Mouse Plot Essay

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Introduction to Writing Dialogue The Great Mouse Plot By Roald Dahl Directions: Read the story below. After you’re finished reading, rewrite sentences 1 – 10 exactly as shown on a separate piece of binder paper. Be sure to include all indenting, capital letters and punctuation. My four friends and I had come across a loose floor-board at the back of the classroom, and when we pried it up with the blade of a pocket-knife, we discovered a big hollow space underneath. This, we decided, would be our secret hiding place for sweets and other small treasures such as conkers and birds' eggs. Every afternoon, when the last lesson was over, the five of us would wait until the classroom had emptied, then we would lift up the floor-board and examine our secret hoard, perhaps adding to it or taking something away. One day, when we lifted it up, we found a dead mouse lying among our treasures. It was an exciting discovery. Thwaites took it out by its tail and waved it in front of our faces. “What shall we do with it?” he cried. (1) (2) Someone shouted, “It stinks! Throw it out of the window quick!” “Hold on a tick,” I said. “Don't throw it away.” Thwaites hesitated. They all looked at me. When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty. I must tell you, therefore, that it was I and I alone who had the idea for the great and daring Mouse Plot. We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine. (3) “Why don't we,” I said, “slip it into one of Mrs. Pratchett’s jars of sweets? Then when she puts her dirty hand in to grab a handful, she'll grab a stinky dead mouse instead.” The other four stared at me in wonder. Then, as the sheer genius of the plot began to sink in, they all started grinning. They slapped me on the back. They cheered me and danced around the classroom. (4) “We'll do it today!” they cried. “We’ll do it

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