1st Edition

Planning to Teach Writing A practical guide for primary school teachers

By Emma Caulfield Copyright 2016
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    Written by an experienced teacher and literacy consultant, Planning to Teach Writing offers an easy-to-use, tried-and-tested framework that will reduce teachers’ planning time while raising standards in writing. Using the circles planning approach, it provides fresh inspiration for teachers who want to engage and enthuse their pupils, with exciting and varied hooks into writing, including picture books, short stories, novels and films.

    Exploring effective assessment practice, each chapter puts the needs and interests of pupils at the forefront of planning, and models how to design units of work that will lead to high-quality writing outcomes in any primary school classroom.

    The book uses a simple formula for success:

    1 Find the gaps in learning for your students.

    2 Choose a hook that you know will engage your students.

    3 Select a unit plan that you know will support you to get the best writing out of your students.

    4 Tailor it.

    5 Teach it!

    With a fantastic range of hooks to inspire teaching and learning, Planning to Teach Writing ensures successful planning that will maximise engagement, enjoyment and achievement. This book is an accessible and necessary resource for any teacher planning to teach writing in their classroom.

    1. Introduction: Putting the needs and interests of children at the heart of planning
    2. Understanding the Circles Planning Approach
    3. Unit planning: Using Picture Books as Hooks
    4. Unit planning: Using Short Stories as Hooks
    5. Unit planning: Using Novels as Hooks
    6. Unit planning: Using Films and Stills (Visual Text) as Hooks
    7. Conclusion and Useful Resources


    Emma Caulfield is an independent literacy consultant and teacher. She works in a variety of settings supporting schools to improve attainment and achievement in reading and writing; working alongside literacy leaders developing their strategic approaches, through to NQTs bedding in their practice and developing their subject knowledge.

    "This book is an accessible and necessary resource for any teacher planning to teach writing in their classroom, and will be a huge help in meeting the NC requirements for writing." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch