Bridging the gap from talking to writing

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Nice, Pam
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ISCED Level 1 Primary education
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Background: The purpose of the study was to explore how to help children produce more interesting pieces of narrative writing, by encouraging them to talk, create, edit, and rewrite their ideas.

Aims: The main aim is to help children produce interesting pieces of narrative writing by talking, creating, editing, and rewriting their ideas.

Methods: The participants were teachers, support staff, and students in a Year 1 classroom. They used Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing CPD materials to improve communication, language, and literacy skills. Methods used included 'magpie-ing' to steal good ideas from authors, poets and pieces of writing, aural rehearsal to redraft ideas, role play and drama to capture ideas, and periodic teacher assessment and observation outcomes to measure progress.

Findings: The main findings are that using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing CPD materials and approaches can help children to produce more interesting pieces of narrative writing. It involves listening and redrafting aurally, using interesting vocabulary, and encouraging children to rethink their first ideas.

Implications: The findings suggest that aural rehearsal of ideas can help children to create more interesting and impactful pieces of writing. It also suggests that teachers should model redrafting and encourage children to use more inventive and unusual words.
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Infant education , Communication, language and literacy
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