Wt/L2.1

Plan and draft writing
(a) Make and take notes effectively, choosing formats for different purposes as well as to suit writer preferences, e.g. a flowchart to describe a process
(b) Understand that planning and drafting include sub-stages: organising information and thinking in note or diagram form (e.g. spidergram); distinguishing what must go in from what might go in, and deciding the optimum length for the task; choosing the appropriate language and structure to get across their meaning
(c) Understand that planning and drafting decisions relate to the subject matter, type of text, purpose and audience

How to format and plan a formal letter or email for English functional skills.
Word document / template.

Editor’s note
Two very useful editable Word documents – one for a letter, one for an email.
[5/12/17] Minor edits to the formal letter template

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.1

I’m using this activity to give learners a writing frame for a piece of creative writing. I want them to really think about purpose of text when they are creating it, so they have to pick the format, style and tone of their work and plan it out.

Level
E3
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.1
(a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences

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.

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

A couple of resources for planning a CV.

Firstly, I would check learners understand the term ‘Employability’ and, using the letters in the the word, ask learners to come up with ideas for the personal skills and qualities needed to get a job. For example – E – enthusiastic, energetic, M – motivated, multi-talented …etc. I would then move on to the PPT.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.2
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.2
Wt/L1.1
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Useful one page hint / planning sheet for writing film reviews. Accompanied by planning / log sheets where learners can record their ideas about the events and characters.
With teaching ideas and full mapping to E3-L2 Functional English (writing).

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.2
Wt/E3.1
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Four completely different ideas to fire your students’ imaginations and put pens to paper.

Level
L2
L1
English
Wt/L2.6
Wt/L2.3
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L1.1

Writing and ICT task sheet designed to get reluctant writers to put pen to paper. Ideal for teenagers or anyone with an interest in music/video. Mapped to Functional English / ICT.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L2.3
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.2
Wt/E3.1
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Unusual football injuries is an interesting and fun writing task that also helps with reading skills, using language fit for purpose and logical structure.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Wt/E3.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L2.3
Wt/L2.5
Context
Sport

Weird Food is another interesting and fun writing task that also helps with research skills and using language fit for purpose.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Wt/E3.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L2.3
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L2.5
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

A brilliant resource – especially for younger, teenage students. Includes an original poem, discussion of slang, background info on Valentine’s Day, writing and speaking ideas.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Poetry
Rt/E3.1
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.2
Rt/E3.7
Rw/L1.2
SLc/L1.1
Wt/E3.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L2.3
Context
History