Rt/L2.4

Read an argument and identify the points of view
(a) Understand the characteristic structures of written argument
(b) Understand that texts presenting an argument are adopting a particular point of view
(c) Understand the difference between objective fact and an opinion

I created this activity for my ESOL students but it would also work well for Functional English.
The idea is taken from Laura Jeffrey Kiiza’s text types mind map drag and drop activity (L1) – see link below under See also.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
English
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L1.2
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Rt/L2.4a Understand and identify how written arguments are structured
ESOL Rt/L2.2a Identify the purposes of a wide range of texts, whether inferred or explicitly stated
ESOL Rt/L1.2a Know how language and other textual features are used to achieve different purposes

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.

Level
Level 2
English
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L2.1
Functional English reading
Context
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism
History, culture, museums, libraries
Catering Food Nutrition

Tips and four tasks designed to help Level 2 Functional English learners think about how they can identify BIAS in texts.

Level
Level 2
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Functional English reading
General
Study Skills and General Teaching

A L1/2 Functional English Card match activity. Serves as a tactile supplement/plenary to identifying the contrasts in the tone of language used in factual, opinionated and biased statements.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L1.2
Functional English reading

This is a news article about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. It is focused on an account of the situation as reported by the local mayor.
The article is accompanied by questions about what might be inferred from the account, what might be the mayor’s opinion and whether or not the account is biased. The questions have been used with adults studying for Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2.

Level
Level 2
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Functional English reading
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items

This is a news article about the death of Whitney Houston followed by a series of questions which ask the reader to decide whether statements in the artice are true, false or inferred.

I have used it with several groups of adult learners who were working towards Edexcel level 2 Functional Skills. They really enjoyed discussiong the article. I did make an answer sheet but I changed it so many times in the light of discussion with different groups that I decided it was best to let them make up their own minds.

Level
Level 2
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Functional English reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Art Film Media Music Radio TV

Series of L2 tasks based on an article from the BBC News website written after England left the World Cup 2010 competition.
This is a complicated text. The exercises include a comprehension, identifying spelling mistakes and a vocabulary task. There is also a short writing task.

Level
Level 2
English
AL Writing: composition
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
AL Recognise and understand a range of words
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

This is a topical lesson, looking at the Japanese tsunami disaster and its coverage in the media.

It introduces students to identifying facts and opinions. It also allows students to discuss their own views (appropriately) about this disaster. Students are also given the opportunity to write their own newspaper article based around the facts of the events.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
AL Writing: composition
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L2.1
AL Rt/L1.1 Understand continuous texts
Functional English reading
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A set of comprehension questions, together with vocabulary exercises, anagrams and a writing prompt.
Useful for those working towards Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy and anyone with an interest in word origins and English linguistics.
All based on an article from the BBC News website www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10776581
See below for links to other Level 2 exercises.

Level
Level 2
English
Word origins
AL Rt/L1.1 Understand continuous texts
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.4
AL Rw/L2.3 Vocabulary (language features, synonyms, formality)
Wt/L2.2
Context
History, culture, museums, libraries

A challenging set of tasks (and points for discussion) based on two opposing articles from a Sunday paper. Designed to assess whether students are working at level 2 standards and can follow an argument, recognise bias, distinguish between fact and opinion, etc.

Level
Level 2
English
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.5
Context
News, Politics & Government items