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Preparing for GCSE Non-Fiction Reading (Level 1): Food

In this worksheet, students can practise their reading skills for the GCSE. They must spend one hour on this.

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  GCSE Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:  Non-Fiction

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QUESTION 1 of 10

This paper will test your reading. 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.

 

The Source Materials:

Food Farce as World’s Resources Frittered Away!

School Dinners

 

Answer all questions and give yourself a time limit of one hour. 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 40.
  • 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 one hour on this paper.

 

Good luck!

Answer all of the following questions. 

The separate Source Material is a newspaper article: "Food Farce as World’s Resources Frittered Away".

The other text is an extract from an autobiography by Georgia Hitchin titled School Dinners.

 

 

Look at the newspaper article, "Food Farce as World’s Resources Frittered Away". 

 

1. a. List two facts about the amount of food that is wasted. [2 marks]

b. List five reasons why so much food is wasted. [5 marks]

c. List three things Marion Glee says that show she is concerned about the situation. [3 marks]

2. How has the writer tried to make this newspaper article interesting?

 

You should write about and comment on:

 

  • what the writer tells us about food waste that is interesting,
  • what we learn about the issues around food waste that is interesting,
  • the use of the images,
  • any other ways the writer tries to make the article interesting. [10 marks]

Now look at the autobiographical extract, School Dinners.

 

3. a. According to the extract, what were the school dinners like at the writer’s school? [5 marks] 

You must use evidence from the text to support your answer.

b. Why did the writer want a packed lunch so much? [5 marks]

You should now use details and information from both texts to answer the following questions.

 

3. The article identifies the issue of global food waste. The autobiography is a childhood memory of food.

 

a. From the article, list what we can do help cut down on food waste. [5 marks]

b. From the autobiography extract, list the details that suggest Georgia Hitchin envied the packed lunches. [5 marks]

  • Question 1

Answer all of the following questions. 

The separate Source Material is a newspaper article: "Food Farce as World’s Resources Frittered Away".

The other text is an extract from an autobiography by Georgia Hitchin titled School Dinners.

 

 

Look at the newspaper article, "Food Farce as World’s Resources Frittered Away". 

 

1. a. List two facts about the amount of food that is wasted. [2 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 2 marks for any of the following:
• Almost half the world's food is thrown away.
• 2 billion tonnes is wasted.
• 30–50% wasted.
  • Question 2

b. List five reasons why so much food is wasted. [5 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 5 marks for any of the following:
• poor farming practices
• poor engineering
• poor storage facilities
• People buy 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 3

c. List three things Marion Glee says that show she is concerned about the situation. [3 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 3 marks for any of the following:
• “We are creating waste food mountains while people around the world are starving.”
• “In a time of growing world poverty, famine and drought, food is precious. This is a catastrophe and the biggest disaster of the modern age.”
• “It is all too easy to blame third world food producers but we must not allow them to become scapegoats for our Western greed and desire for perfection.”
• “The shocking truth speaks for itself.”
  • Question 4

2. How has the writer tried to make this newspaper article interesting?

 

You should write about and comment on:

 

  • what the writer tells us about food waste that is interesting,
  • what we learn about the issues around food waste that is interesting,
  • the use of the images,
  • any other ways the writer tries to make the article interesting. [10 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 10 marks.
• Shocking facts about food waste.
• How we as consumers are to blame.
• How the contrasting images sum up the article.
• How the writer uses language:
• alliteration
• emotive language
• quotations from experts and shoppers
• facts
• rhetorical questions
• short sentences
• repetition
• list of three
• written in first person
• use of personal pronouns – you, we
  • Question 5

Now look at the autobiographical extract, School Dinners.

 

3. a. According to the extract, what were the school dinners like at the writer’s school? [5 marks] 

You must use evidence from the text to support your answer.

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 5 marks.
• They were tasty.
• They were healthy and weren’t processed foods.
• They were cooked from scratch and were fresh.
• Local ingredients were used.
• The same people cooked them every day.
• They smelled nice as they were being cooked.
• The food looked and smelled appetising as they queued up.
• They had lots of variety of foods.
  • Question 6

b. Why did the writer want a packed lunch so much? [5 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 5 marks.
• She wanted a cool lunch box.
• She wanted chocolate biscuits.
• She longed for crisps.
• She wanted the wrappers.
• She wanted to blow the crisp packet and pop it.
• She wanted the shiny foil.
• She wanted to pop the cling film like bubble gum.
  • Question 7

You should now use details and information from both texts to answer the following questions.

 

3. The article identifies the issue of global food waste. The autobiography is a childhood memory of food.

 

a. From the article, list what we can do help cut down on food waste. [5 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 5 marks for any of the following:
• Only buy as much food as we need.
• Try not to get tempted by the buy-one-get-one-free offers.
• Freeze any extra food we don’t need that week.
• Try to keep an eye on use-by dates and use food on time.
• Buy vegetables from local farm shops or have a farm box.
• Don’t demand perfect-looking vegetables.
  • Question 8

b. From the autobiography extract, list the details that suggest Georgia Hitchin envied the packed lunches. [5 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 5 marks for any of the following:
• the description of the lunch boxes
• the imagery of treasure/jewels to describe the food
• the description of eating the crisps and chocolate biscuits
• the description of all the colours of the wrappers
• the descriptions of playing with the wrappers
• the comparison of the wrappers and her dirty tray
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