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Exam Preparation for Non-Fiction Texts 12

In this worksheet, students revise key technical terms needed when analysing media texts (non-fiction) in their GCSE exam.

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Awareness of Vocabulary, Form and Grammatical Features

Difficulty level:  

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QUESTION 1 of 10

In this worksheet you will revise key terms for the non-fiction exam paper. This worksheet focuses on presentational devices.

 

When discussing presentation you will also need to analyse the effectiveness of headlines.

 

Read the following headline and match the phrases from the headline with the technique used.

 

Terrified Teenager Towers Over Fear in Terrific Abseil Down Tower Bridge.

 

Column A

Column B

Towers Over...
emotive language
Terrified Teenager Towers Over...
pun
Terrified, Terrific...
alliteration

There are various technical terms that you should be confident using when you analyse non-fiction media texts such as newspaper and magazine articles.

 

Match the following technical terms with their definitions. Hover your mouse over the definitions to read them in full.

Column A

Column B

headline
title of a magazine or newspaper article
strapline
an opinion column that offers a point of view on a...
subheadings
a smaller headline found just underneath the main ...
byline
a box containing text
crossheadings
the name of the reporter usually found under the h...
columns
the type of text used, can be in different sizes a...
caption
wording found under a photo or picture explaining ...
text box
headings used to break up the main body of text
editorial
the way text is usually laid out in an article
font
subheadings found within a block of text, often qu...

You will also be asked to write about presentational devices. Images are an important presentational device. You must be able to discuss the effect of the images.

 

Look at the following images used in a leaflet advertising a sports drink. What do these images suggest about the drink? Choose three answers.

 

The drink will give you the energy to run for miles.

It is tasty.

It is healthy and will make you healthy.

It will give you the strength and the power to do the impossible.

It is environmentally friendly.

You will also need to comment on the use of colour. Think about what different colours suggest or what the connotations of certain colours are.

 

Match the colours below with their connotations. Hover your mouse over the boxes to read the text in full.

Column A

Column B

yellow
nature, the environment
green
danger, passion
red
warmth
white
purity

What are these examples of?

 

 

logos

slogans

What are logos?

symbols that represent a product or company

catchy phrases that are easy to remember

What is a slogan?

 

 

a catchy phrase that is easy to remember

a command

a headline

How can a designer make you notice a certain phrase in an article? Select the three correct answers.

use a different font or font size

use underlining

use bullet points

use colour

Why might a writer use bullet points in their writing?

to make information stand out

to break up a chunk of text

to show it is less important

Why are subheadings important?

They break up the text and help the reader navigate their way around the text.

They make a text more interesting.

They are used if the headline is too long.

What techniques do you find in headlines? Select three from the list below.

alliteration

simile

facts

puns

metaphors

emotive language

Where is a caption found?

under the headline

under a picture

at the end of the article

What is a caption used for?

to say who took the photograph

to give more information about the image

to involve the reader

Where do you find a strapline?

under an image

at the end of an article

underneath the main headline

What is a strapline used for?

to give more information about the article

to say who has written the article

to make the reader think

  • Question 1

When discussing presentation you will also need to analyse the effectiveness of headlines.

 

Read the following headline and match the phrases from the headline with the technique used.

 

Terrified Teenager Towers Over Fear in Terrific Abseil Down Tower Bridge.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Towers Over...
pun
Terrified Teenager Towers Over...
alliteration
Terrified, Terrific...
emotive language
EDDIE SAYS
Towers Over... = pun
Terrified Teenager Towers Over... = alliteration
Terrified, Terrific... = emotive language
  • Question 2

There are various technical terms that you should be confident using when you analyse non-fiction media texts such as newspaper and magazine articles.

 

Match the following technical terms with their definitions. Hover your mouse over the definitions to read them in full.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

headline
title of a magazine or newspaper ...
strapline
a smaller headline found just und...
subheadings
headings used to break up the mai...
byline
the name of the reporter usually ...
crossheadings
subheadings found within a block ...
columns
the way text is usually laid out ...
caption
wording found under a photo or pi...
text box
a box containing text
editorial
an opinion column that offers a p...
font
the type of text used, can be in ...
EDDIE SAYS
headline = title of a magazine or newspaper article.
strapline = a smaller headline found just underneath the main headline.
subheadings = headings used to break up the main body of text.
byline = the name of the reporter usually found under the headline.
crossheadings = subheadings found within a block of text. These are often quotations.
columns = the way text is usually laid out in an article.
caption = wording found under a photo or picture explaining it.
text box = a box containing text.
editorial = an opinion column that offers a point of view on a certain subject.
font = the type of text used. It can be in different sizes and formats.
  • Question 3

You will also be asked to write about presentational devices. Images are an important presentational device. You must be able to discuss the effect of the images.

 

Look at the following images used in a leaflet advertising a sports drink. What do these images suggest about the drink? Choose three answers.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The drink will give you the energy to run for miles.
It is healthy and will make you healthy.
It will give you the strength and the power to do the impossible.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are that the drink will give you the energy to run for miles, that it's healthy and will make you healthy and that it will give you the strength and the power to do the impossible.
  • Question 4

You will also need to comment on the use of colour. Think about what different colours suggest or what the connotations of certain colours are.

 

Match the colours below with their connotations. Hover your mouse over the boxes to read the text in full.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

yellow
warmth
green
nature, the environment
red
danger, passion
white
purity
EDDIE SAYS
yellow = warmth
green = nature, the environment
red = danger, passion
white = purity
  • Question 5

What are these examples of?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
logos
EDDIE SAYS
These are logos.
  • Question 6

What are logos?

CORRECT ANSWER
symbols that represent a product or company
EDDIE SAYS
Logos are symbols that represent a product or company.
  • Question 7

What is a slogan?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
a catchy phrase that is easy to remember
EDDIE SAYS
A slogan is a catchy phrase that is easy to remember.
  • Question 8

How can a designer make you notice a certain phrase in an article? Select the three correct answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
use a different font or font size
use underlining
use colour
EDDIE SAYS
A designer can make you notice a certain phrase by using a different font or font size, underlining and colour.
  • Question 9

Why might a writer use bullet points in their writing?

CORRECT ANSWER
to break up a chunk of text
EDDIE SAYS
Bullet points are used to break up a chunk of text.
  • Question 10

Why are subheadings important?

CORRECT ANSWER
They break up the text and help the reader navigate their way around the text.
EDDIE SAYS
Subheadings are used to break up the text and help the reader navigate their way around the text.
  • Question 11

What techniques do you find in headlines? Select three from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
alliteration
puns
emotive language
EDDIE SAYS
In headlines you often find alliteration, puns and emotive language.
  • Question 12

Where is a caption found?

CORRECT ANSWER
under a picture
EDDIE SAYS
A caption is found under a picture.
  • Question 13

What is a caption used for?

CORRECT ANSWER
to give more information about the image
EDDIE SAYS
A caption is used to give more information about the image.
  • Question 14

Where do you find a strapline?

CORRECT ANSWER
underneath the main headline
EDDIE SAYS
You find a strapline underneath the main headline.
  • Question 15

What is a strapline used for?

CORRECT ANSWER
to give more information about the article
EDDIE SAYS
A strapline is used to give more information about the article.
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