Responding to a Non-Fiction Text

Responding to a Non-Fiction Text

Section 1: Interpreting the Purpose and Audience of a Non-Fiction Text

  • Identify the purpose of the text: Is it to inform, persuade, entertain, or instruct?
  • Pay attention to the audience the text is intended for. Clues might come from the language, content, or presentation.
  • Always ask, ‘Who would be interested in this information?’ and ‘Why would they be interested?’
  • Determine the context in which the text has been written and published. This could influence its style, content and approach.
  • Remember, a text might have more than one purpose and may be aimed at more than one audience.

Section 2: Making Connections with Other Texts

  • Link ideas and themes from the non-fiction text you’re studying with other non-fiction or fiction texts you’ve read.
  • Think about how the same subject or theme might be treated differently in different texts.
  • Consider how aspects such as form, structure, and language might vary across texts with similar or different purposes and audiences.

Section 3: Evaluating a Non-Fiction Text

  • Comment on the effectiveness of the text in fulfilling its purpose and appealing to its intended audience.
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknessesof the text in terms of its language, structure, and presentation. -Analyze whether the text’s form and layout help or hinder its readability and impact.
  • Consider whether the text has any bias or particular perspective, and how this contributes to its effectiveness.
  • Support your evaluations with evidence from the text, including quotations, examples, and your own observations.

Remember that evaluating a text isn’t just about what you like or dislike - it’s about understanding and analysing how the text works.