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Free! Eduqas GCSE English Language Non Fiction Reading | Health

Free! Eduqas GCSE English Language Non Fiction Reading | Health

With each theme, this section looks at how the extract materials could be used in the classroom with one example for each theme developed further into a set of exam questions based on the exam paper, with some indicative content. The skills descriptors for each level for each question can be found at the back of the anthology with supporting detail. These questions are only suggestions and are by no means exhaustive; other comparisons between the extracts in the Anthology could also be fruitfully pursued.

Free! Eduqas GCSE English Language Non Fiction Reading | Health

Component Two


From the Eduqas English Language specification:

This section will test through structured questions the reading of two high-quality unseen non-fiction texts (about 900-1200 words in total), one from the 19th century, and the other from the 21st century. Non-fiction texts may include, but will not be limited to: letters, extracts from autobiographies or biographies, diaries, reports, articles and digital and multi-modal texts of various kinds from newspapers and magazines.

Critical reading and comprehension:

  • identifying and interpreting themes, ideas and information in a range of literature and other high-quality writing
  • reading in different ways for different purposes, and comparing and evaluating the usefulness, relevance and presentation of content for these purposes
  • drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence; supporting a point of view by referring to evidence within the text
  • identifying bias and misuse of evidence, including distinguishing between statements that are supported by evidence and those that are not
  • reflecting critically and evaluatively on text, using the context of the text and drawing on knowledge and skills gained from wider reading
  • recognising the possibility of different responses to a text

Summary and synthesis:

  • identifying the main theme or themes
  • summarising ideas and information from a single text
  • synthesising from more than one text

Evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features

  • explaining and illustrating how vocabulary and grammar contribute to effectiveness and impact, using linguistic and literary terminology accurately to do so and paying attention to detail
  • analysing and evaluating how form and structure contribute to the effectiveness and impact of a text.

Comparing texts:

  • comparing two or more texts critically with respect to the above.

About This Anthology

The sample texts that have been produced in this Anthology are based loosely around eight themes to allow for comparison and they illustrate the range of genres described above. Students should build up in their learning a wide portfolio of sources that they can use beyond this in preparation for the exam. Within the Anthology there is a discussion on how to use this material effectively in the classroom, a discussion of the assessment objectives, what examiners are looking for and one sample set of questions with indicative content for each theme.

How to Use Unseen Non-Fiction Material Effectively in the Classroom

Some general tips

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