Thursday, 18 April 2013

The Charge Of The Light Brigade

The Charge Of The Light Brigade  
Alfred Lord Tennyson
LI: to understand the story behind this narrative poem

Half a league, half a league,
     Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
     Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!' he said:
Into the valley of Death
     Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd ?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Their's not to make reply,
Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
     Rode the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
     Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
     Rode the six hundred.
Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
     All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
     Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
     Not the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
     Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
     Left of six hundred.
When can their glory fade ?
O the wild charge they made!
     All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
     Noble six hundred!

At the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 during the Crimean War, the ‘Light Brigade’, (a group of British soldiers), charged down a narrow valley to fight the Russian soldiers who had captured British guns. The Russians were at the end of the valley as well as on each side of it. The attack was not a wise choice and happened because of a misunderstanding of an order sent by the commander-in-chief. After following orders less than a third of these men survived.

Answer these questions in full sentences:

  1. “If you were in the military and you were given an order, would you obey it – even if it meant putting your life on the line?  Why or why not?” yes i will.... because if i don't obey the order then i will get punished.

  1. What is a brigade? A Large unit of an Army.

  1. “Theirs not to make reply/Theirs not to reason why/Theirs but to do and die” - What did this mean for the soldiers? Tt might be a leader saying it at if they don't follow they can be punished.

  1. What makes this a narrative poem? It is different to a recount but it is a poem.

Read the poem again and answer these questions about the language used:
LI: To explore the language of a narrative poem

Stanza 1:
  1. What does the Valley of Death mean?A valley where you die.
  2. Who is “he” in line 6? Alfred Lord Tennyson
  3. What is the six hundred referring to? His camp force.

Stanza 2:
  1. Now that you see it in context, what does the line, “Theirs but to do and die” mean? Just do it and just it done.

Stanza 3:
  1. What weapons are used against the Light Brigade? Guns and cannons smoke
  2. What two things are personified here? keep shooting don;t stop until you are injured

Stanza 6:
  1. Did the Light Brigade win or lose? lose
  2. Are they seen as heroes? Yes

Use short answers to answer the following questions.
LI: To show that I am reading for meaning and understanding  
  1. About how many soldiers were in the Light Brigade?600

  1. What weapons did they carry? Sabre (sword)
  1. What weapons did they face? battery smoke

  1. Why did the Light Brigade charge? They were order to but (it was a mistake)

  1. How are the members of the Light Brigade survived at the end of the poem? 600 no-one died

Click on the link on the picture to help you find your information

List 3 facts about the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson
In 1830 21 he published Poems Chiefly Lyrical, which was attacked by Professor John Wilson writing in Blackwood’s Magazine as Christopher North, who complained of the infantile vanity and painful striving after originality of the poems, though he did add that he had good hopes of Alfred Tennyson.

In 1816 7 Tennyson was sent to Louth Grammar School, which he disliked so intensely that in later life he refused even to walk past the school.

In 1831 22 Tennyson’s father, who had returned home, died.

   (Comment)        This is the  Charge of the Light Brigade work that I did today Tuesday 16 April  

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Tyler When the Wind Blows Reflection

When the Wind Blows
I thought this story was sad because they both died together because they believed that they would survive in a useless shelter.

The labour herald said ‘this book deserves a very wide audience and should be compulsory reading.’ I think it should because it is an interesting book to read and it’s got some funny jokes in it as well.

The guardian said, “it is meant to break your heart to some purpose”
You start crying and feel sorry for them.

Xtramathes 16.4.13


When the Wind Blows
Story Elements

L.I. - Identify the factual elements of the story
Identify the fictional elements of the story

Look at these events and cut and paste them into the correct column in the table

There was a cold war between
former allies

A nuclear bomb causes a big flash of heat and light

Nuclear fallout can kill you after the bomb has gone off

England was afraid of a Russian  American nuclear war

America is a democracy

A nuclear bomb causes a big flash of heat and light

The cold war has caused other conflicts

People who wore patterned clothing got the pattern burnt into their skin
The Russians let off a nuclear bomb
There was a nuclear arms race

People believed in Mutually Assured Destruction

Russia is a democracy
People built nuclear fallout shelters in case there was a war

Cushions can protect you from nuclear fallout

After 14 days you can leave the
nuclear fallout shelter

After WW2 Russian bombed England

A nuclear refuge (like the one in the book) would protect you

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Thursday, 11 April 2013


My left behind on the beach By Tyler

Left behind
on the beach:
two sandcastles for the sea to crash into.
two enormous holes for people to lie in.

Left behind on the beach:
Crashing waves
big piles of sand for the sandcastles.
Your eyes scrunch when you look at the sun
and the nutella sandwich in my mouth.

Left behind on the beach:
A weekend holiday,
beach towels for Mum
and a book for Dad.

Left behind on the beach:
the beautiful trees that nature created
the sounds from the sky, when the birds are flying past
the plane going to Tonga when people are on holiday.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

This is my xtramathes

The boy in the Striped Pyjamas By Tyler

The boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Events & action
Germany   - Berlin
Poland  - Auschwitz
Lt Kotler
Bruno moves from Berlin to Auschwitz.
Bruno fell from the swing that he and Pavel had made.
Bruno and Shmuel meet while Bruno was exploring.
Bruno sneaks to the other side of the fence.
Bruno and Shmuel die from being gassed in the gas chamber.
The Commandant realizes what has happened to Bruno in the end.

Moral: That this should never have happened