12 ways to improve reading at GCSE: 1) Reading for structure

The AQA advice on reading skills is divided up a little differently from the advice on writing. It suggests twelve different purposes for reading, which can be used to “generate questions which focus students on different aspects of texts, themselves as readers and on other readers.” Those twelve questions are further subdivided into the  categories of:

  1. Text management and negotiation
  2. Comprehension
  3.  Literary and linguistic knowledge
  4. Response

The idea is for students to develop a ‘questioning repertoire’ so that rather than being confronted with a text and being at a loss as to what to write about, you learn a series of questions that you can ask yourself about the text. Questions on exam papers will focus you on different aspects of this repertoire of reading purposes. The first one is:

Reading for structure (part-whole matching)

The focus here is on parts and the whole, comparing a small extract with the whole text for evidence of the larger scheme within the small sample.

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