Literacy Resources

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Writing about an object

Submitted by Ruth North on Thu, 2017-01-12 20:57

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Flash cards, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

A set of writing activity cards that are easily differentiated for groups of learners working at a range of levels. Main focus is purpose of text.

Editor’s note
Please share your ideas on suitable objects to use for this really creative task. If you are a registered contributor you can log in and leave a comment – otherwise email me using the Contact us link at the bottom of any page.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Functional English - writing

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Context: History, Independent living

Level: E1, E2, E3

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

A Bonfire Night themed resource covering some aspects of literacy and numeracy.
The resource contains a basic reading comprehension about the History of Bonfire Night. This is followed by a numeracy activity where students have to buy fireworks for a display with a budget of £300. The final activity is a writing task and learners have to create a poster advertising the event.

I created this for an ILS (independent life skills) class but it could be used with Entry Functional Skills learners too.

Olympic Rio opening ceremony - Functional English

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2016-08-16 16:39

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Olympics

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Writing prompts

A short cloze exercise on the Olympic Opening Ceremony based on numbers (E2-L1), plus a writing activity at 2 levels (E2-3 and L1-L2).

Editor’s note
The cloze is also a clever way of embedding some maths (large numbers).

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

Context: Animal care & Equine

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Three sets of differentiated reading questions (E1, E2, E3) based on a poster about a shire horse centre / farm.
Covers all aspects of Entry Level functional skills reading. The writing task asks learners to plan and create an advertising poster for an attraction of their choice.
Editor’s note
With full curriculum mapping

Proof reading for Early Years students

Submitted by Linda M Hoole on Wed, 2016-06-15 09:15

Literacy: Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.6, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Here is a resource I have successfully embedded into our early years training. It is a bit over the top with errors but even more able students enjoy doing it.

Editor’s note
Could be used by anyone – not just Early Years!
With answer key and Functional Skills mapping

Apostrophes and commas

Submitted by Julie Hobson on Mon, 2016-05-09 15:05

Literacy: Ws/E3.4, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: E3, L1, L2

A powerpoint presentation showing incorrect use of the apostrophe and comma. Useful for discussions to show the correct use and for learners to say why the apostrophe is wrong. Has ‘its’ and ‘it’s’ and omissive and possessive apostrophes.

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 Reads book Ghost Dog by Brandon Robshaw.
Develops skills in reading, comprehension, word and text identification, discussion and writing.

Shocking sugar levels in High Street hot drinks

Submitted by Laura Bell on Thu, 2016-02-18 23:15

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing frame

Level: E3, L1, L2

Topical resource based on a news story. Reading comprehension at 2 levels (E3 and L1/L2) plus two writing extension activities with writing frames. Some embedded maths (including a chart in the L1/L2 exercise) and the opportunity to discuss healthy eating. The higher level comprehension aims to get learners to understand in depth what they are reading, rather than just answer the questions from the text.

Conjunctions - for hairdressing students

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2016-01-24 14:11

Literacy: Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Interactive presentation

A PPT to supplement work on this topic in the context of hairdressing.
Also includes a quick starter on punctuation.

Plural spellings - proofreading practice

Submitted by Emily Nichols on Tue, 2015-12-22 11:35

Literacy: Ww/E3.2, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.6, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A resource designed to be used with Abigail Illife’s excellent Plural Spelling rules resource [ see ‘See also’ below].

Learners can practise their proofreading skills and apply the spelling rules. Give learners the first sheet and ask them to highlight the mistakes. As well as spelling mistakes there are capital letters and the US spelling of centre.

Hand out the second sheet on which the mistakes are underlined so that they can mark themselves and check that they have spotted all the mistakes.

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