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Comprehension Monday 8th February 2021

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Read through the following text twice before trying to answer the questions.


Daniel’s head swung right to left. Where next? He wondered how far he was from the bus station. He imagined jumping on a bus headed to the coast, where he could stow away on a boat and escape from Glasgow and St Catherine’s. Somewhere with no Spud Harper would be nice.

“Not crying for your dad?” Spud yelled at him from somewhere back among the crowds. “You were wailing like a baby in your sleep again last night. The whole home heard you! ‘Daddy! Daddy! Don’t die, Daddy!’ Ha, ha! Don’t worry, wee man, when we’re through with you, you’ll have something else to cry about!”


Spud and his gang were bigger than Daniel, and faster and stronger. Sooner or later they’d catch him. He sprinted across the street, jinked into the nearest shop and slammed the heavy door shut. He clutched at his chest and watched through the darkened glass of the door, crouching out of sight. He could hear Spud’s gang shouting as they thundered past.


Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently. Use the format that has been set up for you on Purple Mash. 


Please answer using full sentences.


  1.  R - Where did Daniel imagine going to?
  2.  R - What 2 places did Daniel want to escape from?
  3.  I - Why was Daniel at the Children's home?
  4.  R – What 3 things does the text say why Spud and his Gang were better than Daniel?
  5.  C - What does the word 'jinked' means?


Home learners please could you submit your answers on by using the 2do template on Purple Mash.