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Changed on 9 May 2022

A lovely way of consolidating Level 2 punctuation work. Could also be used as a group revision exercise if projected onto a smartboard.

Level
Level 2
English
AL Ws/L2.4 Use apostrophes & inverted commas
Rs/L2.2

Changed on 9 May 2022

A fabulous multi-sensory punctuation game. 8 large cards to laminate plus teaching ideas. Great for mixed ability classes.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E2.4
Rs/E3.3
Rs/L2.2
Ws/E1.2
Ws/E1.3
Ws/E2.3
Ws/E2.4
Ws/E3.4
Ws/L1.3
AL Ws/L2.4 Use apostrophes & inverted commas

Changed on 9 May 2022

Developed after a training session with Geoff Petty, I use this self-assessment checklist for mixed level groups. 

Although colour-coded to various levels, the idea is that any learner, regardless of level, can use the checklist to assess their own writing, and map their strengths and weaknesses.  It also helps  teachers to see how effectively learners are able to self-evaluate.   I have found it to be a really good tool to foster independent learning.

Editor's note

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
FE WRITING Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
FE Writing composition
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)
General
Study Skills and General Teaching

Changed on 9 May 2022

Seven proof reading exercises that can be used as warm ups or as a main teaching focus. Each text includes spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Two of the exercises also include paragraphing practice.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.3
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.2

Changed on 9 May 2022

This resource will assess homophones, verb-subject agreement, past tense and finding synonyms.
L1 and L2

Level
Level 2
Level 1
English
General literacy / English
Context
History, culture, museums, libraries

Changed on 9 May 2022

Useful handout with definitions and examples of common punctuation marks, a really clever and fun re-writing exercise, cloze exercise, comprehension and more.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
English
Rs/E2.4
Rs/E3.3
Rs/L1.2
Ws/E2.3
Ws/E2.4
Ws/E3.4
Ws/L1.3

Changed on 9 May 2022

GCSE AQA Language Paper 1 Question 3: this resource uses a pop music video (Stay by Shakespears Sister) to help students grasp the concept of analysing fictional texts for structure. Many students struggle to get to grips with the idea of structure; this activity is designed to demonstrate how stories are structured in a more visual way. There's a worksheet with links to three short video clips; students watch each clip and then make notes about what they see in the story (introduction of characters, setting, atmosphere / mood / tone, action, plot, etc). 

Level
GCSE L1-5
English
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure

Changed on 3 May 2022

This is targeted towards learners preparing for the Entry 2 Functional Skills Writing exam.  It uses the Entry 1 Cat Care text created by Emma Gentili (go to "See also"), and can be used in mixed ability classes together with the E1 resource. 

Editor's note

Love it when skillsworkshop users recycle resources! A great adaptation of the original E1 version :) 

Level
Entry Level 2
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
FE E2.11 Read & understand sentences with more than one clause
FE E2.12 Use illustrations, images & captions to locate information
FE E2.13 Use basic punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, question, exclamation marks)
FE E2.14 Form regular plurals
FE E2.15 Use 1st & 2nd letters to sequence words alphabetically
FE E2.17 Communicate information using words & phrases appropriate to audience & purpose
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions to connect clauses
FE E2.20 Use adjectives & simple linking words
Context
Animals, animal care, farming & equine

Changed on 3 May 2022

Set of differentiated (pre)E1-E2 reading comprehension worksheets based on the quiz show Supermarket Sweep. If your learners are not familiar with the quiz game Alex suggests playing the introduction and then the 'trolley round' (17m40-20m) of this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FESeyvQHjTQ to introduce the lesson and stimulate discussion.

Editor's notes

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
English
FE E1.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
FE E1.9 Read simple sentences containing one clause
FE E2.11 Read & understand sentences with more than one clause
FE 1.14 Write letters of alphabet in sequence & in upper / lower case
FE E2.15 Use 1st & 2nd letters to sequence words alphabetically
FE E1.12 Use capital letter for pronoun ‘I’ and proper nouns
FE E2.13 Use basic punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, question, exclamation marks)
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
Context
Art Film Media Music Radio TV

Changed on 3 May 2022

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