Developing Narrative Structure

Developing Narrative Structure

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Effective narration, the telling of stories or recounting of personal experiences, is an art requiring skills that appear crucial for children's language development and literacy acquisition. This volume serves an important purpose because it pulls together the widely scattered literature in the field, exploring the ways in which oral narrative structure develops in children and how it may be facilitated. It presents new empirical studies on genres of narrative, the role narrative structure plays in emergent literacy, the relationship between narrative language and autobiographical memory, and ways in which teachers and parents facilitate or hinder children's narrative development. The empirical research presented here draws from diverse groups, including Hispanic, African-American, and Anglo-American children from rural and urban America and Canada.TABLE 3.4 Mean Proportions of Structural Characteristics by Event and Type of Narrative Mean 0.42 0.47 0.39 would help them in ... compared to personal narratives about trips that included more evaluation (e.g., aquot;I had lots of fun, aquot; example 20), high points (e.g., ... Cohesion A good narrative does more than just include the necessary components; cohesion is created by weaving the elements together.

Title:Developing Narrative Structure
Author:Allyssa McCabe, Carole Peterson
Publisher:Psychology Press - 1991


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