Teaching writing at Primary

In a world in which written communication plays an ever-increasing role, nonfiction texts are part and parcel of most of our pupils’ everyday experience.

Author: Donna Shaw

By the age of ten, most children are familiar with a wide range of nonfiction texts in their own language. They have read signs and adverts, received and sent e-mails and followed instructions to learn how to play new games. Children’s magazines also give them the opportunity to read texts such as letters, articles and film reviews. Teachers can take advantage of these literacy experiences to help their pupils write similar texts in English.

Donna Shaw suggests ways to help our third-cycle pupils to produce their own in the English language classroom:

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When choosing a nonfiction writing task, it is important to give your pupils a clear reason for writing and an audience for their work. Your school environment can offer both these things. Younger pupils can write signs and labels for the classroom, use post-its to leave notes on a class memo-board, or design and write greeting cards for their friends. Older pupils can prepare a poster to advertise a school event or send an e-mail describing their weekend to a classmate. Other ideas include writing book reviews to display in the library, displaying favourite recipes in the school dining room or publishing a description of a class trip in a school magazine.

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