Compare and contrast the ways in which each author has chosen to open their story and why they are effective openings:
Escape from Shangri-La by Michael Morpurgo:
I was kneeling up against the back of the sofa looking out of the window. Summer holidays and raining, raining streams. "He's been there all day," I said.
"Who has?" My mother was still doing the ironing. "I don't know why," she went on, "but I love ironing. Therapeutic, restorative, satisfying. Not like teaching at all. Teaching's definitely not therapeutic." She talked a lot about teaching, even in the holidays.
"That man. He just stands there. He just stands there staring at us.'
"It's a free world isn't it?"
Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick:
Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life. Her feet pounded through the deserted streets of derelict buildings. Somewhere, not far behind, she could hear the gang coming after her. It felt as if her heart would burst, but she didn't slow down. She'd been planning to leave the island for a long time, but had been putting it off. It was a big decision to set out to sea in a tiny rowing boat. Now she had no choice.
- A good comparison will include several points to explain the similarities and differences between the two openings.
- Use quotes from the text as evidence to justify your points.
- Think about: the atmosphere and feelings created; and techniques used by the author.
- February 8th 2013