ERIC Number: ED062080
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Mar-31
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The Creation of Stories and Beginning Reading Material for Pre-School Indian Children in South Dakota. Final Report.
Webster, Loraine; Schleif, Mabel
In order to improve self-concepts, inculcate pride of heritage, and improve use of English by building larger speaking and reading vocabularies in Sioux Indian children, 2 sets of simple books were developed. The 1st set of books, the "Read Aloud Stories," contains 10 illustrated books intended to be read to preschool and early elementary students who are not proficient readers. Each story, of Sioux origin, conveys a simple concept to the child concerning his Indian heritage. Reading grade levels as determined by the Spache Readability Formula are grades 1.9 to 3.4, although the books have been read aloud or used as readers through 6th grade. Although evaluation of these books has been limited (they have been used in 7 schools), reports by teachers using the books have been favorable. The 2nd set of books, the "Rebus Reading Book Series," contains 10 illustrated books intended for use as supplementary readers in grades 1.779 through 2.2488 (Spache Formula). In these books, adaptations of Indian folk tales introduce readers to Indian cultural history. Interview-questionnaire technique showed the use of rebuses to reduce vocabulary load and allow for anticipation of unknown structure words. No statistical analysis was used due to the limited number of subjects. Included in this 3-part report on preparation of these materials are preliminary project information, overviews of the 2 sets of books in terms of preparation and final product, evaluations of the 2 series, tables of readability analysis (by book), appendices showing resource materials and the questionnaire, and bibliographies of materials used in book preparation. RC 006 115 and RC 006 116 contain the book sets. (MJB)
Descriptors: American Indians, Books, Childrens Literature, Culture, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Etiology, Evaluation, History, Legends, Preschool Children, Reading Ability, Reading Development, Reading Level, Reading Materials, Reading Research, Self Concept, Story Reading, Vocabulary Development
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Dakota Univ., Vermillion.