Dorothy Latham includes ideas for sound and easy ongoing assessment of writing and shows how certain strategies can improve children's progress in writing.

Using Speaking and Listening and Drama to Stimulate Writing

Using speaking and listening and drama to stimulate writing

Dramatic Dynamics

Oral communication and transitivity – Developing speaking and listening at different stages – Storytelling and narrative – Using drama lessons and theatre workshops – Shakespeare projects – Collaborative modes of working – Chapter summary – Teacher activity

Oral Communication and Transitivity

Looking once again at speaking and listening we return to the concept of transitivity, the understanding of the recipients in the communication process, and how effectively this has been transmitted by the originator of the message. If failures in transitivity are only occasional occurrences of non-comprehension of a word, then this is easy to remedy with explanations, examples and repetitions, and even with verbal grafting, using the new ...

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