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Reading Non-Fiction: Chilean Miner Rescue

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In an English exam you will usually read  a news article.

We are going to look at an article and then practise analysis of its contents in this worksheet.

Read the article below until you feel that you have fully understood it. The article is about an event. While you are reading think about the following pieces of information about the event:

  • What happened?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Who is involved?
  • Why did it happen?
  • What did people think about it?
  • What is the author's attitude to the topic?
  • How does the image link to the text?

 

Rescue drill finally reaches trapped Chilean miners' refuge
 

Onlookers celebrations as drill reaches miners

The underground pocket where 33 trapped Chilean miners have been stranded for three months has finally been reached by a drill boring a rescue shaft.

65 days after the partial collapse of the gold and copper San Jose mine, this major breakthrough in the lengthy rescue attempt was achieved just after 8am Chilean time.
"It's an important moment," mining minister Laurence Golborne said. "We must remember that we still haven't rescued them yet. We can't fully celebrate until the last miner reaches the surface".

The shelter the miners have been living in is 700m under the ground. The drill has broken through into a nearby tunnel that the miners can access.

Miners' relatives camped outside are celebrating after hearing news of the drill's success.

"We are much less worried now," said Joachim Sanchez, whose father Juan is trapped below. "Now we can be cheerful."

Minister Golborne has advised that the rescue effort cannot begin until three to eight days' time. The remote landscape has been turned into a woodland of TV antennae and mobile homes as international interest in the rescue drama continues to explode. The miners' families are concerned that they will be engulfed in a media frenzy once they have escaped from their underground cell.

What does the headline tell us about the subject of the news article? Identify any effective language features that it uses to engage reader attention.

 

How does the image link to the headline?

What further information do we learn in the first paragraph in relation to the headline?

What further information is provided in the second paragraph?

What does the mining minister say about the event?

What further details do we learn in the fourth paragraph?

How are the miners' relatives feeling?

When will the rescue effort begin?

In what way and why has the landscape around the mine changed?

Why are the miners' relatives concerned about this?

  • Question 1

What does the headline tell us about the subject of the news article? Identify any effective language features that it uses to engage reader attention.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The headline tells us that the drill being used to rescue the miners has reached the area where they've been trapped.(Two marks)
The alliteration of rescue, reaches and refuge is eye-catching and adds drama to the headline. The word drill is a pun as a drill also means a routine intended to efficiently achieve a task, in this case a rescue.(Two marks)
The word choices of rescue, trapped and refuge are effective in instantly conveying the sense of the miners being in danger but in a safe place whilst an attempt is made to save them.(Three marks)
  • Question 2

 

How does the image link to the headline?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The image suggests that people are celebrating the success of the drilling in reaching the miners.(Two marks)
The face-painting of South American flags and the bright colours indicate the extent of the celebrations which reflect the relief felt at the success of the drill in the rescue attempt described in the headline.(Three marks)
  • Question 3

What further information do we learn in the first paragraph in relation to the headline?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
We learn that it's taken three months to reach the 33 Chilean miners. This is a development of the use of the word "finally" in the headline.(Two marks)
  • Question 4

What further information is provided in the second paragraph?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The second paragraph tells us that the gold and copper mine collapsed 65 days ago, and that the drill's success is a major breakthrough in the lengthy rescue attempt.(Four marks)
We understand that this is an achievement that has taken a long time to happen, deepening our understanding of the feelings of those celebrating.(Two marks)
  • Question 5

What does the mining minister say about the event?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The mining minister emphasises that it's an important moment in the rescue efforts, but that we shouldn't celebrate until all have actually been rescued.(Two marks)
This links to the image of those people who are celebrating.(One mark)
  • Question 6

What further details do we learn in the fourth paragraph?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
We learn the shelter is 700m under the ground, and that the drill has broken through to a nearby tunnel.(Two marks)
  • Question 7

How are the miners' relatives feeling?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The miners' relatives are celebrating because they are much less worried now that the drill has broken through.(Two marks)
  • Question 8

When will the rescue effort begin?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The rescue effort will begin in three to eight days time.(Two marks)
  • Question 9

In what way and why has the landscape around the mine changed?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The landscape around the remote mine has turned into a camp full of media equipment and journalists as international interest in the story has risen dramatically.(Two marks)
  • Question 10

Why are the miners' relatives concerned about this?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The miners' relatives are concerned that the miners will be overwhelmed by the media interest when they come out of the mine.(Two marks)
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