WW1 Non-Fiction: Revision and Home Study

On this page, I’ll explain some ideas for developing your understanding of some of the important Non-Fiction texts we will explore in term 1-2.

The Non-Fiction texts can be found here:

WW1 Non-Fiction Anthology

For each of these texts, try to answer the following questions. These should challenge you to explore the opinions, perspectives and language choices present.

  1. Read the text carefully. Summarise in 1-2 sentences how the writer feels about the war.
  2. Explain who you think might be the audience of this text. Why do you think they wrote it? Is there a specific way they want their audience to feel?
  3. Read the text carefully. Pick 4-5 quotes which you think are most effective at helping the writer achieve their purpose. Briefly explain why you think these quotes are so effective.
  4. Answer the following question:

“Explore the writer’s language choices, focussing on what these language choices reveal about their feelings towards the war.

You should aim to write 3-4 paragraphs. You can use the ideas from question 3 to help you. Remember to use quotes and explain language choices in detail, including individual words.

5.  Think carefully about the poems you have studied in class. Pick one of the non-fiction texts to compare to one of these poems. This could be a poem with a similar outlook on the war or a very different one. Compare the writer’s views on the war and how their language helps convey this viewpoint.

I hope this is useful. If you’d like some extra reading and extension work, the booklet here has plenty of exercises you can complete:


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