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.

Talking about Writing – What the Children Told Us

Talking about writing – What the children told us


Tom sits quietly in his chair. His face is blank. He stares seemingly at nothing. Charlotte is beside him. She looks around at what is going on around them. Tom does not seem interested. The class are all moving from sitting on the carpet to their chairs in readiness to start writing. They have been talking about healthy eating and are about to write some notes on keeping healthy. The pencils are in a pot on the desk and a Teaching Assistant is about to give out the paper for them to use. Tom still stares off into the distance. Another child at the table puts his hand ...

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