ERIC Number: ED342006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
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Guided Story Invention.
Schnelle, Linda; Riley, James D.
Guided story invention is a strategy for whole language instruction. The strategy stimulates construction of story and storylike passages, and incorporates: (1) student knowledge of story structure; (2) the reading and writing of meaningful text; (3) a focus on meaning as a function of teacher coaching; and (4) encouragement of self-monitoring of reader understanding. Preparation is the first major component of the strategy. The teacher guides the discussion of students' experience in writing stories and knowledge of structure. The second major component, story invention, incorporates group writing, a model story situation, and questions to guide story invention or to elaborate the model situation. At the point of group writing, the teacher may serve as secretary, to record sentences for student discussion groups, after first choosing a sentence that will motivate further response. In the model situation illustrating the strategy, groups start with the same sentence, but with details altered. Students are then asked to respond to questions about characterization and setting, and each group continues the sequence, choosing sentences after a discussion period. The final component, reconstruction/extension, includes the two aspects of reviewing the process of story invention and children's independent application of that process. Adherence to the principles underlying guided story invention is essential to success of the teaching process. (One figure is included.) (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Guided Story Invention; Story Writing