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Reading Non-Fiction: Lifeboat Rescue

In this worksheet, students read a news article and answer questions on its content.

'Reading Non-Fiction: Lifeboat Rescue' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Read in Different Ways for Different Purposes

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 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.

 

By referring to the first paragraph, briefly explain what happened on Loch Lomond last week.

Explain what happened next.

Explain what caused the accident.

Explain the action taken by the crew to reach the boat.

What did the crew member check when she reached the boat?

How was the boat brought to safety?

Describe the final details of the lifeboat's journey.

Where are the wallabies sometimes spotted?

List three facts about the wallabies in the article.

Explain the effectiveness of the headline in telling us what the story is about.

  • Question 1

By referring to the first paragraph, briefly explain what happened on Loch Lomond last week.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A family on a boating holiday (one mark) needed help from a lifeboat (one mark) when their boat ran aground (one mark) after it swerved to avoid a swimming wallaby (one mark).
  • Question 2

Explain what happened next.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
An emergency call was made to the Clyde Coastguard.(two marks)
The coastguard asked that the lifeboat crew launched the lifeboat immediately to assist the family.(two marks)
  • Question 3

Explain what caused the accident.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The family were cruising on the loch (one mark) when the skipper saw a swimming wallaby in front of the boat.(one mark) He turned the ship's wheel to avoid it,(one mark) and the boat ran aground on Inchconnachan.(one mark)
  • Question 4
Explain the action taken by the crew to reach the boat.
CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The crew immediately left Balmaha pier in the Atlantic 75 lifeboat the Bellerophon.(two marks) The lifeboat moved quickly to reach the family.(one mark)
Although the weather and water conditions were good,(one mark) the boat was stuck between large rocks.(two marks) The crew member swam to the boat and climbed over rocks to reach it.(two marks)
  • Question 5

What did the crew member check when she reached the boat?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
She checked there were no holes in the boat and that no-one was injured.(two marks)
  • Question 6

How was the boat brought to safety?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A tow rope was attached to its stern(one mark) and the lifeboat dragged it slowly back into deeper water.(one mark)
  • Question 7

Describe the final details of the lifeboat's journey.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The lifeboat travelled back with the family to their marina at Duck Bay.(one mark) Then it returned to its station where it was refuelled and prepared for service.(one mark)
  • Question 8

Where are the wallabies sometimes spotted?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The wallabies are sometimes seen swimming in the loch,(one mark) or crossing the road when they've reached the mainland.(one mark)
  • Question 9

List three facts about the wallabies in the article.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
They are red-necked wallabies.(one mark)
They were introduced to Inchconnachan by Lady Colquhoun in the 1940s.(one mark)
They might be culled because some people think they harm native wildlife.(one mark)
  • Question 10

Explain the effectiveness of the headline in telling us what the story is about.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The headline introduces key facts in the story: the lifeboat service rescuing the family, and the boat being grounded because of a swimming wallaby.(three marks) The story then provides further details to develop the ideas in the headline.(two marks)
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