Focuses upon demonstrating what the children need to learn next in order to improve. The children witness a more skilled writer explaining and talking through what they are doing.
The class talk should focus on generating and selecting words and ideas. The children are explicitly engaged in the sort of activity that might occur within a writer’s mind. They fish for words and phrases, pausing to select what works best, orally rehearsing and adapting the flow of sentences. It should involve the teacher challenging the children’s ideas.
The children gradually take over with the teacher stepping back. It is the movement from dependence to independence.