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Obtaining particular information


Reading purpose (b)

Whether you write an essay or answer a series of questions based on a text, you are attempting to show that you understand certain reading purposes.

When reading any text, you will be expected to -

  • understand the main idea in a passage, understand the gist of it;
  • pick out specific, individual pieces of information from a text;
  • understand ideas or feelings a writer presents in a text;
  • identify and understand writer's attitudes, beliefs and argument;
  • understand and appreciate a writer's use of language.
  • identify and understand writer's tone.

In close reading texts, this really means that you should understand that different questions ask you to show awareness of different purposes.

Reading purpose b: picking out individual pieces of information from a text. This means that the reader is expected to identify specific, individual items of information in the text: what people do, what places look like, what evidence there is for something happening, what reasons are offered for a character's behaviour, and so on.



Atlantic rower Debra Veal.

Class Clips

Video clip - an example of a response to descriptive writing

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