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ERIC Number: EJ769672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
The Talking Drawings Strategy: Using Primary Children's Illustrations and Oral Language to Improve Comprehension of Expository Text
Paquette, Kelli R.; Fello, Susan E.; Jalongo, Mary Renck
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n1 p65-73 Aug 2007
Listening and reading comprehension can be assessed by analyzing children's visual, verbal, and written representations of their understandings. "Talking Drawings" (McConnell, S. (1993). Talking drawings: A strategy for assisting learners. "Journal of Reading", 36(4), 260-269 is one strategy that enables children to combine their prior knowledge with the new information derived from an expository text and "translate" those newly-acquired understandings into other symbol systems, including an oral discussion with a partner, a more detailed drawing, and written labels for the drawing. The Talking Drawings strategy begins by inviting children to create pre-learning drawings. These initial drawings are a way of taking inventory of a child's current content knowledge about a particular topic. After pre-learning drawings are created and shared, children listen to or read an expository text (e.g., information book, passage from a textbook) on the same topic as their drawing. Pairs of students discuss the information and either modify their pre-learning drawings to be more detailed or create completely new drawings that reflect the recently-acquired information. Students are encouraged to label their drawings with words in a diagram or schematic fashion. By evaluating the "before" and "after" artwork, educators can identify advances in students' reading and listening comprehension of the terminology, facts, and principles on a particular topic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Reading)