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The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

  

 

Chapter 1 The Empty Chair - Click Here 

Chapter 2 The Boy with the Lion Eyes - Click Here

Chapter 3 Forty Winks

 Chapter 4 What Mr Brown and Mrs Grimsby said

Chapter 5 The Refugee Kid

Trying out a sound file today! 
RJS · Chapter 5

Chapter 6 The Woman in the Silver Scarf

RJS · The Boy at the back of the Class - Chapter 6

Chapter 7 Mr Irons' nose

RJS · Chapter 7

Chapter 8 The Unexpected Adventure 

RJS · Chapter 8
 

Chapter 9 The Big Fight 

RJS · Chapter 9
Can you answer these questions after listening to Chapter 9?
Vocabulary
What is a sneer?
What does ‘whipped’ tell you about how Brendan was moving the pomegranate.
What was the narrator trying to say when she said ‘I’ve said my piece’?
Detective Thinking - Retrieval
Why does the narrator like pomegranates so much?
Why doesn’t Ms Hemsi come out any more?
Why does Ahmet smile?
Why did Ahmet punch Brendan?
Why will Ahmet be famous?
Predict
Predict why there will be a big fight.
Predict why Ahmet will become famous.
Explain
Why is the picture included in this chapter?

Detective Thinking - Retrieval

What does Brendan take off Ahmet?
Who breaks up the fight?
What happened to the pomegranate?
Gist
Summarise why the fight happened by telling Mr Irons from the narrator’s perspective, in fewer than fifty words.

Chapter 10 War and Missing Pieces 

Click on 10.1 first and then listen to 10.2 second (there was a bit of a technological issue during recording!!) 

RJS · Chapter 10

 

Chapter 10

Vocabulary

What is ‘ransom money’?

 

Define ‘scowl’.

Detective

Thinking -

Infer 

Why does Brendan scowl more than ever?

Who do the children suspect is doing nasty things to Ahmet?

Why couldn’t they prove it was Brendan?

Why do you think Ahmet likes his bag so much?

Why do Ahmet’s eyes become watery?

Why do you think the children didn’t clap as loudly as normal?

Why doesn’t Mrs Khan want the children to ask Ahmet questions about the war?

Predict 

Predict whether any of the attitudes of Brendan and his friends will now change towards Ahmet.

Explain 

What do Ahmet’s drawings tell you about him? 

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

What do people start to call Ahmet?

Why did Ahmet get a golden star?

What happened to Ahmet’s pot?

What was in Ahmet’s tray?

What were in Ahmet’s backpack?

Who was missing from the boat picture?

Where was the first place that the boat took Ahmet?

Gist

Summarise Ahmet’s story in fewer than 70 words.

 

Chapter 11 The Game of Scrabble

 

Chapter 11

Vocabulary

Define ‘blustery’.

What does the word ‘tyke’ mean?

Detective

Thinking -

Infer 

Find evidence that the two of them don’t want Jacob and the aunt to come to the house?

Why does the narrator hide her toys when Jacob comes over?

What makes her smile?

Why do Mum and Uncle Lenny look up sharply?

Why does Uncle Lenny say ‘all yours’?

Predict 

Predict if the narrator will tell her friends about her grandmother.

Explain 

Why does the author italicise ‘immediately’?

What is the twist in this chapter? Why do you think it was included?

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

What does Josie suggest doing with the questions?

How many questions does she have now? 

What has Uncle Lenny cooked?

What is Uncle Lenny’s job?

What does Uncle Lenny call Ahmet?

Where did the grandma run away from?

Gist

Summarise the story of the grandma in fewer than sixty words.

 RJS · Chapter 11

 Chapter 12 Syrah and the Sea

RJS · Chapter 12
 

 

Chapter 12

Vocabulary

 What is a raft?

Detective

Thinking

- Infer 

 Why do you think nobody kept their promise to Mrs Khan?

 Why didn’t Mr Irons say anything to Victor?

 Why was she surprised that Ahmet recognised Tintin?

 What happened to Syrah?

Predict 

 Predict why she was forced to break her promise?

Explain 

 How did this chapter make you feel? Why?

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

 What was Ahmet now famous for?

 What are Messengers?

 How did Brendan react to Ahmet’s story?

 Why isn’t Ahmet’s dad with him?

Gist

 Choose one word to sum up this chapter and explain your choice of   word.

Chapter 13 - The Something That Changed Everything

RJS · Chapter 13

 

Chapter 13

Vocabulary

What does it mean to drift off?

What is gurgling?

What is a racist?

What is tutting?

Detective

Thinking

- Infer 

Why do you think she couldn’t sleep?

Why was her heart beating really fast?

Why don’t the children invite Ahmet to their meeting?

Why do you think Ms Hemsi thinks it’s a very good thing

that Ahmet spoke about his sister?

Predict 

Predict what the something that changed everything will be.

Explain 

Why does the author capitalise immediately and emergency?

Detective

Thinking

Retrieval

Why weren’t her friends on the bus with her?

What do the people on the bus say might happen to refugees? 

What story were they studying in class?

Where do the children meet?

Who is the deputy head teacher?

Who is the woman in the red scarf?

Summarise 

Summarise the events of this chapter in fewer than forty words.

Chapter 14 - The Three Plans

RJS · Chapter 14

 

Chapter 14

Vocabulary

 What is a ‘government’?

What is an ‘appeal’?

Detective

Thinking

- Infer 

 Do you think the Prime Minister has heard of Ahmet? Why?

 Why were they excited about the last plan?

 Why does Josie’s face turn pink?

 Why does the narrator feel the worst?

Predict 

 Predict what the three plans are.

 Predict if the narrator will come up with a plan.

Explain 

 Why did the author include spelling mistakes in the letters?

Detective

Thinking

- Retrieval 

 Who did Tom write to?

 Why doesn’t Michael think Tom’s plan will work?

 Who did Josie want to ring?

 Why doesn’t Tom think Josie’s plan will work?

 Who does Michael want to write to?

 Who is the librarian?

Summarise 

 Summarise the third plan in fewer than twenty words.

Chapter 15 - The Greatest Idea in the World

RJS · Chapter 15

 

Chapter 15

Vocabulary

 What does ‘pitch black’ mean?

 Define ‘tiptoed’.

Detective

Thinking -

Infer

 Why do you think she had that nightmare?

 Why does she think it’s such a good idea?

Predict 

 Predict what the greatest idea in the world is.

Explain 

 Explain what the picture shows.

 Predict what trouble the letter might get them in.

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

 Why does she like working in the kitchen?

 When is the ‘Magic Hour’?

 What animals had they found in the kitchen wall?

Summarise 

 Summarise the greatest idea in fewer than forty words.

Chapter 16 - The Royal Letter

RJS · Chapter 16

 

Chapter 16

Vocabulary

Define ‘eagerly’.

What are ‘duties’?

Define ‘reassuringly’.

Define ‘anxiously’.

Detective

Thinking -

Infer 

Why are the children so excited?

Why do the children think they might meet the queen?

Why do the children lie to Ahmet?

Why did the afternoon feel so long?

Why does she tell the queen about Syrah?

Predict 

Predict if the queen will get the letter.

Explain 

Should the narrator have told the Queen about Syrah?  Why do

you think this?

Do you think the plan is good? Explain your answer.

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

Why does she think the queen will definitely get the letter?

Why does the narrator write the letter?

How do they address the queen in the letter?

Why do they use purple?

Summarise 

Choose one word to describe the plan and explain

your choice of word.

Chapter 17 - The Emergency Plan

RJS · Chapter 17

 

Chapter 17

Vocabulary

 Define ‘regaining your balance’.

 Define ‘expelled’.

Detective

Thinking -

Infer 

 How was she feeling after she posted the letter?

 How do those feeling change across the week and why?

 Why do they need an emergency plan?

 What is the emergency plan?

 Why is Josie the one who won’t be going?

Predict 

 Predict if the children will meet the queen.

Explain 

 What does the picture show?

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

 What does Michael walk into?

 Where did the narrator’s family take her?

 Why does Ahmet show the children his bag?

 Which two will try and meet the queen?

Summarise 

 Summarise the emergency plan in fewer than thirty words.

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Chapter 18 - Stan the Taxi Man

RJS · Chapter 18

 

Chapter 18

 Vocabulary    

Define ‘exact’.

She calls it the ‘used-less drawer’. What would Mum’s actual name for it be?

Define ‘eagerly’.

What does ‘chauffeuring’ mean?

 Detective

 Thinking -

 Infer 

Why did she look puffy like a blowfish?

Why are the children delivering the excuse to Mrs Khan and not the parents?

Why do you think Tom says the tube is good?

Why do you think the taxi driver doesn’t charge them?

 Predict 

Predict if the children will meet the queen.

 Explain 

Why does the author italicise ‘exact’?

Why does the author write ‘beh-er’ on the final page?

 Detective

 Thinking -

 Retrieval

How could she tell Tom hadn’t slept much?

What present did Tom bring for the queen?

How much money did the children have?

What excuse did the children send to Mrs Khan?

Why do they eat the queen’s biscuits?

What excuse do they give to the taxi driver?

 Summarise  

Describe the plan in one word and explain your choice of word.

Chapter 19 - The Queen's Palace

RJS · Chapter 19

 

Chapter 19

Vocabulary

 What does ‘zigzagged’ tell you about the way they moved?

 Define ‘shimmering’.

 Define ‘clambering’.

Detective

Thinking -

Infer 

 Why are there so many police?

 Why do they think something is happening?

 ‘I felt as though I was running underwater’ – what could this mean?

 What happens at the end of the chapter?

Predict 

 Predict what will happen next.

Explain 

 What impression of Buckingham Palace does the picture give you?

 Research the changing of the guard and see if you think this chapter

 gives an accurate portrayal of it.

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

 Why do the guards say ‘hut’?

 What time is it?

 What could the children hear in the distance?

Summarise 

 Summarise the events of this chapter in fewer than fifty words.

Chapter 20 The Cold Stream Guards

RJS · Chapter 20
 

 

Chapter 20

 Vocabulary

 What is a ‘blur’?

 What is ‘combat’?

 What is ‘concussion’?

 Detective

 Thinking -

 Infer 

 Why was Tom crying?

 

 Why doesn’t she want to go to hospital?

 Why might the children be famous?

 Why couldn’t she eat the biscuit?

 Predict 

 Predict how their parents will react?

 Explain 

 This is the first time we learn for definite that the main character

 is a girl.

 How has not knowing affected the story?

 Detective

 Thinking -

 Retrieval

 What was the name of the paramedic?

 Who is going to take the children home and how?

 Where is the Queen?

 What is a Coldstream Guard?

 Summarise 

 Give one word to describe how the adults felt about the children and

 explain your choice.

 Chapter 21 The Neighbours and the News

RJS1 · Chapter 21

 

Chapter 21

 Vocabulary

What is a reporter?

Define ‘hesitated’.

Define ‘formal’.

What is bigotry?

Define ‘transpired’.

 Detective

 Thinking -

 Infer 

Why did Mum hug her tight?

Why does Mr Rashid’s voice go heavy and wobbly?

Why does Mum’s face go white?

How did Stan make Mum laugh?

 Predict 

Predict what the response will be from Buckingham Palace.

 Explain 

Why does the author capitalise Deep Thought?

 Detective

 Thinking -

 Retrieval

Why was the girl confused?

Why did Mrs Gillingham know what was happening?

Why does Mum not say hello to Mr Greggs?

How does the girl look different to her peers?

 Summarise 

Summarise the events of this chapter in fewer than thirty words.

    

 

    

 Chapter 22 World Wide Whisper

RJS1 · Chapter 22 World Wide Whispers

 

 

Chapter 22

 Vocabulary

 Define ‘scruples’.

 What does ‘huddled’ mean?

 Define ‘passionate’.

 Define ‘winced’.

 Detective

 Thinking -

 Infer 

 Why did Mum walk her to the bus stop?

 

 Why don’t the parents want the children to look at any   newspapers?

 Why do you think Mrs Khan was upset?

 Why do you think Mr Irons didn’t meet the children?

 Predict 

 Predict if anyone will find Ahmet’s family.

 Explain 

 Why do you believe no one was angry at the children?

 Do you think it was ok that they broke Mum’s promise?

 Detective

 Thinking -

 Retrieval

 When’s the only other time Tom’s dad cheered?

 What are the children instructed to say if anyone asks them  questions?

 How does Mrs Sanders react to the reporters?

 Who is teaching first period?

 What has the newspaper done?

 Summarise 

 Summarise the newspaper article in fewer than twenty  words.

 

 Chapter 23 Brendan the Bully and the Breaking News

RJS1 · Chapter 23 Brendan The Bully And The Breaking News

 

 

Chapter 23

Vocabulary

 What is a ‘radar’?

 What is ‘clenching your fists’.

Detective

Thinking -

Infer 

 What is a Rollercoaster Day?

 Why do you think Brendan came up with the song?

 How did Brendan get caught?

 What do you think happened to Mr Irons and why?

 How did school improve for the children?

Predict 

 Predict how Brendan will feature in this chapter.

Explain 

 Do you think Brendan and Mr Irons got what they deserved?  Why?

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

 Why did everyone have to leave everything on their desks?

 What was the assembly for?

 What ways did the children think they should get Brendan back?

Summarise 

 Summarise what happened to Brendan in fewer than forty words.

 

 Chapter 24 The Interview

RJS1 · Chapter 24 The Interview

 

 

Chapter 24

Vocabulary

 What is a rung?

 What’s the difference between fewer and less?

Detective Thinking -

Infer 

 Why was the girl worried?

 Why do they start to say ‘maybe’ to Ahmet?

 Why did Mr Fry lie about Ahmet?

 Why does Mum want her to do an interview?

Why do you think Mum was proud of her?

Predict 

Predict how the interview will affect the story.

Explain 

Do you think the interview was a good thing to do? Why?

Detective Thinking - Retrieval

What man do the children get asked about?

What food does Mum make her?

Who is Mr Fry?

What is the name of Ahmet’s case worker?

How long was the interview?

Summarise 

Summarise the interview by writing it on less than a side of A4.

Chapter 25 The Queen's Message

 

RJS1 · Chapter 25 The Queen’s Message

 

Chapter 25

Vocabulary

 What’s a headline?

 What is ‘EIIR’?

 What does it mean to do something on someone’s behalf?

 Define ‘plight’?

Detective

Thinking -

Infer 

 Why do you think the children assume they are in trouble?

 Why was there a wax blob on the letter?

Predict 

 Predict what the Queen’s message will be.

 Predict if the children will go for tea with the Queen.

Explain 

 Did you like this chapter? Why?

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

 On which day could they not find Ahmet?

 Who is teaching first period?

 Who was in Mrs Sanders’ office?

 What does the Queen invite the children to do?

Summarise 

 Summarise the events of this chapter in fewer than thirty words.

Chapter 26 The Present

 

RJS1 · Chapter 26 The Present

 

Chapter 26

Vocabulary

 Define ‘possession, depression and objection’.

 Define ‘asylum’.

Detective

Thinking -

Infer 

 Why is Ahmet teaching her Kurdish words?

 Why does Aunt Christina make more of an effort now?

 Why doesn’t she make a big deal out of her birthday?

 Why does Ahmet want to take his rucksack?

Predict 

 Predict who the special guests are.

 If there was a sequel to this book, predict what it would be about.

Explain 

 Did you like this book? Why?

Detective

Thinking -

Retrieval

 How long has it been since they got the letter from the Queen?

 What present does she buy for the Queen?

 Who were the special guests?

 What was in the envelope?

Summarise 

 Summarise the whole story in fewer than 100 words.