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GCSE Non-Fiction Reading Skills (2013/Level 1): Cycling

In this worksheet, students practise their reading skills for the 2013 GCSE.

'GCSE Non-Fiction Reading Skills (2013/Level 1): Cycling' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  GCSE Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:  Reading: Non-Fiction

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This paper will test your reading. It is a good idea to print out the source materials from the PDF files to have in front of you to read and annotate.

 

The Source Materials:

The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford

Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?

 

Answer all questions and give yourself a time limit of one hour. Set an alarm! You must refer to the reading sources provided. You must not use a dictionary.

  • The marks for questions are shown in brackets.
  • The maximum mark for this paper is 40.
  • You are reminded of the need for good English and clear presentation in your answers. 
  • Before you start writing, read through all of the questions you have to answer and the reading sources.
  • You are advised to spend one hour on this paper.

 

Good luck!

Answer all of the following questions.

The separate Source Material is an online article: "The Thrills of Cycling around Oxford".

The other text is a newspaper article: "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

 

Look at the online article "The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford".

 

1. According to the writer, what are the advantages of cycling to work rather than driving in Oxford? [10 marks]

You must use evidence from the text to support your answer.

2. Why does the writer enjoy cycling so much? [10 marks]

You must use evidence from the text to support your answer.

Now look at the newspaper article, "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

3. What are the different arguments for and against cyclists being menaces on the road? [10 marks]

You must use the text to support your answer.

To answer the next question you will need to refer to both texts.

 

4. What do these two texts say about the advantages and disadvantages of cycling?

Organise your answer into two paragraphs, using the following headings:

(a) Advantages

(b) Disadvantages   [10 marks]

 

You must make it clear from which text you get your information.

  • Question 1

Answer all of the following questions.

The separate Source Material is an online article: "The Thrills of Cycling around Oxford".

The other text is a newspaper article: "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

 

Look at the online article "The Thrills of Cycling Around Oxford".

 

1. According to the writer, what are the advantages of cycling to work rather than driving in Oxford? [10 marks]

You must use evidence from the text to support your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award a mark for any of the following points and a mark for each time a quotation is used as evidence. Up to 10 marks.
• avoids the heavy traffic
• avoids all the tourists
• allows you to get where you want to fast and on time
• allows you to appreciate the architecture
• lots of cycle paths
  • Question 2

2. Why does the writer enjoy cycling so much? [10 marks]

You must use evidence from the text to support your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award a mark for any of the following points and a mark for each time a quotation is used as evidence. Up to 10 marks.
• freedom
• not stuck in traffic
• allows you to easily stop on route
• knows exactly when to leave each morning
• healthy and better than the gym
• gets to see the architecture
  • Question 3

Now look at the newspaper article, "Are Cyclists the Real Menaces on Our Roads?".

 

3. What are the different arguments for and against cyclists being menaces on the road? [10 marks]

You must use the text to support your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award a mark for any of the following points and a mark for each time a quotation is used as evidence. Up to 10 marks.
• It is a subject that divides opinion.
• Some see cyclists as healthy, green, etc.
• Some see cyclists as dangerous.
• It seems unfair that cyclists and motorists are not punished equally for dangerous driving/riding.
• Cycling can be dangerous for the cyclists themselves.
• We need better understanding on our roads from both drivers and cyclists.
• Drivers and cyclists need to be treated equally.
  • Question 4

To answer the next question you will need to refer to both texts.

 

4. What do these two texts say about the advantages and disadvantages of cycling?

Organise your answer into two paragraphs, using the following headings:

(a) Advantages

(b) Disadvantages   [10 marks]

 

You must make it clear from which text you get your information.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award a mark for any of the following points and a mark for each time a quotation is used as evidence. Up to 10 marks.

Advantages:
• freedom
• not stuck in traffic
• allows you to easily stop on route
• you know exactly when to leave each morning
• healthy and better than the gym
• gets to see the architecture
• green

Disadvantages
• dangerous
• fumes
• vulnerable on a bike
• exposed to the elements
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