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Reading Non-Fiction: Pirate Visit

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In an English exam you may be asked to read a news article.

We are going to look at an article here and then practise analysis of its contents in this activity.
 
Read the article until you feel that you have fully understood it.
 
While you are reading think about the following pieces of information:

  • 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?
  • Think too about how the headline and pictures link to the text.

 

List three facts we find out about Mario De La Grande in the first three paragraphs.

List four facts about Mario that we learn in the fourth and fifth paragraphs.

What did Beatrice say in her letter?

What did Mario say to Beatrice?

What had Mario been spied doing during the filming?

Who is starring in the film with Mario?

Find three facts about Mario and the children's hospital.

Find four features of the school visit that make it interesting and unusual.

What technique is used in the headline to grab the reader's attention?

News articles often use eye-witness account or quotes to add a personal touch to the story, and make it more relatable to the reader.

Can you find an example of this in the article?

  • Question 1

List three facts we find out about Mario De La Grande in the first three paragraphs.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
He visited a primary school in Greenwich.
He was in London filming his latest movie Death on Treasure Island.
He was dressed in full pirate costume.
  • Question 2

List four facts about Mario that we learn in the fourth and fifth paragraphs.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
He was filming at the 18th century Old Naval College.
He received a letter from 9 year old Beatrice Delap.
He arrived in a darkened car.
He was in full make-up.
  • Question 3

What did Beatrice say in her letter?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
She said that the pupils at Meridian Primary school were a bunch of budding young pirates.
She said they were having trouble mutinying against the teachers.
She asked Mario to come and help.
  • Question 4

What did Mario say to Beatrice?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
He asked her to identify herself, then gave her a hug.
He then said that they shouldn't mutiny today because the police were outside watching him.
  • Question 5

What had Mario been spied doing during the filming?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
Mario had been spied doing stunts. He was seen leaping from a third floor window, and riding on a chariot pulled by galloping horses.
  • Question 6

Who is starring in the film with Mario?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
His co-star is Carla Lopez.
  • Question 7

Find three facts about Mario and the children's hospital.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
His niece Lily-Rose was treated there for kidney failure.
He read bedtime stories to sick children there whilst dressed as a pirate.
He donated £1 million pounds to the hospital.
  • Question 8

Find four features of the school visit that make it interesting and unusual.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
Hollywood stars don't usually visit schools.
It was a surprise visit with only ten minutes' notice.
He came dressed as his pirate character.
He was answering a request by letter to help budding pirates mutiny against their teachers.
  • Question 9

What technique is used in the headline to grab the reader's attention?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
The headline uses the imperative 'Help' to grab the reader's attention.
  • Question 10

News articles often use eye-witness account or quotes to add a personal touch to the story, and make it more relatable to the reader.

Can you find an example of this in the article?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
The article uses eye-witness account when it includes what Mario says to Beatrice: "Maybe we shouldn't mutiny today."
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