Grow your own

1st December 2006 at 00:00
I saw Francesca (Year 6) last weekend. "What class reader are you doing?" A blank stare. "What's a class reader?" It turns out that the teacher doesn't read to them. The revelation reminded me that if teachers don't read to their class and if parents don't read at home many children may never hear a good story.

It's impossible to write without first internalising the written patterns.

Indeed, the daily "reader" not only introduces children to new authors, fires an enthusiasm for reading but also teaches kids how to write. Good books act as mentor texts, so grow your own readers. There are three stages: Imitation: internalising a text type, hearing, saying, reading and exploring it.

Innovation: using the underlying patterns to create your own version.

Invention: drawing on different patterns to create something new.

Part of the answer to writing, lies in reading. Reading greedily, daily, richly and with a writer's eye.

Good stories, poems and non-fiction will gee up literacy. If children haven't experienced good writing, how on earth will they be able to write well?

Pie Corbett is a literacy consultant

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now