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ERIC Number: EJ761391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0502
Harnessing the Power of Story: Using Narrative Reading and Writing across Content Areas
Nathanson, Steven
Reading Horizons, v47 n1 p1-26 Sep-Oct 2006
This article reviews research to examine how teaching and learning are improved with the use of narrative story materials. Stories help to focus the reader's attention and build personal connection, resulting in better retention and deeper subject-matter understanding. Four key advantages of narratives cited by D. T. Willingham are discussed. The effectiveness of stories is further supported by a review of research from diverse fields, including cognitive psychology, social and physical sciences, education, and communication. Suggestions and strategies for the use of narrative materials in content area settings beyond the elementary classroom are also provided.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A