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English: skills for learning
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2.1 Analysing the assignment question and deciding what to read

As you know, the first steps to writing a successful assignment consist of analysing the assignment question and preparing a draft outline. In the next activity you will practise these steps again.

Activity 3

Timing: Allow approximately 10 minutes

Read the assignment question and answer the questions that follow:

Why is it important for carers to recognise the differences between public and private spaces? Your answer should refer to care provided in hospital, residential and domestic care settings.

  1. What are the instruction words?
  2. What are the content words?
  3. What would be a suitable outline?
  4. If you had to write this essay, what information would you look for in your readings?

Make some notes in the box below and then compare your answers with mine.

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Instruction words

  1. Why is it important?: The assignment question asks students to provide a reason.
  2. Your answer should refer to …: this instruction introduces the areas (specific care settings) on which the answer should focus.

Content words

Carers, public spaces, private spaces, differences, hospitals, residential and domestic care settings


Figure 4 shows the draft outline that Fred produced:

Described image
Figure 4 Fred’s outline

Information to look for in readings

Fred wrote the following notes and questions to guide his readings:

Fred’s notes on the assignment
Figure 5 Fred’s notes on the assignment