Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CATCH US IF YOU CAN


Literature – Novel 
TIPS AND GUIDE

IMPORTANT EVENTS
You must remember  a few  important events in the novel. This is because you need to support your answer with evidence and examples . These  examples and evidence are the events.  For example, the question; write about what you have learnt. If you write that you learnt you should love elders and family members, you have to support it by giving evidence. Here, the evidence can be when Rory is separated from Granda, which is one of the events in this novel.

HERE ARE 3 IMPORTANT EVENTS.
1.  Granda throws Rory’s homework
One day, Granda  absent-mindedly throws away Rory’s  homework and keeps rubbish in Rory’s bag. Rory is not angry. He knows Granda does not do it on purpose. 
What does this event tell us?
  Rory – a patient boy
loves his Granda so  much that he understands  his Granda’s condition.
  Theme – love, family relationship,
  Lesson learnt – we must love the elders and be patient with them

2. The Separation, Rory is sent to Castle Street and Granda to Rachnadar
After the fire at the flat, Rory is sent to Castle Street and Granda to Rachnadar. Rory is not happy. Granda does not like to stay there and he is upset and cries. Rory sees Granda sitting on his bed and crying at Rachnadar. It breaks  his heart . Granda and Rory cannot live without each other. Rory decides to run away with Granda
What does this event tell us?
  Rory – loving, responsible, cannot live without Granda
  Theme – love, family relationship
  Lesson learnt – we should love our family and be responsible

3.The Great Escape
Rory plans the Great Escape. Darren suggests hiding in his mother’s caravan. Rory carefully carries out his plan. He packs  his and Granda’s things. He visits  Granda after school, as usual. He wedges open the emergency exit. Later that night, he sneaks into Rachnadar and takes  Granda away from there. 
What does this event tell us?
·         Rory – a brave boy,  a person of action, loving, responsible, cannot live without Granda
·         Theme – challenges of growing up and coping with responsibility
·         Lesson learnt – we should be brave to face challenges in life and do what we think is right

There are a few more important events, identify them.
BAND A FOR CONTENT ( 9-10 MARKS )
  A consistently relevant and convincing response to the task specified
  Always provides detailed and well – developed textual evidence
BAND B FOR CONTENT ( 7-8 MARKS )
  Response is relevant to the task specified
                          Usually provides textual evidence with some development

SPM 2011 – NOVEL QUESTION
Based on the novel you have studied, write about the part of the story that you like most.

The part you like most
Describe it

 Reasons why you like it

R1                   R2                R3
Model Answer 
        In the novel “Catch Us If You Can” by Cathrine MacPhail, the part that I like most is the great escape
       Rory  plans the Great Escape for three days after Darren suggests  hiding in his mother’s caravan. He gives Rory the spare key to the caravan. Rory carefully carries out his plan. He packs his and Granda’s things. He visits Granda after school, as usual. He wedges open the emergency exit. Later that night, he visits Granda and prepares Granda by dressing him up and then tells him that he is getting out of the home. Rory takes  Granda away from there while Val is having coffee with  the nurses. Both of them successfully sneak out through the emergency exit and out to a quiet train station where they are not noticed. They arrive at the train final stop and go uphill in a fine drizzle and then up a long winding path that leads to the caravan site.
       I like this part the most because it shows that Rory is a loving boy. He loves his Granda so much that he could not stand looking at his granda crying and feeling sad staying at Rachnadar. Because of this, he is determined to take Granda out from Rachnadar. 
       This part of the story also shows us how determined Rory is in making his escape a success. He cannot live without his Granda  who has brought him up and taken care of him since he was a baby, and  because of that he takes the risk  to  take his Granda out  from Rachnadar. I also think that this is the start of  all the adventures and challenges of Rory’s and granda’s  lives.They meet with a lot of people and are always on the run so that they are not caught.   It makes the story interesting  and leads to the happy ending when Rory is reunited with his father.

TRY THIS QUESTION
Based on the novel you have studied, who do you think is the most interesting character? Give reasons to support your answer.
The outline of your essay.
Outline A
Name the character
Provide the first reason (R1) you find the character interesting. Give evidence (E1) ( example / event )
Provide the second reason (R2). Give the evidence (E2) ( example / event )
Provide the third reason (R3). Give the evidence (E3) ( example / event )
Outline B
Character ( Rory)
R1 ( patient ) E1 ( Granda throws Rory's homework )
R2 ( determined ) E2 ( Rory plans the Great Escape )
R3 ( loving ) E3 ( the separation )
REMEMBER TO PROVIDE DETAILS IN ORDER TO GET BAND A MARKS. 




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