Close Reading


Close Reading Learning Intentions

Revision of punctuation and how it is used

Answering questions on Punctuation

Practice past paper


• • • Read through the punctuation worksheet.

Punctuate the sentences on the right hand side.

Work on the apostrophes in the bottom right hand box.

• You have 10 minutes.

Colons, semi-colons and dashes

• A colon introduces a quotation or an explanation.

EG: Dr Uher told New Scientist magazine:“This could be related to biological differences between men and women.” EG: There can be only one explanation of his behaviour: he is completely mad.

• A semi-colon marks the edn of a sentence, but less firmly than a full stop does. It is most often used where a sentence is closely related to the one that folloows it. The second one might provide a contrast or a balance to the previous one. EG: My parents like to get up early at the weekend; I would rather have a long lie.

• • A dash can be used in a similar way to a colon – to introduce an explanation.

“For centuries women have had a providing role – preparing and cooking food for their families.

• • Two dashes can mark of an extra piece of information in the middle of a sentence – known as PARENTHESIS. Eg “They found that the occipitotemporal cortex – the area of the brain that monitors and reflects how other parts of the brain react to food – registered the strongest activity.”

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But creating fantastic games takes more than just programming; platforms are becoming more powerful by the day and consumer’s expectations have grown – increasing the demand for cutting edge artwork, graphics and sound. If you are passionate about games and would rather be saving – or destroying!- the world on your computer than anything else, that’s a good start to your career. Ken Levine, CEO and creative director of US developed irrational Games, says: “if you are giong to come home from your job or school at night and spend your time preparing game mods – customised modifications – it’s because you are passionate about games.

Sentence Structure

• • Now you are going to work individually on a set of questions which focus on Sentence Structure. For sentence structure questions you are looking for: Punctuation, Length, Repetition, Word Order, Lists.

You then write down an explanation of what impact this has on the passage as a whole.


• For Tuesday the 15 th – ‘London: A Timeless City’ p91 -93.

– Read the passage and answer the questions to the best of your ability.