Book Talk. DCSF Publications Tel: 0845 60 222 60 Booklet: 00467-2008BKT-EN DVD: 00761-2008DVD-EN.
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Read as writers
Draft and craft their writing
…the developmental exploration, through talk, of the thinking and creative processes involved in being a writer.
Pie Corbett Talk for Writing workshops 2007-2008
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.
All was still in the valley of the dragons. Mist had drifted in from the sea nearby and was clinging to the mountains.
All was still in the valley of the dragons.
All was still
Work with a partner to ‘book talk’, using the example in the handout.
Fill with items to retell the story and stimulate discussion about the themes and issues
Role play what you would want to say to George’s parents if they were sat there.
Encourage personal responses from the children – it shouldn’t be a barrage of comprehension questions.
Model book-talk before the class tries.
Encourage critical and evaluative thinking.
Use open prompts, questions and invitations.
Build towards group dialogue.
Tell the children that they can’t be wrong, but should be prepared to change and adapt their ideas in response to others.
Use drama techniques to develop and enhance book talk.