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 into Writing

Talk into writing


In this chapter we take a break from exploring the three strategic elements of using talk to support writing to look at the impact that this talk may have on the child's writing. We have placed this chapter here as it is those two elements described in the previous two chapters, idea generation and oral rehearsal, that mainly feed into the actual writing that the child produces.

There is a strong tradition within primary classrooms of valuing interactive, talk-based environments; from circle time to group work, from talk partners to hot-seating, teachers are familiar with the link that is made between talking and learning. The oral skills that children develop prior to formal schooling are viewed as a resource to support ...

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