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Reading Non-Fiction: Daddy Daycare

In this worksheet, students read a controversial article and analyse it for the techniques used.

'Reading Non-Fiction: Daddy Daycare' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read this article about fathers becoming more involved in the day-to-day care of their children. You will then be asked questions related to the article. You can view the article again as you work through the questions by clicking on the Help button.

 

 

 

Daddy Daycare?

There is a growing movement, especially amongst middle class modern men, to take a greater involvement in the day-to-day raising of their children. Great, you might think, and in many ways it is: the previous generation has suffered by having stand-offish fathers who were only called on to write cheques or to discipline their brood. However, there are those who worry that this new trend is going a step too far and could spell danger for our industry and businesses. Bill O'Toole is a part-time cook and dad to two small children: “I didn't want to work full-time after my kids were born, I wanted to share in bringing them up. My partner and I share the childcare and it works for us.” This may sound ideal, a 50-50 arrangement where everyone is happy.

 

However, Patrick Cannon has a different view. He is company director for a chain of 100 retail stores: “I want my staff to be happy and productive. But I have a major problem with women going off on maternity leave, I still have to pay them and often they turn around and say they're not coming back. Now I'm starting to have the same issues with men. I need people who are fully committed to the job, not who quit just because they 'don't want' to work.”

 

With the country in recession, don't we need to seriously look at people's work ethic here?

Which of the following techniques are used by the writer and which are used within quotations? 

 By the writer In quotations
Alliteration
Rhetorical question
Inverted commas

Look at the image chosen by the writer (you can click on the Help button above to do this).

 

Which of the following statements are true? Choose three.

 

The image suggests that:

Dads are not good at looking after babies.

The baby is upset.

Dads and mums are equally good at raising children.

The baby is a boy.

The dad should be at work instead.

Read this student's work and choose THREE quotations from the text which will help him or her make their point.

 

The writer is coming from a sexist viewpoint. He or she seems to be biased towards the second opinion that men should not be too involved in raising children.

"middle class modern men"

"to discipline their brood"

"look at people's work ethic"

"greater involvement in the day-to-day raising of their children"

"could spell danger"

Which of these comments are fact and which are opinion?

 Fact Opinion
The previous generation has suffered
A part-time cook and dad to two small children
There is a growing movement
Quit because they do not want to work

When the writer uses the alliterative: "Middle class modern men", what does it suggest? 

That it is a trendy choice for rich dads.

That all men should follow their example.

That men and women are equal.

The heading: "Daddy Daycare?" is deliberately provocative. What is it supposed to make the reader think?

That both men and women can look after children.

That a man looking after kids is lazy and effeminate.

That all men should work in retail.

 The writer uses the phrases "spell danger for our industry and businesses" and "with the country in recession" .

Which technique is he or she using here?

exaggeration

alliteration

rule of three

The writer uses inverted commas to complain about men who 'don't want'  to work. Which THREE things does this comment suggest?

That these men are lazy.

That everyone has the right to choose

That they are being selfish.

That looking after children isn't real work.

That there are lots of options for raising children.

Read this student's work. Which mark would you give them?

 

The writer pretends to include the other point of view:"Great, you might think, and in many ways it is." However, the overall tone is so biased against men doing childcare that we cannot take these comments seriously.

 

A: makes perceptive connections

B: Engages with the text

C: Understands the text

Read this student's work. Which mark would you give them?

 

The writer makes men looking after kids sound silly: for example, "Daddy daycare".

A: makes perceptive connections

B: Engages with the text

C: Understands the text

  • Question 1

Which of the following techniques are used by the writer and which are used within quotations? 

CORRECT ANSWER
 By the writer In quotations
Alliteration
Rhetorical question
Inverted commas
  • Question 2

Look at the image chosen by the writer (you can click on the Help button above to do this).

 

Which of the following statements are true? Choose three.

 

The image suggests that:

CORRECT ANSWER
Dads are not good at looking after babies.
The baby is upset.
The dad should be at work instead.
EDDIE SAYS
The image shows a negative attitude towards fathers looking after their children, as both the baby and the father are crying and the baby's nappy is clearly dirty.
  • Question 3

Read this student's work and choose THREE quotations from the text which will help him or her make their point.

 

The writer is coming from a sexist viewpoint. He or she seems to be biased towards the second opinion that men should not be too involved in raising children.

CORRECT ANSWER
"middle class modern men"
"look at people's work ethic"
"could spell danger"
  • Question 4

Which of these comments are fact and which are opinion?

CORRECT ANSWER
 Fact Opinion
The previous generation has suffered
A part-time cook and dad to two small children
There is a growing movement
Quit because they do not want to work
  • Question 5

When the writer uses the alliterative: "Middle class modern men", what does it suggest? 

CORRECT ANSWER
That it is a trendy choice for rich dads.
EDDIE SAYS
The writer uses this statement in a way that suggests all men who fall into the bracket of "middle class modern men" are following a trend and are only becoming involved in taking care of their children because it's 'fashionable'.
  • Question 6

The heading: "Daddy Daycare?" is deliberately provocative. What is it supposed to make the reader think?

CORRECT ANSWER
That a man looking after kids is lazy and effeminate.
EDDIE SAYS
The question mark in the title evokes doubt in the reader's mind, causing them to immediately question whether dads really can provide daycare for their children.
  • Question 7

 The writer uses the phrases "spell danger for our industry and businesses" and "with the country in recession" .

Which technique is he or she using here?

CORRECT ANSWER
exaggeration
EDDIE SAYS
The writer exaggerates the impact of a few men and comes close to blaming the recession on dads who look after their children.
  • Question 8

The writer uses inverted commas to complain about men who 'don't want'  to work. Which THREE things does this comment suggest?

CORRECT ANSWER
That these men are lazy.
That they are being selfish.
That looking after children isn't real work.
  • Question 9

Read this student's work. Which mark would you give them?

 

The writer pretends to include the other point of view:"Great, you might think, and in many ways it is." However, the overall tone is so biased against men doing childcare that we cannot take these comments seriously.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
A: makes perceptive connections
EDDIE SAYS
This student quickly and neatly outlines the bias in the text whilst acknowledging the writer's failed attempt to hide it.
  • Question 10

Read this student's work. Which mark would you give them?

 

The writer makes men looking after kids sound silly: for example, "Daddy daycare".

CORRECT ANSWER
B: Engages with the text
EDDIE SAYS
This student is beginning to explain the subtext and bias in the article by using relevant quotations.
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