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Reading Non-Fiction: Analysing a News Article 5

In this worksheet, students read non-fiction in the form of a news article to support the analysis and evaluation of the impact of combining words, images and sound in multimodal texts.

'Reading Non-Fiction: Analysing a News Article 5' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Reading Non-fiction: News Articles

In your Unit One exam you will be asked to read three documents, one of which is usually 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.

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?

 

 

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Homes and crops ruined, but relief rolls across Queensland in Yasi’s aftermath

 


 

Queensland residents breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when no deaths were reported in the aftermath of cyclone Yasi. However, the cost of the destruction is estimated at £2.2bn.

Several thousand people are temporarily homeless following the cyclone, said state premier Anna Bligh. Yasi damaged several towns and lucrative banana and sugarcane farms.

The cyclone created winds of up to 170mph and tidal surges crashed into coastal communities. Lives were saved because advance warnings were heeded as people fled to evacuation centres or made themselves secure at home.

Local resident Penelope Windsor spent a restless night in a basement car park with her husband and three cats after deserting their seaside home. “It was terrifying, but we were safe," she said. “It was a terrifying sound. All I could hear was the wind screeching."

Officials said that hundreds of houses were wrecked or seriously damaged and most would be uninhabitable until the debris was cleared. Piles of soaked mattresses, drenched personal property, broken glass and torn metal lay stretched across the lawns of towns that had been in the eye of the storm.

Though it has been a terrifying night for many, for one family it was miraculous. With the help of a Scots midwife, a baby girl was born before dawn at the Cairns evacuation centre.

 

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

Homes and crops ruined, but relief rolls across Queensland in Yasi's aftermath

 

What information does the headline give us about the subject of the article?

Which words in the headline do you consider to be most effective? Explain why.

 

Homes and crops ruined, but relief rolls across Queensland in Yasi’s aftermath

Explain why the picture is effective in supporting the headline.

 

Explain how the first paragraph builds on the themes established in the headline and picture.

Explain how the second paragraph gives further information about the themes established in the headline and picture.

Explain how the third paragraph relates to the words 'Yasi' and 'relief' in the headline.

The fourth paragraph personalises the story of the night of the storm. How does this happen and what is the effect?

What does the fifth paragraph tell us about Yasi's aftermath?

The story ends on a positive note that echoes the subject of the picture. Can you explain how?

The headline and picture reflect the text of the story. Explain how.

  • Question 1

Homes and crops ruined, but relief rolls across Queensland in Yasi's aftermath

 

What information does the headline give us about the subject of the article?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
It tells us that homes and crops have been destroyed (one mark)

This happened in Queensland (one mark)

Cyclone Yasi caused the damage (one mark)

A lot of help has come quickly to those affected (two marks)

  • Question 2

Which words in the headline do you consider to be most effective? Explain why.

 

Homes and crops ruined, but relief rolls across Queensland in Yasi’s aftermath

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The word "ruined" evokes a sense of total destruction and dramatically emphasises the seriousness of the damage to homes and crops (two marks)

The word "relief" tells us that there has been a response to the damage and "rolls" tells us this has been quick and effective (two marks)

Relief also has a sense of sighing with relief after a calamity (one mark)

"Yasi" is an unusual name that attracts the reader's attention(two marks)

"Aftermath" has a sense of serious consequences after the storm has passed (one mark)

  • Question 3

Explain why the picture is effective in supporting the headline.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The picture is suggestive of the relief aspect of the headline since the child has survived (one mark)

The picture supports the headline because it shows the damage that was caused (one mark)

  • Question 4

Explain how the first paragraph builds on the themes established in the headline and picture.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
It tells us that no deaths were reported (one mark)

It tells us the cost of the damage was £2.2 billion (two marks)

The phrase "sigh of relief" links to the use of the word "relief" in the headline (one mark)

The themes again connect to the picture of the child in the aftermath of the cyclone (one mark)

  • Question 5

Explain how the second paragraph gives further information about the themes established in the headline and picture.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This paragraph adds detail to the information in the headline, estimating that several thousand people were made temporarily homeless (one mark) and several small towns and valuable crops were damaged (one mark)

This links to the "homes and crops ruined" phrase in the headline and also to the damage in the picture (one mark)

  • Question 6

Explain how the third paragraph relates to the words 'Yasi' and 'relief' in the headline.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This paragraph provides further details of of Yasi's power ("creating winds of 170 mph and tidal surges") (one mark) and the damage it caused (one mark)

It relates to the "relief" mentioned in the title because we learn that no-one was killed (one mark)

This is because people had taken advice and evacuated or found appropriate shelter at home (one mark)

  • Question 7

The fourth paragraph personalises the story of the night of the storm. How does this happen and what is the effect?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
It tells the story of a resident and her family and pets (one mark)

The resident describes the "wind screeching" during a "restless night" in a basement car park after evacuating her home (two marks)

This has the effect of helping the reader to understand the experiences she went through (one mark)

  • Question 8

What does the fifth paragraph tell us about Yasi's aftermath?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This paragraph gives information about the consequences of Yasi (one mark)

Hundreds of homes were destroyed, damaged or barely habitable (one mark)

The storm left debris behind (one mark)

The debris included mattresses, broken glass, wet "personal effects" and torn metal (one mark)

  • Question 9

The story ends on a positive note that echoes the subject of the picture. Can you explain how?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A baby girl was born with the help of a midwife in an evacuation centre. This reflects the picture which shows a child that has survived in the aftermath of the storm (two marks)
  • Question 10

The headline and picture reflect the text of the story. Explain how.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The headline introduces all the themes developed in the news story: the storm damage and the relief that no one was killed and help made available (one mark)

The picture connects to the idea of destruction of homes, but also to families surviving (one mark)

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