ERIC Number: ED174949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Organization, Goals, and Comprehensibility in Narratives: Newswriting, A Case Study. Technical Report No. 132.
Green, Georgia M.
This report compares a typical newspaper account of an event with other possible ways of narrating the event. It argues that journlists' beliefs about the appropriate format, style, and content for a news story work in concert to obscure the structure of the story and the relations among subparts, and thus serve to thwart their presumed goal in writing: providing an account of events that will be easily readable by an ordinary person. The report concludes that there are clear counterparts to editors standards for the format and style appropriate to books intended for beginning readers, and hypothesizes that children who are exposed primarily to texts written to conform to these standards (short sentences, no paragraphing, relations inexplicit between events recounted) may fail to become good readers because they do not learn to expect connection among ideas, and frequently fail to see it, even in better-written texts. (Authors)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.