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Compare the Purpose, Audience and Context of Two Texts

In this worksheet, students will compare two different texts and identify purpose, audience, and context.

'Compare the Purpose, Audience and Context of Two Texts' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 8 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Make Critical Text Comparisons

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Worksheet Overview

Read the following two texts and try to deduce what their purposes, audiences, and contexts are.


This extract is taken from Mademoiselle Misses’ ‘Letters from an American Girl Serving with the Rank of Lieutenant in a French Army Hospital at the Front’ written in 1915.

I think you would sicken with fright if you could see the operations that a poor nurse is called upon to perform, the putting in of drains, the washing of wounds so huge and ghastly as to make one marvel at the endurance that is man's, the digging about for bits of shrapnel. I assure you that the 10-word responsibility takes a special meaning here. After the soup for the wounded, comes that of the nurses, when all crowd into a tiny plank hut, and stuff meat and potatoes as fast as we can between disjointed bits of gossip. Immediately after lunch I spend an hour or so setting to rights the surgical dressings routine, doing little services, and distributing cakes or bonbons. It is amazing how a bit of peppermint will console a soldier when a smile goes with it!


A cartoon of a nurse.


This is a text taken from a newspaper from 2010 about a nurse stealing money from a war veteran.
In a shocking incident, a nurse entrusted with the care of a war veteran was caught stealing money from her patient. The betrayal of trust is deeply unsettling, especially considering the sacrifice made by the veteran for their country. Such actions not only tarnish the reputation of the nursing profession but also highlight the vulnerability of those who rely on healthcare providers. It is a reminder of the importance of rigorous background checks and vigilant supervision within healthcare facilities. Society must continue to honour the bravery of our veterans and ensure their well-being, safeguarding them from any form of exploitation or harm.

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