Identify the purpose of a text and infer meaning which is not explicit (a) Understand that different kinds of text have different purposes, that texts can have more than one purpose, and that the real purpose of some texts can be different from the explicitly stated purpose (b) Understand that format, structure, vocabulary and style provide clues to the purpose of a text (c) Understand that the relevance of a text depends on the reader's purpose as well as the purpose of the text

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

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday, Easter

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension

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.

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.

Natural signs that show spring comes earlier

Submitted by Nick Jackson on Fri, 2011-04-08 10:03

Literacy: Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rw/L2.1, Rw/L2.2, Wt/L2.3

Free tags: Spring

Context: Science & Nature

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A topical Level 2 reading and writing assignment based on an article from the from the Observer. Ideal for early spring / late winter but can be used any time of year. Covers comprehension, purpose of text, apostrophes, vocabulary and dictionary work, and writing. Includes differentiation and extension ideas.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5, Rt/L2.8, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation, On-screen activity or video, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a topical lesson, looking at the Japanese tsunami disaster and its coverage in the media.

It introduces students to identifying facts and opinions. It also allows students to discuss their own views (appropriately) about this disaster. Students are also given the opportunity to write their own newspaper article based around the facts of the events.

The PPT includes links to news videos and is best used in conjunction with the Fact or opinion handout.

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.

Recognising tone

Submitted by Janet Kinsey on Thu, 2008-03-27 16:53

Literacy: Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.5

ESOL: ESOL Rt/L2.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.5a

Level: L2

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

An excellent series of activities (help sheet, sample text, card match game & teaching notes) covering this difficult topic. First used in a Level 2 ESOL reading class but also ideal for Literacy.

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