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Teaching writing effectively: Reviewing practice *Revised and Updated*

by Eve Bearne, Liz Chamberlain

 and Teresa Cremin, Marilyn Mottram

This self-support book for teachers and subject leaders provides the basis for a thorough review of classroom practice in teaching writing. Bringing together key ideas about teaching writing from contributors with extensive experience of working with teachers to improve classroom writing, the book covers:

  • the role of the English subject leader
  • purposes for writing in the curriculum
  • teachers as writers
  • talk for writing
  • the writer’s voice
  • issues of diversity and inclusion
  • spelling, handwriting, grammar and punctuation
  • response to writing
  • assessment

Review

This book draws on seminal and recent research to provide a timely and important overview of the teaching of writing. It recognises the need for writing to be reconceptualised to incorporate current technologies and contexts. The importance of seeking children’s perspectives on writing is explored. It reflects on the pivotal role of the teacher as a writer. This book enables practitioners to engage in reflective consideration of how they teach writing and to consider how this might be enhanced. An integrated process of planning, teaching and assessment is promoted and clearly explained and explored throughout. Teachers are encouraged to review their practice thoughtfully and templates are provided to facilitate this. Self-review is supported through insightful and specific questions at the end of each chapter. Examples of classroom practice and children’s writing illustrate the principles and provide teaching ideas that can be readily implemented. Further sources of ideas and support are also suggested. This book can support teachers, English subject leaders, and anyone interested in teaching writing in primary school, to include a range of activities and practices and a positive ethos and environment whilst including and valuing a range of writing. It will invigorate those who teach writing and support them to do so passionately and even more effectively. Karen Tulloch, Senior Lecturer Primary English, IoE, St Mary’s University

ISSN: 978 1 910543764
PUBLISHER: UKLA Publications

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