Writing: text focus (composition)

Composition

Character sketch

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Sat, 2008-10-25 15:52

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)

Resource type: Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

A task sheet and list of ideas to help students write about themselves. Great way to get to know your students, especially at the beginning of the year.

Write a short poem - Create a word cloud

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Sat, 2008-10-25 15:52

Literacy: Rw/L1.2, Rw/L2.3, Writing: text focus (composition)

ICT: General ICT resources

Free tags: Wordle

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

First designed as a tool for increasing students’ vocabulary and use of descriptive language, this resource uses Wordle – which students love!
Wordle is a brilliant on-line, completely free word cloud creator.
See our blog articles for more Wordle teaching and learning ideas:
http://skillsworkshop.blogspot.com/2008/07/using-wordle-in-classroom.html
http://skillsworkshop.blogspot.com/2008/08/wordle-and-hilda-taba.html
http://skillsworkshop.blogspot.com/2008/09/hilda-taba-part-2-wordle-and-…

Elderly should keep on working

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2008-09-16 15:52

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.

Madonna mauls Eminem's critics

Submitted by Louisa Baddiley on Mon, 2008-09-15 15:52

Literacy: Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3, Rw/L2.2, Rw/L2.3, Writing: text focus (composition)

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Level: L2

Topical comprehension based on a 2001 BBC News report with comprehension & vocabulary questions written for E2E learners. Although this is an old report from 2001 it is still of interest to younger students and ideal for provoking discussion about appropriate language, lyrics, etc.

Key features of good essays

Submitted by Tilly Harrison on Sun, 2008-09-07 15:52

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)

General: Study Skills and General Teaching

Free tags: Wordle

Resource type: Handout or guide, Revision material

Level: L2

Key features of good essays is not only an excellent piece of study skills advice (for Level 2 students and beyond) but is also an ideal text for feeding into Wordle and creating paired sentence writing exercises.

Under fives get learning goals

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

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Ww/L1.1, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: Education

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical comprehension activity based on a 2008 BBC news report. Writing task, 12 multiple choice spelling questions, vocabulary / synonyms and comprehension true / false questions.

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Mind map, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

Writing a formal letter (in order to arrange an interview with a local hospitality provider) provides all key points as a mindmap and (for linear thinkers) as a bulleted list. Plus layout guide and a ‘jumbled sheet’ to sort out! Suitable for all areas – not just catering/hospitality.

Love assignment

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Tue, 2008-08-26 15:53

Literacy: Fiction, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Poetry

Free tags: Valentine's Day, Wordle

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Based on a short story, Highland Fling by Maureen Brannigan, from “Sexy Shorts for the Beach” edited by Victoria Kirwan-Taylor (Accent Press). However some of the writing and poetry extension activities could be used without reading the short story. Not just for romantics – the writing assignment might also cause great hilarity! Covers all Level 2 writing elements and many Level 2 reading elements (main points, research, summarise information, etc.).

Four creative writing ideas

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

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)

Resource type: Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

Something to spark everyone’s imagination. Be Prime Minister and write a speech, write about your ideal man/woman, dream about being rich or describe what you’d take with you on a desert island? Each idea includes questions, prompts and guidelines.

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”.

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