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Reading Non-Fiction: Pirate Visit

In this worksheet, students study a news article and answer questions on it about both form and content.

'Reading Non-Fiction: Pirate Visit' 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

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

We are going to look at an article here 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 pictures link to the text.

 

List three facts we find out about Mario De La Grande in the first three paragraphs.

List four facts about Mario that we learn in the fourth and fifth paragraphs.

What did Beatrice say in her letter?

What did Mario say to Beatrice?

What had Mario been spied doing during the filming?

Who is starring in the film with Mario?

Find three facts about Mario and The children's hospital.

Find four features of the school visit that make it interesting and unusual.

How does the headline link to the text?

How do the pictures link to the text?

  • Question 1

List three facts we find out about Mario De La Grande in the first three paragraphs.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
He visited a primary school in Greenwich.(one mark)
He was in London filming his latest movie Death on Treasure Island.(one mark)
He was dressed in full pirate costume.(one mark)
  • Question 2
List four facts about Mario that we learn in the fourth and fifth paragraphs.
CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
He was filming at the 18th century Old Naval College.(one mark)
He received a letter from 9 year old Beatrice Delap.(one mark)
He arrived in a darkened car.(one mark) He was in full make-up.(one mark)
  • Question 3

What did Beatrice say in her letter?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
She said that the pupils at Meridian Primary school were a bunch of budding young pirates.(one mark)
She said they were having trouble mutinying against the teachers.(one mark)
She asked Mario to come and help.(one mark)
  • Question 4

What did Mario say to Beatrice?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
He asked her to identify herself, then gave her a hug.(one mark)
He then said that they shouldn't mutiny today because the police were outside watching him.(one mark)
  • Question 5

What had Mario been spied doing during the filming?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
He'd been spied doing stunts. He was seen leaping from a third floor window, and riding on a chariot pulled by galloping horses.(two marks)
  • Question 6

Who is starring in the film with Mario?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
His co-star is Carla Lopez.
  • Question 7

Find three facts about Mario and The children's hospital.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
His niece Lily-Rose was treated there for kidney failure.(one mark)
He read bedtime stories to sick children there whilst dressed as a pirate.(one mark)
He donated £1 million pounds to the hospital.(one mark)
  • Question 8

Find four features of the school visit that make it interesting and unusual.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Hollywood stars don't usually visit schools.(one mark)
It was a surprise visit with only ten minutes' notice.(one mark)
He came dressed as his pirate character.(one mark)
He was answering a request by letter to help budding pirates mutiny against their teachers.(one mark)
  • Question 9

How does the headline link to the text?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
It mentions facts about the story to prepare us for what it is about. It mentions the letter from Beatrice asking Mario to help the mutiny.(one mark)
It says a famous actor paid a surprise visit.(one mark)
The news story then gives further information to explain the event described in the headline.
  • Question 10

How do the pictures link to the text?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The picture of the actor tells us that he is the subject of the story. (one mark)
The other picture tells us it is also about children wanting to be pirates and act like pirates in a mutiny against their teachers. (one mark)
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