Beechboro Christian School implemented the Talk for Writing program in 2017. It is a powerful program which has seen success in the school due to its principles based on student learning. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application is adapted to suit all needs of learners at any age.
The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
The Year 2 students are currently in the imitation phase of the Talk for Writing program. They have been learning the poem ‘Mountain Climber’ by Hannah Fairclough. During the imitation phase, they are introduced to the poem and begin internalising the text through learning the words, creating simple yet complementary actions and following the storyboard, which is the poem represented in pictures. To support their learning and writing, the teacher creates a ‘clothes line’. The Clothes line displays all the posters which summarise each lessons learning, and allows the students to ‘magpie’ ideas and words to implement in their writing. The exploration of this poem has exposed the students to two main text features, these are onomatopoeia and adjectives. As the Year 2’s move towards the innovation phase, they will begin creating their own descriptive poems using the skill of onomatopoeia. We look forward to sharing their poems with you in the near future.