Thursday, 20 February 2014

Asena Roald Dahls.

Roald Dahls

Anansi and Turtle

Looking at the title and image on the first page, what do you think the story is about? I think its a turtle playing with other animals and they are having fun.

What are some of the features of traditional tales and fables? What makes them different from other stories we read? Its different because some of the stories don’t s start the same but this story that I was reading mostly starts the same.

Where is the story set? You need to identify and look up where this country is.
In the beginning of the story we see that they are telling tales under the moonlight, why are tales often told under moonlight? Is that you can tell stories under the moonlight is because it better and you get more light from the moon and the story is set at Yoruba Tribe.  

We know that this story is ‘retold’ what does the word ‘retold’ mean and can you give an example/ explain further? Retold is the same as retell but retelling is telling someone what happened in the story but retell means that you are telling someone a story over and over again.

What does the word ‘customary’ mean? What is customary in your culture? (Maybe sharing a meal, or giving someone a compliment) The word Customary means something that is commonly encountered practiced, or used. It is also used to described something that is based on tradition rather than law.

Predict what you think will happen next in the story? What will happened next is that sider will share his yams to the people that come over for a special something at spiders house.

What are tricks and how might Anansi trick turtle? They might trick turtle by giving him fake yams to eat and real yams for the customary to eat and turtle might get angry at Anansi for doing that bad idea.


Summarise what has happened in the story - this needs to be in your own words. Is that Anansi grandpa was telling a story to the grandchildren under the moonlight at night time. One day Anansi cooked some yummy yams for turtled to eat because turtle just came back for traveling around the world. When Anansi and turtle was having dinner Anansi saw turtle dirty hands so Anansi told turtle to go and wash his hands at the river and turtle went. As soon turtle came back he saw Anansi eating his yams turtle walked in and start to eat his yams, Anansi looked carefully and saw again that turtle hands are dirty so anansi told to go and wash his hands properly.

Why are they washing their hands? They wash their hands because it needs to be clean at all time before they eat. When do you wash your hands? We always wash your hands when you are going to eat and when your hands a dirty.
What might happen next? Why do you think that? We have to always wash our hands because it has to be clean before we eat.

Tell me about manners and family routines –  We know that in the story Anansi apologises in the first line then tells Turtle off again for having dirty hands. Anansi said sorry to turtle but when Anansi said sorry she saw turtle hands dirty so she told turtle to go wash his hands now this time wash it properly. Manners means respect other by doing the right thing.

“What might happen next?” “Who is the cleverer of the two?” Think about the fact that Turtle has worked out that Anansi knows Turtle’s hands will get dirty. What might Turtle do? Anansi looked at turtle hands and maybe saw turtle  dirty hands and Anansi told turtle to go and wash his hands. Turtle might go and wash his hands at the tap because if Anansi looks it


What does the terms “All the same” mean on the new page? Think about the fact that the writer has begun the new page with “all the same” They started Moonlight all the same because the moon is showing and it dark time thats why they started of with Moonlight.

Have a look at careful language of manners – Turtle thanks Anansi and invites him to dinner. Why do you think Turtle is so polite? Turtle was polite because he can cook his own food instead of Anansi telling him to go and clean his hands over and over again thats why he decided to go and have dinner under the sea so when his hands are dirty he can juat wash it under the water.

Anansi’s eyes “bulged” – discuss what this means and why his eyes would bulge. What does this tell us about the character of Anansi? It tells us that Anansi was looking at turtle hands and it was still dirty and Anansi was thinking did he wash his hands properly but he didn’t so Anansi had to tell turtle to go back and wash his hands. When An

Identify the setting and how it is different from the place Anansi lives. What do think may happen next? Is because turtle lives under the sea and Anansi lives at a house and Turtle is different then Anansi thats why stopped and looked what is she going to do.

Anansi needs food, how will Anansi get down? What will Turtle do? Turtle needs to wash his hands and get a chair to reach to the food because Anansi needs food really quickly. Turtle is way too short to reach to get food for Anansi so Anansi is thinking what is she going to do.

After reading the story who was smarter? Why do you think this? I think Anansi was smarter because she saw turtle hands were dirty so she told turtle to go and wash his hands where  turtle came back his hands were still dirty.

What are the features of traditional tales and how does story fit the familiar patterns, including the ending?


How did Anansi tricked Turtle – “What did he use?” Turtle used the same trick on Anansi? Anansi tricked turtle by telling him that he has dirty hands so turtle can walk to the river and wash his hands while Anansi is eating all his yams finish, While Anansi told turtle that his hands a dirty turtle had to go back to the river and when he finally got back he saw Anansi washing his plate because she ate all his yams all.

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