English: Supporting struggling students

Nicola Davison
31st October 2016
English, secondary, support, scaffold, resource, lesson, template, reading, writing, speaking, listening, spoken language, KS3, KS4, GCSE, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11

Help less-able pupils to develop their literacy skills with these popular tools, strategies and activity ideas

Literacy skills – those of reading, writing, speaking and listening – are the foundations of learning in English. They are required to not only make sense of, but also to talk or write about both language and literature in the classroom. In essence, learners won't get very far without them.

So, to encourage the regular practice of these skills, we’ve brought together a collection of activities with the aim of reinforcing some of the basic concepts. For even more inspiration, why not take a look at the relevant resources outlined in this SEND-focused blog post as well?

Reading resources

Designed for KS3, this adaptable challenge booklet is ideal for supporting home reading and comes with parental guidelines and a suggested book list for reluctant readers.

Help students to tackle comprehension tasks logically in this step-by-step lesson, including a handy template for reference. And get them to demonstrate their understanding with these comprehension worksheets, covering a variety of topic areas.

Writing resources

Take a different approach to spelling with these unusual activities, which cater for a range of learning styles, as well as developing thinking according to Bloom’s taxonomy. Or, for something to help pupils practise punctuation, look no further than these thorough revision tasks.

Support learners as they compose structured, analytical paragraphs about literature with this colourful writing scaffold, including sentence starters and a technique word bank.

Spoken language resources

Encourage pupils to discuss, debate and role-play solutions to real-life dilemmas by showing them these open-ended videos, ideal as starter activities.

When it comes to group discussions, ensure you have displayed these well-designed posters, which explain the key characteristics of good speakers and listeners. Additionally, try this extensive list of question prompts to promote lively debate among your students.

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