ERIC Number: ED190985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
An Educational Technique to Encourage Practice with High-Level Aspects of Texts.
Rubin, Andee; Gentner, Dedre
The Story Maker is a teaching device that allows children to create stories by choosing options from a set of already-written story segments. This device (1) provides an active language experience that allows children to construct stories easily; (2) demonstrates the consequences of choosing different ways for a story to proceed; (3) avoids the overemphasis on low-level characteristics of text such as spelling and handwriting; (4) provides a real audience for children's compositions; (5) creates a natural context for comparing and discussing stories with different high-level characteristics; (6) provides a social and cognitive context in which it is natural for children to work together on language activities; and (7) provides a motivating, nonthreatening, success-oriented context for language activities. The choices are structured so that the initial choices a child makes constrain choices that can be made later in the process. The Story Maker is implemented in such a way that the child cannot see a given set of alternatives until the time has come to choose among them. After children have had some experience with this technique, they can construct their own Story Makers. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (29th, San Antonio, TX, November 29-December 1, 1979).