Writing explanations

Challenge reference: 4894

Notional learning hours  20
Level Entry 1
Subject area
Learning aim

The learner will identify some of the key features of explanation writing and apply these in their own writing.

Learning context

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Learning outcomes

What the learner needs to know, understand or be able to do

The learner will:

  1. Listen and respond to texts in this genre.


  2. Write a simple explanation text.

Assessment criteria

What the learner need to demonstrate in order to meet the learning outcome

The learner can:

    • Listen to two or three texts in this genre
    • Identify three facts about the topic discussed
    • Express an opinion
    • Explain what a caption is
    • Write factual sentences about a topic 
    • Use capital letters, full stops and commas in lists
    • Group sentences in a logical sequence
    • Use simple time connectives to link sentences
    • Express an opinion
    • Write in 3rd person, present tense
    • Label or caption an illustration or photograph