Y8 – 05/05/16

Due: 09/05 (Issued: 05/05)


  • How does Charles Dickens use language to portray the character of Fagin in this extract from Oliver Twist? (Chapter 19 page 121):
  • Complete two RACERS paragraphs


  • Full sentences.
  • Two RACERS paragraphs – 5/8 sentences per paragraph.

Sentence Starters

RA) In the extract, Dickens uses language to portray Fagin as…

C) Dickens says that Fagin… “…” / describes Fagin as “…”

E) The noun / verb / adjective / adverb / phrase “…” means… or…

R) This makes the reader think / feel / afraid that… because…

S) Dickens is suggesting / identifying / signifying that Fagin is… / is like…

RA) Furthermore… / Also… / This is supported by… /


The house to which Oliver had been conveyed, was in the neighbourhood of Whitechapel. The Jew stopped for an instant at the corner of the street; and, glancing suspiciously round, crossed the road, and struck off in the direction of the Spitalfields.

The mud lay thick upon the stones, and a black mist hung over the streets; the rain fell sluggishly down, and everything felt cold and clammy to the touch. It seemed just the night when it befitted such a being as the Jew to be abroad. As he glided stealthily along, creeping beneath the shelter of the walls and doorways, the hideous old man seemed like some loathsome reptile, engendered in the slime and darkness through which he moved: crawling forth, by night, in search of some rich offal for a meal.

Key vocabulary

  • Whitechapel – a district in East London
    ‘White | cha | pel
  • Suspiciously – showing cautious distrust
    sus | ‘pi | cious | ly
  • Spitalfields – district in Central London
    ‘Spi | tal | fields
  • Sluggishly – slow-moving or inactive
    ‘slu | ggish | ly
  • Clammy – unpleasantly damp and sticky or slimy to touch
    ‘cla | mmy
  • Befitted      – be appropriate for, suit
    be | ‘fi | tted
  • Glided        – move with a smooth, quiet continuous motion
    ‘gli | ded
  • Stealthily – behaving or done in a cautious and surreptitious manner, so as not to be seen or heard
    ‘steal | thi | ly
  • Creeping   – move slowly and carefully in order to avoid being heard or noticed
    ‘cree | ping
  • Loathsome  – causing hatred or disgust; repulsive
    ‘loath | some
  • Reptile       – snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises
    ‘rep | tile
  • Engendered – cause or give rise to (a feeling, situation, or condition)
    en | ‘gen | dered
  • Offal  – entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food
    ‘o | ffal