Black History

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.

Editor's note

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
FE READING and understanding words
FE READING main points & detail
L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE WRITING Use format, structure & language (to meet purpose & audience)
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History
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
L2
L1
E3
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Use reference sources
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
History

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
L1
E3
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Use reference sources
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
History