Learning from my mistakes: an English teacher’s blog

Learning from my mistakes: an English teacher’s blog

200 Word Challenge Tasks 2016/2017

I am currently organising resources for next year and given how popular the 200 Word Challenge has been I though I’d share my tasks for next year. The original blog is here for more details.

I am grateful to my department for coming up with some of the tasks. As before, I am happy to share the tasks, but I will not share PowerPoints. That bit is up to you.

Thanks for reading,

Xris

Term 1
Task
Area of focus
Week 1
Describe an object in great detail without naming it
Perspective
Week 2
Write a love ballad for a popular musician
Poetry
Week 3
Write the open speech in a debate entitled – We have become so selfish and greedy that we have forgotten to care about others
Speech
Week 4
Application letter explaining why you should be head girl/boy
Persuasive writing
Week 5
Describe the events leading up to car crash
Creativity
Week 6
Invent a 5th season – describe a typical day for that season
Creativity
Term 2
Task
Area of focus
Week 1
Rewrite a religious story and make it suitable for young children
Audience
Week 2
Is there a generation gap? Are young people always misunderstood?
Extended thinking
Week 3
Write a letter to a parent subtly implying that the student is naughty  and the naughtiest student in the school – cannot explicitly say he/she naughty
Tone
Week 4
Describe a typical day from the perspective of a raindrop
Perspective
Week 5
Write the opening of a thriller – use a picture as a stimulus
Creativity
Week 6
Write a magazine article on the joys of colouring in
Style
Term 3
Task
Area of focus
Week 1
Letter of complaint about an item you have bought
Tone /Audience
Week 2
Describe what God would have for his breakfast
Creativity
Week 3
Describe a journey through the eyes of an animal
Perspective
Week 4
Write an AOW based on the following question: is happiness based on wealth, health and family?
Extended thinking
Week 5
Write a diary entry of a historical figure – comical (Horrible Histories) or serious
Perspective
Term 4
Task
Area of focus
Week 1
Describe a person’s personality based on a photograph
Creativity
Week 2
Write the opening to a charity leaflet persuading teachers to give students less English lessons.
Tone
Week 3
Write a short story based on a line of dialogue; ‘I’ll be back.’
Creativity
Week 4
Using a picture, describe a setting in a way nobody has done before.
Creativity
Week 5
Write a thank you letter to one teacher in the school – your English teacher is optional
Tone
Week 6
Girls are better than boys. Discuss.
Extended thinking
Week 7
Persuade a head teacher to revise the school uniform in a speech.
Tone
Term 5
Task
Area of focus
Week 1
Describe a setting from the point of view of a plant.
Perspective
Week 2
Explain the beauty of your favourite word. Say why it is better than other words.
Tone
Week 3
Write a short story entitled the lonely walk home
Creative writing
Week 4
Write a letter as if you were somebody else. You must get the sense of the person through your writing.
Style
Week 5
Write a text book entry for a topic you have learnt this week in a different subject.
Tone
Term 6
Task
Area of focus
Week 1
There are too many people in the world. Discuss.
Extended thinking
Week 2
Take a part from a famous book and describe it as it would be seen in a movie.
Perspective.
Week 3
Write a small sketch for a comedy show.
Style
Week 4
Response to a picture. Write the life story of this man.
Creativity
Week 5
Design your own 200 Word Challenge and persuade a teacher why it should be used for the next challenge.
Tone
Week 6
Describe a world with no colour.
Creativity
Week 7
Pick a time in history. Imagine you have a time machine and go back there. Describe what it is like there.
Extended thinking

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