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The Twits - Week 2

This week, we are going to continue reading some more of Roald Dahl's story, 'The Twits'.  Here is a link to an online copy of the book, if you don't have the story at home.


Read Chapter 7 - 'Wormy Spaghetti'.  

Why do you think Mrs Twit chose worms as a substitute for spaghetti for Mr Twit’s dinner?  How are worms similar to spaghetti?

What other foods could be substituted for less appetizing items?   

Perhaps 'Fish in batter' could be 'Pigs Ears in batter', or 'raisins' could be 'woodlouse'.

Try to think of an idea of your own which you could use as a 'substitute food' for a 'usual' food item.  Use the 'Scaffold' sheet to help you write a paragraph of your own.  You need to think about suitable words to fill the blanks, describing how Mrs Twit prepared a meal for Mr Twit.  However, I am looking for good use of your own imagination.  You need to use your own ideas, not 'Wormy Spaghetti'.


Read Chapters 8 and 9 - 'The Funny Walking Stick' and 'Mrs Twit has the Shrinks'.

What is the trick that Mr Twit is playing on Mrs Twit?

At the end of Chapter 9, Mr Twit tells Mrs Twit that she is going to have to be stretched.  How do you think Mr Twit is going to do it? 

Think about a method that you think might work.  How would you stretch Mrs Twit?

Draw a picture (diagram) to show how you would stretch Mrs Twit.  Label (annotate) the diagram, with labels/short explanations, explaining how the method will work.


Read Chapters 10, 11, 12 and 13 – ‘Mrs Twit Gets a Stretching’ to ‘Mr Twit Gets a Horrid Shock’.

What method did Mr Twit use to stretch Mrs Twit?  Do you think he really intended to stretch Mrs Twit or did he always have an ulterior motive? What was Mr Twit’s real reason for his trick?

Today, I would like you to write a summary of these four chapters.  You are re-telling this part of the story, using clear sentences.  You need to include the main elements of the story, and miss out trivial details.

Don't forget to start sentences with sentence openers, to make your writing sound more interesting.  You will also need to use conjunctions to join ideas together, otherwise your writing will sound like a list of points.


Read Chapter 14 - 'The House, the Tree and the Monkey Cage'.

In this chapter, we find out about Mr & Mrs Twit’s house and garden.  We are told with some detail, what the house and garden look like. 

Today I would like you to draw a plan of the plot of land, showing the positions of the house, monkey cage, dead tree etc.  Label (annotate) the plan using well-chosen description (adjectives).  You could even add in some extra features which are not necessarily mentioned in the chapter, e.g. stagnant pond, rusty corrugated-iron shed, broken lawn-mower, etc. 



Read Chapters 15, 16 and 17 – ‘Hugtight Sticky Glue’, ‘Four Sticky Little Boys’ and ‘The Great Upside Down Monkey Circus’.

In this part of the story, we are told that Mr Twit kept monkeys in a cage in the garden.  Do you think this was a kind thing to do?  Why?

These days, monkeys are not allowed to be used in circuses, but they are kept in cages in zoos.  Is this different?  

There are important reasons why animals are kept in zoos.  Some animals are endangered and their species need to be protected.  Sometimes, the only way this can be done is by keeping them in captivity.  

The question, "Should animals be kept in captivity?", is a tricky question to answer.  There are reasons why it is a good thing, but also reasons against the idea.

Try to list some ideas for and against the question, "Should animals be kept in captivity?"

The worksheet may help you organise your thinking.