Voices on the page - case studies of writing
On this page you will find a series of case studies describing ways in which colleagues have generated writing in class: planning & drafting, using language experience and other kinds of scribing. Please feel free to download and share these, and, of course, we would love you to email us with your own ideas for us to share here.
- Case study 1
- Case study 2
- Case study 3
- Case study 4
Aim of activity - To get learners move away from a narrative approach and to
consider and use a range of descriptive techniques in a GCSE English short story
assignment. There is also an example of a writing frame for topic sentences and a
piece of student writing to download.
For which learners - I have used this in the first term of a Level 2 GCSE class, but it works equally well at Level 1.
Amount of time needed - 4 - 5 hours over a few weeks.
About the author - Adrian Whittaker - literacy/GCSE English tutor at City and Islington College ; produced various collections of student writing over the years starting with the ILEA series Families, Folk Tales and Festivals.
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Case Study 2
Aim of activity - To get learners thinking about appealing to a reader's senses and emotions in descriptive writing
For which learners - This case study was written for L1/2 adult literacy learners, but could be adapted for use with entry level literacy learners, as well as ESOL learners.
Amount of time needed - 30 min- 2 hours
About the author - Amy Burgess taught literacy in the Bristol area for ten years. She has worked in community education, an FE college and family literacy and is now researching the writing development of adult literacy students.
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For which learners - This case study describes work with E1/2 adult literacy learners, but this could be adapted for use at higher levels and with ESOL groups.
Amount of time needed - 1hr to 4 hrs (over several sessions)
About the author - Winifred Miller has worked at the College of North West London for six years as a Basic Skills lecturer, teaching literacy and numeracy. Before that she taught carpentry and joinery in various institutions and centres.
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For which learners - These case studies were written about activities the author did with a group of children, but could be adapted for use with adult literacy, ESOL and numeracy classes at a variety of levels. This is an unedited chapter from Susan Wooldridge's forthcoming book: Foolsgold: Making Something Out of Nothing (and finding your creative process), to be published June 2007 by Harmony Books (Random House). We are very grateful to Susan for allowing us to use this case study.
Amount of time needed - 30 min to 2 hours
About the author - Susan Wooldridge is the author of poemcrazy: freeing your life with words, a Three Rivers paperback (Random House).
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