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

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

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

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  GCSE Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:  Reading: Non-Fiction

Difficulty level:  

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:

Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook

#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!

 

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: "Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook" and the newspaper article: "#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!".

 

Look at the online article, "Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook".

 

1. According to the writer, what are the different ways in which teenage behaviour has changed? [10 marks]

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

2. Why is this behaviour worrying for TV companies and parents? What can be done about it? [10 marks]

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

Now look at the newspaper article, "#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!".

 

3. What are the different arguments for and against social media? [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 issues of social media? [10 marks]

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

  •  Advantages
  •  Disadvantages      

 

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: "Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook" and the newspaper article: "#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!".

 

Look at the online article, "Teenagers Turn Off TV in Favour of Facebook".

 

1. According to the writer, what are the different ways in which teenage behaviour has changed? [10 marks]

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Include any of the following points and include extra marks for quotations, up to 10 marks:
• They used to hog the remote control and watch TV.
• More likely to be on a tablet or smart phone than watching TV.
• Talking to friends on social media sites is top activity.
• They spend up to 17 hours a week on social media sites.
• They spend up to 3 hours at a time online.
• Many of their ‘friends’ are strangers.
  • Question 2

2. Why is this behaviour worrying for TV companies and parents? What can be done about it? [10 marks]

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Include any of the following points and include extra marks for quotations, up to 10 marks:
• TV companies are worried.
• They are trying to win teenagers back to watching television.
• They are creating online games that teenagers can play while watching a show.
• They are desperate to increase their viewing figures.
• Parents may worry about the amount of time children spend online.
• They may worry about the fact that the teenagers don't know all their 'friends'.
  • Question 3

Now look at the newspaper article, "#Social Media #Modern Parental Problem!".

 

3. What are the different arguments for and against social media? [10 marks]

You must use the text to support your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Include any of the following points and include extra marks for quotations, up to 10 marks:
• Social media is a problem for modern parents.
• Social media is the future but it isn’t always safe for children.
• Opinion about whether children should use social media is divided amongst parents.
• Social media can help children learn about the world.
• Social media is everywhere and if you ban it they will use it in secret.
• Social media is about forming an identity.
• Social media is the rock and roll of our modern times.
• Too much social media can encourage online gaming, and children can lose touch with reality.
• Parents must monitor their children’s social media usage.
  • Question 4

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

 

4. What do these two texts say about the issues of social media? [10 marks]

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

  •  Advantages
  •  Disadvantages      

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Include any of the following points and include extra marks for quotations, up to 10 marks:

Advantages:
• Social media can help children learn about the world.
• Social media is everywhere.
• Social media is about forming an identity.
• Social media is the rock and roll of our modern times.
• It is a way for teenagers to stay in contact with the their friends.
• It stops them mindlessly watching TV.

Disadvantages:
• Too much social media can encourage online gaming, and children can lose touch with reality.
• TV companies are losing viewers.
• Teenagers may be chatting to strangers.
• Social media is a problem for modern parents.
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