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Intermediate 2 close reading


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Intermediate 2 close reading

  1. 1. Intermediate 2 How to pass your Close Reading Exam Mr Connor’s Class
  2. 2. There are 3 types of Questions <ul><li>Understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  3. 3. Understanding Questions <ul><li>Will be marked with (U) </li></ul><ul><li>Are the easiest questions </li></ul><ul><li>You must use your own words </li></ul><ul><li>You must find information in the text. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Use your own words <ul><li>Summarise in your own words </li></ul><ul><li>Define in your own words. </li></ul><ul><li>List in your own words. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep an eye on the number of marks available to help you decide how many points to make. </li></ul><ul><li>Use bullet points if you can. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Context shows meaning of a word. <ul><li>Say what the word means. </li></ul><ul><li>Show how the rest of the text makes this clear. You must quote the words that give you clues. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Evaluation Questions <ul><li>How effectively has something been written. </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it good? </li></ul><ul><li>You must use your own opinion. </li></ul><ul><li>Link your opinion with features of the text. “It is effective because it uses……” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Analysis Questions <ul><li>Word Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Sentence Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Imagery or figurative language </li></ul><ul><li>Tone </li></ul><ul><li>Link questions </li></ul><ul><li>Sounds of words </li></ul>
  8. 8. Word Choice <ul><li>Informal – formal - technical </li></ul><ul><li>Use of dialect </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of a word over another – e.g. strolled or hurried rather than walked. </li></ul><ul><li>Pick single words – quote and analyse. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sentence Structure <ul><li>What type of sentence is it? </li></ul><ul><li>(Statement, Question, Command, Exclamation, Minor Sentence) </li></ul><ul><li>How long is the sentence and why? </li></ul><ul><li>Word order: list, repetition, climax. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Figurative Language – a comparison. <ul><li>Simile – using like/as to compare. </li></ul><ul><li>Metaphor – a comparison. </li></ul><ul><li>Personification – comparison with a person. </li></ul><ul><li>State what 2 things are being compared – say why this is effective. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Sounds of words <ul><li>Alliteration – repetition of sounds. What effect is the writer trying to achieve? </li></ul><ul><li>Assonance – repetition of vowel sounds. </li></ul><ul><li>Onomatopoeia – words that sound like the sounds they describe – e.g. snap, crackle… </li></ul>
  12. 12. Tone <ul><li>Humorous – light hearted (telling a joke). </li></ul><ul><li>Ironic – tongue in cheek (saying the opposite to mock). </li></ul><ul><li>Emotive (emotional) Which? </li></ul><ul><li>Chatty - (slang, abbreviations) </li></ul><ul><li>Persuasive (trying to make you do or believe something). </li></ul>
  13. 13. Link questions <ul><li>Say what the link is (the middle of the chain). </li></ul><ul><li>Say what goes before the link. </li></ul><ul><li>Say what comes after the link. </li></ul><ul><li>All 3 will be required to get the marks – you must use your own words if you can – don’t just copy what is before and after. </li></ul>