News, Politics &Government items

Literacy: Reading

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Assessment material

A super, and very topical (Spring 2010), practice Level 1 Literacy test based on a letter of protest written to the Prime Minister. 12 multiple choice questions cover spelling, comprehension, grammar, punctuation, paragraphing and purpose of text.
Please also download the related PowerPoint (see below).

Compulsory social care bill

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Sat, 2010-02-27 22:13

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A comprehension activity based on a BBC 2009 news report. Comprehension questions, anagram and spelling games.

Babysitter or Childminder?

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Sat, 2010-02-27 22:13

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A comprehension activity based on a BBC 2009 news report about two police officers who were told they had acted illegally after looking after each others children. Three vocabulary / synonym exercises and a short writing task.

Looking at Newspapers

Submitted by Ellie Walsh on Wed, 2009-10-14 17:25

Literacy: General literacy / English, Poetry

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Looking at Newspapers is a wonderful example of creative differentiated teaching across all levels (E1-L2). A detailed lesson description, resources and introductory PPT are included. The lesson uses Kipling’s “What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who” to help students analyse newspaper reports and interview other students, or their teacher, to create their own reports.

Sarah Palin - critical reading

Submitted by June Mill on Thu, 2009-09-24 17:25

Literacy: Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A challenging set of tasks (and points for discussion) based on two opposing articles from a Sunday paper. Designed to assess whether students are working at level 2 standards and can follow an argument, recognise bias, distinguish between fact and opinion, etc.

Large numbers in the news

Submitted by Judith White on Sat, 2009-09-12 17:25

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.1, N1/L2.1

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Topical practice with reading and writing large numbers (up to billions) and ideal for start-of-term place value classes. Topics inc, Bruce Forsyth’s salary, the possible Cadburys takeover and Heathrow Airport statistics. Includes a useful place value chart.
A second updated sheet was added in April 2011 – also available below

Obama is President

Submitted by Liz Hodges on Thu, 2009-09-10 17:25

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rw/E3.3

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical Entry 3 BBC news text (which has an accompanying video) with comprehension questions and dictionary work.

Woman in jail over virtual murder

Submitted by Michael Garen on Wed, 2009-06-03 17:25

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A comprehension activity based on a BBC news report (Oct 08) about a computer game. 15 questions (ideal for teenagers) covering general comprehension and vocabulary.

Giant Lego man on the beach

Submitted by Michael Garen on Wed, 2009-06-03 17:25

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A comprehension activity based on a BBC news report (Oct 08). 12 questions covering general comprehension and vocabulary.

Elderly should keep on working

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2008-09-16 16:52

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Writing: text focus (composition), Ww/L1.1

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical comprehension activity based on a 2008 BBC news report. Writing task, comprehension questions, anagrams and homophone work.

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