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Talk for Writing


There are several books that we use regularly and find very supportive for developing talk for writing, all written by Pie Corbett.
Storymaking (Jumpstart) ,Jumpstart Poetry, The Bumper Book of Story Telling into Writing at Key Stage 1 and The Bumper Book of Storytelling into Writing: Key Stage 2  We have also written a free to download booklet which describes the TfW strategies that we use regularly.
Talk for writing is made up of the following components but its starting point is what good writers do
Texts that we have used on talk for writing training.
For our first talk for writing project we used Beauty and the Beast by Geraldine McCaughrean.  This is a beautiful retelling with dream-like illustrations.  The language is incredibly rich with poetic word order, e.g. 'Into a forest of fifty thousand trees rode a lone traveller.'  The sentences are replete with detail and offer great variation in openings.
When working with Heads and Literacy subject leaders we used Blue John which is unfortunately now out of print.  For our latest project we are using Think of an Eel an amazing non-ficiton book about eels told through two voices.  Voice one is that of literary non-fiction being very poetic and the second voice that of a more formal report.  The difference between the two is well worth exploring with children and looking at how they can imitate and innovate upon the voices.

We can offer support for groups of schools, individual schools and teachers in Talk for Writing.  To contact us about this please ring 01392 287361.
Book Talk
* Book Talk
This folder contains all our resources for book talk as part of talk for writing
Writer's Talk
* Writer's Talk
This folder contains all our resources for writer's talk as part of talk for writing
Learning and Remembering Texts
* Learning and Remembering Texts
This folder contains all our resources to support you working with learning and remembering texts
Purposeful Sentence Level Work
* Purposeful Sentence Level Work
This folder contains ideas for sentence level work as well as subject knowledge support
Capturing Ideas
* Capturing Ideas
This folder contains resources for the capturing ideas section of the teaching sequence
Warming up the word
* Warming up the word
This folder contains resources to support warming up the word as part of talk for writing
Key Outcome
* Key Outcome
This fodler contains ideas and links to ways of presenting key outcomes.
Support for Talk for Writing
* Support for Talk for Writing
This folder contains the video which is linked from the front page of the talk for writing folder
Powerpoints from training
* Powerpoints from training
Year 6 Inventing Challenges
* Year 6 Inventing Challenges
Inventing challenges for Yr6 children
Content * Book talk
book talk, talk for writing
This is a web page
* T4W teaching sequence
This page shows how talk for writing can be used to develop writing across a unit of literacy
This is a web page
* Talk for Writing Folder Homepage
This folder contains all of our Talk for Writing Resources
PDF Document (Acrobat)
* What Good Writers Do
This paper from Pie Corbett explores what good writers do and therefore what we can explore about writing with children. It comes from the .....
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