In the summer newsletter we ran a competition looking for stories of no more than words that could be used as a model text for Talk for Writing.
We received a number of entries, four of which stood out as prize winners. This one is Through the Forest by Heidi Simpson. Suitable for a Year 2 class. The Unusual House. Suitable for a Year 4 class. The Legend of Bowerman's Nose. Describing Gollum. Talk for Writing trainer, Dean Thompson, has created a free downloadable PowerPoint for descriptive writing based on Gollum.
The teacher and the children then had a go at describing Gollum using Pie Corbett's Page Turners. A new collection of exciting reads by top authors, specially selected by literacy expert Pie Corbett for sharing with your class.
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The Page Turners collection practise the core reading habits developed in Pie Corbett's Reading Spine, while promoting independent reading and reading for pleasure. For Years Pie Corbett's Reading Spine. These 'essential reads' would be a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child's mind. Schools with a reading spine build a common story bank, binding the community together".
Pie Corbett's Reading Spine support guides. These free downloadable Pie Corbett's Reading Spine support guides provide invaluable support for teachers using Pie Corbett's Reading Spine to teach comprehension, drama and writing. Building on best practice, Talk for Writing in Secondary Schools takes you step by step through how to establish quality written communication across the secondary curriculum.
It can be used as a handbook by a literacy coordinator to lead the approach as well as being a source of practical ideas for each subject area. Pie Corbett's groundbreaking Talk for Writing approach has been successfully used by thousands of schools to teach writing creatively in an engaging way that motivates children. The bestselling Talk for Writing Across the Curriculum has been fully updated, putting formative assessment at the heart of the process and showing how to help children love writing across the curriculum.
Designed for busy teachers, the book will help transform children's writing and attainment across the curriculum.
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A key Talk for Writing text, Creating Storytellers and Writers is the long-awaited guide to how to teach children to love writing stories through telling stories. It takes you step-by-step through the Talk for Writing process so the children move from imitation to innovation to independent application.
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Write a shape poem. Pie Corbett provides some hints and tips to help your class write a shape or observation poem. Hook your reader toolkit. This is a guide for teachers on how to encourage pupils to write in a way that would 'hook' a reader. Leading Talk for Writing in your school. Talk for Writing expert Alison Cooper identifies the questions to address when planning for and leading an effective Talk for Writing project, and how to keep up the momentum in implementing the Talk for Writing approach in your school.
How to use Pinterest to collect and organise your Talk for Writing ideas. Talk for Writing expert Maria Richards explains how Pinterest can be a useful tool for managing and sharing resources. Pinterest is a virtual pin board that allows you to 'pin' useful resources, activities, ideas and sites from the web. Building a poetry spine. In this free four-page resource written by Pie Corbett, Pie explains how to build a bank of poems to use with children at KS1.
Writing toolkits - story secrets. In this two-page document written by Pie Corbett, Pie explains how it can be useful for children to use writing toolkits when constructing a narrative. Pie focuses on using writing toolkits in these areas: 1. Characterisation and dialogue; 2. Description - people, places, objects, creatures; 3.
Dilemma - suspense and action; and 4. Crafting the opening and ending. Connectives and sentence signposts: the art of linking text. They take the reader by the hand and guide them through the text somewhat like a sat nav guides a driver". Not a linguist?
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Jumpstart imitation games. This document contains suggestions for 'jumpstart' imitation games - activities to stimulate children's interest in and deepen their understanding of a story. Stories for Nursery and Reception - a few recommendations. In this document, Talk for Writing expert Carol Satterthwaite provides a few recommendations of stories to use with Nursery and KS1 groups, along with her reasons for selection and some ideas for how these texts could be used in class.
Story reading into writing. In this document Pie Corbett explains the concept of reading as a writer and the processes involved in teaching children to understand and use different styles of writing. The document also includes toolkits for use in class. A-Z of poetry reading ideas.
In this document Pie lists an A-Z of ideas for how a poem could be used in class. A guide to successful class blogging. James Walker from Knowle Park Primary School in Bristol shares his tips on what he has found effective when writing blogs with his class. Grammar dominoes game.
Word dominoes can be an excellent way of consolidating the pupils' confidence with using the key vocabulary of any unit and is great for grammatical terms. The aim of this game is to be able to link all the dominoes in a line. Matching activities. Matching activities are much more fun and more effective than grammar exercises because they involve the pupils in discussing the best fit. This document contains examples of matching grammar activities to embed understanding once classes have been taught the features referred to.
Text ingredients game. The Text Ingredients Game is a great game for building older pupils' confidence in understanding the typical key ingredients of the different text types. It can be adapted to reflect the terminology that your class should be familiar with. Punctuation sorting game. This document is a downloadable printable sheet of punctuation sorting cards. It is referenced in the Jumpstart Grammar book. Grammar tests are becoming increasingly difficult with more emphasis on the naming of obscure parts, for example the past progressive. Each download is one-side of A4 that takes you through the key processes and key points at each stage.
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