1. Write a diary entry in the role of Mary on the morning following Colin’s tantrum. Consider the following questions:
- How are you feeling this morning?
- How did you sleep?
- Describe what happened the night before? (Tantrum)
- How did you feel upon hearing his shouts and screams?
- What was your immediate reaction?
- Were you glad to have reacted this way?
- Did this change your impressions of Colin?
- Is he really the Rajah you expected him to be?
- How do you expect to resolve his mood?
2. You have been asked to write a book review to be published on a children’s website. This review will be based on ‘The Secret Garden.’ Please include the following:
- Title of the book
- Rating (out of 5 stars)
- Main characters and their traits
- Setting of the story/main events
- Summarise what happens in the story
- Your favourite part
- What could be improved
- Other books/stories that it is similar to.
The Story Room is a website which publishes book reviews written by children. Have a look at some reviews as you gain ideas and inspiration.