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Here's 3 simple steps to identifying the content points from the passage.


Step 1

Read the question and pick out the key instruction words.

The archaeologist Fiorelli undertook the task of uncovering the ruins of Pompeii.

Using your own words as far as possible, write a summary of the problems he faced when he began his work, what methods he employed to restore the ancient city accurately and how he used the volcanic ash to produce his most dramatic discoveries.

So in short, the question requires you to identify 3 key areas:

1.   The problems Fiorelli faced when he began his work.
2.   The methods he employed to restore the ancient city accurately.
3.   How he used the volcanic ash to produce his most dramatic discoveries.


Step 2

Mark out clearly the area of text to be summarised from the passage.

USE ONLY THE MATERIAL FROM PARAGRAPH 4 TO PARAGRAPH 10.


Step 3

Pick out the content points. Avoid the distractors and elaboration points. Never lose sight of what the question wants!

  • Distractors:   phases or sentences which are irrelevant to the what the question wants.

  • Elaboration points:   phases or sentences which do not form points in themselves, but give extra information as examples or explanations.

Remember that there will be more points available than the number you need to score full marks for content (15 marks). Therefore, it is possible to score full marks for content!


Let's identify the content points together - one paragraph at a time!

 

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