ERIC Number: ED203370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Story Structures in Children's Book Choices.
Sebesta, Sam L.; And Others
A study was conducted to discover the components of books that children prefer over and above those children's books that adults critically acclaim. Forty intermediate-level fiction books included in the "Children's Choices" listings for 1978 to 1980 were read by three adult researchers and classified according to A. Applebee's taxonomy of story structures. The six basic story structure categories devised by Applebee include two plot concepts and two story structures. The random sampling indicated that children did choose all types of story structures, and that the greatest proportion of their choices fell into categories that included a focus. Focused chains and true narratives, in which events are arranged in cause-effect patterns, comprised 50% of the sample. The results indicated that no single story structure can be designated as an exclusive favorite, although most choices include a focus and connected sequence of events. Children and young people seem to respect an author's integrity. Variety and integrity in story structure, rather than adherence to the critically approved true narrative might guide adults in selecting literature, including choices in basal readers and supplementary literature texts, for children. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Story Structure
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference on Language Arts in the Elementary School (13th, Portland, OR, April 10-12, 1981).