News, Politics &Government items

British adults fear youngsters

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Wed, 2008-09-03 15:52

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

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A series of true / false comprehension questions and a dictionary / vocabulary exercise – based on a 2006 BBC news report.

Jails too comfy to merit escape

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2008-09-02 15:52

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical comprehension activity based on a 2008 BBC news report. Find the main points, general comprehension questions and vocabulary / synonyms exercise.

Three controversial letter writing ideas

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Wed, 2008-08-20 15:53

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Writing prompts

Choice of controversial topics to spark letter writing. ‘Road rage’, building on a park, closing a local hospital. Each page includes a clear background scenario to help students “get going”.

Earth - an amazing planet

Submitted by Jan Long on Mon, 2008-06-23 15:53

Literacy: Reading, Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing frame

A substantial L2 non-fiction text with some technical vocabulary. It includes many comprehension questions – some short with closed answers, others require critical, thoughtful answers. Summarising and proof reading skills are also covered.
Plus a substantial follow-up writing task with very useful planner and paragraph drafting pages (these could be used for planning and drafting any extensive piece of writing).

St George's Day discussion

Submitted by Trish Bradwell on Wed, 2008-04-30 15:53

Literacy: SLd/E2.2, SLd/E3.2

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, St George's Day

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points

Uses a news report to prompt discussion about St George’s Day and whether it should be a national holiday. Written for E2-E3 but could also be used at higher levels.

May Day L1 reading and writing task

Submitted by Christine Robinson on Sun, 2008-04-27 15:53

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rw/L1.1, Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, May Day

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Based on a news article about the traditional Trade Union rally in London on May 1st. Comprehension questions (inc. dictionary work) followed by a related 3-step (plan, draft, final copy) writing task.

What do we recycle?

Submitted by Judith White on Tue, 2007-06-19 16:18

Numeracy: HD1/L2.1

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Warm-up

Makes a great group starter activity. Focuses on a topical pie chart but also covers large numbers, rounding and percentages.

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