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Reading Non-Fiction: A Leaflet on Safety in the Home

|n this worksheet, students read a leaflet on safety in the home and answer questions to show their understanding of the text.

'Reading Non-Fiction: A Leaflet on Safety in the Home' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Understand Meaning

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read the following extract from a leaflet about creating a safe environment for babies and toddlers, then answer the questions.

 

How to 'baby-proof' your home.

 

 

Your baby probably loves being at home and being able to explore their environment. Unfortunately, the home is also the most common scene of accidents involving small children. That is why it is very important that you read this leaflet on how to make you home safe and follow the guidelines closely.

According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, every year more than 5'000 people die in accidents in the home. Do you want one of those people to be your child? Read on for hints and tips to make your home safe.

1) In the kitchen. The kitchen can be a dangerous place for young children. If you can, fit a stair-gate across the door frame to keep children out completely. If this is not an option for your home, use baby locks on the lower cupboard doors, and make sure they cannot climb chairs to get to the work tops. Remove children from the kitchen if the oven or cooker hobs are on. Make sure knives are out of reach, even from tall or climbing toddlers.   

 

If you need to read the extract again, you can do so by clicking on the Help button as you go through the worksheet.

Look again at the image used in the extract:

 

 

Why has this image been chosen by the writer? Choose THREE possible reasons.

Because pink walls mean it is a girl.

To shock the reader.

Because pictures make it more colourful.

To emphasise that the leaflet is about safety.

To warn the reader that this could happen to their child.

The writer keeps on using a personal pronoun to engage with the reader and stress how important safety is. Which personal pronoun does he or she keep using?

You

We

I

Another technique the writer uses is a rhetorical question to shock the reader into action. Find the rhetorical question in the text and copy it into the box below.

 

You will only get a mark if you spell and punctuate the sentence precisely. (Remember, you can look at the text again by clicking on the Help button above).

The writer quotes the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, who state that every year 5000 people die in accidents in the home. Which TWO techniques are being used here?

Rhetorical question

Statistics

Quoting a reliable source

Alliteration

Think about the quote from the Royal Society for the prevention of accidents. Could the writer have chosen a better quotation than this? Which of the following points would improve it?

To talk about child accidents, not adult ones.

To talk about accidents for the past 10 years.

To talk about accidents with pets, too.

Re-read the last paragraph from the text. The writer uses lots of imperative verbs to instruct the reader. This is also sometimes known as 'bossy language'. Which of the following words are in the last paragraph, and which are not? 

 From the extractNOT from the extract
remove
heat
must
run
play
use

The layout of the leaflet is a heading, followed by an image, two short paragraphs of introduction and then each paragraph after that is numbered and has a sub-heading with a different room of the house. e.g.

1) In the kitchen...............

2) In the bathroom...........

3) In the living room..........

Choose THREE benefits of organising a leaflet like this.

Clear and easy to read.

You can easily find the information you need.

The information is in a logical order.

People will quickly get bored reading it.

Match the Purpose, Audience, Language and Layout of this leaflet.

Column A

Column B

Purpose
Formal but simple.
Audience
To inform and persuade.
Language
Clear, informative
Layout
Parents of small children.

Read the following students' comments on this leaflet. Which one would get the highest marks?

The leaflet is about child safety.

The leaflet is effective and has a good picture.

The techniques used, such as personal pronoun "you", make it effective.

Imagine that you were asked to write a descriptive piece of writing (story) about an accident in the home. Which of the following would be the best title?

Once upon a time

How to baby-proof your home

The shock of my life

  • Question 1

Look again at the image used in the extract:

 

 

Why has this image been chosen by the writer? Choose THREE possible reasons.

CORRECT ANSWER
To shock the reader.
To emphasise that the leaflet is about safety.
To warn the reader that this could happen to their child.
EDDIE SAYS
Pictures do make a leaflet more colourful, but that doesn't explain why the writer has chosen THIS picture. The colour of the walls is irrelevant.
  • Question 2

The writer keeps on using a personal pronoun to engage with the reader and stress how important safety is. Which personal pronoun does he or she keep using?

CORRECT ANSWER
You
  • Question 3

Another technique the writer uses is a rhetorical question to shock the reader into action. Find the rhetorical question in the text and copy it into the box below.

 

You will only get a mark if you spell and punctuate the sentence precisely. (Remember, you can look at the text again by clicking on the Help button above).

CORRECT ANSWER
Do you want one of those people to be your child?
  • Question 4

The writer quotes the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, who state that every year 5000 people die in accidents in the home. Which TWO techniques are being used here?

CORRECT ANSWER
Statistics
Quoting a reliable source
  • Question 5

Think about the quote from the Royal Society for the prevention of accidents. Could the writer have chosen a better quotation than this? Which of the following points would improve it?

CORRECT ANSWER
To talk about child accidents, not adult ones.
  • Question 6

Re-read the last paragraph from the text. The writer uses lots of imperative verbs to instruct the reader. This is also sometimes known as 'bossy language'. Which of the following words are in the last paragraph, and which are not? 

CORRECT ANSWER
 From the extractNOT from the extract
remove
heat
must
run
play
use
  • Question 7

The layout of the leaflet is a heading, followed by an image, two short paragraphs of introduction and then each paragraph after that is numbered and has a sub-heading with a different room of the house. e.g.

1) In the kitchen...............

2) In the bathroom...........

3) In the living room..........

Choose THREE benefits of organising a leaflet like this.

CORRECT ANSWER
Clear and easy to read.
You can easily find the information you need.
The information is in a logical order.
  • Question 8

Match the Purpose, Audience, Language and Layout of this leaflet.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Purpose
To inform and persuade.
Audience
Parents of small children.
Language
Formal but simple.
Layout
Clear, informative
  • Question 9

Read the following students' comments on this leaflet. Which one would get the highest marks?

CORRECT ANSWER
The techniques used, such as personal pronoun "you", make it effective.
EDDIE SAYS
You get more marks for using quotations to back up your points.
  • Question 10

Imagine that you were asked to write a descriptive piece of writing (story) about an accident in the home. Which of the following would be the best title?

CORRECT ANSWER
The shock of my life
EDDIE SAYS
"The shock of my life" is a play on words, with the shock referring to an electric shock. It is also ambiguous, meaning that the reader is intrigued and will therefore read the story to find out more.
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