Tag Archives: reading

Reading for information – skimming & scanning

10 Jan

READING UNDER A BULB TREE

The purpose of these activities is to get the students to speed up their reading in preparation for final exams and the world of work where time is short.

To start with students are independently asked to look at an article – this can be any article (we used a newspaper article on bullying) and used the task sheet (link below – laminate for future use) to make notes on keywords and overall information in the text. The students then compare what they have found and see if they have come to the same conclusion through discussion in small groups.

After the students have done a few of these article reviews (I asked them to look at 4 different articles separately) they can then move onto reviewing several articles on the same theme and consolidate the information into a few paragraphs on flipchart paper as a group. Students then find it far easier to take notes and summarise texts after this session without feeling the need to write everything down – a good session for at the start of the year.

TEXT REVIEW SUPPORT HANDOUT

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Formats & features – poster task

9 Jan

MAN WITH MAGNIFYING GLASS

This is a good task to get students to understand the importance of layout and what information to include in a poster so that it provides information to the reader and is fit for purpose.

Split students into small groups (ideally 4) and provide each one with a different coloured pen so that you can see who is working and who needs support/prompting.

Provide the students with a variety of posters (at least 3) that they see daily around the school/college/university – these can have a theme or be random posters that are supposed to attract the students (we used equality and diversity posters for this task).

In their groups ask the students to analyse the posters using the prompts (link below) and get them to write their answers on flip chart paper then feedback their findings to the class at the end.

It’s surprising what students identify with and what mistakes designers make when trying to get the attention of the public. The student results are then used as a base for them to produce a poster on a chosen topic without making the same mistakes. I’ve found this method to be very effective as opposed to asking students to design a poster straight away as the quality and appropriateness is far superior after carrying out this activity.

POSTER EVALUATION PROMPTS

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Dictionary tasks

20 Sep

DICTIONARY SKILLS

Students very rarely want to open a dictionary on their desk so this small activity from Katy Hall and Georgina Hooper encourages students to have a go based on whatever activity, topic or subject that they are currently studying.

You can adapt the words to what’s currently being studied and students can research independently or in pairs using a paper dictionary or web based dictionary. Students can then discuss their findings and evaluate the difficulty of the task as finding things alphabetically is an essential employment skill.

DICTIONARY THESAURUS MINI TASK KS GH

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Respect Questionnaire – Speaking and Listening activity

19 Sep

BOYS SPEAKING

This activity encourages reflection and evaluation of how others and students communicate both positively and negatively. I particularly like this activity because it poses a series of questions with no right or wrong answers about feeling valued during communication and offers insights into how students present themselves making them think a little deeper.

There are various ways to set the questions: you can display them on the board and ask students to discuss in small groups and then feedback, display them on the board and ask for any contribution or chop up the questions and give them out for discussion after they’ve been deliberated upon. The activity tests teamworking and communication skills and also supports appropriate communication in valid situations.

RESPECT QUESTIONNAIRE TM

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Mini reading task – Infographic on gadget ownership

18 Sep

GADGET INFOGRAPH READING ENTRY TM

This infograph from Comet on gadget ownership has been adapted for my students to test their reading skills at Entry Level.  Often Entry Level students find it difficult to concentrate on chunks of text so infographics offer a fantastic alternative and always grabs attention.

Students can start by discussing what gadgets they own and compare it to the tutor/teacher or they can discuss it at the end.  The versatility of this resource means that there’s discussion, reading, writing and the opportunity for the class to carry out their own research into ownership then present their findings in a visual format.

Just download the questions and answers below and thanks to Comet for the resource.

ENTRY INFOGRAPHIC READING QUESTIONS TM

ENTRY INFOGRAPHIC READING ANSWERS TM

Reading – Extension task

17 Sep

READING BEE

This small group reading task is a nice little extension activity to see if students can follow instructions and directions. It’s a map and a list of facilities and where they’re located to test student comprehension and team work for correct identification.

I’ve laminated the blank plan so the students can use dry wipe pens to identify areas and not get mad if they’ve made a mistake as it’s easily rubbed off. It also encourages discussion as the instructions aren’t entirely clear. Thanks to Jackie Hutchinson for this resource, the answers are also included.

READING FOR INFORMATION SPORTS HALL JH

READING FOR INFORMATION SPORTS HALL ANSWERS JH

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Key English terms

16 Sep

DIARY

Here’s a useful resource for students that can be adapted for whatever specialist subject/topic they are studying to assist in remembering key terms, words and phrases to include spellings.

For this sample I have included English terms courtesy of Georgina Hooper from Grimsby Institute which supports students to learn the terms used in the Functional English curriculum and exam papers.

Please feel free to adapt and share, tailoring it to your own curriculum. It really works as students have a reference instead of asking the tutor/teacher first and encourages independence.

GLOSSARY GENERIC ENGLISH TERMS GH