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Compare the Use of Language to Convey Meaning in Two Texts

In this worksheet, students will identify points of comparison between two fiction texts, with a particular focus on language used to convey meaning.

'Compare the Use of Language to Convey Meaning in Two Texts' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 9 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Make Critical Text Comparisons

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Comparison is the process of looking for similarities and differences in text. It doesn't matter what two texts you have, analysing them both through comparison is a great way to show your understanding. 


In this activity, you will look at two texts and identify areas to compare. You will also develop your understanding of the effect language has and begin to explain this important part of analysis. 


Read both texts and get ready to answer some questions.


Text One

Nestled at the edge of a forgotten world, the building stands as a haunting testament to a bygone era. Nature, with its relentless, inexorable advance, has reclaimed what was once a hub of human activity. This desolate setting exudes an eerie charm, where the echoes of the past linger in every whispering breeze and creaking floorboard.


The building, now weathered and decrepit, was once a thriving hub of life and industry. Its façade was adorned with intricate architectural details which have since surrendered to time's relentless embrace. Broken windows gape like hollow eyes, revealing the melancholic interiors within. Each wall now cloaked in layers of peeling paint, displaying faded remnants of colour.


Within this forsaken place, the air hangs heavy with the scent of decay and dampness. Machinery, long silenced, rusts in dark corners, a testament to the days when the space hummed with productivity. Forgotten tools lie scattered across the floor, as if the workers simply vanished one day, leaving everything behind.


Nature's reclamation is evident as creeping ivy and tendrils of foliage snake their way through broken windows and crumbling walls, determined to restore their dominion over the man-made structure. In this eerie environment, sunlight pierces through shattered ceilings and boarded-up windows, scattering beams of spectral light that dance across the debris-strewn floor.


The silence is occasionally broken by the scuttling of unseen creatures; the distant cry of a lone bird; the wind's mournful howl as it rushes through the abandoned corridors. Shadows play tricks on the mind, evoking ghostly apparitions of those who once trod these halls, Stories that remain locked in the past.


ruined hut


Text Two

Step into a world of vibrant chaos and joyous pandemonium at the heart of the bustling fun fair. Let your senses be inundated with a kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, and scents, all merging into an exhilarating whirlwind of delight.


The towering Ferris wheel, its neon lights ablaze against the evening sky, casts an imposing silhouette over the fairgrounds. As it slowly ascends, it grants breathtaking panoramic views of the entire fair and reveals a mesmerising tapestry of sights and sounds extending to the horizon.


The carousel, a merry-go-round of extravagantly decorated horses and fantastical creatures, spins gracefully while an enchanting melody fills the air. Children and adults alike laugh with glee as they reach for the elusive brass ring or enjoy the simple delight of riding the whimsical steeds.


Amid the symphony of laughter and shouts, the clinking of metal and wooden darts pierces the air as attendees try their luck at the array of games. Stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes dangle enticingly as prizes for those who can master the art of aim and precision.


Aromas of cotton candy, popcorn, and sizzling hot dogs mingle in the atmosphere, creating an olfactory carnival of their own. Food stalls adorned with multicoloured banners announce culinary delights, from candied apples to funnel cakes, tempting fairgoers with every mouthwatering bite.


Thrill-seekers scream in delight as they whirl dangerously through the air on dizzying rides like the roller coaster, with its invigorating loops and spirals. The pendulum swings high into the sky as passengers momentarily defy gravity before plunging back to earth, their exhilarated cheers carried away by the wind.


Children's laughter emanates from the playground, a miniature wonderland of slides, swings, and tunnels. The vibrant, painted faces of young fairgoers sparkle with delight as they navigate this maze of imagination.


fun fair

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