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Here's the teaching plan and some writing samples from Kate’s Year 3 class. These show how she integrated Talk for Writing and its principles into her teaching approach.
Year 3 writing examples
Year 3 teaching plan
1. A learning focus
I know from Assessment for Learning (AfL) and target setting that my children need to learn to structure a story into paragraphs in a way that builds tension towards a climax and resolution.
At the start of my week's lessons (the second of my unit) I discuss with the children the learning to come and, understanding the importance of developing the children's SEAL skills alongside the talk, acknowledge the potential barrier of over-anxiety. I know that soon I will be asking them to share their thoughts and feelings and to tell stories orally, quite an emotional risk for many.
2. Structure and effect
In earlier lessons my class and I have read and explored an adventure story. I now use an emotion graph and a story map, which we previously created together, to help the children understand how the writer has structured the story to affect the reader in certain important ways.
3. Storytelling warm-up
In preparation for the oral storytelling that is to follow, I help the children to play a 'connectives game'. This helps by warming-up their imaginations, building their confidence and reinforcing earlier sentence-level work.
4. Scaffolding the story
I help the children 'box up' the existing story into a structural model that can be used to support the creation of a new one. First, I model the process, then involve the children and move towards them talking about and planning some boxes for themselves.
5. Planning the story
Having modelled the planning of a new story into the box structure as shared writing, I ask the children to discuss and plan their own story in the same way.
6. Teacher modelling
I then model the oral telling of the story, working from the plan we created together earlier. I indicate when I move on to a new box to lay down a marker for what will be a new paragraph in the written version. I make a point of sharing my own feeling of nervousness with the children. At the end, I ask the children to help evaluate my performance.
7. Oral story-making
In pairs, the children now tell their own stories following the plan they have created in their boxes. Then they re-tell to develop and improve. Only when they have completed this process and have the sequence and structure of a story clearly in their mind, do I begin modelling and scaffolding its development into a written narrative.
8. Why Talk for writing?
Here I reflect on how and why Talk for Writing is changing my planning and teaching.
Talk for writing: Writing examples – Year 3
Talk for writing: Teaching plan for Year 3
Video: Year 3 – A learning focus
Video: Year 3 – Structure and effect
Video: Year 3 – Storytelling warm-up
Video: Year 3 – Scaffolding the story
Video: Year 3 – Planning the story
Video: Year 3 – Teacher modelling
Video: Year 3 – Oral story-making
Video: Year 3 – Why 'Talk for writing'?
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dc.title Year 3 dc.description Example of a Year 3 teaching plan, writing samples and video resources of how a teacher integrated Talk for Writing into their teaching approach.
dc.identifier nsonline.org.uk~220500~154599 dc.date 2009-01-05 16:58:34