The Winner Loses

The Winner Loses

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This task is about reading to find information and make inferences.
Then answer the following questions.


a)  What was the main difference between the gliders?
    • Tony's was modern; Tere's was old-fashioned.

    • Tony's used hi-tech plastic; Tere's did not.

    • Tony's needed few trial flights; Tere's needed lots.

    • Tony's had struts; Tere's did not.

    • Tony's was bought; Tere's was home-made.


b)  Where did Tere's glider most probably land?
    • In the haze.

    • On the beach.

    • In the farthest hills.

    • At the bottom of the slope.

    • In the sea.


c)  What does 'were the rage' mean?
    • Commonly found.

    • Very popular.

    •  Easy to get.

    • Very competitive.

    • Made people angry.

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d) What happened to the Spitfire?

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 e) How did the Tiger Moth miss hitting the fence?

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f) Why was "Panorama Heights" chosen as the launching place for the gliders?

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g) Why wasn't Tere upset about losing her glider?
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Description of task: 
Students read a narrative about a toy glider competition, then answer retrieval and inferential questions. SJ-3-1-1994. Text provided.
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Links to the Literacy Learning Progressions for Reading:
This resource helps to identify students’ ability to:
  • locate and summarise ideas
  • infer ideas and information that are not directly stated in the text

as described in the Literacy Learning Progressions for Reading at:

Learning Progression Frameworks
This resource can provide evidence of learning associated with within the Reading Learning Progressions Frameworks.
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Y7 (10/1998)

a) E [Tony's was bought; Tere's was home-made.] easy
b) E [In the sea.] easy
c) B [Very popular] moderate
d) It hit a gorse bush. easy
e) The wires were broken. easy
f) Any 1 of:

  • It was a hill/high up overlooking the sea/on a slope.
  • There were no houses around.
g) Any 1 of:

  • She had won the competition.
  • Any answer which refers to the emotion accompanying the authors feeling of flying with the glider.