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ERIC Number: EJ1068163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
"That Just Really Knocks Me Out": Fourth Grade Students Navigate Postmodern Picture Books
Swaggerty, Elizabeth
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v5 n1 p9-31 2009
What happens when children come across texts that push the boundaries of what they expect to encounter when they pick up a picture book? There exists a genre of nontraditional picture books, commonly referred to as "postmodern picture books," which is characterized by a variety of alternative literary and illustrative devices. Given that these books often deviate from traditional narrative structure and elements, traditional comprehension strategies may not be effective in assisting students' understanding of the story. The purpose of this study was to examine and interpret the ways in which a small group of successful fourth grade readers navigated five postmodern picture books. Video transcripts and field notes from ten individual think aloud sessions and five group book club discussions serve as data sources that reveal the complexity of the ways in which students navigated these books.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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