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Talk for Writing

Talk for Writing was developed by Pie Corbett and is powerful because it is based on the principles of how people learn.

The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.

The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

Talk for Writing underpins our English work by establishing a core reading spine of quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction that all children experience and draw upon. 

Talk for Writing Delivery

Week 1

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Imitation Innovation

Hook

Learning Objective needs to be based around the language from the story

Through

  • attention autism
  • game
  • wow activity

 

Story Introduction

Read the Whole Story to The Class

Learning to internalise the whole text

Through

  • Reading Story
  • Video of Story
  • Listening to Story audio while staff acts out

Retell

Children are retelling the key parts of the story verbally or with pictures.

1-2 pages per day of key parts of story to story map out

 

 

Week 2
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Innovation

Retell

Children are retelling the key parts of the story verbally or with pictures.

1-2 pages per day of key parts of story to story map out

Sentence Level Construction

  • Colourful Semantics and Magpie

 

Week 3
Innovation

Sentence Level Construction

  • Colourful Semantics and Magpie

 

Week 4
Invention

Planning Independent Writing

  • Write Section each day
  • Feedback
  • Hot Task