Writing prompts

The Worst Video Game in History?

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2016-02-23 16:05

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

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Level: L1, L2

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

A resource pack to suit Functional Skills English at Levels 1 and 2, based on a BBC magazine article about the ET video game and the collapse of Atari. Reading tasks are supported by You-tube clips designed to prompt small group discussions. There is also a writing task.

Editor’s note
Includes curriculum mapping and answers.

Homework Horror!

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2016-01-19 22:23

Literacy: Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

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

A resource based on a current (Jan 2016) Huffington Post news report about a piece of homework that was sent home for a child to learn which contained incorrect spellings.
Learners are to identify and correct the errors, write a full explanation of their thoughts on the matter and write an appropriate email to the head teacher.

Editor’s note
A wonderful, real-life and very functional task!

Museum of Your Life

Submitted by Jacqueline Stamp on Wed, 2016-01-06 22:45

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

An enjoyable and challenging Creative Writing exercise that learners can use for reflection and self-expression. Responses from my learners have been in the form of articles, reports, power-point presentations, stories, poems, museum guidebooks, and notated floor-plans, but could also be in any other format agreed between tutor and learner.
The sheet can also be used as a discussion exercise for Speaking, Listening and Communication purposes.

The problem with obesity

Submitted by Laura Bell on Wed, 2016-01-06 21:42

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Cloze activity, reading and a writing exercise to mark National Obesity Awareness Week which runs 12th-18th January 2015, although the activity does not specifically refer to this and so can be used at any time. The cloze acts as an introduction, while the reading should stimulate discussion and provide the background for the writing activity.

A history of Christmas trees

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-12-08 22:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Christmas

Context: History

Level: E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a reading comprehension based on a piece of text outlining the origins of Christmas trees in the UK with accompanying questions and a descriptive writing activity.

Plan a Christmas Fete E1-E2

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Sat, 2015-11-28 19:41

Literacy: Wt/E1.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

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

Students are to plan and advertise a Christmas fete.
The resource covers writing lists and sentences, proof reading and using basic adjectives.
Students could use the Internet to find some ideas for Christmas stalls.

Remembrance Day E1-E2 writing practice

Submitted by Diane Lambert on Fri, 2015-11-06 15:01

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Writing prompts

I wrote this E1-2 writing task to supplement the excellent E1-2 reading/writing/discussion worksheet by Carrie Bray (see below).
Write a note to a friend. Use conjunctions and check your work.

Editor’s Note
There is an E3 version of this task (writing an email) – contributed by Diane a couple of years ago. See below.

Adjectives

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Thu, 2015-10-22 20:54

Literacy: Ws/E2.2, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: E1, E2

A simplified adjectives resource that I created to use with E1/E2 learners to introduce them to writing a description of something. Students should be encouraged to provide one describing word each that can be displayed on the whiteboard before discussing the term adjective.

This resource covers what an adjective is with underlining and cloze writing exercises to build knowledge before students attempt to write a description of two pictures.

King Richard III Functional English tasks

Submitted by Helen Whittaker on Fri, 2015-03-13 17:27

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Reading comprehension on the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.
Followed by writing tasks.
Level 1-2, with answers and curriculum mapping

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