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 for Reflecting on Writing

Talk for reflecting on writing


This chapter is about the third of our strategic elements of talk for writing: talk for reflecting on writing. This is what we called ‘thinking about writing’ for the children but is an aspect of talk for writing that is rather more complex than this simplistic description. It involves two elements: reflection on the process of writing and reflection on the product of writing. In the latter element a child might say or think ‘This is a good piece of writing because it is neat’. In the former the child might say or think ‘The ending was difficult because I didn't know what to write next and then I remembered my Red Riding Hood story.’

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