Close reading revision and questions on both passages

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Close reading revision and questions on both passages

  1. 1. Close reading revision and question on both passages Tuesday 26th February
  2. 2. From 2010 practice paper...  NEVER leave a question unanswered. Even if you think you have no idea what the answer is you must write something. You can never get any marks from a blank space, but something that you write may go towards gaining you that crucial extra mark.  Using the SQA website to help you revise is fine, but please do not look at it until after you have attempted the paper yourself.  Even if you just have a quick look before you answer it’s almost impossible to forget the wording of the answer that they gave in the marking scheme, and this is reflected in your work.
  3. 3.  We don’t want to see what the SQA put for their answers (they get full marks every time!). When you are completing past papers write what you think the answer to be so that we can see how you are actually getting on and give you support when you need it.  You MUST revise your formulas and use these to answer each question.  Those who used the formulas regularly scored much higher in this paper.
  4. 4.  Think about the way you are phrasing your answers – sometimes I could tell what you wanted to say but clumsy phrasing meant that I couldn’t give you the mark.  Try not to repeat points – once you have stated something in an answer that is it, even if it looks short.  Think about the length of the answers you are giving. If you are writing more for a 2 mark question than a 4 mark one you need to think about how you can amend this.
  5. 5. Formula revision quiz  You have 5 minutes to revise your formula notes.  Once five minutes are up you must put your notes out of sight, turn to the back of your close reading jotter and write the heading – Formula Revision.
  6. 6. Question on both passages Example:  Consider the attitude displayed by each writer to video games and their effects on young people. Referring to important ideas in the passages, identify the key areas on which they disagree. You may answer this question in continuous prose or in a series of developed bullet points.
  7. 7. U/E  This is a question that tests your ◦ Understanding ◦ Evaluation ◦ What does this mean? ◦ What is the question asking you to do?
  8. 8. Information about the question  The question on both passages asks you to compare the ideas presented in both passages and to comment on the similarities and differences between the attitudes of the writers.  You have to demonstrate that you have grasped the topic of and information contained in the passage.  You have to demonstrate that you can back up your poits with evidence from the passage and show HOW the similarities and differences expressed in the passage. In your opinion what are the key aspects in which the passages agree/disagree?
  9. 9. The writer’s attitude  What does this mean?  How can the writer reveal their attitude in the passage?  Discuss this with the people around you.
  10. 10. Writer’s attitude  The writer’s attitude is how they feel about a particular topic.  Evidence on how the writer’s feel will come across in the opinions that they state in their passage and the information that they use to back up their opinions.  It may also come across in the tone that they use within the passage.  For example, if you felt strongly in favour of something, such as introducing the Euro into Britain, what sort of tone would you use to convey your opinion?
  11. 11. Tips for answering the question on both passages...  Read the ‘question on both passages’ before you begin to read the passages for the first time.  While you are reading passages one and two, highlight or underline key words, phrases or other clues as to the writer’s attitude towards to the topic they are discussing.  In the second passage, you should concentrate on how the writer’s attitude differs from that conveyed in the first passage.  When you come to answer the question, skim through the points that you have underlined and think about how these attitudes are similar/different.  You can answer this question in a series of bullet points. Structuring your answer in this way will help you to clearly show the examiner which points you are making and can be less time consuming than trying to phrase a paragraph correctly.
  12. 12. Introductory material  Turn to page 92. in the textbook ‘Higher English Close Reading’.  Read the information about the question on both passages. Take notes from this page to help you further understand how to answer this type of question.  Once you have done this read through exercises 1 and 2. These are worked examples of what you should be picking up from the passage as you read.
  13. 13. Example answers...  Turn to page 6 of the handout. The next three pages give examples of answers to the question detailed below:  Consider the attitude displayed by each writer to video games and their effects on young people. Referring to important ideas in the passages, identify the key areas on which they disagree. You may answer this question in continuous prose or in a series of developed bullet points. 5U/E  The points and attitudes expressed in each of the passages that accompany this question are listed on the first two pages of the handout (labelled pg. 3 and 4)
  14. 14. • In your row, read through each of the answers provided and decide which answer is best. • Give each answer a mark out of 5. • You should use the notes that you have made so far to gauge the success of the answers. • Be prepared to report back to the rest of the class.

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