Need to know
In the Close reading part of your Standard Grade examination, you'll have to read and answer questions on a piece of text. The texts you will be faced with fall into two types -
Fiction and non- fiction. You'll find it easier to understand these different types of writing if you're familiar with the features of each.
Fictional texts are stories, so will have all the features of imaginative writing. The piece of text could be taken from a novel or short story.
Here are some of the key features of these texts -
All the skills you have been using to discuss literature texts throughout your Standard Grade course will be put to good use in the Close Reading part of the examination. You will have read lots of fiction texts during your 3rd and 4th year. Keep reading as much as you can in the run-up to the examination. Think about what techniques the writer has used to put across her or his ideas.
Non-fiction texts include newspaper articles, magazine articles, information leaflets, diaries, travel writing and autobiographies. Any one of these could be the text in your Credit, General or Foundation Reading paper.
Non-fiction texts, of whatever genre, all have one thing in common - they are based on facts - things that have actually happened or are true.
Let's look at the key features of some non-fiction texts -
Non-fiction texts are all around us in the form of newspapers, magazines, advertisements, junk mail - the list is endless! Read as much as you can so that you become familiar with this type of writing. When you are reading, think about what techniques the writer has used to put across their information in an interesting way.
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