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1st Edition

Real-World Writers: A Handbook for Teaching Writing with 7-11 Year Olds

ISBN 9780367219499
Published July 15, 2020 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

Real-World Writers shows teachers how they can teach their pupils to write well and with pleasure, purpose and power. It demonstrates how classrooms can be transformed into genuine communities of writers where talking, reading, writing and sharing give children confidence, motivation and a sense of the relevance writing has to their own lives and learning.

Based on their practical experience and what research says is the most effective practice, the authors share detailed guidance on how teachers can provide writing study lessons drawing on what real writers do and how to teach grammar effectively. They also share a variety of authentic class writing projects with accompanying teacher notes that will encourage children to use genres appropriately, creatively and flexibly.

The authors’ simple yet comprehensive approach includes how to teach the processes and craft knowledge involved in creating successful and meaningful texts. This book is invaluable for all primary practitioners who wish to teach writing for real.

Table of Contents

Part A


Chapter 1. Why Real-World Writing?

Chapter 2. How Real-World Writing Works

Chapter 3. Welcome Project: Setting Up Your Community Of Writers For The Year

Chapter 4. Will They Remember Writing It? How To Plan A Class Writing Project

Chapter 5. Teaching The Writing Processes

Chapter 6. How To Teach An Effective Writing Lesson: Using Writing Workshop

Chapter 7. Setting Up Writers’ Notebooks & Personal Writing Projects

Chapter 8. Meeting Children Where They Are: Conducting Effective Pupil Conferences

Chapter 9. They Do The Hard Work So You Don’t Have To: Marking & Target Setting

Chapter 10. Oh For Literature’s Sake! How To Build Reading - Writing Connections

Chapter 11. Thinking Through Writing: Writing Across The Curriculum

Chapter 12. Assessing Your Writers

Chapter 13. Support For Early, Advanced And EAL Writers

Chapter 14. Growing A School Of Extraordinary Writers: Advice For Writing Coordinators

Chapter 15. A Guide To Becoming A Writer-Teacher

Chapter 16. Frequently Asked Questions And Answers To Them

Chapter 17. Terminology

Chapter 18. References & Further Reading

Part B

Chapter 19. Introduction To Part B

Chapter 20. Poetry

Chapter 21. Memoir

Chapter 22. Narrative

Chapter 23. Non-Fiction

Chapter 24. Persuading & Opinion

Chapter 25. History Genres


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Ross Young was a primary school teacher for 10 years and holds an MA in applied linguistics in education. As a passionate writer-teacher, he now works around the UK and abroad helping teachers and schools develop extraordinary young writers.

Felicity Ferguson was a primary school teacher for 40 years, working as an EAL specialist, SENCO, deputy and head teacher. A writer herself, she has MA degrees in applied linguistics and children’s literature and has been involved in a number of literacy-based projects, particularly around children’s reading development.


"There is much to commend in this readable, nicely illustrated guide... This book is a step in the right direction towards empowering teachers to give children autonomy as writers. It has the virtue of setting out a clear rubric for teaching, based upon largely sound principles."

- Francis Gilbert, Teaching English (NATE)