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PENGUIN READERS Teacher Support Programme

The Railway Children


While reading Chapters 12 1 Discuss these questions with another student. What do you think? Why does the childrens father go away? Where do you think he goes? Do you think he will return? How long do you think he will go away for? 2 Write Roberta, Peter or Phyllis in the sentences ah. a wants to be the boss. b is the youngest. c loves trains. d wants to help repair the engine. e is the oldest. f often breaks things. g is ten years old. h is the most clever. 3 Discuss these questions with another student. What do you think? Is the childrens father right to say, Girls are as clever as boys ? Do you think most people felt this way about girls a hundred years ago? 4 Answer these questions. a Why cant Roberta sleep? b Who wants to move into a new house every month? c Why does Roberta kick Phyllis? d What three things can the children see below the house? e What cant the children see below the house? f Why cant the children make fires in June? g What does Peter take from the station? h Who calls Peter a thief? Chapters 3 4 5 Match the letters with the numbers to complete the sentences. a Roberta b Peter c Phyllis d The childrens mother
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6 c e The old man f Perks c g The Station Master c h Jim and Bill c 1 suggests that they wave to the train. 2 is very ill. 3 tells the children stories about the trains. 4 gives the letter to the man on the train. 5 is the childrens first friend at the railway. 6 says, Red is for danger. 7 gives the children some food. 8 work on the engines. Write because or so in the sentences af. a The children wave at the train they want it to take their love to their father. b The childrens mother is ill she must stay in bed. c The old mans writing is bad the children cant read his name. d The children think there is going to be an accident there are trees on the line. e The children must wave something red red is for danger. f Jim sees the red skirts he knows there is danger on the line.

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Chapters 56 7 What happens first? What happens next? Write the numbers, 18. a The children take the baby from the boat. c b The children show Mrs Perks the gifts. c c The children go to every house and shop in the village. c d The children go fishing. c e Perks asks the children into his house for tea. c f The man stops the fire on his boat with water. c g A man says to the children: You cant fish here! c h The children see that the boat is on fire. c 8 Discuss these questions with another student. What do you think? Why is Perks angry when the children give him the gifts? Why does he stop being angry and accept the gifts? 9 Match the questions with the answers. a Why do the people in the village want to give something to Perks? c
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The Railway Children


b Why does Mrs Perks begin to cry? c c Why cant Perks take the gifts from the children? c d Why does Perks ask the children into his house for tea? c 1 Because she is very happy. 2 Because he is always nice to them. 3 Because he wants to thank them for giving him the gifts. 4 Because he knows that the children have no money.

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Chapters 910 13 Join these beginnings and ends of sentences with so. a Peter and Phyllis are going to help Jim c b The signalman sits with his son at night c c The signalman cant help the children c d The family dont have much money c e The children are with Jim all the time c f Jims grandfather helps the children c 1 they cant buy Jim what he must have. 2 he sleeps when he is at work. 3 Phyllis has to go into the tunnel again. 4 they run to the house up the road. 5 their father can come home. 6 they have no time to go to the railway. 14 Make a list of the people the children help in the story. After reading 15 Work in pairs. Tell each other which character in the book you like best. Explain why you feel this way. 16 The childrens father returns from prison at the end of the story. What do you think prison is like? Write a short paragraph to answer this question.

Chapters 7 8 10 Are these sentences right (3) or wrong (7)? a Roberts believes that her father is ill. c b The children dont fight very often. c c The knife goes into Peters hand. c d The doctor thinks that Peter is going to be all right. c e Peter wants to stay in bed. c f Roberta reads about her father in an old newspaper. c g Six boys go into the tunnel and six boys come out. c h The boys leg is hurt badly. c i The boy can walk out of the tunnel. c j Peter stays with the boy and his sisters go for help. c 11 Draw a picture to illustrate what happens in Chapter 8. 12 Who says the sentences aj? a Is Father coming home one day? b I want that! c Yes, girl, I have a lot of old newspapers. d We can only wait for Father to come home again. e One boy is down there, in the tunnel. f I dont like this. g Is he dead? h Where did you come from? i You go to the nearest house and get somebody to help us. j Are you afraid?

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LEVEL 2

PENGUIN READERS Teacher Support Programme

The Railway Children


Chapters 12
1 Write the right words in the sentences. anything everybody everything nobody nothing somebody something somewhere a At first, the children dont know about trains. b Roberta knows that is wrong when her father goes away. c When their father goes away, in the family is sad. d Roberta asks, Is dead? e Peter says, Because its later and theres to be good about now. f The family put in boxes before they leave the city. g Inside the new house, there is to meet them. h Peter goes to get some coal for the coalbox.

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Chapters 78
4 Underline the right words. a Roberta thinks her mother is happy / sad when the children say their fathers name. b The children are usually bad / good. c There is a lot of blood / dirt on Peters foot. d Roberta thinks the newspaper is right / wrong about her father. e The children ask the old man to help them to find their father / the spy. f Peters foot is better / worse the next day. g It is very dry / wet inside the tunnel. h The boys eyes are closed / open when the children find him.

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5 Choose 1, 2 or 3 to complete these sentences. a Phyllis says, Im going into a tunnel again. 1 always 2 never 3 usually b The signalman knows it is wrong to 1 sleep at work. 2 be angry with the children. 3 help the children. c Jim stays with the children because 1 he doesnt like his grandfather. 2 his foot is hurt. 3 his family is very poor. d The childrens father comes home 1 on a bus. 2 five years later. 3 after they catch the spy.

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2 Write for or to in the sentences ah. a Phyllis asks, And when is Father going to write us? b The children want the train to take their love their father. c The children often go the train station. d Roberta calls the doctor her mother. e The children think a long time before they have an idea. f Inside the box, there is a lot of food the family. g The tree moves slowly nearer the railway line. h The children run up the engine to talk to Jim and Bill.

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3 Who are the people in italics? a Hes always good to us. Perhaps we can do something for him. b You cant fish here! c He usually likes children. d She found them in a shop. e We took him off the boat. f He could not understand why she cried. g He was very angry. h Thats why they gave us these things for you.

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