Recognise and understand the organisational features and typical language of instructional texts, e.g. use of imperatives and second person (a) Understand that instructional texts have particular language features, and be able to recognise them (b) Understand that their own knowledge of these features can be applied to help gain meaning from other instructional texts (c) Know and use the term verb and understand its importance as an essential feature of a sentence which conveys the action (d) Understand that verbs also convey time in a sentence: past, present, future

Using imperatives

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2012-09-07 13:56

Literacy: Rs/E2.1, Rs/E3.1, Rt/E2.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: E2, E3, L1

A PPT about imperatives. Students identify imperatives and the language / layout of instructions, then have a go at writing their own.

Editor’s note
For sample instruction texts please to use with this PPT please see Carrie’s “Lasagne instructions” ,“Glass bead steriliser instructions” or “Pancake imperatives” below.

Literacy: Rs/E3.1, Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1, Rs/L2.1

Free tags: adjectives, adverbs, Noiuns

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Game, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Cards to help students recognise what nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
They can then play the bingo game or use highlighter pens to identify the different parts of speech in a text.

Pancakes imperatives

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2012-02-16 16:50

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rs/E3.1, Rt/E3.1

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A topical resource to revise features of instructional texts and imperative verbs.
Fully mapped to Functional English and ideal for mixed ability groups.

Word classes Wordle

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Wed, 2011-12-21 15:04

Literacy: General literacy / English, Rs/E3.1, Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

A simple exercise where students separate the words from the Wordle into nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.

Introduction to grammar

Submitted by Christine Greenhill on Mon, 2011-09-05 09:09

Literacy: Rs/E3.1, Rs/E3.2, Ws/E2.2

ESOL: ESOL Rs/E3.1b, ESOL Ws/E2.2a

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Handout or guide, Interactive presentation, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

Lovely introduction to nouns, verbs and adjectives. For E2-3 ESOL and Literacy.
Start with the PPT which is based on a very tasty bakery theme and includes information and examples for students to work through. Follow this with the handout and a highlighting exercise.

Using imperatives to write instructions

Submitted by Diane Lambert on Thu, 2010-10-28 13:01

Literacy: Rs/E3.1, Rt/E3.3, Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3

Learners will re-write16 sentences as instructions in the imperative form.
With scaffolded help, examples, and a range of sentence styles to adapt.

How to make a Christmas star

Submitted by Sarah Horsley on Sun, 2009-11-29 17:24

Literacy: Reading, Rs/E3.1

Numeracy: Measures shape and space

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Family learning, Christmas

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

How to make a Christmas starHow to make a Christmas starA fabulous set of illustrated instructions. Makes a great activity for literacy and numeracy classes (reading instructions, measuring, shapes, etc.) at many levels.
For an easy to use template please see Bryan Fitzpatrick’s accompany resource below.

Bad hair day

Submitted by Ruth Uprichard on Sun, 2009-11-08 17:24

Literacy: Rs/E3.1, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A super writing and discussion exercise that gets hairdressing students thinking about the importance of writing clear instructions. Will also spark off other activities as suggested in the accompanying teacher’s notes. Also mapped to Entry 3 Functional English (writing).

Wordle - recognising different word classes

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2008-08-19 16:53

Literacy: Rs/E3.1, Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1

Free tags: Wordle

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Two beautiful word clouds to help with recognising verbs, nouns and prepositions. With instructions, answers and extension ideas.
Wordle is a brilliant on-line, completely free word cloud creator.
See our blog articles for more Wordle teaching and learning ideas:…

Tense - past, present and future

Submitted by Karen Beasley on Sun, 2008-04-06 16:53

Literacy: Rs/E3.1, Ws/E3.2

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: E3

A great introduction to this tricky topic – using lots of example sentences along with questions to the audience.

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