Black History

Black History Month slides for English Functional Skills. Covers a broad range of skills such as discussion points, comprehension, working out vocabulary from context and/or with a dictionary, language features, organisational features, fact and opinion, and punctuation. 

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Level
Level 1
Level 2
English
FE L1.4 Communicate information / ideas / opinions clearly & accurately on range of topics
FE L1.5 Express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
FE E1.6 Make clear statements, communicate feelings & opinions on straightforward topics
FE L2.5 Communicate information/ideas/opinions clearly/effectively with further detail/development if required
FE L2.6 Express opinions and arguments and support them with relevant and persuasive evidence
FE L2.8 Make relevant and constructive contributions to move discussion forward
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
FE L1.17 Read & understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of texts
FE L2.14 Understand how textual features/devices can shape meaning for different audiences/purposes
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view & distinguishing fact from opinion
Context
History, culture, museums, libraries

Level 2 reading resource analysing purpose, identifying points of view, organisational and language features, and implied meaning.

Based on a BBC news article where architect Sir David Adjaye calls for a 'long overdue' black culture museum in Britain.

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Fully mapped to the reformed Functional English content which comes into effect September 2019. 

Level
Level 2
English
FE L2.13 Identify implicit & inferred meaning in texts
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view & distinguishing fact from opinion
FE L1.14 Understand organisational / structural features use to locate relevant information
FE L2.17 Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias

A reading comprehension and writing activity at L1/L2 and at E3 on Walter Tull, one of England’s first black professional footballers and the UK’s first black army officer. He has an inspiring story and was killed in action in France 100 years ago (March 25, 1918). David Lammy MP is calling for his Military Cross to be awarded posthumously as an inspiration to others. Plenty of possibilities for speaking and listening discussions around the topic.

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Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
FE READING and understanding words
FE READING main points & detail
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE WRITING Use format, structure & language (to meet purpose & audience)
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History, culture, museums, libraries
Sport
Employment skills & Public services

Topical set of reading comprehension and research tasks written for Black History Month (October) but can be used at any time. Differentiated biographies (one for E3-L1, one for L1-L2) of Rosa Parks, known as “the mother of the civil rights movement”, with related comprehension, discussion and vocabulary tasks. There is also a cloze exercise and a timeline research task.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
AL Writing: composition
Use reference sources
AL Reading: comprehension
Context
History, culture, museums, libraries

A beautifully prepared E3-L1 literacy workbook. Produced to be used during Black History month (October) at Bolton College but can be used at any time. The main text is derived from Kwesi Bacchra’s review of “Claudia Jones, a life in exile” by Marika Sherwood.
Exercises include reading comprehension, correcting spellings, dictionary and alphabetical order work, abbreviations, research and creative writing.

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
AL Writing: composition
Use reference sources
AL Reading: comprehension
Context
History, culture, museums, libraries