SHAPING A TEXT: WORK FOR WEEK FOUR
What is the problem that has been thrown up?
First there was normality:
Single mother and teenage son as he comes home from school.
Through conversations, details in the house, we learn some of their routine,
including her boy-friend.
She intends to ask the boyfriend to move in. He’s very upset at the idea,
has put up with him for Mum’s sake but doesn’t like him. Now feels
‘home’ is about to be destroyed.
What should he do? Possibly arrange to move out, or they might have a heart to
heart when he asks her not to bring him into the house, or there could be a row,
or he could make life difficult for him when he does move in. Or a combination of
some of these. We don’t yet need to think of how the situation will be resolved.
POINT OF VIEW
The obvious way to tell it would be from the boy’s viewpoint, but perhaps it would be more subtle from the mother’s. You could do it as a narrator (saying ‘he’ and/or ‘she’) or it could be the mother or son saying ‘I’.