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QUESTION 1
This question isn't as simple as it
seems! It will always be phrased
"What do you learn from the
article?" which will normally be a
newspaper piece. It's for 8 marks,
so you should aim to make at
least 8 points about what you
learn from reading the piece. You
should quote the article so the
examiner can tell that you've
actually read and understood it,
and if you're describing it, either
quote or put it in your own
words- don't paraphrase!…read more

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QUESTION 1 CONTINUED
As well as just describing what the
article says, you should make
inferences. This is where you use
a quote to work out something
the writer is trying to say- for
example, you could infer from
the quote "I did a sponsored walk
for a homelessness charity" that
homelessness is a big problem
and it's a cause that the writer
feels passionate about. It's these
inferences that make your answer
A* standard! Of your 8 points, 5
or 6 should be inferences!…read more

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QUESTION 2
This question asks you about the
headline and picture of an
article and how they are
effective. This really means
that you have to explain why
they were chosen to go with
the text- why did the author
pick this particular image and
sentence? You need to make
links to the text- how does a
detail in the picture or a word
in the headline tell you more
about a subject in the main
article?…read more

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QUESTION 2 CONTINUED
In the headline, you need to notice
language devices and why they
have been used. For example, the
writer might use a pun in the
headline to set the tone for a
jokey or funny article or they
may use an ellipsis (...) to keep the
headline in sinc with a dramatic
story or point in the article. The
key in analyzing the picture is to
notice little details. What is fore-
grounded and what isn't? If it's a
close-up of people, this may link
to the fact that it's a human
interest story about a group of
people.…read more

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QUESTION 3
This is a question on the thoughts
and feelings of a person or
people in a non-fiction story.
Once you've read the piece, I
find it easiest to imagine myself
in the same situation as the
characters and what I'd feel.
Then I try to imagine how I'd
describe it if I were writing the
text- what words would I use to
show a reader what it was like
to be there? Look at the piece
again- are any of the
descriptions there similar to
how you'd write it?…read more

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