Free tags: Shrove Tuesday, Easter
Context: Catering Food Nutrition, History, Leisure Travel Tourism
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.
Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2
Resource type: Game
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!
With extensive instructions, differentiation ideas and full Functional English mapping.
Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2
Resource type: Interactive presentation
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.
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
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.
Free tags: Spring
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
Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation, On-screen activity or video, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
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.
Resource type: Shared text, Writing prompts
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.
ESOL: ESOL Rt/L2.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.5a
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.
Free tags: Equality and Diversity, Christmas
Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, Teaching idea
A transcript and video link to a performance of Benjamin Zephaniah’s great poem. Great for discussion of language, dialect and oral performance and for Level 2 reading – inferring meaning, etc.