Tag Archives: reading

Descriptive and creative writing task using images

16 Sep

DOORWAY TO HEAVEN

Another brilliant resource to get students using their imagination through a visual prompt.

Myself and Georgina Hooper collated images and chopped them up into packs so students had a choice of which image to select. Students were asked to select an image that appealed to them and then given the task sheet which directs them to write creatively and descriptively.

The results were amazing, with some great written pieces that could easily have been published as fiction. The students also enjoyed reading out their own stories to others which developed their speaking and listening skills.

Enjoy the task, the instructions and images are available below.

IMAGES FOR WRITING TASK 2

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT TASK IMAGE

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Vocab word match game

15 Sep

PUZZLE

A great little activity to get students using dictionaries, think about word meanings and work together to problem solve.

There are 4 sets of words which need cutting up and mixing up (original word, synonyms, antonyms and homophones). The students then need to work together to sort the words out, using a dictionary if needed so that the original word has a synonym and antonym to match it. A separate match is made for homophones to go together.

For this particular task Georgina Hooper has used random words but you could use specialist words related to the topic/subject taught.

Click below for the resource.

VOCAB WORD MATCH

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Fun instructions mini task

13 Sep

WRITING ANT

This fun task can be used as a starter for students when teaching them about the importance of reading and following instructions.

I won’t give it away but the task creates lots of moans, groans and laughs and reiterates very simply the importance of following instructions carefully. The students get the message straight away and vow never to be fooled again!

Enjoy and click on the link for the resource.

INSTRUCTIONS MINI TEST

Source: http://www.teachit.co.uk
Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Holiday reading & writing task

15 Jan

FLIP FLOPS

Students will enjoy using their imaginations with this task which can be adapted for any age and ability.

In the task sheet they are given an imaginary £1000 pounds to spend on a holiday and they have to research holidays in the brochures then plan out what they’d take, where they’d go etc in a piece of descriptive and informative text.

The students can then present their work as part of speaking and listening in small groups to encourage them to justify and explain their choices.

All students enjoy this task and it can be carried out using brochures or by searching on the Internet, giving them chance to develop skills for the future in budgeting and booking a holiday.

HOLIDAY TASK REVISED

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Lovehearts reading and writing task

14 Jan

PEOPLE LOVEHEART

This mini project revolves around packets of Loveheart sweets and includes reading, writing, speaking and listening and a little bit of basic maths.

Students work through the different challenges from opening the sweets and identifying their features to writing descriptively about what they taste like and researching information about the history of Lovehearts, you could also try this with Skittles.

Thanks to Maggie Harnew for the original idea which was posted onto Skillsworkshop, just click on the link below to access the resource.

LOVE HEARTS TASK

Source: http://www.skillsworkshop.org

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Reading extension tasks

12 Jan

GIRL READING

Here’s a comprehensive list of activities that can be carried after students have read literature/books to test their reading skills and extend writing to provide information.

Thanks to http://education.illinois.edu/ for the resource, there’s lots to choose from and will ensure that students demonstrate their learning through a variety of tasks, just click on the link below.

Source:http://bit.ly/1ktpIcO

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Projects for assessing combined English skills

11 Jan

WWW MAGNIFYING GLASS

These two tasks are mini projects that test the students combined reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Any subject material can be used, ours are from http://www.carelpress.com, but you could use newspaper or magazine articles instead as long as they are informative and relevant to the students.

Students are then asked to work independently to read the text, answer a set of questions then discuss the topic with others. There are short written tasks included such as creating informative posters or producing a piece of creative writing (just click on the links below).

I’ve found that the students like these tasks as they are linked and it allows them to learn new things without being taught in a didactic method. They can also research further when creating posters and new pieces of text.

HAPPINESS SURVEY POSTERS
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY TASK TM
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY ANSWERS TM
A WORRIED NATION POSTER
A WORRIED NATION TASK TM
A WORRIED NATION TASK ANSWERS TM