Using Talk to Support Writing presents a new and innovative approach to the teaching of early writing. The authors discuss both theoretical and practical issues around using talk in the classroom to support children as they learn to write. Set within the context of national concern for achievement in the development of writing ability, it addresses the gap in understanding early teaching and focuses on the exploration of talk and writing interface.

Talk to Generate Ideas

Talk to generate ideas


This chapter addresses the first of our strategic elements of talk for writing: idea generation. Using talk to help children collect and extend ideas for writing is not new. Class discussion, brainstorming, role play, etc. have long been activities used as precursors to writing. In the Talk to Text project this was the aspect with which teachers felt most comfortable. They had plenty of ideas about what to do and willingly shared these with the research team and each other.

One thing that emerged clearly from the data was that the organisation of the talk was of great importance. Just having a good idea and getting children to talk a lot did not necessarily result in good writing. In ...

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