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  • 1. AQA English Language Unit OneUnderstanding and Producing Non-Fiction TextsQUESTION 1Main menu: overview of question one active reading strategies active reading example active reading practice question 1a exemplar question 1b exemplar skills checklist mini-assessment
  • 2. OverviewQuestion 1 is split into two separate parts. Question 1a isstraightforward, as it asks you to find four things relating to what you haveread. 1b is slightly more tricky and requires you to identify ideas about thetext and make 2 inferences (little conclusions) to show your understanding.You are being assessed on finding and understanding information.Key information question 1a and 1b are always based on Source One both parts of the question are worth 4 marks there are therefore a total of 8 marks available for the whole question you need to gain a minimum of 6 marks in total to gain a C grade use active reading strategies to help you later on (see slide 3) spend about 18mins on both parts of the question, including readingBack to main menu
  • 3. Active Reading StrategiesIn order to help you understand the information in each source, it isimportant that you employ a range of active reading strategies.These active reading strategies should be used for question 1. read the question carefully and highlight key words- make sure you understand what each question is looking for highlight the topic sentences (see slide 4)- a topic sentence tells the reader the focus of the paragraph- it is often (but not always) the first or second paragraph summarise each paragraph (see slide 4)- in the margin sum up what you think the paragraph is about- do this in only a few words e.g. what to do; where to go; costs- if they are long paragraphs, it might help to summarise sectionsBack to main menu
  • 4. Active Reading ExampleThe following text is taken from the June 2011 Foundation Level exam.Look at how the reader has been actively involved by highlighting thetopic sentence and summarising the content.New York, the most exciting and vibrant city in the worldawaits you. You’ll be staying for 3 nights at the GrandHyatt New York Hotel on 42nd Street. You’ll have time tovisit the iconic Empire State Building, walk throughCentral Park, take a ferry to Staten Island, and eventake in a show on Broadway. Naturally, you can shop tillyou drop in all the famous department stores, getting allyour friends and family unique gifts for Christmas. On theway home, there is no luggage limit! Yes, rather thanflying back, you are coming home in style on the Cunardship Queen Mary 2.Things to doin NYBack to main menu
  • 5. What is the topic sentence?The topic sentence is the first sentence in a paragraph. What does it do?It introduces the main idea of the paragraph.How do I write one?Summarise the main idea of your paragraph. Indicate to the reader what yourparagraph will be about.Example:There are three reasons why Canada is one of the best countries in theworld. First, Canada has an excellent health care system. All Canadians haveaccess to medical services at a reasonable price. Second, Canada has a highstandard of education. Students are taught by well-trained teachers and areencouraged to continue studying at university. Finally, Canadas cities are cleanand efficiently managed. Canadian cities have many parks and lots of space forpeople to live. As a result, Canada is a desirable place to live.Topic Sentences
  • 6. Active Reading PracticeActivity: read the second paragraph in this source and try to identify thetopic sentence and summarise the paragraph focus.You board the QM2 in New York, and set sail from the city that neversleeps, passing the Statue of Liberty, as you settle back into the lap ofluxury. For the next 5 nights you will enjoy the pampering and excitementof a Cunard transatlantic voyage. The QM2 commands a certain amountof regal awe. It is 113 feet longer than the original Queen Mary ship withoutstanding facilities onboard: 14 bars, 10 restaurants, 8 whirlpools,fitness suites and more. There is an opportunity to down a pint in theGolden Lion Pub, a traditional style English public house. Entertainment,like the opulence of the ship, is also not in short supply. Theatreperformances in the Royal Court Theatre, live jazz in the CommodoreClub, even a casino, can all be found on board. There is also a computercentre for guests to use with WI-FI spots across the ship. Whatever yourtaste there is something to entertain everyone.It might have helped to break this long paragraph into two sections.Back to main menu
  • 7. Question 1a exemplarChecksourceUse yournotes toidentify 4main pointsHighlight key wordsi.e. activities in NYe.g. ‘visit the iconic Empire State Building’Activity: list three other activities that you can do in New York.Use spaces provided toguide answer lengthBack to main menu
  • 8. Question 1b exemplarHighlight key wordsi.e. learn about QM2e.g. We learn about the size of the Queen Mary 2 . It is‘113 feet longer than the original’. This suggests thatthe new boat is extremely impressive.1. Make a Pointabout the ship2. Give shortquotation asEvidence3. Infer to show yourunderstanding (youneed min. of 2 points)Activity: Write another Point Evidence Inference paragraph about what welearn about the QM2.Back to main menu1b
  • 9. Q1 Skills ChecklistWhat you need to do: use active reading strategies make 4 points related to the question keep focused on key words write in own words or use quotationBack to main menu
  • 10. January 2012Time Allowed 18minsRead Source 1, the online newspaper interview with Rachael Lathamand answer the questions below.1 (a) List four things we learn about Rachael Latham. (4 marks)1 (b) How does Rachael feel about her swimming career? (4 marks)Assessment practiceBack to main menu

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