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Preparing for GCSE Non-Fiction Reading (Level 2): Food

In this worksheet, students can practise their reading and writing skills for the GCSE. They must spend two hours on this.

'Preparing for GCSE Non-Fiction Reading (Level 2): Food' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   GCSE Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:   Non-Fiction

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This paper will test your reading and writing. It is a good idea to print out the source materials from the PDF files to have in front of you to read and annotate.

 

Source 1: Food Farce as World’s Resources Frittered Away!

Source 2: Garden of Worcestershire

Source 3: School Dinners

 

Answer all questions and give yourself a time limit of two hours - one for Section A and one for Section B. Set an alarm! You must refer to the reading sources provided. You must not use a dictionary.

  • The marks for questions are shown in brackets.
  • The maximum mark for this paper is 80.
  • You are reminded of the need for good English and clear presentation in your answers. 
  • Before you start writing, read through all of the questions you have to answer and the reading sources.
  • You are advised to spend two hours on this paper.

 

Good luck!

Section A: Reading

Answer all questions in this section.

You are advised to spend about one hour on this section.

 

 

 

Read Source 1, the online article "Food Farce as World's Resources Frittered Away!", and answer the question:

 

1. a. List four reasons for so much food being wasted. [4 marks]

b. What are Marion Glee’s feelings about this food waste? [4 marks]

Now read Source 2, a leaflet advertising Garden of Worcestershire.

 

2. What are the benefits of ordering a vegetable box from Garden of Worcestershire?

 

Remember to:

  • show your understanding by explaining in your own words,
  • support your ideas using the text. [8 marks]

Now read Source 3, "School Dinners", and answer the question:

 

3. How does the writer use language features in the extract?

 

Remember to:

  • give some examples of language features,
  • explain the effects. [12 marks]

Look again at Source 1 and Source 2

 

4. Compare the way the two texts use presentational features for effect.

 

Remember to:

  • write about the way the sources are presented,
  • explain the effect of the presentational features,
  • compare the way they look. [12 marks]

Section B: Writing

Answer both questions in this section.

You are advised to spend about one hour on this section. 

You are advised to spend about 25 minutes on question 5.

You are advised to spend about 35 minutes on question 6.

 

 

5. Your local newspaper is running a weekly column called Food Heaven and Food Hell.

 

Write a short article for the column explaining which food is your personal favourite and why - and which is your worst food and why.

 

Remember to:

  • write an article,
  • use language to explain. [16 marks]

6. "The government is right to ban packed lunches and control what pupils eat at lunchtimes by making everyone eat the same school dinner."

 

Write a speech for a classroom debate arguing for or against this opinion.

 

Remember to:

  • write a speech,
  • use language to argue. [24 marks]

 

Try to write approximately two pages.

  • Question 1

Section A: Reading

Answer all questions in this section.

You are advised to spend about one hour on this section.

 

 

 

Read Source 1, the online article "Food Farce as World's Resources Frittered Away!", and answer the question:

 

1. a. List four reasons for so much food being wasted. [4 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 4 marks for any of the following:
• poor farming practices
• poor engineering
• poor storage facilities
• people by too much food
• 'Buy one get one free' encourages people to buy more than they need.
• Food goes off too quickly according to sell-by dates.
• People want perfect fruit and vegetables so lots isn’t harvested.
  • Question 2

b. What are Marion Glee’s feelings about this food waste? [4 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 4 marks for any of the following:
• It's a catastrophe.
• It's the biggest danger of the modern age.
• It is because of Western greed.
• We need to do something about it quickly.
• It is a waste when there are so many starving people in the world.
• The quest for perfect fruit and vegetables is ridiculous.
  • Question 3

Now read Source 2, a leaflet advertising Garden of Worcestershire.

 

2. What are the benefits of ordering a vegetable box from Garden of Worcestershire?

 

Remember to:

  • show your understanding by explaining in your own words,
  • support your ideas using the text. [8 marks]
CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award a mark for any of the following points and a mark for each time a quotation is used as evidence. Up to 8 marks.
• You get seasonal vegetables.
• The vegetables are fresh.
• They are grown organically.
• They are better for you.
• They taste good.
• They are delivered so saves you going out.
• You are supporting local growers.
  • Question 4

Now read Source 3, "School Dinners", and answer the question:

 

3. How does the writer use language features in the extract?

 

Remember to:

  • give some examples of language features,
  • explain the effects. [12 marks]
CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award a mark for any of the following points and a mark for each time a quotation is used as evidence. Up to 12 marks.
• Paragraph 1: Repetition, simile.
• Paragraph 2: Use of the five senses – sounds and smells, lists of foods, adjectives to describe the foods. Alliteration.
• Paragraph 3: Adjectives, alliteration, lists, metaphor – packed lunch as treasure.
• Paragraph 4: Metaphor of packed lunch as treasure, description of jewels, simile describing diving for pearls. Description of chocolate biscuits – different shapes etc. Contrast of exciting packed lunch wrappers with dirty school dinner tray.
  • Question 5

Look again at Source 1 and Source 2

 

4. Compare the way the two texts use presentational features for effect.

 

Remember to:

  • write about the way the sources are presented,
  • explain the effect of the presentational features,
  • compare the way they look. [12 marks]
CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award a mark for any of the following points and a mark for each time a comparison is made and quotation is used as evidence. Up to 12 marks.
• Source 1 – headline, alliteration, images, showing problem and famine, paragraphs.
• Source 2 – logo, font size and colour, images.
  • Question 6

Section B: Writing

Answer both questions in this section.

You are advised to spend about one hour on this section. 

You are advised to spend about 25 minutes on question 5.

You are advised to spend about 35 minutes on question 6.

 

 

5. Your local newspaper is running a weekly column called Food Heaven and Food Hell.

 

Write a short article for the column explaining which food is your personal favourite and why - and which is your worst food and why.

 

Remember to:

  • write an article,
  • use language to explain. [16 marks]
CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
12–16 marks:
• The student communicates ideas effectively and engages the reader with detailed description.
• The student uses a range of linguistic features such as metaphors, similes and alliteration to make their writing interesting.
• The student uses ambitious vocabulary and spells complex words correctly.
• Paragraphs are used correctly and they use a range of different types of sentences with varied punctuation.

5–11 marks:
• The student communicates their ideas and uses some detailed description.
• The student uses some linguistic features such as metaphors, similes and alliteration to make their writing interesting.
• The student attempts to use some ambitious vocabulary and spells some complex words accurately.
• There is an attempt at correct paragraphing and sentences are mainly punctuated correctly with an attempt at varied punctuation.

1–4 marks:
• There is limited communication of ideas and little description.
• The student uses very few linguistic features such as metaphors, similes and alliteration to make their writing interesting.
• There is limited vocabulary and few complex words are spelt accurately.
• There are no paragraphs and punctuation is often incorrect.
  • Question 7

6. "The government is right to ban packed lunches and control what pupils eat at lunchtimes by making everyone eat the same school dinner."

 

Write a speech for a classroom debate arguing for or against this opinion.

 

Remember to:

  • write a speech,
  • use language to argue. [24 marks]

 

Try to write approximately two pages.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
16–24 marks:
• The student communicates ideas effectively and engages the reader with detailed complex ideas.
• Style and content is matched to audience and purpose.
• The student uses a range of linguistic features such as rhetorical questions, irony, and exaggeration to engage the reader.
• The student uses ambitious vocabulary and spells complex words correctly.
• Paragraphs are used correctly and they use a range of different types of sentences with varied punctuation.
• Student uses complex grammar.
• Connectives are used fluently.

7–15 marks:
• The student successfully communicates and uses some detailed ideas.
• The student clearly identifies audience and purpose.
• The student uses some linguistic features such as rhetorical questions to engage the reader.
• The student attempts to use some ambitious vocabulary and spells some complex words accurately.
• There is an attempt at correct paragraphing and sentences are mainly punctuated correctly with an attempt at varied punctuation. Connectives are used but sometimes mechanically.

1–6 marks:
• There is limited communication of ideas and little detail – one or two ideas are linked.
• There is little awareness of audience and purpose.
• The student uses very few linguistic features such as rhetorical questions to engage the reader.
• There is limited vocabulary and few complex words are spelt accurately.
• There are no paragraphs and punctuation is often incorrect.
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