Analysing Form, Layout and Presentational Devices
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  • Introduction
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In this worksheet you will revise how to analyse form, layout and presentation in non-fiction media texts such as newspaper and magazine articles.

 

 

  • Question 1
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There are various technical terms that you should be confident using when you analyse non-fiction media texts such as newspaper and magazine articles.

 

Match the following technical terms with their definitions. Hover your mouse over the definitions to read them in full.

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Headline
the type of text used. It can be in different sizes
Strapline
title of a magazine or newspaper article
Sub-headings
a smaller headline found just underneath the main headline
Byline
headings used to break up the main body of text
Cross-heads
sub-headings found within a block of text. These are often quotations
Columns
a box containing text
Caption
an opinion column that offers a point of view on a certain subject
Text box
wording found under a photo or picture explaining it
Editorial
the name of the reporter usually found under the headline
Font
the way text is usually laid out in an article
  • Question 2
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You will also be asked to write about presentational devices. Images are an important presentational device. You must be ale to discuss the effect of the images.

 

Look at the following images used in a leaflet advertising a cruise to the Antarctic. What do these images suggest about the cruise?

 

 

 

 

 

Choose three answers.

You will be fully entertained on the boat

You will get up close to the wildlife

You will be able to meet lots of different people

You will experience beautiful landscapes

The boat will take you where very few boats go

  • Question 3
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You will also need to comment on the use of colour. Think about what different colours suggest or what the connotations of certain colours are.

 

Match the colours below with their connotations. Hover your mouse over the boxes to read the text in full.

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white
purity
red
nature, the environment
green
danger, passion
yellow
warmth
  • Question 4
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When discussing presentation you will also need to analyse the effectiveness of headlines.

 

Read the following headline and match the phrases from the headline with the technique used. 

 

A*MAZING BRAINY BOFFIN BEATS TWIN BROTHER TO ACHIEVE 10 A* GCSES

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A*MAZING
pun
BRAINY BOFFIN BEATS TWIN BROTHER
emotive language
BOFFIN
alliteration
  • Question 5
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When analyising presentational devices it is not enough to simply describe them; you need to analyse the effect they have on the reader.

 

Match the correct heading with its effect: Hover your mouse over the boxes to read the text in full.

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Headline
breaks up the body of the text and draws the reader's attention to key issues in the artiicle
Sub-heading
attracts the reader's attention and makes them want to read the article
  • Question 6
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What are these examples of?

 

 

slogans

logos

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What are logos?

catchy phrases that are easy to remember

symbols that represent a product or company

images to help people who can't read

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What is a slogan?

 

 

a headline

a command

a catchy phrase that is easy to remember

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