Reading unseen non-fiction texts – GCSE English Language (2015 onwards)

The new GCSE emphasises critical reading, comprehension, summarising ideas and evaluating writers’ vocabulary, and include texts from the nineteenth century (unless you’re teaching the Edexcel spec!). These resources cover the bases for purpose, audience and non-fiction text types, as well as analysing language, viewpoints and bias.

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Tips for the reading sections of Edexcel GCSE English Language papers
Focused on the reading sections of the Edexcel English Language  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/01/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Fiction texts | Non-fiction texts
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WJEC Eduqas Component 2 practice questions: Dickens, Mayhew and Duryea
A series of practice questions based on analysis of the 19th-century  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 16/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Preparing for comparative reading tasks for AQA English Language Paper 2
A pair of short texts with practice for questions 2 and 4, based  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 02/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Comparing texts
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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 revision tips
A summary of each question in the exam paper, with tips for how  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 16/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Non-fiction texts | Writing for purpose and audience
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Practice exam paper - texts about factory work
Designed for AQA Paper 2 Viewpoints and Perspectives, this resource  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 07/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Comparing texts
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Comparing views and perspectives on depression
Designed for AQA Paper 2, this resource is much less gloomy than  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 31/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Comparing texts
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Understanding a 19th century text
Suitable as a way in to challenging 19th century non-fiction,  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 14/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): AQA | Comprehension
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Practice questions on animal baiting
Designed in the style of the AQA non-fiction paper, this resource  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 07/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Comparing texts
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Analysing a Born Free Foundation text
A persuasive charity letter and accompanying activities for students  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/02/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Non-fiction texts
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Practice exam question
A resource written for students taking the AQA English Language  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 24/11/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Comparing texts
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Non-fiction text analysis: monkeys and slow lorises
Activities to help students learn how to approach unseen non-fiction  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 26/01/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Freedom to choose? - 'The life story of a Polish sweatshop girl'
An excerpt from a 20th century non-fiction text: 'The Life Stories  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 03/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading and featured in our teaching pack(s) Year 9 curriculum pack - Journeys
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Making links between texts learning mat
A useful learning mat to help students make links between texts  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Reading | Published: 13/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Transition | Comparing texts | Learning mats | Reading skills
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Newspaper bias
Students compare two articles on the same subject and analyse  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Inferring attitudes and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack | Argue and persuade pack
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Analysing a persuasive article
Students read an opinion 'article' and identify the persuasive  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 06/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Non-fiction texts
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Analysing an opinion article
Students analyse an opinion article about a burger chain. They  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/12/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Inferring attitudes | Non-fiction and media basics (KS3/4) and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack | Argue and persuade pack
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Analysing article bias
Students examine a newspaper article and evaluate language techniques  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/12/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Inferring attitudes | Newspapers and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack
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20 teaching ideas for non-fiction and media (reading)
20 practical ideas for teaching non-fiction and media (reading).  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Planning and assessment | Published: 25/11/2013 | From the resource collection(s): 20 teaching ideas for ...
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Analysing persuasive texts
Students are given a selection of persuasive texts to analyse.  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 25/11/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Non-fiction texts and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack | Argue and persuade pack
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Non-fiction text examples
A selection of non-fiction texts for students to analyse and  … read more
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KS4  | Published: 25/11/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Non-fiction texts and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack
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Snowball fights and snowmen – article analysis
Comprehension questions help students unpick a snow-themed article,  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 30/09/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Comprehension | Inferring attitudes | Magazine and newspaper articles
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England riots persuasive speech analysis
Suggestions for using a word analysis quadrant to help students  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 17/07/2013 | From the resource collection(s): AQA | Argument and persuasive writing and featured in our teaching pack(s) Argue and persuade pack
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Word analysis quadrant
This handy template will allow students to analyse words and  … read more
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KS4 | Planning and assessment | Published: 30/03/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Resource templates and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - 'An Inspector Calls' | Non-fiction and media teaching pack
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What sort of language?
Students define different styles of language (e.g. poetic, emotive  … read more
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KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Published: 10/09/2010 | From the resource collection(s): Linguistic and literary terminology | Reading skills
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Media and non-fiction checklist
Use this handy flowchart as a foolproof way to analyse a non-fiction  … read more
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KS3 KS4  | Published: 26/03/2010 | From the resource collection(s): Non-fiction and media basics (KS3/4) and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack
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Two Obama speeches!
The acceptance and inaugural speeches crunched! Compare the two  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 23/01/2009 | From the resource collection(s): Argument and persuasive writing and featured in our teaching pack(s) Argue and persuade pack
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Analysing a leaflet
A useful guide to analysing presentation and language. Hint:  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 17/06/2005 | From the resource collection(s): Leaflets | Media texts and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack | Argue and persuade pack
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Views of Stonehenge
Detailed lesson plan which uses a variety of excerpts about Stonehenge  … read more
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KS3 | Reading | Published: 08/06/2004 | From the resource collection(s): Inferring attitudes and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack
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'Send a Cow' practice questions and answers
An exploration of persuasive writing and presentational devices  … read more
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KS4  | Published: 01/11/2000 | From the resource collection(s): Leaflets and featured in our teaching pack(s) Non-fiction and media teaching pack | Argue and persuade pack
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