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Reading Non-Fiction: Lifeboat Rescue

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 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?

 

By referring to the first paragraph, briefly explain what happened on Loch Lomond last week.

Explain what happened next.

Explain what caused the accident.

Explain the action taken by the crew to reach the boat.

What did the crew member check when she reached the boat?

How was the boat brought to safety?

Describe the final details of the lifeboat's journey.

Where are the wallabies sometimes spotted?

List three facts about the wallabies in the article.

Explain the effectiveness of the headline in telling us what the story is about.

  • Question 1

By referring to the first paragraph, briefly explain what happened on Loch Lomond last week.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
A family on a boating holiday needed help from a lifeboat when their boat ran aground after it swerved to avoid a swimming wallaby.
  • Question 2

Explain what happened next.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
An emergency call was made to the Clyde Coastguard.
The coastguard asked that the lifeboat crew launched the lifeboat immediately to assist the family.
  • Question 3

Explain what caused the accident.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
The family were cruising on the loch when the skipper saw a swimming wallaby in front of the boat. He turned the ship's wheel to avoid it, and the boat ran aground on Inchconnachan.
  • Question 4

Explain the action taken by the crew to reach the boat.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
The lifeboat moved quickly to reach the family.
Although the weather and water conditions were good, the boat was stuck between large rocks. A crew member swam to the boat and climbed over rocks to reach it.
  • Question 5

What did the crew member check when she reached the boat?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
The crew member checked there were no holes in the boat and that no-one was injured.
  • Question 6

How was the boat brought to safety?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
A tow rope was attached to its stern and the lifeboat dragged it slowly back into deeper water.
  • Question 7

Describe the final details of the lifeboat's journey.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
The lifeboat travelled back with the family to their marina at Duck Bay. Then it returned to its station where it was refuelled and prepared for service.
  • Question 8

Where are the wallabies sometimes spotted?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
The wallabies are sometimes seen swimming in the loch, or crossing the road when they've reached the mainland.
  • Question 9

List three facts about the wallabies in the article.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
They are red-necked wallabies.
They were introduced to Inchconnachan by Lady Colquhoun in the 1940s.
They might be culled because some people think they harm native wildlife.
  • Question 10

Explain the effectiveness of the headline in telling us what the story is about.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example response:
The headline introduces key facts in the story: the lifeboat service rescuing the family, and the boat being grounded because of a swimming wallaby. The story then provides further details to develop the ideas in the headline.
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