Applying the ‘2E’s’ / Complex vocabulary development strategies
In this session all will consider the issues surrounding identification before concentrating on the more important issue of engaging able writers! A broad range of complex vocabulary development strategies will then be explored – these will be both high tech and low tech and will include The Macao constraint / Snowball writing / N+7 as well as some of Alan’s recent apps including AnyWord Xword and Word-Juice. Games to develop ‘precise vocabulary’ (working at greater depths) will feature.
Developing narrative writing with more able pupils
Alan will explore and explain his ‘Story Machine’ apps as well as other key ways of developing an embedded understanding of the conventions of a broad range of genres. Transformational response writing and plot skeletons will also be considered. Alan will then consider apps like ‘Epic Citadel’ and their potential as a stimulus for able writers. How to create ‘shifts between levels of formality’ (working at greater depth) will also be considered in the context of narrative and non-fiction text types.
Differentiation for able writers, ‘authentic reason’ writing and ‘working at greater depth’ (punctuation)
The five key differentiation approaches will be unpicked (with practical examples for each). This will be followed with an exploration of global opportunities for ‘authentic reason’ (real purpose & audience) writing, most of which are entirely free! Alan will also consider using the full range of punctuation to effect (working at greater depth).
Reading into writing & Non fiction
To conclude the day Alan will explore his recent ‘Guided Reading Questioning Framework’ apps and how these can be used to help able writers to make concrete links between reading and writing. Following this Alan will share material from ‘The Ultimate Guide to Non Fiction’ as well as using comics as a stimulus for higher -order writing. (The final element will showcase a book by Mat Sullivan which avoids the ‘trap’ of viewing comics as a gateway to more ‘serious’ literature.)