FICTION COMPREHENSION

2/22/00


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FICTION COMPREHENSION

Fiction comprehension strategies guide students to consider the structural elements of stories -- plot, character, and setting. They do not guide students in considering the author’s literary language….

Characters have WANTS, needs, or goals. CHARACTER SOCIOGRAMS allow children to consider the relationships among the characters.

Characters achieve their goals PLACED somewhere, at some time. STORY WORLDS allow children to consider the role of setting in the story.

Characters achieve their goals through a series of events. PLOT PROFILES allow children to understand how authors create tension in stories.

Characters achieve their goals through a series of events. STORY MAPS allow children to understand how authors have organized these episodes into a developing structure.

As regards plot, stories DO NOT have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

For young children, the term Aproblem@ is a problem. It is easier to stay with ASomebody Wanted But So@

Author: Laura B. Smolkin

Email: lbs5z@virginia.edu

Home Page: www.people.virginia.edu/~lbs5z