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ERIC Number: EJ831640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Book Characters' Choices: Helping Students Interpret Their Actions
Boulware, Beverly; Jones, Connie
Childhood Education, v85 n3 p178-G Spr 2009
The process of helping students interpret the choices made by fictional characters can be enhanced through various strategies, such as a graphic organizer. Although teachers cannot reliably predict how their students will respond to text (Jenkins, 2008), teachers can provide them with daily opportunities to create meaning by discussing storybook readings. Teachers know that developing students' thinking and reasoning through literature response activities facilitates the children's understanding and allows them to consider the multiple perspectives and motives of characters. Using graphic organizers in the form of visual displays helps students clarify relationships, organize information, and construct meaning. As children participate in group applications, using such reading strategies as graphic organizers, their ability to comprehend text and reflect upon what they hear and read can be enhanced. This article presents a strategy that introduces a structural framework--a graphic organizer--that can be used to help children interpret characters' actions in a story.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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