Genre, content, and organization of kindergarten children's oral story inventions

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  • This pilot investigation focused on the genre, content, and organization used in the oral story inventions of 10 African-American children from a kindergarten class in an urban school system in the southeastern United States. After four days of instruction in storytelling through the use of fairy tales, the researcher asked each child to make up a story and tell it. The 10 children's stories were tape-recorded and transcribed. Content analysis indicated the children told fantasy stories based on familiar themes, with a parent often playing a role. The organization of the stories was a disjointed collection of juxtaposed sentences. Questions are raised as to the developmental, individual, and cultural variables which contributed to these results.
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  • Geist EA; Aldridge J
  • Start Page

  • 817
  • End Page

  • 822
  • Volume

  • 85
  • Issue

  • 3 PART 1