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ERIC Number: EJ780959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Story Innovation: An Instructional Strategy for Developing Vocabulary and Fluency
Griffith, Priscilla L.; Ruan, Jiening
Reading Teacher, v61 n4 p334-338 Dec 2007
Story innovation is a form of scaffold writing in which the sentence and text patterns remain intact but the content is altered through the substitution of vocabulary to change the setting, characters, or action in a story. Story innovation is presented as a way to develop vocabulary knowledge through deep processing and to provide fluency practice. Teachers will also find story innovation useful for working with struggling readers or students learning English as a second language. It is a way to foster a nonthreatening, low-anxiety, and highly supportive learning environment. The authors describe the scenario in one classroom in which the students wrote a story innovation, and they provide a step-by-step process teachers can follow when implementing story innovation in the classroom. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A