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ERIC Number: ED455530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 17
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Third Grade Written Narratives: A Cross-Linguistic Study.
Gregory, George Ann
A study examined what a third grader might understand about composing a common genre like the narrative, given the degree of variance among approaches and experience. Data were collected from different school sites over a period of several years. These sites shared common geographical areas: three schools were located in the Sonoran desert shared by Arizona, California, and Baja California, Mexico; and two schools were located in the higher plateaus of New Mexico and Sonora, Mexico. Data include rural and urban populations, two languages, and various representative populations. Data represent samples from two different approaches to schooling--those used in the United States and those used in Mexico. Each group used a process approach for creating their stories, and each group used the same prompts--students were allowed to choose from one of four line drawings. The stylistic characteristics of both Mexican and Mexican American students from El Centro, California, are generally associated with written uses, whereas those of the Quechan and Dine are generally associated with conversational uses. The variation among the groups suggests some reevaluation of assumptions behind curriculums and teaching approaches. While the Mexican-American students had developed composition along with reading, their Mexican counterparts had not. Yet, generally these three groups used language appropriate to written narratives. This may reflect the overall emphasis on literacy itself. Mexico prides itself on a high rate of literacy. (Contains 2 tables, and several writing samples.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Mexico