Literacy command words
Literacy command words
MDT 5: Literacy
1 – Questioning
2 – SEND
3 – Marking and Feedback
4 – Highly Able
5 – Literacy
1. Muddling meaning of command words.
2. Not reading question correctly.
3. Not being able to write coherently to get a suitable
An example of the problem ..
A level PE – email from student
I answered the question “Explain how blood is re-distributed to
working muscles” 3 marks
My answer – The blood re-directs cardiac output with vascular
shunting. This is because working muscles require oxygen. Less
blood is sent in order for the muscles to receive the
appropriate amount they need.
I got 0 marks according to the mark scheme and am just a little
confused on this type of question …. Please help (sorry I know
it’s half-term :0) )
Strategy 1: Meaning of command
Each table has 18 stupidly small bits of flimsy
paper to sort.
Answers plus many more examples:
Strategy 2: Recognising suitable
Q: Water Lilies –
Water lilies do NOT grow well in moving water. Suggest a reason for this:
A: They get drawn away from their roots.
any one from
* leaves or stems damaged by strong currents
* roots could be pulled out
accept ‘plants or seeds washed away’
accept ‘they cannot attach themselves to the
accept ‘leaves unable to float’
Q: Water lilies do NOT grow well in moving water. Suggest a
reason for this:
1) They get drawn away from their roots.
2) The large, flat leaves float well on the water.
3) The currents can pull the roots out from the bottom
of the pond.
4) The roots could be detached from the water-bed
because the currents drag the flower away.
Strategy 3: Model thoughts
Sanctity of life
Do not kill
Love thy neighbour
Mention ‘because’, give
reasons with evidence
What they think
about an issue – for
Range of attitudes
Define - Mercy killing, helping
someone to die because they are
suffering in pain
Suggests a range.. Imagine class
Discussed all the
views. What do I think
about the statement
Jesus as healer
Gift of knowledge
Strategy 4: Building coherent responses
Think of a topic area from your teaching.
Write one sentence using an adjective.
Write a sentence beginning with, “This is because”
Starting “One example of this is ….”
Using only 4 words.
Start with “Bob’s performance was particularly
good because ….”
Look back at the sentences
Which of these could have been the command word in
Use the time now to prepare a lesson or part of a
Save work in RM Staff/CLT/ Literacy/ Commands
Let us know WHEN you actually try it out with real