Close Reading skills We are learning... To be able to effectively answer “Summarise” questions. In this type of question you are being asked to summarise the key points in the passage. These questions are usually found towards the end and are worth a lot of marks. How to answer • You must use your own words. • You get no marks for quoting. • You should use bullet points instead of writing in paragraphs. • Think of each bullet point as being worth one mark. Practice question- “Screening out the downside to technology” 8. Consider the passage as a whole and then, using your own words as far as possible, summarise the key points the writer makes about the benefits and disadvantages of technology (6 marks). Possible answers: Benefits: • Information is easy to find. • Writing is on the increase. • Spelling and typing are improving. • Short entries (on blogs etc.) are easily remembered. • It can help youngsters to learn. Disadvantages: • We don’t bother to remember facts. • “proper” language use is being damaged. • It my harm brain development. • It can affect behaviour. • It impedes the development of social skills.