Engine Trouble Chapter 4

Category: Engine Trouble

Screen Shot 2016 02 15 at 11.36.57 AMThe children were disappointed.disappointed. Each of them likedliked to row the boat withoutwithout any help. RowingRowing with only one oar was just going to be hard work and no fun.

As the boat began to move through the water, Mr Gale suddenlysuddenly crycried,Ouch! Keep in time back there!” for Tim’s oar handlehandle had jabbedjabbed him in the back. Then Mrs Gale had to complain, “You must notmustn’t    pull quite so hard, Ricki. You are biggerbigger and strongerstronger than Tim, and that means I have to push againstagainst you on the steeringing oar, and so we go more slowly.”slowly.”  

HoweverHowever they soon managedmanaged to work together,together, and althoughalthough it was not the same as rowing the boat alone,alone, they enjoyeded seeingseeing how fast they were travelling.travelling. Soon they changedchanged places. Mrs Gale and Mia rowed together behind Mr Gale, taketaking care not to jab him in the back, while Ricki steered and Tim was lookout.lookout.  


Summarise what has happened so far in this narrative.

Clarify these words: disappointed, handle, jabbed, complain, steering oar, managed, travelling.

Retell what has happened in this chapter.

Make inferences and give opinions about:

  • What the children were disappointed about.
  • How the boys weren't keeping in time. 
  • What Mrs Gale was complaining about.
  • How they managed to make the boat move quickly.


What prediction can you make about what might happen next?

What question could you ask about this chapter?

Visualise these uses of descriptive language: rowing with one oar was just going to be hard work and no fun; Tim's oar handle had jabbed him in the back; how fast they were travelling.

Make a connection with this chapter.

Word Study

Verb endings: What happens when we add sed or ing to: like, go, begin, move, cry, keep, jab, mean, manage, see, travel, change, take.

Other affixes: What happens when we add other prefixes and suffixes like disly, er  to these words: appoint, sudden, slow, big, strong.

What two words make up these compound words: withouthowever, although, alone, lookout.

What two words are contracted here: mustn't.

What does the apostrophe mean in: Tim's oar handle.