After completing a practise formative assessment with my Phase 1 students, I realised that I needed to spend some time working on the requirements of Strand 2. My students were struggling to identify the conventions of a text even in English and so decided to do the following very simple, but effective activity before they sat the summative assessment.
Firstly, we looked at the article they had read for their formative assessment, and using the questions in the below document, had a detailed discussion about the conventions.
Next, I chose 8 different text types (I used all texts with my Phase 1 grade 7 & 8 students, but only 4 of them with my grade 6 students) and placed them on the tables and boards around the room. Here are the text types:
A. Online blog.
B. Car advertisement for Audi.
C. Informal letter.
D. Formal letter.
E. Brochure for Cancun.
F. Interview with Selena Gomez.
G. Article from El País about Donald Trump and Angela Merkel.
H. Leaflet promoting health.
I then randomly assigned students to the texts and asked them to answer the questions provided on different coloured post-it notes. The students made very thoughtful contributions about the conventions of these text types. It was particularly interesting that the students were drawn to the interview with Selena Gomez which was a great discussion point about the target audience of any text. See the results below.
I have been teaching French and Spanish for 13 years. I qualified and started teaching in the UK, and I currently work at Shanghai Community International School, China. I have experience teaching GCSEs and IB DP and MYP. Find out more about me within these blog pages or below at Linked In.