What is it that the owl has seen?
How would the ‘wind gusting behind him’ be beneficial?
What do you think ‘leap of faith’ means?
Why do you think owls are such effective predators?
Why do you think the owl is running?
What do you think it would feel like to fly?
Imagine the camera has zoomed out. Can you draw or describe what is around the owl so that we can understand what he might be doing?
His coal-black pupils, an island set in a sea of molten gold, stared straight ahead of him. As he broke out into a run, his needle-like talons made a sharp, scraping sound against the lichen-covered rocks beneath him.
The wind gusting behind him would be beneficial as he took his leap of faith off the cliff top. It was always a risky business, but when an opportune moment like this came around, he had to make it count…
A parenthesis is a word or a phrase put into a sentence to give it more information.
Sometimes a parenthesis is in italics, sometimes it is in (brackets), sometimes there is a dash – and sometimes it has ‘inverted commas’ around it.
Parentheses are used to:
Explain what a difficult word means.
Show someone’s thoughts
Add extra information to help the reader
Emphasise a point
Can you use brackets to add extra information?
E.g. His claws (which he used to trap his prey) were extremely sharp.
These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help? Could you add an adverb?
The owl ran. It had eyes and brown feathers. Its claws were sharp.