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.

Writing Aloud – The Role of Oral Rehearsal

Writing aloud – The role of oral rehearsal


In Chapter 2, we outlined the three different ways in which the Talk to Text project explored how talk supports young children's development as writers. This chapter focuses upon oral rehearsal, or ‘write aloud’ as we eventually termed it. Recalling Britton's (1970) metaphor of writing as floating ‘on a sea of talk’, one of the waves of talk which ripples through the process of writing is the interior talk which accompanies the act of writing in most experienced writers. This ‘in your head’ talk is often reflective talk, evaluating how the unfolding text is matching up to the demands of the task. But the ‘in your head’ talk is also ...

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