Reading lesson: Goggle-Eyes by Anne Fine

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Using the novel Goggle-Eyes you will learn about selecting key pieces of information from a text and evaluating the text while giving a personal opinion.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos of comedian Russell Kane reading extracts from the book

  • three activities


Watch comedian Russell Kane read this extract from Goggle-Eyes.

Have a think about the following:

  • Mrs Lupey salutes Kitty as she leaves the room. Is this an appropriate gesture from a teacher to a pupil?

  • Is Mrs Lupey’s humour lost on the girls?

  • Would you want her to teach you?

Russell Kane reads an extract from 'Goggle-Eyes'

Now watch Russell Kane read another extract from Goggle-Eyes and think about the following:

  • What impression do you get of Kitty? Is she feisty? Is she assertive? Is she socially clumsy?

  • Would you want her to be your mate?

  • Is she a good person in a crisis?

Russell Kane reads an extract from 'Goggle-Eyes'


Activity 1

Extract 1

‘I think I’d better send someone after her,’ she said. ‘Just to sit with her in the cloakroom, till she’s calmed down.’

She looked directly at me.

‘Kitty,’ she said.

She took me totally by surprise. ‘Why me ?’ I squawked, and pointed across the room. ‘You ought to send Liz. Liz is her best friend.’

‘You,’ Mrs Lupey said. ‘You are the Chosen One. Go, now, before she rushes out of school and gets run over.’

Liz tried to back me up. You could tell she, too, thought Mrs Lupey had picked the wrong person.

‘Can’t I go too?’

‘No.’ Mrs Lupey put her fingertips together and looked over them, first at me, then at Liz.

‘No offence, Liz,’ she said. ‘But I think, this once, Kitty here might be just the right man for the job.’

(You can see why we’ve ended up calling her Loopy.) I stood and started packing my books into my school bag.

‘Don’t worry about that,’ said Mrs Lupey. ‘Just get after her.’

‘But what about my classes?’

Mrs Lupey stepped out from behind her desk and held the classroom door open.

‘Go!’ she said.

As I went past her, she saluted me. ‘We’re counting on you, Twenty-two,’ she said. I think it was some sort of joke.

Kitty Killin takes classmate Helly under her wing and shares her story about old Goggle-Eyes and possibly one of the worst episodes of her life. Published by Puffin.

List four things from this extract that Mrs Lupey does.

Refer to her actions – do not list what she says.

For example:

She holds the door.

Activity 2

Extract 2

'Helen, it’s not a boy, is it?’


I didn’t think it was, somehow. Helen’s quite young for her age, if you see what I mean.

‘Is it your dad? Have you been quarrelling with him?’

‘No, I haven’t!’

She glared at me as if I were her deadliest enemy on earth. ‘Oh, pardon me.’

‘Listen,’ she shouted. ‘I didn’t ask you to come down here. So leave me alone!’

Even a saint can only stand so much. I lost my temper.

‘You listen,’ I shouted back. ‘I didn’t ask to miss my favourite double art lesson to come down and sit in this smelly dank hole and be snarled at by you! So be polite.’

I’d never get in the Samaritans. Now tears were sheeting down her cheeks.

She might have been standing under a cloud-burst. ‘Oh, Kitty,’ she said, her voice all wobbly. ‘I’m sorry.’

Just at that moment, through the wall, I heard the ring of second bell. I couldn’t let anyone see her in this state.

‘Quick,’ I said. ‘Before everyone tramps through to lessons. Get in the cupboard!’

In this extract, author Anne Fine takes us inside Kitty’s head when she states ‘I’d never get in the Samaritans’ which shows Kitty is genuine. Write a paragraph, explaining to what extent you agree.

Consider the following in your response:

  • Write about your own feelings – what do you think about Kitty?

  • Evaluate how author Anne Fine has created these feelings.

  • Use quotations from the text to support your opinion.

These sentence starters may help:

  • To an extent I agree…

  • This highlights to the reader…

  • The writer describes…

  • Personally, I think the writer is using…

Activity 3

Imagine you work for a helpline and Kitty has called to speak to you about how she handled the conversation with Helen.

Write the first four sentences of what you might say to her.

Think about the following:

  • What is your response to Kitty when she states 'Even a saint can only stand so much' and 'I'd never get in the Samaritans'.

  • How does Kitty view herself when she says this?

  • Think about the tone that you should take. Kitty needs to be comforted. How will you do this with words?

  • Think about your audience. Kitty is a teenage girl, not a child. Your choice of language should reflect that you are an adult in a position of authority (answering calls on a helpline) and Kitty is a teenager. How ill you strike this balance?

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