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Katherine Mansfield
Her First Ball
Revision booklet

Remember that this story must be
written about with Witi Ihimaera

Mrs Matthews Year 11 Short text revision part 1.

Her First Ball

Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield
Character Study Leila
It is essential that we understand how the main character Leila in the story. Below are the types of questions that you will be asked on your short text study at Level 1.
1.

Describe an important character or individual in EACH text.
Explain why EACH character is important.

2.

Describe an important idea in EACH text.
Explain why EACH idea is important to teenagers.

3.

Describe an unusual event in EACH text.
Explain why EACH event interested you.

4.

Describe TWO interesting language techniques in EACH
text. Explain how EACH technique helps you understand
EACH text.

5.

Describe a challenge faced by a character or individual in EACH text. Explain how the challenge helps you understand EACH text.

6.

Describe ONE significant detail in EACH text.
Explain how EACH detail helps you understand EACH text.

As you can see- questions 1, 2 and 5 apply particularly well to this story by Katherine Mansfield.
It is essential that as well as practicing your essay writing skills, you plan the essay questions that you feel are good for your text. This way, you will have an instant revision tool at the end of the year.

Planning can be spider diagrams or a more comprehensive table for you to fill in.
Leila attends function
where she feels
socially out of place

An important
idea in each
text: isolation,
not fitting in

She faces the challenged of not
being overwhelmed by the eventthis ball being so different to her experience of learning to dance
with other girls at boarding
school.

Reader can clearly see this
with the contrast that is
established between her home
life and that of her cousins.

The determination to get something positive
out of a night that has been so disastrous
and not just ‘give up’- this is an important
idea for teenagers to learn from.
Mrs Matthews Year 11 Short text revision part 1.

Her First Ball

Katherine Mansfield

The more extensive planning should look something like this: This is the ‘sexy’ essay planning model; each row will be the brief plan to the paragraph that you will then write. This particular grid DOES NOT include the introduction or conclusion- but remember these are VITAL! S- Statement

E- Evidence- quotations

X- eXplanation

Leila attends function where she
feels socially out of place

“Oh dear, how hard it was to be
indifferent like the others! She
tried not to smile too much; she
tried not to care. But every
single thing was new and
exciting”
Leila had learned to dance at
boarding school. Every Saturday
afternoon the boarders were
hurried off into a little
corrugated iron hall where Miss
Eccles held her ‘select’ classes.

This quotation shows me
that……………

She faces the challenged of not
being overwhelmed by the
event- this ball being so
different to her experience of
learning to dance with other
girls at boarding school.

Y- Your opinion

The key words in this quotation
are…………………..

“dusty smelling hall- with calico
texts on the walls” contrasted to
the “golden floor”

Reader can clearly see this with
the contrast that is established
between her home life and that
of her cousins.

“the rush of longing she had to
be sitting on the veranda of
their forsaken up-country home
listening to the baby owls crying
‘More pork’ in the moonlight.”

The determination to get
something positive out of a
night that has been so
disastrous and not just ‘give up’.

“And when her next partner
bumped her into the fat man
and he said, ‘pardon’, she
smiled at him more radiantly
than ever. She didn’t even
recognize him again.”

Mrs Matthews Year 11 Short text revision part 1.

Her First Ball

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