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Reading Non-Fiction: Cloud Land

In this worksheet, students read a leaflet for a theme park and analyse how language is used.

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read this extract from a leaflet about a new theme park.

 

Cloud Land: The ride of your life!

 

Welcome

 

Meerkat

 

I’m Marvin the meerkat, just one of the new animals here at Cloud Land: your one-stop shop for fun, adventure and relaxation!

 

I’m here to welcome you at the entrance to the park, or you can dive straight into one of the twenty NEW rides we’ve created just for you! As Britain’s newest theme park, we offer the latest technology on all of our rides and attractions. We’ve scoured the globe looking for inspiration and have come up with brand new experiences, all delivered to YOU this summer!

 

Theme park

 


Facilities on-site

 

Lots of different foods

 

Us meerkats love our grub and you can easily pick up a tasty morsel in Cloud Land at one of our restaurants. If you’re in a hurry to get to the next amazing ride, however, you can grab a bite at a fast-food outlet: we’ve got over fifteen around the park. In the wild, meerkats look after our pups really well, so we’ve provided a soft play area for younger visitors. We know that if the kids are happy, the mums and dads will be, too!

 

Low cost

Worried about how to afford an expensive day out? Don’t fret; we have amazing deals on our admissions prices right across the summer and incredible family tickets allowing the kids to get in for two pounds each! Bargain! Want something new? Cloud Land is for you! We’ve got a whole range of rides and activities all in one place, so once you’re in you can wave goodbye to holiday boredom!
 

Now answer the following questions.

Which of the following features can you find in the leaflet? Choose 4.

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

Bullet points

Paragraphs

Subheadings

Heading

Diagrams

Images

The writer uses the pronoun 'you' throughout the leaflet.

What is this technique called?

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

Personification

Direct address

Rhetorical question

The writer takes on the persona of 'Marvin the meerkat'. What effect does using this technique have on the overall piece? Choose 3 options.

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

It seems friendly and approachable

It is relaxed and informal

It is stand-offish and formal

It is funny and positive

It is patronising and rude

The writer uses punctuation to emphasise the positive, upbeat tone of this piece. Which punctuation mark does he or she frequently use which has this effect?

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

Elipsis

Semi colon

Exclamation mark

Look again at the first sentence. What technique has been used to make the them park seem exciting?

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

Repetition

Rhetorical question

Rule of three

 Read this student's work and choose a quotation from the text to fill in the blank.

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

 

The tone of the leaflet is informal. The writer frequently uses informal language throughout. For example, when he or she writes about the food available, they use the word _________________

The writer uses contractions to make the text more informal and chatty. What does the word 'contraction' mean?

Shortening phrases by using an apostrophe

Using slang

Using lots of exclamation marks

Which contractions can you find in the final paragraph of the text? Select each contraction you find.

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

Don't

Can't

We've

Won't

You're

Look again at the final paragraph of the leaflet. Read this student's work and choose a quotation from the text to fill in the blank.

 

The final paragraph uses rhetorical questions to engage the reader.  _________________ 

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

Want something new?

Bargain!

Cloud Land is for you!

Read this student's work and choose the right answer to fill the gap.

 

The writer wants Cloud Land to seem accessible to every age group. We know this from the mixture of informal language and emotive language used in the final paragraph. One example of emotive language is '___________'. This makes the theme park seem different from others and exciting for the whole family.

bargain

incredible

cheap

  • Question 1

Which of the following features can you find in the leaflet? Choose 4.

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

CORRECT ANSWER
Paragraphs
Subheadings
Heading
Images
EDDIE SAYS
Leaflets often use these features to help organise the writing and make it easier for a reader to find the information they need.
  • Question 2

The writer uses the pronoun 'you' throughout the leaflet.

What is this technique called?

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

CORRECT ANSWER
Direct address
EDDIE SAYS
By using direct address, the writer makes the reader feel more involved.
  • Question 3

The writer takes on the persona of 'Marvin the meerkat'. What effect does using this technique have on the overall piece? Choose 3 options.

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

CORRECT ANSWER
It seems friendly and approachable
It is relaxed and informal
It is funny and positive
EDDIE SAYS
The leaflet is for a theme park, so a fun, conversational, and friendly tone is appropriate.
  • Question 4

The writer uses punctuation to emphasise the positive, upbeat tone of this piece. Which punctuation mark does he or she frequently use which has this effect?

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

CORRECT ANSWER
Exclamation mark
EDDIE SAYS
The use of exclamation marks reinforces the excitement that visiting the theme park would offer.
  • Question 5

Look again at the first sentence. What technique has been used to make the them park seem exciting?

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

CORRECT ANSWER
Rule of three
EDDIE SAYS
In the first sentence, the author has used the rule of three, to drive home how exciting the park is.
  • Question 6

 Read this student's work and choose a quotation from the text to fill in the blank.

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

 

The tone of the leaflet is informal. The writer frequently uses informal language throughout. For example, when he or she writes about the food available, they use the word _________________

CORRECT ANSWER
grub
bite
'grub'
'bite'
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the word that the writer has used to replace the more common word of 'food'? Can you see why they've done this? It's to be more informal and in the character of the meerkat.
  • Question 7

The writer uses contractions to make the text more informal and chatty. What does the word 'contraction' mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
Shortening phrases by using an apostrophe
EDDIE SAYS
Contractions are shortened phrases, such as 'can't', 'won't' or 'we're'. Here, the phrase is shortened using an apostrophe rather than all of the letters.
  • Question 8

Which contractions can you find in the final paragraph of the text? Select each contraction you find.

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

CORRECT ANSWER
Don't
We've
You're
EDDIE SAYS
The use of the pronouns 'we' and 'you' involve the reader and make it feel like the leaflet is directed at them personally.
  • Question 9

Look again at the final paragraph of the leaflet. Read this student's work and choose a quotation from the text to fill in the blank.

 

The final paragraph uses rhetorical questions to engage the reader.  _________________ 

 

(Remember you can re-visit the introduction at any point)

CORRECT ANSWER
Want something new?
EDDIE SAYS
Using rhetorical questions engages the reader and makes it seem more appealing.
  • Question 10

Read this student's work and choose the right answer to fill the gap.

 

The writer wants Cloud Land to seem accessible to every age group. We know this from the mixture of informal language and emotive language used in the final paragraph. One example of emotive language is '___________'. This makes the theme park seem different from others and exciting for the whole family.

CORRECT ANSWER
incredible
EDDIE SAYS
The emotive adjective 'amazing' is also used.
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