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PRACTICE 1 Using the details in the novel you have studied, discuss one of the themes in the story.

Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I M E + J JUSTIFY Provide evidence for each reason. ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: The first challenge is getting used to complicated living arrangements. Ralph had to remember whose house to go to on different days of the week. He ended up having two different lunch boxes to remind him where to go. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: Another challenge is to accept a stepparent and step-siblings. Pixie had a tough time trying to get along with her stepsisters, Hetty and Sophie. She was annoyed when she had to share a room with Hetty. ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: The last challenge is loyalty. Claudia was not friendly to Stella at first because she did not want to hurt her mother. She was worried that being nice to Stella would mean that she is disloyal to her mother. CONCLUSION Write a closure that shows what you have learnt from this theme. It is not easy to cope with divorce and remarriage. It takes a lot of patience, tolerance and acceptance. IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel and which theme. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking for ONE THEME. In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, the theme that can be found is surviving divorce and remarriage. All the students faced various challenges as a result of their parents divorce or remarriage.

PRACTICE 2

Using the details from the novel you have studied, write about a character that you find most interesting. Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I M E + J JUSTIFY Provide evidence for each reason. IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel and which character. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking for ONE INTERESTING CHARACTER. In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, the most interesting character is Pixie. ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: Pixie is interesting because she is smart. She was the first to realize what the five pupils had in common. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: Besides that, Pixie is very imaginative. She is able to create ghost stories to scare Hetty from staying in the same room with her. ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: Pixie is outspoken and honest. She tells Lucy exactly what she thought of her daughters. She also told Lucy that she hated pretending that everything is alright. CONCLUSION Summarize why this character is interesting. Pixie is interesting because she is smart, imaginative, outspoken and honest.

PRACTICE 3

Using the details in the novel you have studied, write about a moral value you have learnt from the story. Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I M E + J JUSTIFY Provide evidence for each reason. IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel and which moral value. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking for ONE MORAL VALUE. In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, a moral value that can be found is love and devotion. ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: The first character who showed love and devotion is Richards mother. She spent a lot of money seeking for Richard although she had to suffer Reverend Coldstones anger and disapproval. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: Another character who demonstrated love and devotion is Charlotte. She continued her mothers search for her brother, Richard. Since she did not have any money, she married a rich man she did not love at 16. ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: Colin, too, showed love and devotion. He kept his Dads tobacco tin and hummed their favourite song. He does three paper rounds to earn money to search for his Dad when he is old enough. CONCLUSION Write a closure that shows what you have learnt from this moral value. These characters have greatly showed their love and devotion. They proved that people will do anything for the ones they love.

PRACTICE 4

Using the details in the novel you have studied, write about an episode that is memorable in the story. Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I M E + J JUSTIFY Provide evidence for each reason. ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: The first change that Richard had to face is his mothers marriage to Reverend Coldstone. Richard hated his stepfather because he enforced strict rules and made Richard feel that his house was like a prison. He also sent Richard away to Mordanger School for four years. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: Another change is betrayal. Richard felt that his mother had betrayed him when she allowed Reverend Coldstone to treat him badly. He also felt betrayed when Charlotte persuaded him not to hate his stepfather. ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: Finally, Richard decided to run away and vanish. His departure caused financial ruin and heartbreak to his mother and sister. His mother spent a lot of money to search for him. Charlotte married a man she did not love to continue the search after their mother died. CONCLUSION Briefly conclude why this episode/incident is memorable. The death of Richards father brought about a lot of changes to Richards family. Most of them are sorrowful. From this incident, we must remember that we should be courageous in difficult times and not let others suffer from our bad decisions. IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel and which memorable incident. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking for ONE MEMORABLE EPISODE (INCIDENT). In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, a memorable incident is the death of Richards father. This incident is memorable because it changed Richards life and in the end, his whole family.

PRACTICE 5

Using the details in the novel you have studied, discuss the problems faced by a character. How does he/she overcome the problems? Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel, which character. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking for THE PROBLEMS FACED BY A CHARACTER AND HIS/HER SOLUTIONS. In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, Colin had a few problems and had his own ways of overcoming them. ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: The first problem that Colin had is when his mother suddenly decided to move away without his dads knowledge. He was always waiting for his dad to come to see them but he never did. So, he wrote a letter to his dad, but he never received any reply. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: Another problem is Colin missed his dad very much. Colin consoled himself by pretending his dad was around. He would put his dads tobacco tin under his pillow, hummed their favourite song and finally unscrewed the lid of the tin to take in the smell of his dad. ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: Colin wants to find his dad. But he cannot do it now as he does not have enough money and is not old enough. So, he does three paper rounds to save enough money to find his dad when he is older. CONCLUSION Write a closure on what you have learnt after going through Colins story. Problems are common in life. We must think carefully of how we want to solve it so that the consequences of our decision will not trouble others.

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PRACTICE 6

Using the details in the novel you have studied, compare two characters in the novel. Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I M E + J JUSTIFY Provide evidence for each reason. IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel, which two characters. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking you to COMPARE TWO CHARACTERS. In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, I choose two compare two characters which are similar; Richard and Colin. ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: The first similarity is both Richard and Colin are missing their fathers. Richards father died of an illness while Colin was missing his father after his mother decided to move away without his fathers knowledge. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: Another similarity is both of them are ignored by their mothers. Richards mother did not defend him when Reverend Coldstone treated him badly. Colin missed his dad a lot but his mother did not seem to be aware of how Colin felt ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: Both Richard and Colin decided to run away to make things work. Richard ran away from home as he thought that his action would make life more pleasant for everyone. Colin wants to run away to find his dad whom he misses a lot. He does three paper rounds to save money and will leave when he is old enough. CONCLUSION Write a closure on what you have learnt from the two characters. The two characters suffered much pain and sorrow. No one cared how they felt. Running away is not a solution. But, it may have been the best option for the both of them as they had no one to advise them.

PRACTICE 7

Using the details in the novel you have studied, discuss the point of view the story is written. Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I M IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel, which point of view. *In the novel Step by Wicked Step, some chapters are written in the first person point of view and some are written in the third person point of view. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking you THE POINT OF VIEW in this novel. In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, the story is mostly written in the first person point of view.

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ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: Richard wrote his story in his diary/album so it is in the first person point of view. We as readers learn of the events in his life through his eyes. We know from his writing that he had come home to find Charlottes letter, but we do not whether he decided to stay or leave Old Harwick Hall. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: Claudia, too, told her story through her point of view. We only know her feelings and thoughts and not of her mother, father, granny and Stella. We know that Claudia sympathized Stella for the guests cold treatment, but we do not know how Stella truly felt. ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: Pixie also tells her story through her own point of view. We know all her thoughts as she speaks. For instance, from her point of view, we find that the actions of the other characters annoy her. Pixie is annoyed with most of Hettys actions like calling her Priscilla, rolling the cat on the carpet like a sausage and sniffing while reading.

CONCLUSION Write a closure on the effectiveness of writing the story in the first point of view. PRACTICE 8

Writing the story in the first point of view helps us as readers to understand the story better. We get first-hand knowledge of the characters feelings, thoughts and decisions.

Using the details in the novel you have studied, write how a character has changed due to certain events that have taken place in his/her life. Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I M IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel, which character that has changed. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking you HOW A CHARACTER HAS CHANGED DUE TO THE EVENTS IN HIS/HER LIFE. In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, a character that has changed due to certain events in his life is Colin. ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: Colin changed into an unhappy and lonely boy when his mother decided to move. He had to start at another school. It was an unpleasant experience as everyone ignored him as they had their own set of friends already. Besides that, his mother was busy with work and was always too tired to listen to Colins problems. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: Colin became a dreamy boy because he missed his dad. Every night, he would hold on to his dads tobacco tin and hum their favourite song. He pretended his dad was around. This habit caused him to have less focus in class and do badly in school. ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: Being apart from his dad made Colin become very resourceful. He did three paper rounds to earn enough money to search for his dad when he is old enough. CONCLUSION Write a closure on what you have learnt from Colins changes. At first, Colin responded negatively to the changes in his life. He was sad and dreamy. But at last, he decided that he must do something in order to see his dad again. This shows that he is optimistic and is determined in finding his dad.

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PRACTICE 9

Using the details in the novel you have studied, discuss the portrayal of family and relationship in the story. Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I M IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel, which family. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking you HOW FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP IS PORTRAYED IN THE STORY. In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, Richards family is portrayed to have a strong sense of love. ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: Richard showed that he had strongly loved his family. Although he ran away and vanished, he still came by the house twice to catch a glimpse of his mother and sister. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: Richards mother, Lilith was the first to show her love and devotion. She spent a fortune seeking for Richard and suffered Reverend Coldstones anger as their money lessened. She died of broken heart because of her undying love for her son, Richard. ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: Charlotte, too, showed her love and devotion. She wanted to keep searching for Richard after her mothers death, but had no money of her own. So, she married a rich man she did not love because he promised to help her find Richard. CONCLUSION What have you learnt from Richards family? Love leads to reunion and healing in a family. We should love our family unconditionally and be prepared to make sacrifices for them.

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PRACTICE 10

Using the details in the novel you have studied, write about an event that you find interesting in the story. Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. I M IDENTIFY Identify what the question wants. MENTION Mention which novel, which event. ELABORATE Elaborate by giving 3 reasons. The question is asking you for AN INTERESTING EVENT. In the novel Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine, an event that I find interesting is when Robbo gave Dumpa an ice lolly. ELABORATION 1 + JUSTIFICATION 1: This event is interesting because it showed how smart kids can be. Robbo gave the ice lolly to Dumpa because he wanted Dumpa to not be out in the cold. However, Dumpa outsmarted them by not eating it and stayed outside with Roy. ELABORATION 2 + JUSTIFICATION 2: It is also interesting because it led Robbo, Callie and their mother talking realistically about their conflict. Robbo said that he was fed up with the whole situation and Callie confessed that she could never get along with Roy. ELABORATION 3 + JUSTIFICATION 3: Lastly, this event is interesting because it brought a good change to Robbos family. Callie wanted to move to their dads house, so their mother helped made it more comfortable for her. In return, their dad agreed to look after Dumpa to let their mother and Roy have a break. CONCLUSION What have you learnt from this event? It is important for all of us to be honest to each other. Pretending that everything is alright will not make things better. But once everyone is honest about their feelings, it is easier to make things work for everybody.

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