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Suggestions for Books at Various Stages of Narrative Development
A. For students currently producing narratives at the Heaps stage, provide books at the Sequence level, in which there is a recurring theme but the order of events doesn’t matter.
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats
The House that Jack Built Paul Galdone
The Gingerbread Boy Paul Galdone
Kind Bidgood’s in the Bathtub Audrey and Don Wood
B. For students currently producing narratives at the Sequence stage, provide books at the Primitive Narrative level, which have a main theme and involve some understanding of attempts and actions and ability to interpret events.
George and Martha James Marshall
Rotten Ralph Jack Gentos
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible Judith Vorst
No Good, Very Bad Day
Kevin’s Grandmother Barbara Williams
Mr Happy; Mr. Fussy; Mr. Bounce, etc Roger Hargraves
Alice Gets Ready for School Cynthia Jabar
C. For students currently producing narratives at the Primitive Narrative stage, provide books at the Chain level, which involve some understanding of cause-effect and character motivation:
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears Vernal Ardema
The King’s Tea T.H. Nonle
If I Had Mercer Mayer
Just for You Mercer Mayer
Keep your Mouth Closed, Dear Aliki
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, etc. Laura Numeroff
D. For students functioning at the Chain stage, provide books with a simple True Narrative structure, plots that have character development, sequences of actions motivated by character’s goals and plans, and a resolution of the story’s problem.
Bread and Jam for Francis Russell Hoban
Ira Sleeps Over B. Waber
Owl at Home Arnold Lobel
Elbert’s Bad Word Audrey Don Wood
Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl
*Adapted from Wallach, G. (1989). Children’s reading and writing disorders: The role of the speech-language pathologist (ASHA Teleconference Tape Series) Rockville, MD; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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