Shared reading into writing
PGCE FT - Week 4
• To understand how talk and reading are integral to the writing process
• To appreciate the complexity of the writing process
• To consider the place of purposeful activities for writing
It is through language, especially spoken language, that teachers teach and children learn
(Alexander 2004, p2)
Achieving Level 4 or above
• English 81% (85% for girls, 76% for boys)
• Reading 86% (89% for girls, 83% for boys)
• Writing 67% (74% for girls, 60% for boys)
• Increase of 1% in English, up 2% in reading, no change in writing from 2007, but girls’ performance in writing down by 2%
“The aim is not to impart knowledge about language but to develop each child’s individual writing voice.
Having something to say
– and knowing that whatever it is will be valued by the reader is the first step to effective communication in writing.”
Mary Hilton (2001)
Writing as a tool for thinking?
Writing as art?
Writing as record?
Writing as design?
Writing as personal response?
• Composition (author)
• Getting ideas, selecting words, grammar
• Transcription (secretary)
• Physical effort of writing, spelling, capitalisation, punctuation, paragraphs, legibility
Modification of the Hayes-Flower Model for beginning and developing writing. (Berninger and Swanson, 1994)
THE WRITER’S LONG
Knowledge of Topic
Knowledge of Audience
Stored Writing plans
Hold knowledge retrieved from LTM while planning , translating and revising.
1.Text generation a. Word level b. Sentence level c. Discourse level
a.word level b.sentence level c.discourse level
Metacognition – Declarative and Procedural
‘…turning verbal thought into text is a demanding task…’
Hayes and Flower, 1980, p. 39
Process talk to support idea generation and communicative intent
Presentational talk to support text generation and linguistic choices.
Reflective talk to develop metacognitive knowledge and communicative awareness.
The challenge: time versus pace
“Reading aloud seemed to be a particularly helpful way of foregrounding the tunes and rhythms of a text in a way that subsequently influenced writing.”
“It seems unlikely that there can be any fundamental writing development without reading development and vice versa. Progress in one is intimately related to and dependent on progress in the other.”
Barrs & Cork (2001)
“Just as exposure to print is essential for reading, so it is for writing. Children who have a wide experience of story form find it easier to reproduce coherent narratives.” (p.61)
Flynn & Stainthorp (2006)
• That writing is made up of compositional and transcriptional elements
• That the two elements need to be understood and approached in different ways
• That you need to consider the kinds of writing activities you plan for
• That there is a language needed about writing
Grammar for Writing (document)
Read/Write Inc. (scheme)
Big Writing (approach)
VCOP (linked to Ros Wilson’s Big Writing)
Pie Corbett - Storymaking, talk for writing
Text, sentence, word level
Teachers as Writers
A writing teacher or a teacher of writing?