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Reading Non-Fiction: Tigers

In this worksheet, students read the text and analyse it for purpose, audience, context of writing and layout.

'Reading Non-Fiction: Tigers' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Support Comprehension Through Knowledge

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read the following article:

 

 

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Old News? 

 

 

Marlin is a 10 year old Sumatran tiger. He is lucky, he lives in a nature reserve in Nepal where rangers protect him from poachers and he has enough prey to catch and eat. The problem is not for Marlin, but for the future generations of his kind. The WWF say that the wild tiger population has “declined by 97% since the beginning of the 20th century”. Soon there may not be any tigers left outside of zoos and safari parks.

 

 

You have probably skimmed over the previous paragraph and not bothered to read it fully. Why? Because it is old news, isn't it? Pandas, rhinos, tigers, endangered animals, we should all care enough to do something, blah blah.

 

I felt the same way until I took my nephew to the zoo. He was amazed by the larger animals, totally captivated by their size and power. Do you remember the first time you saw a lion yawn, or a gorilla beat its chest? These experiences are part of the magic of childhood. We should never grow too old to be amazed by nature, or we will end up living in a world where nature programmes are the ONLY way we can ever see some of these amazing creatures.

 

“Ok, fair enough” you may be thinking, “but I haven't killed a tiger. I don't have a tiger skin rug, or tiger bone in my tea.” No, but you do have wooden furniture in your house, and you write on paper, don't you? Do you know where these resources come from? As well as poaching, tigers are at risk from their areas being used for logging. However, I don't want you to feel guilty. Feeling guilty is counter-productive. We need to be proactive: Educate yourself, raise awareness, exercise your rights!

 

  • Educate yourself - use the internet to find out more about our planet, it's animals, and who needs your help.
  • Raise awareness - tell your friends about what you discover.
  • Exercise your rights - campaign for your cause to your local M.P., or the Prime Minister.

 

Things won't change overnight, but if we don't start now, tigers really will be 'old news' for this planet.

 

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Next, answer the following questions. If you need to read the article again as you go through the worksheet, you can click on the Help button.

Match up the purpose, audience, language and layout for this text.

Column A

Column B

purpose
younger people
audience
familiar, sometimes informal
language
to persuade
layout
paragraphs, some bullet points

Look again at the image chosen to go with this article.

 

 

 

Why do you think the writer has chosen this image, and not a 'cuter' one? Tick three boxes.

They couldn't find a cuter photo.

The article is not about tigers being 'cute' but about them being magnificent creatures.

The writer is trying to break away from the typical charity appeal style.

The writer doesn't like baby animals.

The article is aimed at intelligent people - they can see through a 'cute' photo.

Read this student's work and choose the best quotation for them to use.

 

The writer quotes a reliable source and uses statistics: ____________________. By doing this they are strengthening their argument and backing it up with facts.

"I felt the same way"

"Do you remember the first time you saw a lion yawn"

"declined by 97%"

 Read this student's work. Choose the best quotation for them to use:

 

In the second paragraph, the tone changes as the writer uses rhetorical questions to challenge the reader: ___________________. This makes the reader identify with the writer and maintains their interest.

"but I haven't killed a tiger"

"We need to be proactive"

"it is old news, isn't it?"

Read the following quotation from the text:

'Do you remember the first time you saw a lion yawn, or a gorilla beat it's chest?'

 

Which of the following techniques is the writer using here?

appeal to longevity (been around for a long time)

appeal to tradition (keeping customs going)

appeal to nostalgia (thinking positively about the past)

The article ends with a list of bullet points. Why has the writer chosen this style of layout? Tick three boxes.

to clearly instruct the reader in what they could do

to make it easy to find this information

to force the reader to finish reading the leaflet

to easily add images to the leaflet

to emphasise how many things they could do to help

This article is unusual for a persuasive charity appeal. The writer uses the first person to identify with the reader. Which pronoun is this? Write it in the box below.

Which pronoun does the writer use to suggest that the reader and him or herself are in this together, that they must work together for change?

Which of the following points will get the BEST marks?

“Ok, fair enough” you may be thinking, “but I haven't killed a tiger."

 

Why does the writer use this imagined dialogue (conversation) with the reader?

to add humour and engage the reader

to keep it interesting

to prove that we shouldn't feel guilty

Read this student's work. Write the missing word in the text box below.

 

As well as humour, the writer uses informal language to make a connection with the reader and emphasise the 'knowing' tone of the article. In the second paragraph they use the word "_____" to suggest that 'we've heard it all before' feeling.

  • Question 1

Match up the purpose, audience, language and layout for this text.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

purpose
to persuade
audience
younger people
language
familiar, sometimes informal
layout
paragraphs, some bullet points
EDDIE SAYS
The audience is likely to be younger people, as the language is rather informal and familiar.
  • Question 2

Look again at the image chosen to go with this article.

 

 

 

Why do you think the writer has chosen this image, and not a 'cuter' one? Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
The article is not about tigers being 'cute' but about them being magnificent creatures.
The writer is trying to break away from the typical charity appeal style.
The article is aimed at intelligent people - they can see through a 'cute' photo.
  • Question 3

Read this student's work and choose the best quotation for them to use.

 

The writer quotes a reliable source and uses statistics: ____________________. By doing this they are strengthening their argument and backing it up with facts.

CORRECT ANSWER
"declined by 97%"
EDDIE SAYS
The statistics from the WWF add factual evidence to the article and back up the writer's argument.
  • Question 4

 Read this student's work. Choose the best quotation for them to use:

 

In the second paragraph, the tone changes as the writer uses rhetorical questions to challenge the reader: ___________________. This makes the reader identify with the writer and maintains their interest.

CORRECT ANSWER
"it is old news, isn't it?"
  • Question 5

Read the following quotation from the text:

'Do you remember the first time you saw a lion yawn, or a gorilla beat it's chest?'

 

Which of the following techniques is the writer using here?

CORRECT ANSWER
appeal to nostalgia (thinking positively about the past)
  • Question 6

The article ends with a list of bullet points. Why has the writer chosen this style of layout? Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
to clearly instruct the reader in what they could do
to make it easy to find this information
to emphasise how many things they could do to help
  • Question 7

This article is unusual for a persuasive charity appeal. The writer uses the first person to identify with the reader. Which pronoun is this? Write it in the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
I
EDDIE SAYS
Usually, persuasive text uses the pronoun "we". Here, however, the writer uses the first person singular, to try to appeal to the reader and make them sympathise with him.
  • Question 8

Which pronoun does the writer use to suggest that the reader and him or herself are in this together, that they must work together for change?

CORRECT ANSWER
we
  • Question 9

Which of the following points will get the BEST marks?

“Ok, fair enough” you may be thinking, “but I haven't killed a tiger."

 

Why does the writer use this imagined dialogue (conversation) with the reader?

CORRECT ANSWER
to add humour and engage the reader
  • Question 10

Read this student's work. Write the missing word in the text box below.

 

As well as humour, the writer uses informal language to make a connection with the reader and emphasise the 'knowing' tone of the article. In the second paragraph they use the word "_____" to suggest that 'we've heard it all before' feeling.

CORRECT ANSWER
blah
blah blah
EDDIE SAYS
The use of the word 'blah' emphasises the argument that people disregard articles such as this one, because they are so familiar with charities appealing for help.
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