Reading comprehension

One or more texts accompanied by questions and/or other activities

Two reading comprehension exercises differentiated to EL1 and EL2/3 Functional Skills English.

Based on an article from Summer 2020 about the extreme weather in the UK.  Designed for a mixed ability class so that everyone could be working on the same theme.  Simple multiple choice answers for EL1,  questions for EL2/3 allow for practice in sentence writing as well as comprehension.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
FE E1.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E1.9 Read simple sentences containing one clause
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.12 Use illustrations, images and captions to locate information
FE E3.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
FE E3.11 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types)
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

Reading comprehension based on a blog which explains what "carbon" is in a very upbeat, informal way (the blog comes from the website of Who Gives a Crap, an online loo paper seller who give 50% of profits to improve sanitation in  developing countries).  Mostly aimed at L1 with extension questions for L2, all based on the Reformed Functional Skills style questions.

Editor's note

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L2.13 Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
FE L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
L2.15 Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

A lesson to build learners' confidence to make meaning from texts, introducing the terminology: theme, motif, symbol and metaphor

The song uses quite simple language, which means the focus instead is on deeper analysis. It prompted really interesting discussions in our class, and tied to our theme of new beginnings and goal setting at the start of a new term.

Editor's note

Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L2.13 Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
FE L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

A reading comprehension exercise with a writing task included for Level 1 and 2.

Based on a recent article on the BBC News website about Gavin Williamson and the subject of mobile phones in schools and the use of technology during the lockdown.  A topic that is certain to get the students engaged!

Included is a basic guide on how to write an article.

Editor's notes

Includes separate answer sheet and curriculum mapping. The guide to writing an article is really useful.

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
FE Writing composition
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

I created this L2 Functional Skills resource a couple of years ago for a  young adult group that used particularly 'salty' language. As well as a reading comprehension task, it led to some fruitful discussion about swearing in general, appropriate use of language with different audiences, and facilitated the setting of some mutually agreed ground rules.

Level
L2
English
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
L2.15 Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.17 Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
FE SL&C Discussion
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
History

A mixed set of L1-2 reading questions based on an interesting, quite technical article from the European Space Agency site. Some questions are straightforward Level 1 comprehension and vocabulary; others are more challenging and cover tone, style, language and organisational features. There is also a writing question where learners have to stick to a word count and rewrite information from the text in their own words. Might also be useful for low level GCSE. 

With FS curriculum mapping. No answer sheet.

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
FE L1.23 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L2.24 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
Context
Science, Nature & Weather
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A reading comprehension exercise differentiated Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3 Functional Skills English. 

Based on an article from Spring 2020 about finding wild plants in towns.  Designed for a mixed ability class so that everyone could be working on the same theme.  [An E1 version is also available]. Questions cover almost all E2 and E3 FS Reading criteria and allow for practice in sentence writing as well as comprehension.

Level
E2
E3
English
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
E2.10 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words and check their spelling (e.g. a simple dictionary, spell-checker)
E2.11 Read and understand sentences with more than one clause
FE E2.12 Use illustrations, images and captions to locate information
FE E3.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
E3.10 Identify different purposes of straightforward texts
FE E3.11 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types)
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

A set of  Entry Level 1 Functional English tasks based on an article from Spring 2020 about finding wild plants in towns. Designed for a mixed ability class so that everyone could be working on the same theme. [An E2-3 version is also available]. Includes multiple choice comprehension questions; sentence writing, punctuation and alphabetical order questions; and speaking and listening activities.

Level
E1
English
FE E1.1 Say the names of the letters of the alphabet
FE E1.4 Make requests and ask straightforward questions using appropriate terms and registers
FE E1.5 Respond to questions about specific information
FE E1.6 Make clear statements about basic information and communicate feelings and opinions on straightforward topics
E1.7 Understand and participate in simple discussions or exchanges with another person about a straightforward topic
FE E1.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E1.9 Read simple sentences containing one clause
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE E1.11 Punctuate simple sentences with a capital letter and a full stop
FE E1.12 Use a capital letter for the personal pronoun ‘I’ and the first letter of proper nouns
FE E1.13 Use lower-case letters when there is no reason to use capital letters
E1.14 Write the letters of the alphabet in sequence and in both upper and lower case
E1.16 Communicate information in words, phrases and simple sentences
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

British Values project based on ICT Level 2 City and Guilds covering all content including

 

  • Task 1 - Internet Research, Word
  • Task 2 - Excel IF / AND, charts, formatting, formulae,  etc
  • Task 3  - PPT with images, animation, etc.
  • Task 4 -  Mail Merge (needs memo.txt and employees.txt - see below)
  • Task 5 - Word, poster
  • Task 6  - Access database (needs training.txt file - see below)
  • Task 7 -  General ICT  Knowledge 
Level
L2
ESOL
General ESOL
ICT
Using ICT
Finding and selecting information
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Charts & graphs
Context
Faith & Religion

ICT Project about British Values - based on City & Guilds Level 1 Functional ICT assessments.

 

 

  • Task 1 - Internet research and copying and pasting
  • Task 2 - Excel activity - including formula, adding a chart, formatting
  • Task 3 - PowerPoint activity - adding slides, animation, images etc.
  • Task 4 - Create a poster on Word
  • Task 5 - Databases - sort and filter 
  • Task 6 - General ICT Knowledge
Level
L1
ESOL
General ESOL
ICT
Using ICT
Finding and selecting information
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Charts & graphs
Context
Faith & Religion