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Published: 04/11/2019
KS3 KS4 | Reading | Writing
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Changing the mood of a 19th-century extract

This resource is designed to encourage students to rewrite a short 19th-century extract, changing the mood and atmosphere. The resource includes some initial comprehension and analysis activities. The extract is taken from Chapter 16 of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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6.  Start by rewriting the first paragraph with the words or phrases provided in the box.


sunlight broke through the clouds


intricate threads of embroidery


The way seemed _________ and the streets like __________________. The ___________ became unbearable, and as the _______________, he felt _______________.

7.  Rewrite the second paragraph, replacing the industrial landscape with features of beauty. For example, you might decide that the traveller is looking at a magnificent church or a beautiful park. Replace the barking dog and the screaming seagull with sounds that are soothing or uplifting. If you can, include imagery as the writer has done in his text.


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Rosalind Tucker
Rosalind Tucker
I will use this as an introduction to 19th Century literature for KS4 pupils, using the table to find the words which create the dark imagery and explain them, A separate resource as well for creative writing! Thank you very much.
Posted on 17th August 2020
Valerie Long
Valerie Long
Really great resource. I am looking forward to introducing this to my pupils.
Posted on 5th May 2020
Aroush Aneel
Aroush Aneel

Posted on 16th April 2020
brilliant resource, amazingly adaptable, loved it! gave plenty of homework material as well. Thank you
Posted on 29th November 2019

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