfish. But I don’t think so. and it was safe.’ Maybe she thought that he was interrupting. quiet life. and never trying to sort out any of the horrible. and not facing up to what was bothering everyone. or leaving them for Lucy. 99) (a) What made Pixie and Lucy ask Dad to go away? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (b) Why was Pixie fed up with Dad? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 77 .

whenever Hetty teases me about my name. ‘It’s just that. why does Pixie hate anyone who calls her ‘Priscilla’? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 11.’ I blew my nose again. So I can’t hate it that much. or something.’ Lucy looked baffled. what I said about not wanting to come except for not hurting Dad’s feelings. 100) (a) What is Pixie’s feeling in the above extract? _____________________________________________________________ (b) _____________________________________________________________ Why did Pixie wish that she could come and live in her father’s house all the time? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (c) What. I wish I could come and live here all the time. ( p.’ ‘Teases you? About your name?’ ‘Calls me “Priscilla”. Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow: ‘Lucy. that’s not exactly true. on the other hand.10. makes Pixie want to go straight home and never come back? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (d) From the extract. Read the extract below and answer the question that follows: 78 . ‘How is that teasing?’ My tears welled up again ‘Priscilla!’ I wailed. I want to go straight home again and never come back. what does the word it mean? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (e) In your opinion. Sometimes. when mum’s going on at me.

How old was Robbo when his dad and mum decide to split? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 2. If you are unhappy about something. Except that everything’s different. Based on the above extract. Write your answer in the space provided.Dumpa’s The Problem. and Mum would send Callie and me out in the 79 . ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/WORKSHEET 17f Have I understood ROBBO’S STORY . how did Pixie and her stepmother resolve their differences? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 12.‘So now we’re back exactly how we were before. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 13. We’re not playing Happy Families’ said Pixie. Everyone knows how I feel and I know how they feel. 1. is it good to let people know how you feel? Give a reason to justify your answer. Who do you think is to be blamed for the unhappiness in Pixie’s family? Give a reason to justify your answer. I’m not pretending any more.DUMPA’S THE PROBLEM Answer the following questions based on Robbo’s Story . Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow: Dad came back a lot.

But I just stayed out there. Who gave the nickname ‘The Beard’ to Roy? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 4. I didn’t mind. and the sheets felt funny. while they stayed in the kitchen. over and over. I know they’re true. (p. kicking the ball to myself. Dad stopped coming round. And after a bit. What was Callie’s first negative remark about Roy? ___________________________________________________________________ 80 . why did Dad stop visiting them? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 3. Callie and Mum? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (b) Why were Callie and Robbo sent out to the garden when Dad came? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (c) What did Robbo and Callie do when they were sent outside? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (d) Why do you think Callie hated visiting Dad at his new place? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (e) In your opinion. and I can’t understand why I didn’t work them out for myself in the first place. but. 105 ) (a) Who came frequently to visit Robbo. once she‘s come out with them. arguing and arguing. She tells me things I never realised. but Callie hated it.garden. Callie kept going back inside to try to make them stop. She said that it was cold and nasty and horrible. and we had to start visiting him at his new place instead.

Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow: 81 . he’s only three. And suddenly it sneezed-the neatest little sneeze you ever heard – and its eyes pooped open in surprise. Since Dumpa was born. 106) What was Robbo’s opinion about babies before Dumpa was born? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 7. and put it in my arms. And he’s the sweetest child in the whole world. Callie hated Roy even more. Who was responsible behind the idea of reuniting Mum and Dad? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 11. Read the extract below and answer the question that follows: Dumpa’s the problem. What makes Mum say that Dumpa is ‘definitely his dada’s son’? ___________________________________________________________________ 8. Why did Callie behave in such way? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 6. you see. Even Callie admits it. But when Roy took us to visit Mum in the hospital. I thought that they were just boring.___________________________________________________________________ 5. and it stared up at Roy peering over my shoulder. (p. How did Callie know that Roy is lying about his sick mother? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 10. I never thought anything about babies till Dumpa was born. he scooped this tiny knitted bundle out of its little swinging plastic tub. ___________________________________________________________________ Why did Robbo feel like cheering the moment he knew Roy has returned home? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 9.

’ Callie was getting pretty confident now. Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow 82 .‘ Ask your dad if he’d like to have you for a couple of extra days over half-term. But I wasn’t nearly so sure.’ ‘ Don’t forget to take the spare fruit cake round to Daddy’s house. I know a man who gets them very cheaply. Why did Mum refuse to let Callie do as instructed by Roy? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 15. 111 ) (a) What was Callie confident about? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (b) What was Robbo’s view about the incident above? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 12. and their wanting to get back together in the same house. I reckoned there was still a big difference between the two of them trying to get along like reasonable people.’ ‘Tell your mum if she needs some new tyres on that car of hers. (p. What were Callie and Roy arguing about? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 14. What had happened between Callie and Roy on Dumpa’s fourth birthday? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 13.’ ‘Why don’t you give Mummy these plant cuttings Anne Sue left me? I know I’ll never manage to make them grow. sending each other unwanted fruit cake and plant cuttings and things.

‘Because she’s not my daughter? Is that it?’ He dropped Callie’s wrist as if it had scorched him.’? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (c) Why did Mum feel like Robbo had ‘slapped her’? 83 . it was up to me. ‘I think she probably said she wants to go and live with Dad. ‘But Callie doesn’t even like your father’s place! She says it’s cold and gloomy. ‘Well. Hope. Callie’s next words came out so muffled that neither of us could hear them properly.’ Callie just buried her head deeper in Mum’s lap. and good enough to work overtime to pay for repairs to the roof over her head. once again. let me tell you something. and good enough to trail round the supermarket for her favourite foods. If I’m good enough to get up half an hour earlier than I need every morning to drive her to school. 113-114) (a) What is Roy’s tone in the above incident? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (b) Do you think Roy is doing the right thing in the above incident? Give a reason to support your answer. But they came out.’ Sometimes you have to take a risk to finish the game. Mum stopped the patting and looked at me. ‘What did she say?’ Sometimes you have to take a risk to finish the game. So. (pgs. Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow But I was wrong. 123-124) (a) Why couldn’t Callie’s words be heard properly? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (b) What does Robbo mean when he said. and not like a real home at all. I took a deep breath. then I’m good enough to stop her carelessly scratching my car!’ (pgs.’ Mum looked as if I’d slapped her. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 16.

___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 18. The phrase ‘Dumpa’s the problem’ has been repeated many times in this story (see pages 107.119 abd 125). Do you think Dumpa’s the problem in this family? Give reason(s) to support your answer.112. Who is your favourite character in this story? Why do you like him/her? Support your answer with reasons. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 17._____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ (d) Do you think Callie has made a good decision? Give a reason to support your answer. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/ ACTIVITY 18 Have I understood 84 .

2. How does he overcome this problem? Write a conclusion. 1. State the novel of your choice. Support with evidence from the text Give a simple conclusion. One character in the novel is Colin. Skeletal sample: • • • • • • • • • The novel I have chosen is ‘Step by wicked step’ by Anne Fine. He is unable to forget his ‘Dad’ or stepdad. It is about problems teenagers face when changes take place in their family relationship. Describe the problem. STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/ACTIVITY 19 Have I 85 . Elaborate on the issue. State the task you are working on. 4. 5. How does he/she overcome the problems? Format of an acceptable response. 3.Based on the novel of your choice. discuss the problems faced by a character. Note: The response must be in prose and not in point form. Describe the problem. How did he overcome the problem? Colin’s another problem is his mother.

3. What lessons has it taught you? Format of an acceptable response. 4. State the lessons you have learnt Write a conclusion. State the lessons you have learnt ( at least two). STEP BY WICKED STEP ASSESSMENT/ ACTIVITY 20 86 .. Note: The response must be in prose and not in point form. Describe the event. It is about problems teenagers face when changes take place in their family.Describe a memorable event in the novel you have chosen.. Give a simple conclusion Skeletal sample: • • • • • The novel I have chosen is ‘Step by wicked step’ by Anne Fine. Respond to the task – describe an event. State the novel of your choice.. 2. 1. One event in the novel is .

How are they similar and different? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ STEP BY WICKED STEP NOVEL 87 .Have I understood The following are the novels studied in the literature component in English Language: Step by wicked step – Anne Fine Catch Us If You Can – Catherine MacPhail The Curse – Lee Su Ann Choose any one of the novels above and answer the question. Use information from the novel to support your answer. Compare two characters in the novel you have studied.

his voice was even sharper than mine. with. the last child to sleep in that high. when it was left to spiders all those years ago. ‘I shall take time to mend your manners soon. It is quite obvious to every one of them that no one had stepped in this room as long as anyone alive could possibly Physical details – Old Harwick Hall Evidence no bell at the door black and white tiled floor. According to Richard.Answer Key ACTIVITY 1 : OLD HARWICK HALL Place setting. Protagonist’s background setting . The maids wept in corners.Richard Clayton Harwick came from a rich family. All he ( Ralph) could tell from looking round was that. strangled by ivy. my mother’s dark dresses billowed as she hurried across landings. Evidence He had a gardener.Long time ago Evidence The dust lay thick – on shelf and desk and chair. when he spoke. on books and cushions –even on the floor. “all of us suffered Mr Coldstone’s anger “ and “ There was a flash of anger in those ice-blue eyes.’ Mood setting – Solemn. Sad Evidence A dreadful silence fell upon our house. a tiniest fragment of dry toast. has floor-to-ceiling looking glass. And. Coldstone is controlling everything inside the house. stone tower. ornate bed came from a family with a mint of money. impatiently snatching from the servants’ hands the things she begged my father to lift his head from the pillows and try : poor thing indeed! A sip if water. far more practice. Lucy. a towering mansion with dunce-hatted turrets Time setting . George and a maid. “ Trust me. where the brash patterns pressed by the soles of their shoes made them feel even more like trespassers.’ he warned. a slice of peach.in an old mansion Evidence a jagged. 88 . on lantern and candelabra. Social setting – Male dominated setting Evidence Mr. I sensed.

112) argument ACTIVITY 4 : SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT 89 .ACTIVITY 2 : THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME Compare your house with that of Richard. mansion” Spacious. worn with love History of only one generation in picture frames on the console tables Moderate. rich only with love and history of childhood of the past : VOCABULARY ROBOT quarrel dispute talk consensu s acceptan ce consensu s outburst disagreement agreement acceptan ce I think they had another little spat last night . proof of overabundant wealth ACTIVITY 3 My House Condominium unit Three rooms. living rooms on the same floor Cosy. many rooms Without much love Filled with history of ancestors of the same lineage. Richard’s Mansion It was built like a castle “turrets. Overly lavish. ( p.

LUCY .Do you think it would kill him( Dad) to try and stick up for me once in a while…. FIERY -her stepsisters drive her up the wall .’ Lucy pointed out. -I’d have a bedroom to myself .She almost doesn’t want to bother to see her father anymore -she can’t stand it when people sneer at her. COULD NOT GET ALONG WELL WITH STEPMUM. SELFISH SeLFLESs He asks for cash instead of Christmas presents so that he will be able to save enough money to look for his stepdad.’ ACTIVITY 5 : A CHANGE IN CHARACTER 90 . JACK The thing about Dad is you can talk to him.COLIN PIXIE HAS AN IMMATURE AND INDIFFERENT FATHER Her father is selfish for he always pretends that he did not notice things HAS AN IMMATURE MOTHER His mother gets in and out of a relationship frequently DREAMY He drifts through the hours of each school day as if his thoughts were hundreds of miles away. ‘But I still try to get along with you. either.‘And I didn’t choose you.? COULD GET ALONG WELL WITH STEPDAD.

Claudia feels disloyal to her mum whenever she has a good time with her father and his new girlfriend. Dad finds a girlfriend. disregarding all the latter’s effort to warm up to her. Claudia realises her own rudeness and she comes out of her closet by wearing the green pyjamas given by Stella. Claudia becomes hostile towards Stella. Stella. 91 . After seeing her father’s friends’ treatment of Stella.Claudia CHARACTER’S NAME BEFORE How does the character feel or act at the beginning of the story? AFTER How does the character feel or act at the end of the story? After Claudia’s parents’ divorce. CAUSE What causes the character to change? Claudia sees her dad’s friends ignoring Stella and she realises that it is ‘rude’ of them to behave in such a manner.

Jack 3. Mum takes up with new dad. The Third Step . Mum and Colin leave Jack in a flit ( hurry) 4. Patient. Colin misses Jack and wows to reunite with him one day Colin does not give up hope of being reunited with his stepdad. Tolerant 1. Robbo’s sister. Roy. “There isn’t anything to tell. We just went on.Climax Roy and Callie have a big row. their relationships are on the rock. Dumpa is born. Jack. Jack? ( Any possible and reasonable answers for the three questions ) NAME OF CHARACTER PANEL PANEL 1 PANEL 2 PANEL 3 PANEL 4 PANEL 5 PANEL 6 ACTIVITY 7 : TRACE THE STEPS NAME OF CHARACTER : ROBBO The First Step . Roy. Roy a breather. Robbo realises that Dumpa’s the problem why Roy did not leave them. Callie does not get along well with stepdad.Resolution Robbo’s sister decides to move to his Dad’s house to give Mum and stepdad. Understanding. Mature. Mum leaves Dad a few weeks after Colin was born. The Second Step – Conflict or Problem Mum and Roy have constant arguments.ACTIVITY 6 : CHARACTER CUBE : COLIN SUGGESTED ANSWER COLIN’S STORY – THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS COLIN -Loving. “It isn’t a story. 2. just like Callie trying to come to terms with steps. This is because Mum has to be the umpire between Callie and Roy.” The Question I’d like to ask Colin –Would you leave your own Mum so that you can live with stepdad. The situation worsens when his stepbrother. He also finds out that Rob is also having a hard time trying to fit in. The Fourth Step .Exposition Robbo’s parents divorce and mum marries the Beard.” said Colin. As a result of that. 92 . Hopeful.

The virtue of tolerance  7. Friendship 93 . Themes 1. The Third Step – Climax His house was like a tomb. The Fourth Step . Child abuse 10. The Second Step . Love and care  3.Resolution He returns to his home upon seeing the advertisement asking him to come back. Effect of parental divorces  5. Richard leaves the house. Teenage problems 4. The Reverend is in fact living in their house and taking responsibility as a stepfather.Or NAME OF CHARACTER : RICHARD HARWICK The First Step .Conflict He notices that his mother is having an affair with the Reverend Coldstone. Family relationship  6. He feels that his presence is not wanted by his mother.Exposition Richard’s father dies. He finds a letter From Charlotte. Peer pressure 2. ACTIVITY 8 : PICKING UP VALUES Accept any reasonable answer in the format of a letter ACTIVITY 9 : MAIN IDEAS Put a tick ( ) in the blank column if the main idea can be found in ALL the six stories/vignettes. He feels remorse and is contemplating whether to stay or leave. Coping with a new member of the family  8. The need to express your views  9.

disregarding all the latter’s effort to warm up to her. Read and Weep Claudia’s Story : Green Pyjamas 2 3 Colin’s Story : The Bluebird of Happiness 4 Ralph’s Story: A Tale of Three Stepmothers Pixie’s Story : The Pains in My Life 5 94 . Then choose a significant idea that has been introduced by the author which has left a deep impression on you.Put a tick ( ) against each story which has the given theme. Theme Richard Harwic k  Claudi a      WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Problem He could not get along with his stepfather and so he ran away from home. the only ‘father’ figure Colin ever knew. Colin and Mum leave Jack. He is still pining for Jack and hopes to save enough money one day so that he can be with his stepdad again. She has to deal with two really irritating stepsisters and a father who pretends he doesn't notice how difficult things are for her. This causes him to miss Jack so badly that it hurts.     Stories of: Colin Ralp h   Pixie Robbo Broken Family Being brave Coping with change Think before making a decision The need for tolerance ACTIVITY 10 No. Claudia becomes hostile towards Stella. 1 : Story      Richard Clayton Harwick – My Story. Give reasons for your choice with supporting information from the novel. Claudia feels disloyal to her mum whenever she has a good time with her father and his new girlfriend. He has to deal with too many step family members and relatives as a result of his immature parents’ decisions.

95 . My problem is nobody seems to be thinking about me so I always fight with my step sisters. When the relationship between Robbo’s mother and Roy is on the rock. I realise that it is all because my father who is “selfish. Robbo realises that Roy does not move on because Dumpa’s the problem. Dumpa has caused numerous problems between them and their stepfather. Lucy. always pretending he didn’t notice things” and who would just decide to “stay safely out of things. One day I had a big fight with my stepmother. This has caused mum and Robbo’s stepfather to be upset. Robbo realises that his mother is always stuck in between when Callie and Roy quarrel. as usual” leaving both Lucy and I to sort out the mess. Roy. Sophie and Hetty Payne. We pour out our frustrations of having to accept new members of a family.6 Robbo’s Story : Dumpa’s The Problem Robbo and his sister. Finally. Callie always think that the birth of their stepbrother. After a heart-to-heart talk with her.

Pixie
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ACTIVITY 11

: THEME IT ALL

Family unity
The nucleus of moral values, “the family unit,” is being invaded by outsiders (‘step’ or ‘steps’) and this causes disharmony.

Family relationships
Coping with new family members, for example Pixie understands that her new stepmother is having as much trouble ‘adjusting’ as she is.

Dealing with adversities
Young children and adults may find difficulties dealing with frustrations, fears and sadness.

Being happy
‘Life has dealt us one hard blow, there is no reason for us to be unhappy for ever’. For example, Claudia realises it is not fair to hate her new stepmother, Stella. 96

Think long enough before making a decision
Richard Harwick made a rash decision to run away and that had changed the lives of his stepfather, mother and sister. Sibling rivalry Resentful step-siblings cause burden and hostility in a home. Coping with change All pain eventually heals and that we have the power to change things for the better.

Being brave Characters like Claudia and Pixie are brave as they confess to their own rotten behaviour.

ACTIVITY 12

: FACEBOOK

Accept any reasonable answer ACTIVITY 13 : LOOKING OUT DEVICES

Simile 1. Like someone stepping on stones over a river with water raging on both sides (p. 21) 2. When a great ship strains at the tide, and needs a cabin boy, nobody asks the lad who speaks as roughly as a gardener’s son, and claims to be Dick Digby, whether his mother knows he’s off to sea. (p.25) 3. ... dressed black as a bat (p. 16) 4. She (Hetty ) is still wary of me, and I still get on with her that bit better when all the lights are out, and I don’t have to watch her cocking her one side and fiddling with her hair or rolling the cat like a sausage across the downie (p.103) 5. It was like the Arctic. (p 87) 6. Like leftover shoved in a fridge (p. 2) 7. ….as narrow as the ones that archers used… (p. 8) 8. …over a black and white tiled floor that looked like a huge checkerboard glazed … (p. 4) tight little circle, like campers round a …(p. 6) 9. She picked her way…..like someone stepping ….(p. 21) 10. And I’d just stare down at my plate on my face that said, plain as day, with a look ‘Why should you?’ Hyperbole 1. As the driver swung the minibus (p. 1) 2. Just as if the dull-looking binder on the desk was a delicious birthday cake (p. 10) 3. No tears! I would have found obedience….How many nights my pillow would become a flood (p.17) 97

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How many cloudless afternoons I was to water with my private showers (p. 17)

Personification 1. Flinching as the twisted fingers of trees scraped at the glass (p. 2) 2. And then another flash shot generously across the sky (p. 7) 3. The wind still whistled through the tree, but in the room the silence is palpable (p. 34) Repetition 1. ‘It isn’t a story,’ said Colin. ‘There isn’t anything to tell. We just went on.’ (p.51) 2. ‘There isn’t a story,’ said Colin. (p. 53) 3. ‘There isn’t a story,’ said Colin. ‘We just went on.’ (p. 56 ) 4. ‘ I’ve told you,’ said Colin. ’There isn’t story. It’s just that, as we went on, I started getting into trouble at school…’ 5. ‘Dumpa’s the problem’ (pgs 107,112,119 and 125 )

ACTIVITY 14

: REAL LIFE REAL PEOPLE

( Accept any reasonable answer - the answer depends on the real-life character a student is relating to.) ACTIVITY 15 : THE RIPPLE EFFECT

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and moving like a shadow through the house. 7.” – perhaps to mean that they had been herded into the minibus when the school bus had been too crowded.. The author uses the expression “..ACTIVITY 16 : THE WRITER’S MAGICAL TOOLS Example from text …from stepping silently past doorways. Old Warwick Hall The setting of the old haunted hall was so unfriendly and completely uninviting. Hence. they preferred to be together as numbers proved it is safer. Outside. like the other children.112.. 4.119 and 125 ) Literary Device Simile Reason the usage of the word ‘like’ Hyperbole Flood – An exaggeration to the amount of tears simile the usage of the word like simile the usage of the word as repetition Repeated to emphasise the point that Dumpa causes all the unhappiness. 6. If seen there. the children will be sent home for a week even if there was school.How many nights my pillow would become a flood …I stood like a trespasser in the shadow of the lime walk. 2.leftover pupils. 99 . and watched the house …he shook his grizzled head as to tell himself he was a foolish old man dreaming of better times. 8. even if one was to go there to distribute free things.… . 5.. The chapel has dangerously sleep slopes and could be dangerous for the children. the wind was given human attribution as it whistled. the wind still whistled through the trees. Colin discovered the door and it led into a tiny room ( A tower off a tower) Nobody had entered the room for a very long time. was probably scared to be in the building and the storm out there was not making things any easier too.No tears! I would have found obedience….… Dumpa’s the problem’ (pgs 107. Personification of these items Pixie.… personification ACTIVITY 17 : HAVE I UNDERSTOOD Activity 17a RICHARD CLAYTON HARWICK – MY STORY : Read and Weep 1. 3.

21. His mother would find life more pleasant without his sulks and scowling face reminding him of how she was a traitor to her father’s memory and Charlotte would surely learn to live again. 14. He accuses her of forgetting their father She reasons that the father is dead and gone and that there should be no reason for them to be unhappy forever. 25. 16. 11. That his father had told him to take care of his mother and sister but had not mentioned about Richard’s need / happiness at all. she would not separate them.9. Miss O’Dell felt that the five must have had something in common to be chosen to be together in the minibus. demanding the young boy to be in his best behaviour. 20. 12. If Miss O’Dell found them asleep in the same room. he is anguished because he has been weeping with the knowledge that his father is about to die. 17. 23. They all have a second home address. as he writes it. and the high ornate bed gave the impression that the room had belonged to someone from a wealthy family. When Richard is told not to cry. she did not want a bed next to Shreela. He thinks that the school is an evil place – he has only learned to freeze. 19. the plain dark coverlet. 15. He wishes for his father to wake up from the grave and tell him that all things in the house has gone wrong since the father’s death. However mother does not defend them. 22. Richard feels that his own happiness is not counted for. The heavy drapes. No one should make decisions that will change the lives of everyone around them without thinking about it for a long time ( or any other acceptable answer ) 13. Coldstone remarks that Charlotte is giddy and that Richard is wild. 24. The story of his life. That he (Richard) had practically become a stranger in his own house. Activity 17b 100 . She tells her brother that their mother is doing all this to make Richard grow up strong and manly. She was upset because they had been taken out of the school bus and furthermore. He is harsh towards Richard. Coldstone into the family. starve and be beaten and bullied there. 10. is sad and reveals of the pain of the knowledge of his dying father and the intrusion of Mr. Ralph seemed emotional that someone had actually been brave enough to write about his personal issues and this had given Ralph and his friends an opportunity to peep into their life. 18.

14. She hated her because if Stella had not come along. No one could accept a step especially when Claudia. 101 . She looks sort of plain and mousy. She complained that he spent all his time running the café and hardly ever see him. / She may be rude. 19. or rinsing the glass wall light shades under the taps. 4. or hosing mud off the steps. 20. 10. who is trying to come to terms with her parents’ divorce not long ago / or any acceptable answer She could not bear to sit there having a perfect normal time with Dad and Stella while her Mum was at home frantically cleaning out the gerbils. A pair of green pyjamas. Dad would have stayed with her and Mum.CLAUDIA’S STORY – GREEN PYJAMAS 1. 6. 12. 11. or Claudia or Stella. 8. trying to work out why Dad had left home for her. 9. She was nervous to meet Dad’s friend / She has given time to Claudia and Dad’s friends to accept her ( or any acceptable answer) 7. She has every reason to be so. She should not be rude as Stella is trying to be nice to her. They talked about everything but not a word about Mum. They treated her as if she were some kind of ghost. She did not want to hurt her mum the way her Dad had. 13. She is rude. or Dad. they heard about Stella. 5. 3. She tucked Claudia in bed as if she were a baby. and if she’d be a wicked stepmother to me. They began to talk to her / Mary asked Stella where she had found such lovely pyjamas while George said it was clever for her to get the right size for Claudia. They had a huge row with Dad and for the first time. She noticed that Claudia had not worn the green pyjamas she bought for the latter. 16 17. She would spend hours reading in the bedroom. She decided to get to wear the green pyjamas Stella bought her and got to the dining room to join in the supper. He thought Mum might kill him. 15. wondering if they would like her. She was nervous as Dad’s friends would be watching her closely. 2. They were plain rude. and the rest of the time keeping busy in the kitchen. She was eavesdropping the conversations throughout the meal. 18.

Sonny-boy. She came out from behind the fern. 102 . OR He is still saving up money in order to find him one day. where everyone could see her or She didn’t bother to eavesdrop more than a few minutes longer. 7(a) He does not want his mum to find out.21. he keeps doing things that his Dad used to do like taking out the tobacco tin and humming their favourite song. At the school canteen He does not feel as though his stepfather is not his real father for Jack is the only father he has known. 5. No. ( or any acceptable answer ) He will always secretly sneak his father’s name and their old address onto all the forms for school. Both of them have dark hair. He knows the words of practically every song and he rolls is own cigarettes out of tobacco in a tin. She has to move on to be happy. Collie. OR 7(b) 7(c) 7(d) 8. 3(a) 3(b) 3(c) 4. This indicates that Claudia has come out of her hiding ( from reality) and she needs to move on ( or any acceptable answer ) Activity 17c COLIN’S STORY – THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS 1. Life has dealt Claudia one hard blow but there is no reason for her to be unhappy forever. 2. Buster and Mr Bluebird. His father likes to roll the cigarette and the smell of tobacco will remind Colin about him. She said that he was a bit of a rough-house and they were safer away from his real dad. OR The others can relate to his feelings. OR He accepts his stepfather as his real father because this father treats him like his own son. Or He is afraid that his mother will find out that he still thinks about his father. and stood in her pyjamas at the top of the stairs. 6 His mother left his father a few weeks after he was born. The dogs likes him / He is friendly and likeable / Dogs can sense a good man/ Any acceptable answer He claims that his father has a billion names for him including Col. Even though they know what Colin has done is a bit weird but they feel sorry for him. It feels real and upsetting that Colin cannot reunite with his Dad.

A dead bluebird is a symbol of disillusionment. Ralph finds that Colin’s stepfather deserves to be called dad because he has treated Colin well.1948 (verse) The beggar man and his mighty king are only diff'rent in name. In magical symbolism. Virtually any positive sentiments may be attached to the bluebird. and of transformation from the younger and naive to the older and wiser. Indigenous cultures across the globe hold similar myths and beliefs about the bluebird. of the loss of innocence. There were too many details.org/wiki/Bluebird_of_happiness ) Activity 17d RALPH’S STORY – A TALE OF THREE STEPMOTHERS 1. Somewhere there's a bluebird of happiness. ( Source: http://en. It is a widely accepted symbol of cheerfulness. hold your head up high. Colin will / will not find his father someday because………( accept any reasonable answer ). new births. The third Saturday in the month. bluebirds are used to represent confidence in the positive aspect and egotism in the negative. 2. good health. After listening to Colin’s story. So learn your lesson before too late. hearth and home. BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS (Words by Edward Heyman and Harry Parr Davies / Music by Sandor Harmati) Art Mooney & His Orchestra . 11. We're never sure what's in store. Any acceptable answer. the renewal of springtime. etc.Any acceptable answer 9. You will find greater peace of mind Knowing there's a bluebird of happiness. You will see a ray of light creep through. (refrain) Be like I. 13. happiness. Or Ralph is assured that Colin’s Dad is like a real dad. And so remember this. Till you find a bluebird of happiness. For they are treated just the same by fate. The mythology of the bluebird of happiness has deep roots that go back thousands of years. 103 .wikipedia. life is no abyss. Five years ago. Though you're deep in blue. And when he sings to you. Today a smile and tomorrow tears. so 10. Or Colin really loves him. prosperity. 12.

OR Ralph had too many relatives and his story had too many details. If he was carrying a Mickey lunchbox. Their mother was varnishing floors and she didn’t want Brandy to leave paw marks on the newly varnished floors. Annabel ran off with someone who thought he was a descendant of King Arthur. 9. OR She was very keen on rules. Dumbo means Dad and Mickey means Mum. 4. Annabel said that the cat had a malevolent aura and the quarrel continued. 7. 11. OR She had rules for everything. 104 . Annabel OR Stepmother Number One She went with them everywhere OR She never left them alone with their dad OR They thought it was unfair that she spent so much time with their dad. 3. it meant that he was supposed to go home to his mother. 6. 10. it meant that he was supposed to go to his dad’s place OR Ralph would look at his lunchbox and he would know which house to go to. OR He wanted to please Annabel. She thought that it was too good to give up OR the schedule was helpful to her. Annabel disliked jazz. A while later. 12. Yet Dad stood up for Brandy. She was strict like a prison warden. She brings order to their family OR She is good at planning and scheduling things Ralph’s parents took advantage of her. 8. 5. OR There were too many names to remember.OR She could not keep up with the series of days when Ralph stayed with his Mum and Dad. Brandy the cat curled himself up comfortably and sat on her bread dough. If he was carrying a Dumbo lunchbox.

She was just fed up with him forever staying out of things. and not facing up to what was bothering everyone. 3. 8(a). 2. Everything will be all right as though nothing unpleasant had happened. She tried haunting Hetty by making some noise between the two beds. They agreed that she would have her own bedroom. Mum and Pixie She is trying to pour out her feelings. Pixie hated the way she cocked her head on one side and fiddled with her hair. 5. OR Any acceptable answer Pixie felt that he was interrupting. Dad. Pixie found that they were awful and they drove her up to the wall. Activity 17e PIXIE’S STORY – THE PAINS IN MY LIFE 1. OR She disliked her stepsisters. 6. and only creeping in when he thought the trouble was over. OR She is also trying very hard to make things work. 14. They had a big fight and Hetty smashed her sister’s little glass animals. she just keeps on and on at her about it until Pixie brings it back. 105 . Sophie Payne and Hetty Payne. Soap Whenever she notices something is missing. OR She is trying to make a point that she is not the problem of all the unpleasantness in the family. 8(b) 8(c) 9(a) 9(b) 10(a) Remorseful OR Sad OR Apologetic 10(b) When her mum kept going on at her.13. Free spirited OR Disorganized OR Vibrant personality OR Extroverted Accept any reasonable answer with justification. 4. 7.

Callie tried to make her parents stop fighting while Robbo would kick the ball to himself.DUMPA’S THE PROBLEM 1. Callie said that Dad’s place was cold.The Beard’s moved in and taken everything. nasty. plus he acted like he was their biological father. . 10(d) Staying with her Dad. Accept any reasonable answer. Activity 7f ROBBO’S STORY . Sophie and Hetty. 4. 11. 2(a) 2(b) Six years old. He was tired of arguing with Mum.OR She was unable to endure her mum’s nagging. Dad Dad came to discuss with Mum and it always turned into heated argument so they did not want Callie & Robbo to hear it. Lucy. 106 2(c) 2(d) 2(e) 3. 10(e) She feels that the name does not suits her. 12. 10(c) Whenever Hetty teases her about her name. Callie ‘Our dad went out to work for years and years to pay for a nice house and all the funiture. 13. over and over. horrible and the sheets felt funny. and it’s not fair. OR He did not want to upset the children.’ Roy was always giving orders/instructions to Callie and Robbo. OR To allow their parents to settle their problems. 5. By not pretending anymore OR By saying out how one feels OR By having a heart-to-heart talk Accept any reasonable answer. and now. OR The idea of coming to her father’s house.

Whenever Dumpa hears Roy returns home through the gate. 8. 12. 7. he should not be physical when teaching a child as stubborn as Callie. OR Any acceptable answer. OR Callie was stubborn. OR She was sobbing 16(b) One has to make drastic decision 107 . OR No. Mum understood or knew Callie better and Callie could not be instructed all the time. 11(b) Robbo felt that there was a big difference between people trying to get along and people wanting to get back and living together. He just thought that babies are boring/He thought nothing about them. A big or heated argument happened between Callie and Roy Roy caught Callie trying to push her bike down the narrow space between the bushes and his car. because he had done his part to take care of Callie. 13. Roy warned Callie to stop or she might scratch his car. 14. Robbo could not stand listening to Dumpa’s whimpering since Roy left home temporarily. 15(a) Angry OR Upset OR Impatient OR Furious 15(b) Yes. Callie 10 11(a) She was confident that her Mum and Dad will be reunited soon. and Mum had red eyes and she was more polite to Dad on Saturday morning. he will struggle and leave whatever he is doing just to be with Roy. 9. 16(a) The way Callie’s uttered her words are not clear OR muffled OR soft OR almost whisper. She only heard lots of hissy whispering. She noticed that Roy had rushed off to hospital without a phone call and there was no phone call from Roy.6.

OR No. The novel I have chosen is ‘Step by wicked step’ written by Anne Fine. Callie would rather stay with her Dad than to be unhappy living with Roy. Accept any reasonable answer. On the other hand. However. OR One has to make painful decision for a happy ending. they also have some similarities. Both Colin and Claudia come from broken or separated families. OR Life has dealt us one hard blow but there is no reason for us to be unhappy forever. 16(d) Yes. She feels disloyal to her mum whenever she has a good time with her father and Stella. They both have step parents.OR risky decision to put things back in order. Colin’s unwavering loyalty and want for his ‘dad’ to be back and Claudia’s misguided loyalty 108 . OR She was taken aback by what Robbo had saidn about Callie wanting to go and live with Dad. Colin and Claudia also do not adapt to the drastic changes their families undergo. Stella. Colin’s mum leaves Jack after a while. OR Someone must sacrifice if one wants a happy ending. Claudia’s father has left her mother for another woman. Colin’s mother has left his biological father and `took up’ with Jack. 17. Callie’s decision to live with Dad. Both Colin and Claudia really want their parents to reconcile as they pine for how it used to be when they were happy. Although they are two differing characters. 18. This causes him to miss Jack so badly that it hurts. Accept any reasonable answer. ACTIVITY 18 : HAVE I UNDERSTOOD See skeletal sample given in Activity 25 ACTIVITY 19 : HAVE I UNDERSTOOD See skeletal sample given in Activity 26 ACTIVITY 20 : HAVE I UNDERSTOOD Compare and contrast two characters. Colin and Claudia are the two characters I have chosen to compare and contrast. Jack is the only ‘father’ figure Colin ever know. Callie should learn to be more forgiving and understanding. 16(c) When Robbo mentioned that Callie might want to move in with Dad OR She didn’t believe what Robbo have said about Callie.

fear and sadness. It is as though everything is only happening to them. both Colin’s and Claudia’s mothers do not take their emotions into consideration. This is probably due to the fact that he needs love from a man called ‘father’. Claudia is more independent and is not afraid to voice her opinions. Colin is a dreamer who dreams of an ideal life where his ‘dad’ and mother will be together forever and happy. He secretly keeps his ‘father’s’ tobacco tin and saves money so that he can look for him one day. After seeing her dad’s friends ignoring Stella and judging it as ‘rude’. This makes him too depending on his stepdad and emotionally attached to him. However. disregarding all the latter’s efforts to warm up to her. Colin is portrayed as a boy always pining for his ‘father’ even after five whole years. There are frustrations. Claudia becomes hostile towards the new lady in her life. Claudia is brave in coming to terms with her parents’ separation.to her mother shows that these two characters find difficulties dealing with changes. Claudia is more of a sensible and rational person. However. she goes to compliment Stella on her stellar choice of green pyjamas. Both Colin and Claudia have different personalities too. They deal with the changes in their respective families differently. They have different views in accepting reality and this has made the story more inspiring and colourful. the way Colin and Claudia accept new additional member of the family is different. and will never have an impact on the children. Unlike Colin. Stella. Furthermore. Colin and Claudia are markedly different individuals. Even though they experience broken family relationships and find it difficult to accept changes. 109 . She is independent and not afraid to voice her opinions.

STEP BY WICKED STEP NOVEL Glossary astonished Aura Brash Candelabra v. adv. adj. n. Old-fashioned slang an expression of surprise a Eurasian plant (Taraxacum officinale) of the composite family having many-rayed yellow flower heads and deeply Doddery Dolefully Droning Dwindling Firebrand Forlornly fudging adj. n. n. v. n. n. adj. slow and unsteady sorrowfully. notched basal leaves. arms or branches connected to a column or pedestal. mournfully speaking tediously in a dull monotonous tone becoming gradually less a person who causes unrest or is very energetic Pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely to make or put together dishonestly or carelessly 110 . adj. atmosphere: self-assertive in a rude way traditional term for a set of multiple decorative candlesticks.. v. amazed a distinctive but intangible quality that seems to surround a person or thing. each of which often holds a candle on each of multiple Cripes Dandelion punc.

exacting and fussy. blissfully serene. giving the impression that something harmful and evil is happening or will happen thin. v. n. silly small streams of liquid contemn. n. sneering a disrespectful and quiet laugh an explosive sound made by the sudden forcing of breath through a person’s nose. normally caused by acne. adj. adj. adj. deformed unlawfully obtained. believe pathetic. adj. v. rapt angelic. adj. n. badly conceived. derision or incredulity weak or lacking solidity in construction mentally unbalanced powerful showing sadness or unhappiness. adj. Spindly Unhinged Vivid Wistful adj. adj. n. v.) Horrid malevolent Malevolent Midshapen misbegotten moonbleached Niggling Palpable pock mark Rapturous Ratty reckoned ridiculous Rivulets scorn Seraphic seraphic Shrubbery Sinister Sliver Snide Snigger Snorted n. adj. jail causing a feeling of horror wishing evil or harm to others evil badly shaped. narrow expressive of contempt. adj. adj. sweet an area in a garden planted with shrubs. adj. critical. planned. adj. especially in a nagging or annoying way. adj. disdain of or resembling a seraph (a celestial being having three pairs of wings). angelical. despise. trifling or overly concerned with details. able to be touched or felt a crater-like scar left on a person's face. adj. cherubic.gaol (Brit. experiencing or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight dilapidated. adj. shabby. n. expect. adj adj. or designed white like the moon petty. v. Dandelion Seraphim 111 . used to express indignation.

SMK Victoria. KPM Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia Aras 4-8. Melaka. 112 . MRSM Taiping. 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Peti Surat 97 97007 Bintulu. 36000 Teluk Intan. 53100 Gombak. Mukim Air Pa’abas 78000 Alor Gajah. Taman Melawati. Selangor. Jalan Raja Musa. Jalan Bukit Larut. 55200 Kuala Lumpur SMK Taman Melawati. SMK Horley Methodist. 84000 Muar Johor. Jalan Hang Tuah. Sarawak. SMK Raja Puan Muda Tengku Fauziah.STEP BY WICKED STEP NOVEL Panel of Writers Coordinators Diana Fatimah Bt Ahmad Sahani Masreen Wirda Bt Mohammad Ali Tengku Ireneza Marina Tunku Mazlan Eileen Jessie Ah Guan Ng Yew Kee Jimmy Then Choon Jing Bahagian Pembangunan Kurikulum. Lot 1720. PS11 Jalan Hashim. Perak. Blok E9 Kompleks Kerajaan Parcel E Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan 62604 Putrajaya SMK Bintulu. Panel of Writers Yong Wai Yee (Panel Head) Vasantha Mallar a/p Narendran Norfidzah Mohd Nordin Norrol Sham Mohd Yunus Fathur Radzi bin Che Mohammad Diana Teng Bt Abdullah Anbalagan Munusamy Rasyidi Bin Muhammad Radzi SMK Seri Hartamas. Desa Sri Hartamas. SMK St. Andrew Muar. 02200 Kaki Bukit Perlis. MRSM Alor Gajah. Jalan 48/70A.

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