Understanding and Producing Non-Fiction texts

How to go about answering questions in the understanding and producing non-fiction texts test paper

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Question 1

What do you learn about X's thoughts and feelings about Y? 

  • 6 thoughts or feelings should be identified (2 start, middle, end) 
  • Talk about how language shows thoughts 
  • Select quotations (6-8 words MAX) 
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Question 2

Presentational Devices and Retrieval 

Part 1-

What is the headline trying to achieve? - Capture readers intrest so read on...

Techniques- 

Puns/play on words- funny                           Alliteration 

Ambiguity                                                    Chilche 

Statistics                                                     Emotive Language 

Hyperbole/Exaggeration                                Facts 

Short/catchy                                                Rhetorical Devices- persuasive

Tone                                                           Oxymoron 

THEN- relate the techniques to the text, finding a QUOTATION (6-8 words) 

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Question 2 (continued)

Part 2-

What is the picture trying to achieve? - Capture readers attention so they read on... 

Comment on-

  • Focal Point
  • For/Background
  • Colour/Lighting 
  • Size+Position                                         LINK TO MAIN TEXT!
  • Angle from which taken from 
  • Depth- where taken from
  • Unpick- facial expressions 

REMEMBER-

DEVICE---------'QUOTATION'-evidence--------IMPACT--------SIMILAR QUOTE FROM TEXT 

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Question 3

Explain some thoughts and feelings.............has about.........

SKILLS- RETREVIAL + DEDUCTION(inference from quotations that show a thought or feeling) 

  • Idenitify quotes start, middle, end (2 for each) 
  • MUST identify at least 4 thoughts or feelings 
  • To get marks for DEDUCTION you must use PEE 
    • P- thought or feeling
    • E-Quote (cannot include thought of feeling word)
    • E- Inference of the quote which leads you to the thought or feeling 
  • For A* look at changes through text (crafting), sentance lengths, punctuation style, literacy features
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Question 4

Compare the different ways in which language is used for effect in the two texts. Give some examples and analyse the effects.

KEY SKILLS= RETRIEVAL- COMPARISON- INFERENCES- LANGUAGE DEVICES

Structure- 

  • 1) Language device
    • Example Source 1
    • Example Source 3
      • Impact on reader 
        • LINK ALL TO PURPOSE
  • 2) Language device
    • Example Source 1
      • Impact on reader
    • Example Source 2
      • Impact on reader
        • LINK ALL TO PURPOSE
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Question 4 (continued)

If there is a contrast between them...

  • 3) Lanuage device 
    •  Example Source 1
      • Impact on reader 
  • Language device 
    •  Example Source 3
      • Impact on reader 
  • MAKE AT LEAST 5 POINTS- MINI PARAGRAPHS 
    • 1 Structure 1 
    • 2 Structure 2 
    • 2 Structure 3
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Section B Question 5 + 6

Two Questions 

  • 16 marks Q5- focusing Inform/Explain/Describe (1.5 sides MAX) 
  • 24 marks Q6- focusing Persuade/Argue your point of view (2.5 sides MAX) 

MAKE SURE YOU PLAN YOUR ANSWER,

GAP PLANNING 

G-Genre (article) 

A- Audience

P- Purpose (inform, explain, decribe) 

WRITE IN THE CORRECT FORM!!! 

eg. Web article 

web adress, headline, username, etc

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