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Real World Literacy: Writing (£)

real-worldReal-World Literacy: Writing is our research-based approach to teaching writing effectively. It is based on four interrelated practices. You’ll teach about different genres through genre study lessons. These lessons bring the class together to take part in a whole class writing project. Together, you and the children learn about and discuss the purpose and audiences for the particular genre, look at how writers have crafted it effectively and generate ideas for how you want to use it for yourselves. Alongside this focus on genre, functional grammar lessons will give your learners explicit instruction in the various linguistic resources they can use to make their writing clear. The lessons show children how and why they use particular grammatical items in the context of their real writing, rather than through the completing of exercises. Writing study provides you with the means of engaging children in critical analysis of all aspects of the writing process. The knowledge and skills developed in these learning opportunities form the basis of the writing workshop, which is the central part of the curriculum. The writing workshop encompasses: generating ideas, dabbling, planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing and performing. Children are encouraged to learn valuable writing lessons but also to take the lead in their own writing development. Alongside these class writing projects, they are also given freedom to pursue personal writing projects, using their new understanding of genre and grammar to create their own accomplished pieces and publish them through their own publishing houses for others to enjoy.

Genre Booklets (£)

genre-bookletsGenre-Booklets teach children the meaning and purposes behind certain text-types. They make this information explicitly available to teachers but are also really child friendly. The booklets share with children the characteristics of the different text-types. They cover the most popular genres across the curriculum and also children’s favourite genres. They explain the social goals of the text type without telling children exactly what to do! Instead, they help children enjoy and develop their own ideas and make their writing academically successful.

The Writing For Pleasure Manifesto (Free)

affectivedomainsWe have written and made this manifesto publicly available to share what we know is best practice when teaching writing. We have brought together: scientific research into effective writing interventions, case studies of what best performing teachers do that makes the difference, our own research into writing for pleasure and the wisdom of professional writers.

Writing Study: Lessons That Will Last A Lifetime (Free)

lifetimeWriting Study mini-lessons are a forum for demonstrating writing strategies that can last forever. Research into the teaching of writing consistently places writing-strategy instruction as the single most effective strategy for improving writing outcomes. Writing strategies are vital because ultimately, they save children time. They allow children to get down to the act of writing quickly and confidently. Children often know what they want to do but not how to do it. This is where Writing Study Lessons like the ones outlined in this document come in. The sessions offered here are about teaching the ‘generalities’ of writing. That is why we call them Lessons That Last A Lifetime.

Functional Grammar Table (Free)

functional-grammar-tableWe made this functional grammar table because we were fed up with texts which simply told you the rules of a piece of grammar. They often didn’t tell children (or indeed adults) why they might want to use it and the effect it can have on their writing.

Explorative Considerations For Teaching Greater Depth Writers (Free)

greaterdepthpicThis pamphlet provides information and practical advice on how you might teach to create greater depth writers. We looked at what research had to say specifically about teaching gifted and talent writers, other literature on the subject and our own experience.

A Guide To Reading With Children (Free)

a-guide-to-reading-with-childrenThis year parents, assistant teachers, reading volunteers, teachers and even other young readers have asked us how to effectively read alongside children. As a result, we created this guide to reading with children. It includes the following: sharing and making explicit what it is good young readers do, explaining what you should do when reading alongside children, explaining your role as a ‘reader-thinker’, outlines what are the best things you can do when helping a child to read, names the worst things you can do when helping a child to read, gives a short explanation about how readers go about decoding text, what to do before you start reading, what to do whilst you are reading, what to do after you’ve read and what sorts of things you can focus on when writing in reading records books.

The Primary Language Record (Free)

Primary Language Record PicFirst devised in the late 1980’s, the Primary Language Record gives teachers a framework for recording their ongoing observations of children’s talking, reading and writing. It is cumulative record of progress in literacy, and its special value is its ‘grassroots’ quality, since it included not only teachers’ and importantly children’s own assessments of their development as readers and writers. It is invaluable both as a long-term assessment of progress and as a basis for immediate forward planning. It’s also very user-friendly.

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