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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 3784

"Read All About It".

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Mathematics Coursework:- Read All About It Introduction I have chosen the "Read All About It" option for my Maths Coursework. This involves comparing articles from newspapers and comparing them. I have chosen to use two newspapers for my investigation. I have chosen to compare articles from a Tabloid and a Broadsheet newspapers. The papers I have chosen are "The Mirror" and "The Guardian". I am predicting that the articles in the broadsheet newspapers would be more complex and often longer. I would also have thought that broadsheets have a higher reading age. I view the broadsheets as a newspaper for more intelligent readers and for people looking for in depth reading, whereas I think that tabloid readers will be less advanced readers and be people that want a lighter read. It will be interesting to see how accurate my prediction is. I will be looking at: * Average Word Length * Average Sentence Length * Reading age There are many different newspapers; they range from tabloid papers to the broadsheet papers. The tabloids are a lighter read to the more involving descriptive broadsheet papers. Different newspapers are written to suit these preferences. In the tabloid papers the wording used is less profound and therefore more easily understood. However in broadsheet newspapers the writing is more complicated and difficult to read. Analysis 1 Investigation into the word lengths of two different samples of writing from two different types of newspaper. Hypothesis: My hypothesis is that a sample of two hundred words from a broadsheet newspaper will consist of more longer words than a sample of two hundred words from a tabloid newspaper. I also think that the most popular word length will be 4 letters long in both papers. Method: I will select two pieces of writing consisting of two hundred words each from two different newspapers , of which one will be a tabloid and the other will be a broadsheet. The topic of each of the samples will be the same, e.g. ...read more.

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I am aware that there are a number of weaknesses around the data collected and analysed; i.) I chose two hundred words, whilst it was enough to work on, I would need a much larger sample to give me confidence about whether my hypothesis was true. ii.) I have chosen an article by one reporter from each newspaper. It is possible that if I had chosen another article by a different writer I may have had very different results therefore I should sample more articles. iii.) I have chosen a paper from one day. If I had more time I would have chosen a number of different reporters, different days and a range of issues such as, sports reports, editorials and general news items. Analysis 2 Investigation into sentence lengths from two different samples from two different types of newspaper. Hypothesis: I predict that the most popular sentence length will be sentences with sixteen to twenty words. I also think that from the sample of twenty sentences per newspaper, broadsheet will have more longer sentences, and will have the longest sentence. Method: I will select two pieces of writing consisting of twenty sentences each from two different newspapers , of which one will be a tabloid and the other will be a broadsheet. The topic of each of the samples will be the same, e.g. The Sudan Crisis. I will do this so that the two pieces of information will be comparable. By selecting twenty sentences from each article, I will have a big enough sample to give me enough information to interpret some good results; yet it is small enough to be easy to gather and sort. I will allow names and numbers as similar sorts of information are being used. Handling the data: I will firstly choose a piece of writing from each paper consisting of twenty sentences. I will then count the amount of words per sentence and put the information into a grouped frequency table as some sentences will be very long and some will be very short. ...read more.

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Sample 1 - 5 sentences 144 syllables Sample 2 - 3.3 sentences 175 syllables Mean amount of sentences per 100 words = 4.2 sentences Mean amount of syllables per 100 words = 160 syllables Gathering the data - Tabloid 100 word samples. 2 samples. Excluding names. Sample 1 - 5.9sentences 143 syllables Sample 2 - 4 sentences 153 syllables Mean amount of sentences per 100 words = 5.0 sentences Mean amount of syllables per 100 words = 148 syllables Results Explanation: My results show me that the broadsheet paper has a estimated reading age of 17 years and the tabloid had an estimated reading age of 14 years old. Both of the papers were above the curve and this represents that they both use a more difficult vocabulary. Conclusion: My hypothesis was proven correct by the research I undertook . I chose the 'Fry Readability Test' because it was a quick and efficient way to find approximate reading ages from different pieces of writing. My hypothesis was proven correct, but once again I recognise that the more samples I took and the more variation of samples e.g. different writers, days, subjects, would give me much more reliable results. Overall Conclusion: Overall I have enjoyed my research. I found it very interesting to compare two newspapers of which one was a broadsheet and the other a tabloid, to see if my hypotheses were correct. Most of my hypotheses were correct and I was surprised that my analysis three hypothesis was true, as I have never worked, or ever done any research on reading age before. Actually the results of both the papers in all three analysis were very similar. In any future research I might see how many sentences were in comparative articles to see if different papers restrict information given to the reader. Also in the future I would like to do research on many more tabloid papers and many more broadsheet papers, from many different days and a bout many different subjects. ...read more.

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