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Scan a Text 2

In this worksheet, students gain practice in scanning an information text to answer questions on its content.

'Scan a Text 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Check Understanding

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Scanning is a way of reading a text quickly to find specific information. Instead of reading the whole text word for word, you focus on the particular words, phrases or numbers you need.

 

The following passage describes the life and career of Sir Francis Drake.

In this worksheet you will be asked to scan the passage to find the answers to a range of questions. You can look back at the passage as often as you want to by clicking on the Help button.

 

Sir Francis Drake is one of the most famous mariners of English history. He is renowned for his adventurous exploits as well as his enterprise and skill in establishing the English Navy as the country’s main national weapon.

Details of Drake’s early life are very sparse. He was born in 1541 at Tavistock, Devon and was a cousin of Admiral Sir John Hawkins, the illustrious naval officer, at whose expense Drake was educated. He served his apprenticeship as a seaman on a small coasting vessel engaged in trade with France and Holland.

Between 1565 and 1571, he took part in several slaving expeditions from Africa to the Spanish Main (Spanish owned parts of South America). In those days slave trading was considered to be a respectable occupation. With two small ships, he sailed in 1572 on a voyage of adventure. He crossed the Isthmus of Panama and came within sight of the Pacific Ocean. He returned to England laden with treasure and was nationally acclaimed.

Although some of his exploits might have earned her disapproval, Drake was received by Queen Elizabeth. Largely through her support, Drake equipped his next expedition in 1577. He left in his 120-tonne ship Pelican, accompanied by the Elizabeth and three smaller vessels. This voyage took Drake around the world and he became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. After a stormy passage through the Magellan Straits, he sailed across the Pacific Ocean to the Spice Islands. He then passed around the Cape of Good Hope and returned to Plymouth in 1580 with vast treasure, much to the delight of his Queen.

On his voyage, Drake captured and plundered several Spanish vessels including the great treasure ship Cacafuego. His piracy at sea and his part in pillaging of colonial towns was overlooked and even approved by his sovereign. In those days, acts of piracy, particularly against Spanish victims, were not only forgiven but were considered compulsory; Drake was first and foremost a patriot.

Whilst the Spanish Government demanded his punishment for piracy, Queen Elizabeth knighted Drake on board his ship which he renamed the Golden Hind.

Drake went on to defend England, destroying much of the Spanish Armada in Cadiz and preventing Spain's planned invasion of England. For this, he was appointed second in command, a high ranking position in the Navy.

Sir Francis Drake’s final expedition was in 1595 during which he was taken ill and died at sea in January, 1596.

In which year was Sir Francis Drake born? Write the number in the answer box below.

 

Click on the Help button to go back to the introduction and scan the passage.

Where was he born?

Admiral Sir John Hawkins paid for Drake's education. What relation was he to Drake?

brother

uncle

cousin

What type of expeditions did Sir Francis Drake make between 1565 and 1571?

cotton trading

slave trading

gold trading

What was the name of the ship in which Drake sailed around the world?

The Golden Hind

The Pelican

The Cacafuego

In which year did Drake complete his circumnavigation of the world? Write the number in the answer box.

For what crime did the Spanish goverment want Drake to be punished?

murder

desertion

piracy

What new name was given to Drake's ship after he returned from his voyage around the world? Type the name in the answer box below.

In which year did Drake die? Type the number in the answer box below.

Which of the following words are used to describe Drake in the text? Tick three boxes.

seaman

mariner

warrior

patriot

hero

  • Question 1

In which year was Sir Francis Drake born? Write the number in the answer box below.

 

Click on the Help button to go back to the introduction and scan the passage.

CORRECT ANSWER
1541
EDDIE SAYS
You are likely to find this information near the beginning of the text, and you are looking for a number so you can scan quite quickly.
  • Question 2

Where was he born?

CORRECT ANSWER
Tavistock
Devon
Tavistock, Devon
EDDIE SAYS
This information is likely to be found close to the date of his birth, so hopefully you found it quite quickly.
  • Question 3

Admiral Sir John Hawkins paid for Drake's education. What relation was he to Drake?

CORRECT ANSWER
cousin
EDDIE SAYS
You need to scan the text for the name Admiral Sir John Hawkins.
  • Question 4

What type of expeditions did Sir Francis Drake make between 1565 and 1571?

CORRECT ANSWER
slave trading
EDDIE SAYS
The best way to find the answer to this question is to scan the text for the dates and then look for the exact information.
  • Question 5

What was the name of the ship in which Drake sailed around the world?

CORRECT ANSWER
The Pelican
EDDIE SAYS
You could scan the text for names beginning with capital letters or you could scan for the word 'world'.
  • Question 6

In which year did Drake complete his circumnavigation of the world? Write the number in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
1580
EDDIE SAYS
Take care here. You can scan the text for a date, but then you need to read carefully to make sure it is the date you are looking for. Drake set sail around the world in 1577 but he completed the trip in 1580.
  • Question 7

For what crime did the Spanish goverment want Drake to be punished?

CORRECT ANSWER
piracy
EDDIE SAYS
You could scan the text for the word 'Spanish' to find the answer to this one.
  • Question 8

What new name was given to Drake's ship after he returned from his voyage around the world? Type the name in the answer box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
The Golden Hind
Golden Hind
EDDIE SAYS
This answer will be found towards the end of the text, after the description of his voyage around the world, so you can focus on scanning the last sections.
  • Question 9

In which year did Drake die? Type the number in the answer box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
1596
EDDIE SAYS
This is likely to be found at the end of the text!
  • Question 10

Which of the following words are used to describe Drake in the text? Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
seaman
mariner
patriot
EDDIE SAYS
The easiest way to tackle this question is probably to scan for each word separately.
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