Book Talk DCSF Publications Tel: 0845 60 222 60 Booklet: 00467-2008BKT-EN DVD: 00761-2008DVD-EN “I spend much of my time not writing at all. First, I ‘write’ the stories in my head and dream them and weave them until they’re ready. Then, I sit on the bed and ‘tell’ them down onto the page.” Michael Morpurgo Good writers… Plan Talk for Writing is… …the developmental exploration, through talk, of the thinking and creative processes involved in being a writer. Pie Corbett Talk for Writing workshops 2007-2008 ‘Book Talk’ is… • learning about a book by talking about it; • talking to deepen understanding and critical appreciation; • giving children time to think collectively and tentatively, proposing and reshaping their understanding; • only worth doing if the book contains anything worth talking about! Creating Interest Warming up the imagination Book-talk All was still in the valley of the dragons. Mist had drifted in from the sea nearby and was clinging to the mountains. Birds twittered uncertainly in the foggy damp, and clouds hid the sun. The Dragon Machine Work with a partner to ‘book talk’, using the example in the handout. The Dragon Machine Creating a reading area Reading Journal Retelling Story Sacks Fill with items to retell the story and stimulate discussion about the themes and issues Collective Drawing Empty chair Role play what you would want to say to George’s parents if they were sat there. Comparing two images Book Gossip Top tips from Pie Corbett Use drama techniques to develop and enhance book talk.