Betec Level 3 M2 Essay

2798 Words Jul 12th, 2014 12 Pages
Question 1: retrieving information from a piece of text
Question 2: analysing presentational features
Question 3: analysing the feelings/meaning of a text
Question 4: comparing/contrasting two texts

Question 5: writing to inform/describe/explain (although the question could ask you to do both)
Question 6: writing to persuade/argue

Question 1: Inferences from the source
The first type of question tests your understanding of a text.

To answer this well you need to do two things:

1. Find the information the question asks for.
2. Explain why the information you have chosen answers the question.

The key skill tested here is how to summarise an argument. For this you need to identify what the text is about and
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Be careful about quotations. Lines that are reported and spoken by other people will not always be the opinions of the writer. Look at the adjectives and intensifiers the author uses to work out if the writer agrees or disagrees with the people quoted.

Question 2: Identifying presentational features
The second question relates to the way the text looks. To get all the marks on this question you need to do two things:

1. List the presentational devices the text uses.
2. Explain why these devices are used and what effect they have.

To answer the first part of the question you need be able to recognise presentational devices such as:
• Headings (titles) and sub-headings
• Photos
• Pictures
• Illustrations
• Font size and style (bold, italic etc…)
• Colour
• Layout features (bullets, boxed text)
• Structure (short or long paragraphs)
• Quotations (things people said either in quotation marks or highlighted in the text)

A good way of revising is to analyse any text you see or read. Pick up a magazine and look at a page at random. You should be able to spot a whole range of devices being used.

Why presentational devices are used

The devices used depend on:
• Purpose - what the text is trying to do (e.g. inform, advise, persuade).
• Audience - who it is trying to talk to (e.g. children, adults, men, women).

Choices in layout (such as the use of pictures, diagrams and lists) are made to meet a specific purpose and communicate with a

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