Literact Unit 3



“It’s true, honestly! It was in the newspaper.” Have you ever heard people say this? People often imagine that everything a newspaper prints must be true, especially the ‘serious’ papers. But, is this always the case? Should we believe what we read? This unit looks at what newspapers print and whether or not our trust in them is illfounded.

What you will do
In this unit, you will learn how to ‘read between the lines’, identify facts and opinions and recognise the techniques used by the media to influence readers. You will also learn how to use similar techniques in your own writing. These are the skills you will practise. Which are the most useful for you? Tick the boxes.

Listening and speaking
Skill Skill code
SLlr/L2.1 SLd/L2.1, 4

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Listening for relevant information Supporting opinions with evidence

Reading and writing
Skill Skill code
Rt/L2.1, 2

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Understanding explicit and implicit meaning Reading critically to evaluate information and differentiating between fact and opinion Understanding how language is used Using appropriate styles of writing for different purposes Practising techniques for spelling tricky words

Rt/L2.1, 2, 4, 5, 8 Rs/L2.1, 2; Rw/L2.3; Ws/L2.2 Wt/L2.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Ww/L2.1

Project work
At the end of this unit, you will produce a newsletter for others.



Unit 3 Page 1

Identifying relevant information; reading critically to evaluate information.

News and views
Activity A

Reading and writing

What exactly is ‘news’? In groups, discuss just what we mean by news. Try to agree on a definition. Compare your definition with one from a dictionary. One dictionary gives the following definition.
News New information, fresh events reported.

Let’s take a closer look at newspapers to see if they are giving ‘new information’ and reporting ‘fresh events’. Your teacher will give you a news item reported in two national daily newspapers, one a broadsheet and...