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23 March
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The Tempest backstory extract by Sophie B

                                                     THE TEMPEST BACKSTORY EXTRACT

                                                Miranda and Prospero’s life before you new it 

 

When they finally recovered they were way out at sea and could see an ominous black cloud creeping closer .Inch by inch ….metre by metre… it was finally upon them! Quickly Prospero and Miranda grabbed each other and the precious hooks to stop everyone from falling overboard. “Mercy on us mercy!  Mercy! Mercy, mercy!” they yelled at the top of their lungs. In the middle of all this poor Miranda thought “Why me…? Why did it have to be me?” The storm finally passed after what seemed like months, years, decades even. Prospero and Miranda found themselves stranded on a strange, magical island. What will happen to them next…?

 

By Sophie B

23 March
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The Tempest Backstory Extract (continuation)

This is a continuation of my previous post. I did not see the option to edit visible, therefore I am continuing the extract here.

 

One dark, foggy night, the father and daughter were sleeping gently in their chambers. Yards of thick velvet cascaded down the sides of their four-poster beds as they slept restfully. Well, Prospero was peaceful. Little Miranda was awakened by the sound of shouting ominous footsteps outside. She heard noises every night – as she lived in a busy city – but not as mysterious as these ones.
“Get the boat ready!” a man called.
“On it!” another person shouted back. What were they preparing? All of these questions whizzed around in the poor little girl’s mind all at once. She was being swallowed in a cloud of fear. Just in case, she pretended to be asleep. Was it a thief? Was it a monster? No matter what it was, Miranda pretended to sleep anyway. Anxiety overwhelmed her. She gripped on to her blanket in panic. Her palms grew sweaty. She began trembling. Step, step, step went the men outside. The steps got closer. Closer and closer…
“GRAB THEM!” the door burst open, a figure dressed in duke-like clothes bellowing orders. However, it wasn’t Prospero… It was Antonio. This was when she realised. A group of guards seized the pair by the collar of their shirts. Miranda kicked and screamed, but hardly any noise came from her mouth. Her collar was strangling her with a tight grasp. “THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!” Prospero boomed, calling hoarsely for help. Many citizens came, but the guards’ fists were made of robust steel almost, and they were all punched down to the floor if they didn’t escape quick enough.  “Chuck ’em in!” Antonio laughed like an insane man. The guards threw the father and daughter obediently in the weak fishing boat. Another guard also threw some food and water in the boat by order. King Alonso kindly put some of Prospero’s beloved books in the boat. He seemed innocent at first, but then he called “Take care!” with a broad, mischievous grin spread across his face. Antonio did the honours and pushed the boat away, into the stormy sea. Frightened, tormented, panic-stricken, the pair cried for help as the boat rocked violently in the raging waters.

by Bryony

23 March
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The Tempest Backstory Extract

The Tempest Backstory

 

Hours went by. Shivering the pair looked up. A huge ominous rain cloud loomed ahead. One minute passed by and it wasn’t raining yet…  Two minutes passed… Three minutes… Four… Five minutes passed and it started to rain. PITTER PATTER, PITTER PATTER! Another five minutes later, they were being thrown about in the surging, thrashing waves as Prospero clung  onto his daughter with his right arm and his books with his left and while Miranda yelled at the top of her lungs, “MERCY ON US!” at the same time clutching the side of the creaky old boat whilst the waves leapt over and landed at their feet.

Later the storm died down and Prospero and Miranda found themselves washed up on a strange tropical Island. “At last,” he thought,” a sign of life!” Could they live here…?

by Mia W

23 March
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The Tempest Back- story extract by Margaret

Many years ago, a majestic Duke called Prospero ruled Milan with his fine daughter ,Miranda . Respected,loved and fascinated, they would ride the bustling streets where the citizens would clap and cheer.

Aside of his elegant daughter, he had another great love: his love of his books. Reading, Prospero peeked at his bewitching books. Ardented and enjoyed, he pored them with love.

Suddenly, Prospero felt fatigued and delegated his meaningful jobs to Antonio (Prospero’s envious brother).The saddend citizens, in Milan, were knowing that it was right.

 

 

 

22 March
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The Tempest backstory

1 hour… 2 hours… 3 hours past as they (Prospero and Miranda) sat praying to God as the storm violently kicked them from side to side. “Miranda! Miranda! Miranda darling, come here, don’t stand, just sit down and hold on – things will get better,” Prospero said in an assuring voice.

by Isabelle M

22 March
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The Tempest Backstory Extract

One dark, foggy night, the father and daughter were sleeping gently in their chambers. Yards of thick velvet cascaded down the sides of their four-poster beds as they slept restfully. Well, Prospero was peaceful. Little Miranda was awakened by the sound of shouting ominous footsteps outside. She heard noises every night – as she lived in a busy city – but not as mysterious as these ones.
“Get the boat ready!” a man called.
“On it!” another person shouted back. What were they preparing? All of these questions whizzed around in the poor little girl’s mind all at once. She was being swallowed in a cloud of fear. Just in case, she pretended to be asleep. Was it a thief? Was it a monster? No matter what it was, Miranda pretended to sleep anyway. Anxiety overwhelmed her. She gripped on to her blanket in panic. Her palms grew sweaty. She began trembling. Step, step, step went the men outside. The steps got closer. Closer and closer…
“GRAB THEM!” the door burst open, a figure dressed in duke-like clothes bellowing orders. However, it wasn’t Prospero… It was Antonio. This was when she realised. A group of guards seized the pair by the collar of their shirts. Miranda kicked and screamed, but hardly any noise came from her mouth. Her collar was strangling her with a tight grasp. “THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!” Prospero boomed, calling hoarsely for help. Many citizens came, but the guards’ fists were made of robust steel almost, and they were all punched down to the floor if they didn’t escape quick enough.

 

by Bryony

21 March
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Tempest backstory extract

An ominous cloud loomed overhead, but waited for 5 minutes… 10… 15 …20. Finally, it struck. Prospero and Miranda clung on to each other and the precious books until the waters calmed and they were washed up on a strange island…

 

By Daniel

21 March
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The Tempest Backstory Extract

Admired, respected, loved, the Duke of Milan, named Prospero, rode through the streets of his home town on his glistening-white stallion with his gorgeous daughter Miranda, who was equally as loved as Prospero by their subjects. Besides Prospero’s greatest love, Miranda, he also had another great love. His love of books. Books because these books were infused with magic and science. The magic and science that controlled the world.

 

By Max

21 March
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Shakespeare’s The Tempest

We used a story-circle and freeze-frames to learn how Miranda and Prospero first came to the island.

Above, are Antonio and his soldiers breaking into the gates of Milan in order for Antonio to usurp his brother Prospero’s dukedom.

Prospero and his infant daughter, Miranda, were cast out in a decrepit boat and expected to drown. Thankfully, Gonzalo – Prospero’s trusted and loyal advisor – stowed provisions and rightful Duke of Milan’s precious books aboard the boat.

Next, we examined the features of the island and added some of our own; we took a partner on a guided, blindfolded tour adding sound effects!

Then, we made origami boats and created a tempest of our own.

21 March
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This week’s English challenge…

Choose one of the new words that your class are exploring this week (such as evade or ominous) and use it appropriately in a sentence.

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