Reading Questions

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English Language notes- Reading questions
Question 1
The first question in the reading exam is always asking you to SUMMARISE SOURCE 1.
It tests your ability to retrieve relevant information and to present it in a well structured
answer.
It is worth 8 marks
You should aim to spend 12 minutes on this question
How to answer question 1:
First of all read the source to find out relevant information to answer the question
Highlight 3-4 key points which summarise the source
Write in basic PEE paragraphs (point, evidence, explanation) not zooming in on individual
words.
ONLY use information that summarises the text in your evidence.
Make sure you use evidence from the whole text.
You can use connectives to link points together.
By writing 3 clear PEE'S you can get full marks!
Question 2
The second question in the reading exam always asks you to explain how the headline and the
picture are effective (Presentational devises) in SOURCE 2.
It tests your ability write about presentational devises and to demonstrate your
understanding on why they have been used.
It is worth 8 marks
You should aim to spend 12 minutes on this question
How to answer question 2:
First you need to read the source to get the general gist of what it is about
Then look at the picture and headline and highlight quotes that you can link to the picture
and the headline.
Write in PEEL paragraphs (Point, evidence, explanation and link- to the article) not zooming
in on individual words.
DON'T talk about the font or the colours being used as this is not focusing on language.
Talk about how they are effective!
By writing 3 clear PEEL paragraphs you can get full marks!
Question 3
Question 3 asks you to analyse what is being suggested or inferred, focusing on thoughts and
feelings of the author or character in SOURCE 3.
It tests your ability to infer what thoughts and feelings are expressed.

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It is worth 8 marks
You should aim to spend 12 minutes on this question
How to answer question 3:
Read source 3 to get the gist of what it's about and to think about what expressions are
shown.
Highlight key thoughts and feelings- not from someone saying `I was sad' maybe they
used pathetic fallacy to describe what they are feeling.
Look out for language techniques used to describe feelings.…read more

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GAP profiles
A newspaper article on travel disruptions across Britain
GENRE- article
AUDIENCE- adults
PURPOSE-inform
A blog about a girl's experience of Justin Bieber's concert
GENRE- blog
AUDIENCE- Justin Bieber Fans (NICHÈ- people of a particular group)
PURPOSE - to describe/ inform
A council leaflet aimed to get people to recycle
GENRE- leaflet
AUDIENCE- adults
PURPOSE-persuade/inform
Pick 3 points of comparison-relate each one to a gap profile if you can
Points of comparison are 3 different language techniques.…read more

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