b) Read the first page of a story called The Open boat by Stephen Crane.
Decide which sentence 1-3 best describes the text.
1) A group of men who were stuck in a lighthouse during a storm and couldn't escape.
2) A group of men who survived a sinking ship and travelled in a lifeboat looking for land.
3) A group of men who while fishing were lost at sea and got caught in a terrible storm.
The answer is..................................................................................................two
c) Read the text again and answer the following questions.
Write you answers in full sentences.
1. Why couldn't the men see the sky?
2. What did the men on the boat compare the lifeboat to and why?
3. How many days had the men been travelling?
4. What was the chef looking at?
5. Who used the oars?
6. What was the captain's responsibility on the lifeboat?
7. Why does the writer mention a wild horse and a wall of water?
8. Why does the writer mention a hill?
Check your answers:
1. Why couldn't the men see the sky? The men couldn't see the sky because the waves were too high.
2. What did the men on the boat compare the lifeboat to and why? They compared it to a bathtub because it was very small.
3. How many days had the men been travelling? The men had been travelling for two days.
4. What was the chef looking at? He was looking at the bottom of the boat.
5. Who used the oars? The sailor and the reporter used the oars.
6. What was the captain's responsibility on the lifeboat? He looked ahead and directed the sailor.
7. Why does the writer mention a wild horse and a wall of water? The writer is comparing the waves to an uncontrollable animal and a tall solid mass of water.
8. Why does the writer mention a hill? The writer mentions a hill because the waves pushed the boat high and they could see far.
e) Finally, try writing your own story about an adventure.
Try to be as creative as you can.
Have lots of characters with different personalities and different motives.
Think about how the story could be interesting for your reader.
When you've finished, check it- especially for spelling mistakes. Remember to use past tenses (generally we use the past simple, past continuous and past perfect and past perfect continuous for stories) and use lots of adjectives while comparing things as the writer does above.