190 pages | 21 B/W Illus.
Writing History 7-11 supports students and primary teachers helping them to explore ways in which activities involving the talk that underpins historical enquiry can be developed into reading and exciting, extended, reflective writing.
The step that teachers and pupils take from ‘talk for learning’ to ‘talk for writing’ is a vital one. In this book the authors argue that all aspects of historical enquiry leading to writing involve discussion and dialogue which permeate every aspect of ‘doing history’. From this perspective they set out a theoretical framework for understanding the role of talk and reading in developing pupils’ critical thinking and confident reflective writing, then demonstrate through a series of case studies, in which teachers, university lecturers and pupils work together, how the theory is put into practice in the classroom.
The second half of the book draws upon case studies from a number of real primary classrooms with children of different ages. Each case study shows how teaching was planned to develop children’s confidence and enjoyment in discussion and to scaffold reasoned, written explanation and argument. Topics presented are all relevant to the new curriculum framework and include talking and reading about:
This indispensable book provides not only sources for pupils to use in their writing, but also models and exemplars of different styles and voices to draw upon.
Part 1 Theoretical framework for understanding the role of talk and reading in developing confident reflective writing 1 Historians’ Themes and Genres, Hilary Cooper 2 Genre and Children Writing History: reflective and discursive learning, Jon Nichol 3 Oracy: speaking and listening, Jon Nichol 4 Talk, reading and writing in breadth and depth studies, Hilary Cooper 5 Theory into Practice, Hilary Cooper Part 2 Case Studies: models for practice 6 Using Sources To Create Narrative, Hugh Moore 7 Writing about time, Hilary Cooper 8 It depends on your point of view: exploring different representations of the past Penelope Harnett, Sarah Whitehouse and Jane Carter 9 Pupils Developing their Interpretations of the Past, Sue Temple 10 Discursive and Reflective Writing- into the Classroom, John Nichol