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‘This book is written in a straightforward, unfussy style directly addressed to the busy classroom. The activities have obviously been tried successfully in real lessons, and the involvement and enjoyment of the children as a result is quite clear.’-Geoff DeanSchool Improvement Advisor Milton Keynes Local Education Authority Packed with ideas and activities, this book is a lively, practical guide to encouraging young children to develop their verbal reasoning skills and communicate more effectively.Activities include:- setting up a talk corner- using story bags and story boxes- using Circle Time and playing games to encourage talkThere is advice on linking the activities to the various curriculum subjects and a selection of photocopiable material is included. All the suggestions and ideas in the book have been tried and tested by the author in her own classroom. The focus is on children aged 5 to 8, but the activities can be adapted to suit younger and older children.Class teachers, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCOs), Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) and Teaching Assistants will find this book supportive, clear and rooted in good practice. Elizabeth Sharp has been a Literacy Co-ordinator and Leading Literacy Teacher (demonstrating lessons for other teachers in her area. She is now a literacy Consultant and freelance illustrator.

Story Boxes, Story Bags and Story Telling
Story boxes, story bags and story telling

This chapter includes:

  • Ways of story telling including the use of props
  • Re-telling stories
  • Comparing stories
  • Using talk boxes or tins.

Children can find it very difficult to re-tell stories and even harder to make them up. This is particularly so if they have not had much experience of stories and story telling. There is a variety of ways to involve children with texts, and the use of ‘story bags’ is one that not only can spark an interest in reading but also involves much talk and discussion, which is why I have included it here.

A story bag is a bag containing a book, plus items associated with the story, which might include ...

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