We’re All Authors Together – This article originally appeared in Issue 48 of the UKEd Magazine. Click here to view.
In teaching writing, particularly when looking to stretch and inspire those stronger individuals in KS2, it’s most powerful to model genuine authorial behaviours. Not only do I get them to magpie ideas from my models and other model texts, I tell them *I’m* magpie-ing *their* ideas too – I add them to my own jotter and refer back to them during writing sessions. This, combined with daily conversations about books, language, and writing, is how to develop children with a thirst for books, for writing, and an understanding of what it’s all actually for.
Reading together in the classroom is already common practice; teachers regularly discuss books with children (I hope!) and can relate to the children as readers. By modelling and sharing how writers magpie, borrow, steal and manipulate, we all become authors together as well.
@JRTroughton SLT & English Lead – Essex