Talk for Writing : Lesson 1

Create a Text Map based on a known poem (imitation)

Lesson Objective : Search for pictures online; and use them present a visual story (Text Map)

Lesson Outcome : Create a text map on presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint or Paint) based on a poem, e.g. Fish Alive.

Unplugged option : Use pen and paper to create a Text Map

Talk for writing overview

The Big Picture

What have we done? We have some practice of using presentation software

What are we doing? Making a visual story / text map (imitation)

Where are we going? We will change the story to our own needs (innovation)


1. Let’s choose a poem. I’ve gone for Fish Alive

2. Open presentation software (such as PowerPoint or Paint).

Note: If you are using an iPad you could use SketchPad

3. Search online for relevant pictures.

4. Paste those pictures to create a text map of the poem (imitation).

5. Rearrange the pictures so that you can eventually tell the story in your own way (innovation)

Extension / Move ahead : Open a Word file and write a new version of the story based on your text map. You can be as creative as you like.

Success Criteria

1. Students can open presentation software and add at least 5 pictures

2. Students can add 10 or more pictures

3. Students can rearrange the pictures to enable them to write their own story

Socrative Plenary

If you are attending the live sessions, you will be asked to tell me how you did.

Room Name : XFUTURE

Teachers Question : You can write anything about the lesson. It is your chance to feedback to the teacher.

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