Text types

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Have a look at the following text:

Labour would tighten rules in state infant schools in England to stop class sizes being more than 30 for longer than a year, Ed Miliband is to say.

The previous Labour government capped pupil numbers at 30 - but the coalition has introduced some exemptions.

Labour says about 60,000 more infants are taught in classes of more than 30 than in 2010 - about 2,000 classrooms.

The Conservatives said his policy did not add up to much and "had collapsed within minutes".

"Primary school class sizes are already capped at 30", said a Conservative spokesman.

What do you think the context is of this piece of writing?

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Have a look at the following text:

Largely cloudy, best sunshine northeast Scotland. Showers in west later. Another cloudy day for many parts of the UK. The best sunny spells will be in the west and north, especially northeast Scotland. Rain in far north will become confined to Shetland. Turning breezy in west with some showers later.

What is the overall purpose of a weather report?

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Have a look at the following text:

Making pancakes with grown-ups.

You will need to ask your Mum or Dad for:

- 200 g plain flour

- 400 ml milk

- 2 large eggs

- 1 tbsp vegetable oil

- a pinch of salt

- vegetable oil for frying

Now let's make together!

1. Put the flour in a large bowl with a pinch of salt, make a well in the centre, pour in the milk and eggs, then whisk until you have a smooth batter. Add the vegetable oil and whisk again.

2. Take a large frying pan and carefully wipe the inside of the pan with some kitchen roll dipped in vegetable oil.

3. With the help of a grown-up, heat the pan over a medium heat for about a minute, then add just under a ladelful of batter to the pan and immediately start swirling it around to get a nice even layer. Always be very careful when using a hot pan.

4. Cook the pancake for about 30 seconds then use a palette knife or spatula to lift the pancake carefully and check that it's golden-brown before turning over. Cook the other side for around 30 seconds and your delicious pancake is ready!

What is the context, audience and purpose for this text?

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Which of the following options is the most accurate definition of a text?

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Which of the following options is an example of a fiction text?

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Which of the following options is an example of a non-fiction text?

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What is the difference between an argument text and a persuasive text?

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Which of the following would you expect to see in an information text?

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Which of the following would you NOT expect to see in a drama play-script?

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What is the main difference between fiction and non-fiction?