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ERIC Number: ED306539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Episodic Mapping: A Technique To Help Students Understand Stories.
Schmelzer, Ronald; Henson, Kenneth
Semantic mapping is effective with expository prose but not as effective with narrative prose. To achieve a better understanding of narrative prose, yet still keep the benefits of semantic mapping, the traditional approach can be modified into a technique called "episodic mapping." Episodic mapping is based on the idea that most stories contain several major ideas and follow a particular structure, typically called story grammar. While the grammar of individual stories may vary, the structures of most stories focus around setting, plot, and resolution. The five elements in episodic mapping include: setting, problem/goal, major episodes, theme, and resolution. After episodic mapping is understood, the next step is to teach it to the students. In a classroom application, students grades 3 through 6 were very responsive to episodic mapping, with "low" students benefitting the most. Episodic mapping has potential for the reading teacher who is trying to teach and encourage interest in narrative prose. (MM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A