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ERIC Number: EJ899620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Text Structures, Readings, and Retellings: An Exploration of Two Texts
Martens, Prisca; Arya, Poonam; Wilson, Pat; Jin, Lijun
Literacy Teaching and Learning, v11 n2 p49-64 2007
The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between children's use of reading strategies and language cues while reading and their comprehension after reading two texts: "Cherries and Cherry Pits" (Williams, 1986) and "There's Something in My Attic" (Mayer, 1988). The data were drawn from a larger study of the reading strategies of 110 urban second graders. Children read and retold an unfamiliar challenging text to a researcher. The texts were analyzed in several ways, including Walsh's (2000) framework for narrative texts. The children's readings were analyzed using the Classroom Procedure for miscue analysis (Goodman et al., 2005). The retellings were analyzed for cohesiveness, organization, and content following Morrow's (2001) retelling protocol. Though the number of readers for each text is small, the data show that familiarity with the structure of a text impacts readers' meaning making both "during" and "after" reading. This suggests that text structure needs to be considered when assessing comprehension since a resulting score may have more to do with the text than readers' abilities. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Fry Readability Formula