a or an
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a fully editable PowerPoint lesson that explains how to decide whether to use the article/determiner 'a' or 'an' before a word by looking at the first letter to determine whether or not it is a vowel. There are 40 slides in total.

a set of 8 differentiated worksheets on the use of 'a' or 'an' before a word.

A more detailed version of this PowerPoint that includes exceptions to the basic rules (one, hour, unicorn, university, euro, Europe, etc) is also available.

PowerPoint Lesson - a or an - including Exceptions

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Writing Frame - 'a' or 'an'

This resource contains a set of seven writing frames to reinforce the correct use of the article 'a' or 'an' before a word. In addition to helping pupils to choose the correct article 'a' or 'an', it is a particularly useful resource for students who struggle to master the basics of writing. It provides a framework and scaffolding for pupils to achieve some success in creating sentences independently.

Writing sentences and reading them back helps pupils to embed and consolidate high-frequency words which they will then be able to use freely in their writing. It is particularly appropriate for those SEN students. who find reading and writing challenging. The support of the frame makes sentence writing accessible and gives pupils a feeling of confidence - that they can do it! I have used these frames successfully over many years to get older SEN students motivated to read and write independently.

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Created: Aug 9, 2015

Updated: Jan 13, 2021


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