Lift Off


  • What is happening here?
  • Why is the house taking off?
  • Is this house special?
  • Is there anyone inside the house?
  • What about the other houses? What do the neighbours think? How are they reacting?
  • What will happen to the house?
  • Use this sheet to make predictions.
  • Role play the scene, taking different characters (e.g. someone in the house, a neighbour, someone driving up the street, a local police officer, a local reporter…). Consider the before, during and after.
  • Write a news report (or film a ‘Breaking News’ broadcast) entitled ‘Lift Off’. What are the facts? Would you include any opinions? Whose?
  • Link to ‘The Mysteries of Harris Burdick’ by Chris Van Allsburg- The House on Maple Street (‘It was a perfect lift-off.’). What’s similar and what’s different? Why is this idea a good stimulus for writing?

Credit: Tim O’Brien

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:46h, 22 May Reply


  • sammy
    Posted at 17:38h, 24 May Reply

    I think this story is about a house taking off in the sky.

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 16:38h, 08 January Reply

      me too.

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