Analysing language – GCSE English worksheet

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Two-page Word document worksheet

Key Stage



Years 10-11


This analysing language worksheet activity encourages GCSE English Language students to focus on close analysis at word level. It’s also a good revision of key grammatical terminology.

Analysing language tasks

Pupils first need to read an extract from the opening of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. They then need to analyse the text for various word classes. These include:

  • common nouns
  • proper nouns
  • old-fashioned English nouns
  • adjectives
  • verbs

The worksheet then prompts students to complete a sentence. This discusses the contrast between specific nouns in the text and how it emphasises the inviting warmth of the Coach and Horses and the relief of the stranger.

Students also have to complete a sentence that explains how the author creates an ominous beginning using two specific adjectives. These possibly suggest that the stranger is a suspicious character.

Finally, learners need to complete a sentence discussing how the author uses strong verbs to introduce the stranger as he enters the inn. This could highlight the man’s relief in finding warmth and rest.

Rosie Kelly is an experienced teacher of 16 years and a current GCSE English examiner. You can find more of her resources on her TES page rosiekelly343 and find her on her website at Browse more great ideas to help with GCSE English Language revision.

GCSE English Language revision worksheet
Analysing language – GCSE English worksheet

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