Back to basics

7th March 2014 at 00:00
Creative writing gets a lot of attention, but writing to inform can be just as tricky. These resources teach the necessary skills for producing measured, meticulous and enlightening non-fiction

1. Uniform approach

What is it? A workbook that helps students to create texts that discuss or explore issues. It uses education-based questions such as "Should school uniform be compulsory" and "Should home-schooling be allowed?" as a starting point

What users say "Very helpful resource. It presented the material in a clear and systematic way."

2. Suffragette story

What is it? A series of lessons on researching Emmeline Pankhurst and writing about her life

What users say "Great the way you ask kids to question the overused word `hero' - is footballer Wayne Rooney really up there with Nelson Mandela and Gandhi?"

3. Hunger Games help

What is it? Three lessons that use the Hunger Games series as inspiration for non-fiction writing

What users say "We've been revising exam skills for so long that both my students and I have become rather jaded and bored. These resources are really useful and thoroughly

4. Slumming it

What is it? A PowerPoint to show students aged 14-16 how to write a film review, with particular reference to Slumdog Millionaire (pictured)

What users say "This is a brilliant resource - thank you so much. I've been able to adapt it to the needs of my own class."

5. Advice on advising

What is it? A presentation on the conventions of writing to provide advice, with a stepby-step guide for students

What users say "So useful. Thank you."

6. Well informed

What is it? A lesson covering the devices used in writing designed to inform, and how students can utilise these in their own work

What users say "Interesting."

7. Leaf through

What is it? Advice on how to write and analyse leaflets and other types of texts designed to inform

What users say "Caught short. Really struggling to think of a lesson for my class and up pops your resource. Perfect - thank you."

8. Non-fiction notes

What is it? Resources for teaching about a variety of types of non-fiction texts

What users say "Thank you so much for sharing these fabulous resources. They cover most aspects of the topic and have saved me hours of time developing similar ideas myself."

9. Perfecting prose

What is it? A series of activities originally intended to prepare students for non-fiction exam questions

What users say "Excellent resource - very easy to follow and suggested tasks added in comments were great."

10. D'oh it right

What is it? A task built around writing a review of an episode of The Simpsons

What users say "I will tweak it to serve reviews of French films. Merci."


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