Tudors - Environments
Environments to support teaching of this historical period
The Tudors resource pack contains a large variety of SymWriter2 environments to support the teaching and learning about this historical period. Each area of study comprises of five SymWriter2 activities; Listen and copy, questions, true or false, structured writing and a vocabulary environment. These activities have been specifically designed to support the whole teaching sequence, from the introduction through to recording the user's knowledge and understanding of the topic area.
Available in a symbolised format or text only format.
There are five topics:
- The Tudors
- Henry VIII
- Rich and Poor
- Tudor Exploration
- Tudor Homes
Each topic has five activities
Listen and Copy
Each page of text has 4 sentences. As the student clicks on each sentence in turn it is spoken and then added to the document. There is a Repeat Speech button to hear it again and a delete button to remove an entire line in case something was selected in error.
The final text can be printed (and it works well in black and white as well as colour). Another option is to use this as an information source as one might use a web page. In this case the users can browse through the pages and copy just the sentences they need.
Click on the green 'Question' button to hear a question, which is written to the document, and then choose the answer from the sentences below. There may be more than one appropriate sentence. More able writers could combine this with writing from the keyboard.
True or False
Test the comprehension of the information and check reading ability in deciding whether each sentence is true or false.
Write sentences about the topic using these structured writing grids. There is content for writing two or three simple sentences from each grid. The words or phrases have coloured borders to help with the sentence syntax. More adventurous writers may add a few words from other grids or from the keyboard.
This word bank provides grids of words organised by topic. The aim is to help writers in vocabulary selection and to give suggestions for free writing on the topic. The Environments are set up for symbols to appear in the document, but by changing the document to Text Mode (by pressing F10) or clicking on the Symbols on/off icon) the document will appear in standard text, with the symbols in the grid for the vocabulary support.