I Loved Your Book, Here’s Mine


In every story there hides a hundred other stories.

If we want reading to raise the quality of children’s writing, we should give them the choice over the books they might want to take from in their writing. It’s important that we teach writing and reading in a connected way and so show children how all writers will use their favourite literature and other reading to influence their writing. When writers do this, it’s called intertextuality.

Intertextuality is the idea that writing (and therefore writers) will be influenced or inspired by things read, watched or heard. We must first let our young apprentice writers know that this is an utterly natural thing for writers to do and then encourage them to do it for themselves.

Children don’t only show their comprehension when they write in response to the books they’re reading; they give something of themselves to the text too. A fair exchange of ideas is made between the reader and what’s read. When this happens, we believe it’s evidence of children achieving the greater-depth standard.

This class writing project provides you with:

+ Comprehensive teacher notes:

  • Suggestions for both year group and whole school writing progression
  • Advice for teachers on how to write great mentor texts
  • Over 60 writing study and functional grammar mini-lessons
  • Suggested book list for your classroom library

+ You also receive our popular and photocopiable child-facing Genre Booklet which includes:

  • Publishing and performance menu
  • 2 exemplar texts
  • Revision checklist
  • Editing checklist

+ Finally, we also provide you with our guide to teaching writing to help you get started.

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