Tag Archives: Reflection

Wikipedia writing task

19 Aug


This great activity encourages writing through the use of recognisable social media courtesy of Luke Meddings on BBC Teaching English (extract below).

This is an activity ‘about’ the internet, but it doesn’t start online. In fact it has to start offline: the idea is that students try and predict the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry for their town, region or country.

Before the lesson, make sure there is a Wikipedia entry in English for the place you’re going to talk about. During the lesson, access to the internet in class is useful, though not essential; you could use print outs at the comparison stage.

Ask students to work in pairs or groups. What facts would they include? What are the important things to say it? One way to do an activity like this is to start with students working on their own, then ask them to compare with a partner and agree a shared text, then get into small groups and make a further draft. They can share these drafts before the next stage.
If you can go online, do it now. Invite the learners to compare their own entries with the actual Wikipedia entry. What similarities and/or differences do they notice? What language features do they recognise in the ‘official’ text? What are the organising principles behind the Wikipedia entries?
If you like, you can add an element of competition by awarding a point for everything they correctly predict.

Change the task to focus on different Wikipedia entries. In each case the task is the same, to predict and compare their paragraph with the real thing. For example:
a favourite singer
an actor
a sportsman or football team
a character in a film or story

Ask them to write an ‘imaginary’ Wikipedia entry. These can’t be compared with a real one, but can be displayed around the class or shared on a blog. Here are some ideas for an imaginary Wikipedia entry:
my family
someone they know and admire (this could be someone in their family, or a friend)
me at the age of 50 – all the things I’ve achieved

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net
Source: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/my-wikipedia

Bad manners project

16 Aug


A nice project with foundation resources from Carel Press which involves reading, writing, speaking and listening.  The students can review an informational poster related to bad manners and then discuss what they have read and if it applies to them.

Students are then asked to answer some questions to determine they have read the piece thoroughly then create a poster and write a piece about who inspires them as a role model.  There’s lots of opportunities here for small group work and creativity.  Thanks to Jackie Hutchinson for this resource.


Text source: http://www.carelpress.com

Inclusion poster

15 Aug


An informative set of resources showing what inclusion is from the Tes Blog.  You could use the poster/Powerpoint as a point for discussion and ask students what they think the points mean and if they are valid or get the students to make a poster stating what inclusion means to them and display it somewhere prominently in the classroom.


Source: http://bit.ly/14WvnMO

Ice breaker – Who I am

13 Aug


I like the idea of using this sheet to get the students thinking about themselves and letting others know what they are interested in. It also gives the teacher an insight into the student when they’re new to the class.  You could get the students to swap their completed sheets and see if they can guess who filled them in; useful for getting to know you.

On the link below there are blank outline sheets for teachers to put their own questions in and also this could be used for research prompts for topics/subjects instead of just getting students to make linear notes.

Source: http://firstday.wikispaces.com/General

A good week lesson resources

11 Aug


Fabulous resources from http://www.agoodweek.com related to inspiring students to engage with others and make a positive difference through a variety of activities. One activity is to write ideas on the cards (image above) and could be used at the end of a session to show what students have learnt then challenge them further to add what impact it will have. There are many more resources to encourage students to think further about what they do and how they can drive change, please take a look.

The ethos of ‘a good week’ is taken from their website (below):

A Good Week is a global celebration of all the Good that happens in the world.
The world will come together to shine a spotlight on the people, communities and businesses making the world a healthier and happier place. We’ll be encouraging people to think about how they can improve their lives and, with partner organisations, support them to access opportunities to make their ideas happen.


Source: http://www.agoodweek.com/resources/

Ideas for assessing prior knowledge

6 Aug



This poster is a good place to start if you want to assess the prior knowledge of students from Mia MacMeekin. There are 27 ideas of tasks/activities to get the students thinking straight away about what they do/do not know and provides the teacher with a chance to speedily assess the class.

Click on the link below to view the poster.

Source: http://anethicalisland.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/events-in-instruction-event-3/

Mini self assessment for critical thinking

5 Aug


This is a great mini self assessment from Jennifer Jones for the students to determine if they are thinking critically and also gives them some pointers to prompt critical thinking.

Students can refer to the rubric to score themselves on what they have done but an additional use for this resource is as a evaluatory writing prompt to prompt creative and informative pieces based on tasks carried out.

Source: http://helloliteracy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/informational-text-unit.html