Writing prompts

Writing Prompt - Short Story

Submitted by Stephen Griffin on Thu, 2015-03-05 22:05

Literacy: Functional English - writing

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

A prompt to get learners writing a short story.

Learners must plan, draft and compose a piece of fiction that culminates with the line *The door slammed shut, never to be opened again.*

Good for brainstorming, planning, drafting, composing, checking and proofreading written work.

Editor’s note
The scaffolding and writing frames make this ideal for a wide ability range.

Drink driving - write a speech

Submitted by Karen Foot on Tue, 2015-03-03 21:29

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Wt/L2.1a

Context: Health and safety, Health, Social care, Early years, Motor vehicles & Transport

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L2

One of the Level 2 Functional English Writing exam papers asked students to write a speech.

I found a speech online and showed them how to use repeated words, emphasis, subheadings and to think about their audience. I then used the Drink Aware website to create this resource to enable students to practise speech writing.

New Year's Eve - E2 Functional English test

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-01-06 10:59

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

Free tags: New Year

Context: History

Level: E2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A simplified and adapted version of Carrie Bray’s 2011 New Year’s Eve Functional English practice test (which is aimed at E3). This version is aimed at E2 and includes: reading comprehension questions based on New Year superstitions, a cloze exercise, form filling, writing task, and speakign & listening actvities. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also and select New Year’s Eve E3 English tasks.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Quick Reads

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Scheme of work, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A mini-workscheme and accompanying worksheets for use with the Quick Read (Chiller Livewire) book Crazy Jack by Brandon Robshaw.
Develops skills in reading, comprehension, discussion, word and text identification and writing.

Literacy: Functional English - writing

General: Exam tips and help

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

More and more vocational teachers are being asked to prepare learners for Functional Skills exams.

This resource is designed to give advice on format, style and layout; appropriate content and paragraphing which would accompany any awarding organizations exam. My college used Edexcel . Can be used for Level 1 and Level 2.

Editor’s note
This resource is ideal for all but will be especially helpful to non-specialist English teachers. Incredibly useful!

Job adverts

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:40

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.3, Rt/E3.4

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Employment skills & Public services, Gardening & Horticulture, Painting Decorating & DIY, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)

Floods UK 2014 L1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2014-01-22 13:03

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

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

Functional English resource for Level 1/2 learners, working on Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The PowerPoint presentation was used as a quiz to see if learners could recognise the flooded places and to encourage discussion leading onto the reading work.
Further opportunity is included for practising writing skills. A discussion was included on ‘Britain has the best climate in the world – do you agree?’

Editor’s note (Jan 23, 15.15)
Typo (p2) and several hyperlinks fixed

Writing a job application letter

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Fri, 2013-12-20 09:11

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

Pack contains reading, writing and discussion activities. Learners are required to plan, discuss and write a letter to apply for a job. Reading a job vacancy description and answering questions about the content is required before the letter is written. The pack also includes a role play section.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E3-L2 Functional English, this substantial work pack includes detailed teaching notes and curriculum mapping information. A useful writing frame is included for E3 learners.

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1

Free tags: discussion in maths

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: L1, L2

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

The main resource has four pages. Three of the pages contain a chart and a brief to a group of students to discuss and write some sentences saying what the chart tells them. The twist is that each group of 3 students has a different chart drawn from the same data as the groups next to them. The fourth page has the table from which the charts were drawn.

The charts used are: dual/clustered bar chart comparing types of drink sold on two days.

Purpose of text - Club sandwich instructions

Submitted by Kereen Smith on Wed, 2013-10-09 13:37

Literacy: Ws/L1.2, Wt/E2.1, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.3, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.2, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5, Wt/L1.6, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Recipe

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Club sandwich instructionsClub sandwich instructionsThis is a simple activity to get learners used to the concept of writing instructive text. It can be used as an introduction to the topic of ‘Purpose of Text’ and is easily adaptable to different contextualised areas e.g.

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