Recognise how language and other textual features are used to achieve different purposes, e.g. to instruct, explain, describe, persuade (a) Understand that choice of language and textual features reflect the purpose of a text (b) Know that different types of text use different sorts of language, structural and presentational devices (c) Understand that readers can choose different sorts of texts to read for pleasure, depending on their tastes and interests, e.g. imaginative texts (stories, novels, poems), factual texts (biographies, travel writing, information texts)

Features of persuasive texts

Submitted by Sarah Penneck on Thu, 2018-01-25 22:10

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A2 Analyse, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.4

ESOL: ESOL Rt/L1.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.4a

Level: L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Cut and stick, Reading comprehension

I created this activity for my ESOL students but it would also work well for Functional English.
The idea is taken from Laura Jeffrey Kiiza’s text types mind map drag and drop activity (L1) – see link below under See also.

Students first use Laura’s drag and drop activity on the computer (this covers both persuasive and instructive texts).
I then gave them the features of persuasive texts (see page 1 of resource) which they cut up and stick on the text on page 2 (or they could simply annotate the text using colo

Fact, opinion and bias match up cards

Submitted by Nigel Henry on Thu, 2015-12-17 09:05

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Level: L1, L2

A L1/2 Functional English Card match activity. Serves as a tactile supplement/plenary to identifying the contrasts in the tone of language used in factual, opinionated and biased statements.

Types of Text PPT

Submitted by Samantha Dowd on Wed, 2014-10-01 10:06

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.2

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: L1

A power point attached that covers the 4 main types of text. Includes objectives and group activities.

Aimed at Level 1 and ideal for Functional English.

Text types matching game

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Thu, 2013-10-10 09:53

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Warm-up

Level: E3, L1, L2

Cards which can be used as a plenary or warm up to match definitions and features to types of text.
Editor’s note
With Functional English mapping

Purpose of text card game

Submitted by Jan Long on Fri, 2012-09-28 16:22

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2

Resource type: Game

Level: E3, L1, L2

A useful game I created to help my students understand and recognise different types of documents. It is particularly useful as a plenary. I first used it several years ago in an observed lesson, and the game was highly complimented!

Editor’s note
With extensive instructions, differentiation ideas and full Functional English mapping.

Purposes of Text PowerPoint

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Fri, 2011-09-16 14:52

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: L1, L2

An interactive PowerPoint that could be used by the whole class or individually to identify the four main purposes of text. I used it with a new L2 group as a whole class activity.

First, we discussed why people write and wrote their ideas down. Tthen we moved on to looking at the PowerPoint. Each example text was discussed and its purpose(s) was identified.

Different types of text

Submitted by Matt Barnes on Mon, 2011-04-11 11:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rs/L2.1, Rs/L2.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Rw/L2.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

Wonderful high L1 – Level 2 resource which looks at the purposes and sources of a range of texts. Includes: useful handout with example of the four main types of text; discussion and examples of texts with more than one purpose; examples of badly written texts with mixed and confusing purposes; inferred and hidden meanings; writing practice (for four different purposes); re-ordering a long instructional text; and a set of final multiple choice questions to check skills.
Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Fantasy job lesson plan

Submitted by Philip Hinchcliffe on Sat, 2009-09-19 17:25

Literacy: Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Lesson plan

Fantasy job lesson plan is a step by step detailed plan based on Jane Harbord’s popular Fantasy Job Project resource submitted in 2008 (see below). Gets students looking at job adverts and discussing what is required by employers. Great for general literacy classes or employment skills groups.

Text types - circular writing activity

Submitted by Heidi Griffin on Fri, 2008-05-16 16:53

Literacy: Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.6

Resource type: Shared text, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

An excellent and refreshingly different circular writing activity that encourages students to explore a range of styles and write for different purposes. Ideal for consolidating work on purpose of text. The sample texts (you will never think of making a cup of tea in the same way again!) make a super resource in their own right.

Fantasy job project

Submitted by Jane Harbord on Sun, 2008-03-09 16:53

Literacy: Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Writing prompts

Fantasy job project is a great way to get student looking at job adverts and discussing what is required by employers. This scaffolded writing task lists points for students to consider before planning A3 job adverts/posters. First used with New Deal students.

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