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

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:

Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook

#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!

 

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: "Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook".

The text in the next question is a newspaper article: "#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!".

  

Look at the online article in the separate Resource Material, "Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook".

 

1. a. List what teenagers used to do in their spare time before social media. [2 marks]

b. List five aspects of how teenagers use social media. [5 marks]

c. List three issues with teenagers using social media. [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 teenage behaviour that is interesting,
  • what we learn about the issues around teenagers using social media,
  • the use of the images,
  • any other ways the writer tries to make the article interesting. [10 marks]

Now look at the newspaper article, ‘#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!’.

  

3. a. According to the article, what are the benefits of social media? [5 marks]

You must use the text to support your answer.

b. Why is social media an issue that causes debate? [5 marks]

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

 

4. The online article identifies the change in teenage behaviour due to social media. The newspaper article highlights the debate surrounding social media.

 

a. From the online article, list how teenagers use social media.

b. From the newspaper article, list the details that suggest social media is a negative thing. [10 marks]

  • Question 1

Answer all of the following questions.

The separate Source Material is an online article: "Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook".

The text in the next question is a newspaper article: "#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!".

  

Look at the online article in the separate Resource Material, "Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook".

 

1. a. List what teenagers used to do in their spare time before social media. [2 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 2 marks for any of the following:
Watch TV, spend time with their family, lie on the sofa hogging the remote control!
  • Question 2

b. List five aspects of how teenagers use social media. [5 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 5 marks for any of the following:
Any facts and figures about how often teenagers use social media and for how long, etc.
What they use social media for.
  • Question 3

c. List three issues with teenagers using social media. [3 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give credit for any responses that include issues of Internet safety and teenagers cutting themselves off from the family, etc. Up to 3 marks.
  • 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 teenage behaviour that is interesting,
  • what we learn about the issues around teenagers using social media,
  • 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.
• More likely to be on a tablet or smart phone than watching TV.
• Talking to friends on social media sites is top activity.
• They spend up to 3 hours at a time online.
• Many of their ‘friends’ are strangers.
• TV companies are trying to win viewers back.
• Many parents do not have parental controls on the Internet.

Images - family watching TV together - contrast to what article is about.

Any other relevant points about how the article is made interesting.
  • Question 5

Now look at the newspaper article, ‘#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!’.

  

3. a. According to the article, what are the benefits of social media? [5 marks]

You must use 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.
• Social media prepares them for further technology.
• Social networking is a big part of social media.
• Social media can help children learn about the world.
• Social media is about forming an identity.
• Social media is the rock and roll of our modern times.
  • Question 6

b. Why is social media an issue that causes debate? [5 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 5 marks for any of the following:
• Social media is a problem for modern parents.
• Social media is the future but it isn't always safe for children.
• Opinion about whether children should use social media is divided among parents.
• Social media is everywhere and if you ban it they will use it in secret.
• Too much social media can encourage online gaming, and children can lose touch with reality.
  • Question 7

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

 

4. The online article identifies the change in teenage behaviour due to social media. The newspaper article highlights the debate surrounding social media.

 

a. From the online article, list how teenagers use social media.

b. From the newspaper article, list the details that suggest social media is a negative thing. [10 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give up to 10 marks for any of the following:

Online article:
• Teenagers prefer social media to watching TV.
• They are more likely to be on a smart phone or tablet than watching TV.
• Chatting to friends on social media sites is the top leisure activity.
• Teenagers can be online for 3 hours at a time.
• Teenagers spend up to 17 hours a week online.
• 80% of teenagers have a social profile.
• One in four of their ‘friends’ on social media sites are strangers.

Newspaper Article:
• Social media is a problem for modern parents.
• Social media is the future but it isn't always safe for children.
• Opinion about whether children should use social media is divided among parents.
• Social media is everywhere and if you ban it they will use it in secret.
• Too much social media can encourage online gaming, and children can lose touch with reality.
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