Trace and understand the main events of continuous descriptive, explanatory and persuasive texts (a) Understand that meaning is developed through a text, and it is necessary to sustain concentration and relate the parts of a text to each other in order to trace the main events, and get an overall sense of what the text is about (b) Understand that personal knowledge and experience, and knowledge of context, grammar and vocabulary all contribute to determining overall sense (c) Understand that meaning in texts can be implied as well as explicitly stated

Literacy: Fiction, Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1

Free tags: Christmas

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Shared text

Suitable for guided reading with Entry level learners in the run up to Christmas, this version of Dickens’s classic Christmas story (first published in 1843 and never out of print since) has been created using content downloaded from https://www.ego4u.com/en/read-on/literature/christmas-carol on 26th October 2016 and only slightly adapted for use as a paper resource.

The PDF file can be printed and, with the addition of a blank back-sheet, stapled to form a learner booklet.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday

Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.

Based on two recent articles about Pancake Day in recent editions of the Evening Standard.

New Year 2016 reading comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Fri, 2016-01-01 13:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A reading comprehension based on the BBC website’s coverage of celebrations around the world.

Literacy: Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1

Free tags: Halloween

Context: History

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A simplified reading comprehension based on the origins of Halloween with accompanying questions.
Two versions: one for E2 – low E3, another for high E3 – L1.

Qianlong Chinese porcelain vase sold for £43m

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Wed, 2012-01-04 11:42

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Ww/L1.1

Context: History

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A set of exercises based on an article fromm the BBC News website.
This may interest learners who are keen on antiques. There is a comprehension exercise, exercises involving the identification of spelling errors (homophones) and a noun anagram exercise.
Useful for those working towards Level 1/2 Certificate in Adult Literacy.

October 2016
Corrupted PDF file replaced. no other changes.

New Year: history and resolutions

Submitted by Shellyanne Graham on Tue, 2012-01-03 16:32

Literacy: Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Writing: text focus (composition)

ESOL: ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Rt/E3.1a, ESOL Rt/L1.1a

Free tags: New Year

Context: History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is an activity on New Year. It was written for an E3 ESOL class but could be adapted for E2 fairly easily too. There is a reading comprehension, a group activity, writing practice and also an optional cut-up “top Ten” resolutions activity.

I haven’t done a lesson plan to go with the resources as I think they could be easily adapted and used in different ways.

Grandma's story: Living in the Outback

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2011-12-29 15:00

Literacy: Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/E3.2, Ws/L1.1, Ws/L1.2, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.2, Wt/L1.1

Pre-entry: Text Focus (interest)

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E3.1a, ESOL Rt/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.2a, ESOL Ws/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/L1.2a, ESOL Wt/E3.1a, ESOL Wt/E3.2a, ESOL Wt/L1.1a

Free tags: Australia, Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

A first person autobiographical account of life in outback Australia.
Exercises include comprehension questions using when, where etc.
A revision of past tense verbs – regular and irregular.
A fill the gap using the correct verb tense.
A writing prompt for students to write about themselves – emphasising the use of conjunctions and short paragraphs.
A Wordsearch.
Includes a glossary of Australian words used in the text.


Submitted by Helen Connell on Wed, 2011-11-09 12:41

Literacy: Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3

Free tags: Winter, Equality and Diversity, Christmas

Context: Gardening & Horticulture, History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Nice selection of winter activities written for an E3-L2 Functional Skills group (best for E3-L1).
The main activities are a reading comprehension (about the history of poinsettias and how they came to be popular at Christmas time) and a cloze exercise based on an old Mexican religious legend. There are also some maths questions.

Winter Solstice

Submitted by Jeanette Emmerson on Tue, 2011-11-08 17:01

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3

Free tags: Winter, Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Based on a BBC Religions – Paganism article, this is an interesting reading comprehension for the long winter months. It also includes a cloze exercise and some short writing and research activities.

Ten ages of Christmas

Submitted by Jan Long on Tue, 2011-11-08 10:39

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3

Free tags: Christmas

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Beautiful set of L1-2 Reading comprehension exercises. Includes Medieval Christmas, Victorian Christmas, Post-War Christmas, etc. The main focus is reading for detail but there are also vocabulary and dictionary questions.

Based on a series of BBC British History web pages of the same name – but note that only nine “ages” are included in this resource! (There is no Georgian/Regency Christmas).

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