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Ogbourne C of E Primary School

What is "Talk For Writing"

Whilst we, at Ogbourne, do not use the Talk For Writing approach in lessons, nonetheless we recognise that the principles and resources are very useful.

Talk for Writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version.

Talk for Writing is an approach to teaching writing that encompasses a three-stage pedagogy: ‘imitation’ (where pupils learn and internalise texts, to identify transferrable ideas and structures), ‘innovation’ (where pupils use these ideas and structures to co-construct new versions with their teachers), and ‘invention’ (where teachers help pupils to create original texts independently). These tasks aim to improve writing ability by giving pupils an understanding of the structure and elements of written language.

Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language patterns they needs for a particular text type orally before they try reading and analysing it.

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