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

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

Difficulty level:  

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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:

The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford

Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?

 

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 an online article: "The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford".

The text for the following questions is the newspaper article: "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

 

Look at the online article, "The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford".

 

1. a. List two groups of people the writer knows who also cycle. [2 marks]

b. List five advantages of cycling in Oxford. [5 marks]

c. List three things the writer says that show she enjoys cycling. [3 marks]

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

 

You should write about and comment on:

  • what the writer tells us about cycling that is interesting,
  • what we learn about the issues around trying to drive in Oxford that is interesting,
  • the use of the image,
  • any other ways the writer tries to make the article interesting. [10 marks]

Now look at the newspaper article, "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

3. a. According to the article, why is cycling a topic that causes debate? [5 marks]

b. Why does the MP want to change the law regarding cyclists? [5 marks]

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

 

4. The online article identifies the benefits of cycling. The newspaper article highlights the dangers of cycling.

 

a. From the online article, list why more people should cycle in Oxford.

b. From the newspaper article, list the details that suggest cycling is dangerous. [10 marks]

  • Question 1

Answer all of the following questions.

The separate Source Material is an online article: "The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford".

The text for the following questions is the newspaper article: "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

 

Look at the online article, "The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford".

 

1. a. List two groups of people the writer knows who also cycle. [2 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 2 marks for any of the following:
• friends
• family
  • Question 2

b. List five advantages of cycling in Oxford. [5 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 5 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
• lots of cycle paths
  • Question 3

c. List three things the writer says that show she enjoys cycling. [3 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 3 marks for any of the following:
• freedom
• not stuck in traffic
• allows you to easily stop on route
• you know exactly when to leave each morning
• healthy and better than the gym
• gets to see the architecture
  • Question 4

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

 

You should write about and comment on:

  • what the writer tells us about cycling that is interesting,
  • what we learn about the issues around trying to drive in Oxford that is interesting,
  • the use of the image,
  • any other ways the writer tries to make the article interesting. [10 marks]
CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 10 marks for any of the following:
• cycling faster and easier than driving
• cycling more convenient
• more freedom
• image – Oxford buildings – cyclist talking on the phone while cycling
• Language -
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
  • Question 5

Now look at the newspaper article, "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

3. a. According to the article, why is cycling a topic that causes debate? [5 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 5 marks for any of the following:
• It is a subject that divides opinion.
• Some see cyclists as healthy, green, etc.
• Some see cyclists as dangerous.
• It seems unfair that cyclists and motorists are not punished equally for dangerous driving/riding.
  • Question 6

b. Why does the MP want to change the law regarding cyclists? [5 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 5 marks for any of the following:
• It seems unfair that cyclists and motorists are not punished equally for dangerous driving/riding.
• Cyclists can cause serious accidents.
• Cyclists can cause deaths.
• Cycling can be dangerous for the cyclists themselves.
• We need better understanding on our roads from both drivers and cyclists.
• Drivers and cyclists need to be treated equally.
  • Question 7

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

 

4. The online article identifies the benefits of cycling. The newspaper article highlights the dangers of cycling.

 

a. From the online article, list why more people should cycle in Oxford.

b. From the newspaper article, list the details that suggest cycling is dangerous. [10 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 10 marks for any of the following:
a. faster, healthier, more reliable, more convenient, eases traffic congestion, get to enjoy Oxford
b. Award marks for facts and figures about accidents/deaths.
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