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

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

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  GCSE Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:  Non-Fiction

Difficulty level:  

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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: The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford

Source 2: Cycle Cornwall!

Source 3: Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?

 

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, "The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford".

 

1. a. List four advantages of cycling round Oxford. [4 marks]

b. What are the writer’s feelings about cycling? [4 marks]

Now read Source 2, a leaflet advertising Cornwall’s cycling trail, "Cycle Cornwall!".

 

2. What are the benefits of cycling on Cornwall’s Camel Trail?

 

Remember to:

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

Now read Source 3, the article, "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

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 2, "Cycle Cornwall!", and Source 3, "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

4. Compare the way that both 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. The food section of your local newspaper is inviting readers to write about their favourite place to go on holiday.

 

Write a letter to the editor describing your favourite holiday destination and explain why you like it. [16 marks]

6. "Lack of physical exercise is the biggest problem in modern society."

 

Write a speech to give in assembly persuading teenagers to do more physical exercise.

 

Remember to:

  • write a speech,
  • use language to persuade. [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, "The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford".

 

1. a. List four advantages of cycling round Oxford. [4 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 4 marks for any of the following:
• avoids the heavy traffic
• avoids all the tourists
• allows you to get where you want to fast and on time
• allows you to appreciate the architecture
• allows you to easily stop on route
• knows exactly when to leave each morning
• healthy and better than the gym
  • Question 2

b. What are the writer’s feelings about cycling? [4 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 4 marks for any of the following:
• thrilling
• enjoys it
• likes beating the traffic
• likes knowing how long a journey to work will take
• enjoys the fresh air
• loves seeing the beautiful city from a bike
• enjoys the freedom of cycling
  • Question 3

Now read Source 2, a leaflet advertising Cornwall’s cycling trail, "Cycle Cornwall!".

 

2. What are the benefits of cycling on Cornwall’s Camel Trail?

 

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.
• easy to use as it is surfaced and flat
• no traffic so safe
• get to see beautiful countryside
• open every day
• Air is fresh and clean and unpolluted so it’s healthy.
• There are toilets.
  • Question 4

Now read Source 3, the article, "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

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 – rhetorical questions, image of snake – metaphor and alliteration. Image of arteries. Short sentences.
• Paragraph 2 – rule of three, rhetorical question
• Paragraph 3 – list
• written in first person – personal
• any other relevant points
  • Question 5

Look again at Source 2, "Cycle Cornwall!", and Source 3, "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

4. Compare the way that both 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
Give up to 12 marks for any of the following:

Source 2, Camel Trail Advert:
• Cycle Cornwall! – short, snappy – draws eye to it – explains where you can cycle which is reinforced in the text.
• Blue font which links with the idea of water and cycling along the coast.
• Image 1 – bike – sums up what the text is about.
• Image 1 – bike in beautiful countryside with blue sky – links to what text says you will see and suggests it will be peaceful and traffic-free, which is what the text says.
• Image 2 – image of Cornwall's coast – wide-angled shot emphasises the magnificent views you will see.

Source 3, "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?":
• Headline – catches attention, rhetorical question, emotive word ‘menaces’.
• Paragraphs.
• Image of cyclists in heavy traffic.
  • 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. The food section of your local newspaper is inviting readers to write about their favourite place to go on holiday.

 

Write a letter to the editor describing your favourite holiday destination and explain why you like it. [16 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 16 marks for this assignment.

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. "Lack of physical exercise is the biggest problem in modern society."

 

Write a speech to give in assembly persuading teenagers to do more physical exercise.

 

Remember to:

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

 

Try to write approximately two pages.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 24 marks for this assignment.

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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