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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.

Pictures and Picture Books
Pictures and picture books

This chapter includes:

  • How to use a painting to encourage prediction and discussion
  • Drama activities from a painting
  • Drawing a picture as it is described
  • Using picture books and discussing illustrations
  • Using visual image as a narrative.

In this chapter I will be describing activities that are based on the visual image. Most of them are very simple, involving the use of pictures and picture books and can be carried out easily in all classrooms. It is an effective way to engage children and helps to develop their language skills through discussion. The idea is based on the premise that a visual image, whether moving or still, tells a story and therefore becomes a visual text. I have included ...

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