Writing prompts

This is a reading from a BBC site with questions based on the Edexcel L1 Functional Skills reading paper and a writing task. The topic is ‘Mothering Sunday’. It describes the history and gives information about traditional food.

Editor’s note
Very comprehensive. All aspects of L1 reading are covered – not just “reading for detail”.

Level
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - reading
Context
History

A mini-workscheme and accompanying worksheets for use with the Quick Reads book Ghost Dog by Brandon Robshaw.
Develops skills in reading, comprehension, word and text identification, discussion and writing.

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading

A Level 1 Reading, Speaking and Listening and Writing resource pack based on topical issues around social media.

Editor’s notes
With answers and curriculum mapping. Ideal for all ages, but especially 16-19 year olds.
9/3/16: Minor edit, missing quotation mark in title fixed on page 1.

Level
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
General literacy / English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A resource pack to suit Functional Skills English at Levels 1 and 2, based on a BBC magazine article about the ET video game and the collapse of Atari. Reading tasks are supported by You-tube clips designed to prompt small group discussions. There is also a writing task.

Editor’s note
Includes curriculum mapping and answers.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A resource based on a current (Jan 2016) Huffington Post news report about a piece of homework that was sent home for a child to learn which contained incorrect spellings.
Learners are to identify and correct the errors, write a full explanation of their thoughts on the matter and write an appropriate email to the head teacher.

Editor’s note
A wonderful, real-life and very functional task!

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L1.6
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Education

An enjoyable and challenging Creative Writing exercise that learners can use for reflection and self-expression. Responses from my learners have been in the form of articles, reports, power-point presentations, stories, poems, museum guidebooks, and notated floor-plans, but could also be in any other format agreed between tutor and learner.
The sheet can also be used as a discussion exercise for Speaking, Listening and Communication purposes.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)

Cloze activity, reading and a writing exercise to mark National Obesity Awareness Week which runs 12th-18th January 2015, although the activity does not specifically refer to this and so can be used at any time. The cloze acts as an introduction, while the reading should stimulate discussion and provide the background for the writing activity. The writing task includes space for planning and drafting.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading
General literacy / English
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

This is a reading comprehension based on a piece of text outlining the origins of Christmas trees in the UK with accompanying questions and a descriptive writing activity.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E3.1
Rt/E3.4
Rt/E3.1
Functional English - reading
Context
History

Students are to plan and advertise a Christmas fete.
The resource covers writing lists and sentences, proof reading and using basic adjectives.
Students could use the Internet to find some ideas for Christmas stalls.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E2.1
Wt/E1.1
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
Voluntary & Charity

I wrote this E1-2 writing task to supplement the excellent E1-2 reading/writing/discussion worksheet by Carrie Bray (see below).
Write a note to a friend. Use conjunctions and check your work.

Editor’s Note
There is an E3 version of this task (writing an email) – contributed by Diane a couple of years ago. See below.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Voluntary & Charity
History