Developing narrative structure

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L. Erlbaum Associates, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 367 pages
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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.

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Contents

Unking Childrens Connective Use
29
Genre Skills Among First
55
The Development
89
vl
137
The Oral Monologue as a Form of Emergent
175
A Longitudinal Study
217
Constraints
255
The Dismantling of Narrative
303
Author Index
353
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