Writing prompts

I wrote this resource to explore the Reformed Entry Level 2 reading and writing content, and the format of the new assessments from various awarding organisations (AO). 

Level
E2
English
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
FE E2.9 Understand organisational markers in short, straightforward 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
E2.13 Use basic punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, question and exclamation marks)
FE E2.14 Form regular plurals
E2.15 Use the first and second letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
FE E2.16 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.17 Communicate information using words and phrases appropriate to audience and purpose
E2.18 Complete a form asking for personal information (e.g. first name, surname, address, postcode, age, date of birth)
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions (e.g. or, and, but) to connect clauses
FE E2.20 Use adjectives and simple linking words in the appropriate way
Context
Art Film Media Music TV
Independent living

A PowerPoint set of L1-L2 reading, maths and writing tasks. All are based on information a recent UK.gov Home Office fact sheet about Prevent and Channel*. The fact sheet can be found online or downloaded from this page. Main Functional Maths coverage is reading and comparing whole numbers and percentages, and percentage-fraction equivalents. Some questions involve calculating percentages or checking the figures that are quoted in the text (Level 2).

Editor's notes

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
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 L2.11 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 L2.24 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
FE L2.25 Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables)
FE L2.27 Use different language and register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose
Maths
FM L1.1 Read, write, order and compare large numbers (up to one million)
FM L1.8 Read, write, order and compare common fractions and mixed numbers
FM L1.13 Read, write, order and compare percentages in whole numbers
FM L1.14 Calculate percentages of quantities, including simple percentage increases and decreases by 5% and multiples thereof
FM L1.16 Recognise and calculate equivalences between common fractions, percentages and decimals
FM L2.4 Identify and know the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages
FM L2.6 Calculate percentage change (any size increase and decrease), and original value after percentage change
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Health and safety
News, Politics & Government items

A reading, writing, listening and discussion task. The topic is skills at risk and the older generation. Comprehension questions focus on the gist. The grammar focus is passive voice verbs. Learners will discuss and write sentences about their skills, and will write about traditional skills that are in danger of dying out.

Level
L1
L2
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Sc/L1.3a
ESOL Sc/L1.3b
ESOL Sc/L2.4b
ESOL Lr/L1.2d
ESOL Lr/L2.2d
ESOL Rs/L2.1a
ESOL Ws/L2.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

This resource was created as a way to focus my learners on one person in a larger story. I believe it is a great way to get them used to using the Who, What, Why, When and Where writing method creatively. It is especially good for planning activities.

Editor's note

Although Functional English does not include creative / fiction writing this resource is still useful for general E3 and L1 planning and writing practice, and (for L2 students) as preparation for GCSE.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail

This lesson was designed to help learners prepare to write articles for their L1 writing exam. 

There is a reading text "Woman ran last 18 miles of London Marathon with broken ankle" with vocab, gist and detail questions, and a few questions for genre analysis.

Then a worksheet to support learners to gain top tips from a youtube video (watch till 2:18).

They can check their learning by reconstructing the sample text from the video, cut up into sections.

Level
L1
English
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
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
Context
Sport
Voluntary & Charity

Two sets of Functional English resources based on various texts from the set of seven How We Remember texts (follow link right, under See also to download the texts). 

L1 tasks - reading questions based on Texts B ( Poppies web site) and E (A Nation's Thank you - the People's Procession) and a related writing task.

L1-2 tasks - reading questions based on Texts E (as above) and G (Nurse Mary Borden - forgotten female poet of WWI) and a related writing task that focuses on presentation devices and persuasive techniques.

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE READING analyse texts
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L2.27 Use different language and register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose
Context
History
Voluntary & Charity

A multi-skill worksheet that incorporates speaking, listening, reading and writing, based on a short (1:22) BBC news video about a 100th birthday trip to London. Aimed at E3 / L1, but suitable for higher level E2 and for L2 as a recap (for L2 - elicit examples of the grammar and instructions beforehand).

Key learning outcomes: learners will:

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE READING main points & detail
FE Grammar
FE SL&C Active listening
FE SL&C Make requests & ask questions
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

EL3 reading, writing and proof reading resource based on a newspaper article about the decline of hedgehogs.

Editor's note

Fully mapped to the new 2018 Functional English content which comes into effect September 2019. 

10 comprehension questions which focus on extracting the main point and ideas. The main writing task is an informal email - planning and drafting is expected and there is an E3 writing  checklist for the learner. There are also short task on grammar, proof reading and adjectives.

Level
E2
E3
English
Functional English reading
FE E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
E3.18 Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and in a logical sequence (e.g. chronologically, by task)
E3.19 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified)

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
FE 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

Reading and writing tasks based on an over-the-top article about a new ride at Nottingham’s annual Goose Fair.
The emphasis is on language features ( I HAD A FOREST) and persuasive writing but many aspects of L1-2 reading and writing are covered.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism