The Railway Children By Edith Nesbit Chapter I, The Beginning of Things They were not railway children to begin with. I don't suppose they had ever thought about railways except as a means of getting to Maskelyne and Cook's, the Pantomime, Zoological Gardens, and Madame Tussaud's. They were just ordinary suburban children, and they lived with their Father and Mother in an ordinary red-brick-fronted villa, with coloured glass in the front door, a tiled passage that was called a hall, a bath-room with hot and cold water, electric bells, French windows, and a good deal of white paint, and 'every modern convenience', as the house-agents say. There were three of them. Roberta was the eldest. Of course, Mothers never have favourites, but if their Mother HAD had a favourite, it might have been Roberta. Next came Peter, who wished to be an Engineer when he grew up; and the youngest was Phyllis, who meant extremely well. Mother did not spend all her time in paying dull calls to dull ladies, and sitting dully at home waiting for dull ladies to pay calls to her. She was almost always there, ready to play with the children, and read to them, and help them to do their home-lessons. Besides this she used to write stories for them while they were at school, and read them aloud after tea, and she always made up funny pieces of poetry for their birthdays and for other great occasions, such as the christening of the new kittens, or the refurnishing of the doll's house, or the time when they were getting over the mumps. These three lucky children always had everything they needed: pretty clothes, good fires, a lovely nursery with heaps of toys, and a Mother Goose wall-paper. They had a kind and merry nursemaid, and a dog who was called James, and who was their very own. They also had a Father who was just perfect—never cross, never unjust, and always ready for a game—at least, if at any time he was NOT ready, he always had an excellent reason for it, and explained the reason to the children so interestingly and funnily that they felt sure he couldn't help himself. You will think that they ought to have been very happy. And so they were, but they did not know HOW happy till the pretty life in the Red Villa was over and done with, and they had to live a very different life indeed. The dreadful change came quite suddenly.
Prompt Choice 1 (Narrative Essay) Read the prompt below and write a well-developed narrative essay. Have you ever had to adapt to a sudden change? How did you do it? What helped you prepare? Write a narrative of your experience. **Be sure that your narrative has a clear beginning, middle, and end. Use your mature voice, specific details, sensory descriptions, and dialogue. Proofread your work before submitting.
Prompt Choice 2 (Informational Response) Review the excerpt above. Answer the following question in a well-developed paragraph. What details in this excerpt help create the historical period in which it is set? **Be sure to re-state the question in your topic sentence and use specific examples and details from the story to support your answers. Proofread your work before submitting.
whatcha need help with?
I want to know how to form the paragraph
I'm doing the second one choice
You're having problems understanding a well-developed paragraph? I think they mean at least 6 sentence, restating the prompt, and using support. As well as using advanced and domain specific vocabulary when you can. Besides that it's just a normal paragraph really.
Can i have an example?
In my opinion i think the narritive is easier and faster but for informational prompt you must cut alot of information from the excerpt
I assume that you know how to write paragraphs, so I'm guessing that you're having difficulty figuring out where to look for which historical period this story is set. They way the writer specified that the bathroom had hot AND cold water plus the electric bells, says to me that they're fairly new developments for that time period. And "modern" is also often used to indicate "new" technology, so it supports my initial theory "Mother" and "Father" are also old-er fashion terms to call parents "pay call" is also not a current term refurnishing the doll house also does not seem like a playtime activity that kids these days participate in
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But I kinda finished that :P
I do need help with another
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Sort of the same thing
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Review the excerpt above. Answer the following question in a well-developed paragraph. How does the excerpt prepare the reader for the last line? What details and descriptions prepare the reader for the change in tone and mood in that final line? **Be sure to re-state the question in your topic sentence and use specific examples and details from the story to support your answers. Proofread your work before submitting.
This is the directions
and the excerpt?
Same as the last one
1.) The opening sentence indicates that they led a different lifestyle 2.) "..don't suppose they had ever thought about railways except as means of getting to..." forebodes they'll be hit financially since railways were nothing other than a form of transportation (money to spend on such "luxuries") before it became a state of life 3.) "she USED to write stories for them..." past tense foreboding that Mother no longer does this, indicating change. There are also other places where the author uses past tense when writing about what the kids had so you can include that in your paragraph as well 4.) "You will think that they ought to have been very happy" also makes the reader think that there will be a twist since why else would the author state such an obvious after building up the family to be from a happy and warm/loving home? 5.) "...they had to live a very different life indeed" obviously that sentence clearly tells the reader that there will be a change
btw, the first sentence is especially what sets the mood. Despite the warm and moderately affluent picture the author paints of this family, the first sentence sets the reader on edge because it's like "ok, so when in their happy life did railways change from a thing of leisure to a way of life?" It's like a beautiful, bright and warm sunny day but you're walking the tight rope the entire time.
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