Talk For Writing is an exceptionally effective instructional approach for teaching written expression, for both fiction and non fiction writing.

 Creating Storytellers and Writers

Pie Corbett and Julia Strong

$60.00 + P/H

This long-awaited Talk for Writing guide showing how to teach children to love writing stories through telling stories:

  • takes you step-by-step through the Talk for Writing process so the children move from imitation to innovation to independent application
  • shows you how to put formative assessment at the heart of your teaching
  • demonstrates how to make shared writing progressively more challenging by moving the children away from the model towards independence
  • introduces how to insert free-writing opportunities at the end of each unit so that children can become creative independent writers.

The book contains 2 DVDs to illustrate all stages of the process plus detailed training notes to help you use the resource across a school. In addition, there is a wealth of handouts to help you create your own units including:

  • an overview of planning for years 3 – 6 showing how to follow up a storytelling unit with related non-fiction units interspersed with free writing opportunities
  • how to box up the underpinning structure of key story patterns, with a simplified version for Key Stage 1 and a more sophisticated version for Key Stage 2
  • includes seven model texts
  • an appendix of toolkits for the 6 key story features (settings, suspense, characterisation, dialogue, description and openings & endings) showing what toolkit features to initially co-constuct with classes and how to progressively build on them year on year.

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Talk For Writing Across The Curriculum

Pie Corbett and Julia Strong

$88.00 + P/H

‘Talk For Writing Across The Curriculum’ shows you how to help children speak the language of non-fiction before they attempt to write it. This is a three-step process using fun, multi-sensory activities. It helps build children’s confidence and linguistic ability so that they are able to create their own writing.

‘Talk For Writing Across The Curriculum’ is designed with busy teachers in mind and will help them transform children’s writing and attainment across the curriculum.

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Talk For Writing In The Early Years (2-5yrs)

Pie Corbett and Julia Strong

$97.00 + P/H

Talk for Writing helps build a love of reading and enables children to move from oral storytelling to beginning to write stories of their own. This book shows early years settings how to set up the approach and how to involve parents, carers and other family members through learning the same stories that the children are learning.

This family involvement not only helps the children’s linguistic development but also increases the confidence of family members in supporting their children.

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Jumpstart! Grammar

Pie Corbett and Julia Strong

$34.00 + P/H

Fully updated to help teachers deal with the new 2016 Grammar Tests, this second edition presents a collection of simple to use, multi-sensory games and activities that will jumpstart pupils’ understanding of grammar in action. It includes coverage of the subjunctive and past progressive, selecting which tense is the most definite, identifying when a word is used as a subordinating conjunction/preposition, explaining how a comma can change meaning, and an increased emphasis on the passive.

Jumpstart! Grammar will prepare children for any grammar tests on the horizon in an engaging way so that they love playing with words and spinning sentences to make ideas dance. And, of course, they will be able to name the parts if that is what is required. Fun games will focus first on helping children hear the difference various types of grammar can make followed by activities to help them understand what different effects you can create with grammar. Technical terms will only be introduced once the children have established what the various features can do, with a particular focus on those terms that really help children discuss what makes language coherent and effective.

This indispensable, practical book celebrates the joys of language and coherent expression; of finding just the right words or phrases to express what you want to say.

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For more information about T4W see the Official UK Talk4Writing Website.

They offer downloadable resources, Case Studies, T4W School Network and more.