Fishing at Night Chapter 6

Category: Fishing at Night

0507 HRO Strandparty PICT5899Photograph by JanRehschuhOther childrenchildren and grownupsgrownups came back to the fire for new torcheses and some of the men piled more wood on the bonfires.bonfires. Mrs Gale came back with a flounder on her spear.

“How did you catch it, Mum?” askedasked Tim.

Mrs Gale laughed. “I was just lucky,lucky, Tim. I think this one was too sleepyy to swim away.”away.”  

"Come and try againagain beforebefore we have to go,” said Tim. He knew it was notwasn’t    long before his bedtime.bedtime.   

I amI’m    goinggoing to stay here,” Mia said, “I like to watch the fires and all the lights.”

I willI’ll    stay too,” said Mrs Gale, but the boys wanderedwandered off.

As the boys wadedwaded back to try their luck again,again, Mrs Gale said, “Listen Mia. I heard a morepork.”morepork.”  

There isThere’s    another!”another!” Mia was excited.excited. “Where are they, Mum?”

“In the trees, all aroundaround the estuary.estuary. They seem to be callingcalling to each other and I can hear echoes,echoes, too.”


Summarise what has happened so far in this narrative.

Clarify these words: piled, grownups, wandered, waded, morepork, estuary, echoes.

Retell what has happened in this chapter.

Make inferences and give opinions about:

  • Why the men piled more wood on the bonfires.
  • Why Mrs Gale laughed.
  • Why she thought the flounder was too sleepy.
  • Why Tim wanted to go back and try again.
  • What time his bedtime might have been.
  • Why Mia wanted to stay with her mother by the fire.
  • What you know about morepork.
  • Why there were echoes.


What prediction can you make about what might happen next?

What question could you ask about this chapter?

Visualise these uses of descriptive language: piled more wood on the bonfires; watch the fires and all the lights; Mia was excited; the morepork seemed to be calling to each other.

Make a connection with this chapter.

Word Study

Verb endings: What happens when we add sed or ing to: pile, come, catch, swim, try, know, go, watch, wade, hear, excite.

Other affixes: What happens when we add other prefixes and suffixes like sy to these words: torch, echo, luck, sleep

What two words make up these compound words: grownups, bonfires, away, again, before, bedtime, another.

What two words are contracted here: wasn't, I'm, I'll, there's.