“Tools To Tell a Tale” at Cheltenham Literature Festival

| October 7, 2013 | 1 Comment 

A privilege to be in the fantastic setting of the The Salon, Imperial Square for the Cheltenham Literature Festival, with Pie CorbettDeputy Mitchell for a unique event organised by Nelson Thorne. (How ironic it is that three bald blokes should be asked to present in The SALON! First time any of us have been to one for a few years).

The ‘Tools to Tell a Tale‘ one-day workshop investigated hundreds of ways to help inject the creativity back into the classroom, mixing digital methods with traditional writing strategies, with a host of practical and simple ideas to apply in KS2 and KS3 literacy lessons, and have an impact on standards, achievement and enjoyment.

Our friends today know how to get to a hidden bit, of this blog, which has every link the three chrome domes shared with them.

We demonstrated a plethora of  imaginative techniques and inventive tools, whilst interacting with pupils from around the globe to set the tale, develop the plot, enhance the drama and “inspire the world” …in just six hours.

A day including breakfast and lunch in the remarkable Spiegeltent – special!!

There will be more, to follow, on this remarkable day, as soon as possible.

Pie explains ‘Talk for writing’:

‘Talk for writing’ brings together what we know about teaching writing effectively from international research. It is based around three key concepts, often referred to as the three ‘eyes’ – Imitation, Innovation, Invention. Imitation involves the children in becoming familiar with a model text or texts. The children learn a model orally, using a text map and actions to support their retelling. Once they know the model well, they then read it (and other examples) to make a writing toolkit (features to use in their writing) and to extract the underlying pattern (boxing up).

Once the children have internalised the text type through hearing it, saying it, reading it and dramatising it, then they can move on to ‘innovation’. This involves writing a different version of the model. The teacher shows the children how to change their text map to create something new. Shared writing is used over a number of days so that the children are taught in a highly scaffolded manner. Texts are written bit by bit with formative assessment threaded in daily so that children use their polishing pens to edit their writing in response to the teacher’s marking.

Finally, the children shift into the ‘Invention’ phase – this involves more choice and independence. Children are still writing the same genre with the same focus, e.g. suspense. However, they choose their own characters, settings and events.

This process is underpinned by schools developing creative strategies for each unit of work. Some schools have become ‘storytelling schools’ with story at their heart. In Trevithick, they have a theatre in the playground. In Honiton, they have created a room of curiosities – and experimented by involving children as characters in a story that unfolds over a year. In Salford, children in year 6 write in beautiful hard back books.

‘Talk for writing’ is the talk that surrounds the teaching of reading and writing. It links reading into writing. It is about igniting children as talkers and writers so that they can be creative, imaginative and powerful communicators. Join the free network for termly updates and resources. T4W is a community of like-minded teachers who believe in the power of the word.

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  1. This was an amazing and inspiring day with so much to take in. The presentation was superb. David’s accounts of blogging were truly moving. Tim’s presentation was full of wisdom, wit and the most amazing ideas. Pie was his usual inspirational and expert self. I really hope you three will do more like this because the combination of talents, styles and possibilities is brilliant. Thank you for really inspiring me today. Can’t wait to put into practice.

    Sorry about the ‘Wild man of Borneo’ look in the photos. Next time I’ll shave!

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