Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Railway Children : Interesting Event



Question : Based on the novel you have read, write about an interesting event. Give reasons for your choice.

Tips:
1. State the event
2. Describe the event
3. Give at least 2 reasons 

Model Answer:


     I studied the novel ' "The Railway Children " by Edith Nesbit. An event which I find interesting is when Bobbie and her siblings saved the train.
     One day, the children took a walk along the top of the hill beside the railway line. Suddenly, they heard a noise and saw half the hillside crashed down onto the railway line below. The children realised that the 11.29 a.m train was in danger. They used the girls’ red petticoat to make six flags to warn the train.  The train came down the track too fast. Bobbie was afraid that it would not see them. She ran onto the line waving two flags. The train stopped just twenty metres away from Bobbie.
     I find this event interesting because the children have shown their bravery to save the train. They were not afraid instead they were willing to risk their lives to save the train and the passengers in it. Bobbie was brave enough to run onto the track when she realized the train would not stop. This act should be praised.
     Another reason is their team work. They worked together to save the train; tore the girls' red petticoat and made six flags to warn the train. Here, I could see that they cooperated to accomplish their mission, that was to save the train.
     This interesting event makes the story more interesting. Reading about the children's courage and the adventure they went through is definitely exciting.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Railway Children - Character I Dislike

Question : Based on the novel you have read, write about a character you dislike. Give reasons and examples from the novel to support your choice.

Model Answer:

I studied the novel, "The Railway Children" by Edith Nesbit. The character I dislike is Mother.
     Mother has many positive qualities a mother should have but , I dislike some of her actions toward the children. One example is when she fell ill. The doctor listed out all the things needed for her to get well. They did not have the money to buy all the things listed. The children asked the old gentleman to help them get the things on the doctor's list. That evening, Perks delivered a large box to the children's house. It was given by the old gentleman. Inside the box were all the things in the list with some extra things. Mother recovered and the children told her about what they had done. However, she was very angry with them. I think this is unfair to the children. They did what they could so that Mother get well and I think what they did is not wrong and should be praised by Mother.
     I also dislike Mother because she did not tell the children what had really happened to Father. She kept it a secret. On the evening of Peter's birthday, two men came and took their father away. Mother was upset. She tried to comfort the children but did not tell them what had happened. They moved to the country and began a new life there. The children had no idea what really happened. They always thought of their father but did not talk about it as they were afraid it would upset Mother. I disagree with Mother for keeping it a secret. I feel that the children have the right to know what happen to their father. Although they are still young to understand, they should know the real story about their father so that they are mentally prepared to face the change in their life. 
     Although Mother had her own reason for doing the things she had done; scolded the children when they seek the old gentleman's help and did not tell the children about what happened to their father, I think that she was being unfair to the children. 


Friday, July 26, 2013

The Railway Children : Hardship faced by the main character

Choose an event in the novel that portrays the hardship faced by the main character. With close reference to the text, discuss how she / he tackles the problem.

Model Answer


     I studied the novel, "The Railway Children " by Edith Nesbit. In this novel,Roberta or Bobbie and her siblings lived with their parents in London. One day, two strangers came and took their father away.After this sudden event, they had to move to a small house in the country. Their life changed and they had to face a lot of hardships.
     Bobbie, the eldest child in the family and the main character in this novel directly felt the hardship. An event that portrays the hardship faced by Bobbie is when Mother fell ill.  Peter fetched the doctor and before the doctor left, he listed the things needed for Mother. They did not have the money to buy all the things listed.  Bobbie  loved her mother very much and had to think of a way to overcome the problem. She and her siblings wrote a message on a white sheet for the old gentleman on the 9.15 train. It told him to look out for something at the station. Phyllis gave the old gentleman a letter. The letter explained what happened to Mother and asked the old gentleman for help to get the things on the doctor's list. That evening, Perks delivered a large box to the house, Inside the box were all the things on the doctor's list and some other extra things.  Bobbie finally got all the things in the doctor’s list for her mother with the help of the old gentlemanTwo weeks later, Bobbie and her siblings wrote a message on a white sheet telling the old gentleman that Mother was getting better.
      This event shows how Bobbie, the eldest child in the family tackled the problem. Although Bobbie was still a child, she had a lot of good qualities which other children at her age do not possess. 
  


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Railway Children : Moral Values

Based on the novel you have read, write about the moral values you learnt from this novel. Give examples to support your answer.

Tips
·          State at least 2 moral values
·          Give an example for each moral value  stated
·          Describe and elaborate the examples

Note: In order to earn Band A marks, you should have detailed
development of the examples or events.

Model Answer: 
I read the novel, The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit. I have learnt  a lot of moral values from this novel such as, being brave and kind.
The first moral value is being brave. The best example in this novel is when the children saved the train. One day, the children took a walk along the top of the hill beside the railway line. Suddenly, they heard a noise and saw half the hillside crashed down onto the railway line below. The children realised that the 11.29 a.m train was in danger. They used the girls’ red petticoat to make six flags to warn the train. The train came down the track too fast. Bobbie was afraid that it would not see them. She ran onto the line waving two flags. The train stopped just twenty metres away from Bobbie. This event has shown how brave the children were and they should be sampled by other children.
The second moral value is being kind. One good example of such is when The children asked to have the cakes on Thursday. They wanted to make a birthday tea for Perks. Peter wanted to ask everybody in the village to help them give Perks a nice birthday. On Thursday, the children went around to collect presents the people had promised. At three o’clock, the children took the presents and the pram to Perks’ house. When Perks came home and saw the pram and the presents, he was angry. He thought people would laugh at him for being poor and needing their things. Bobbie explained that the people wanted to give him the presents because they liked him. Perks calmed down. He was glad that his neighbours thought so kindly of him. By being kind, the children had made Perks happy.
                The children have shown good moral values in this novel and they should be taken as role models.