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Reading Non-Fiction: Music Lovers, Food Lovers

In this worksheet, students read and analyse a news article for its features, form, layout and content.

'Reading Non-Fiction: Music Lovers, Food Lovers' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Awareness of Vocabulary, Form and Grammatical Features

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Reading Non-fiction: News Articles


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

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

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 picture link to the text.
 

Article:
 
Music lovers, food lovers


Pop artists provide recipes for their top food and drink favourites in a new cookery book published to raise funds for the Childrens’s Hospice Association


 




Caption: Julie Wang: At first bite, she decided that pasta was paradise.
 

Extraordinary is one word you could apply to Julie Wang’s life. Lead singer and composer with the girl band The Missfits, she has won multiple awards for their unique fusion of indie, punk, folk and pop. They’ve had four number one singles, two number one albums and three Brit awards.

Fame brings travel and travel brings new experiences in eating. Growing up in a Bangkok slum, Julie always adored the traditional Thai home cooking of her mother.  Since she began touring at the age of 19, her food horizon has expanded world-wide, resulting in some amazing and mixed experiences. “The best steak I ever had was in a Mediterranean restaurant in the Embarcado centre in San Francisco. Deliciously moist, tender and rare, it was topped with a stack of razor-thinly sliced, fresh onion rings and served on a bed of garlic-roasted vegetables.”

Whenever she encounters a new culture, Julie seeks out authentic local eating places in search of new taste-bud adventures: the street market in Barcelona, or the backstreets of Cape Town. “I didn’t enjoy biltong,” she says. “It’s a stick of dried-out beef that South Africans chew as a snack. I found it hard, stringy and tasteless. Hard work without reward.”


When she’s at home, the Thai food she grew up with is frequently on the menu. “I love Thai food because of the extraordinary range of flavours. Garlic, ginger, chilli, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves, soy sauce... a really successful fusion of pan-asian ingredients.” Her favourite dish is Weeping Tiger: steak marinated in fish sauce, soy sauce, green peppercorns and garlic, served with a chilli and lemon dipping sauce.

In spite of the high-energy dance routines and gym sessions, Julie found she had to watch the pounds. “Pasta was my salvation. It’s available everywhere. Seafood spaghetti is my favourite. With chilli, parmesan and a dash of white wine it’s energy-packed but light on the bad calories. I can still eat a delicious meal then perform on stage for four hours.”

 

 

Now answer the questions based on the article. You can refer back to it at any time by pressing the 'Help' button.

Read the title and headline of the article. Find four facts that tell us what the article is about.

Read the first paragraph of the article. Find six facts about Julie Wang.

Read the second paragraph. Find four more facts about Julie Wang.

Read the third paragraph. What does Julie do when she is travelling?

Which food did she not like? Why was this?

Read the fourth paragraph. What other kind of food does she like?

Read the caption under the picture. What other kind of food does she like?

Why does she like pasta?

What are the main ingredients in seafood spaghetti? You should list five.

How does the picture tell us what the article is about?

  • Question 1

Read the title and headline of the article. Find four facts that tell us what the article is about.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Its about a new cook book (one mark)

It has been written to raise finds for The Children's Hospice Association (one mark)

In the book music stars contribute recipes for their favourite food and drink (two marks)

  • Question 2

Read the first paragraph of the article. Find six facts about Julie Wang.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
She is the lead singer and composer for the girl band The Missfits (two marks)

She is famous for uniting different types of music: indie, punk, folk and pop (one mark)

She's had four number one singles (one mark)

She's had two number one albums (one mark)

She's also had three Brit awards (one mark)

  • Question 3

Read the second paragraph. Find four more facts about Julie Wang.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
She grew up in a Bangkok slum (one mark)

She likes Thai food (one mark)

She has toured worldwide (one mark)

She ate her best steak in San Francisco (one mark)

  • Question 4

Read the third paragraph. What does Julie do when she is travelling?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
She likes to try out local traditional food in other countries (two marks)
  • Question 5

Which food did she not like? Why was this?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
She didn't like biltong (one mark)

It was chewy, tasteless and stringy (one mark)

  • Question 6

Read the fourth paragraph. What other kind of food does she like?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Thai food (one mark)
  • Question 7

Read the caption under the picture. What other kind of food does she like?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
She likes pasta (one mark)
  • Question 8

Why does she like pasta?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
It's available everywhere (one mark)

It is full of energy without the bad calories that make you put on weight (two marks)

  • Question 9

What are the main ingredients in seafood spaghetti? You should list five.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The main ingredients are spaghetti, seafood, chilli, parmesan and white wine (award a total of three marks)
  • Question 10

How does the picture tell us what the article is about?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
It shows Julie enjoying seafood spaghetti as the author describes in the final paragraph (one mark)
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