Story Frames

 

Story frames can be used to encourage children to make predictions about a story after the frame has been introduced by reading the title, looking at the illustrations and having a brief discussion help give a sense of the story structure can be used at all levels and ages to improve text comprehension.
 

(Fowler, 1982 & Nichols, 1980)



Basic story frame


Title

In this story the problem starts when…

After that, …

Next, …

Then, …

The problem is finally solved when …

The story ends …
 


Benefits of the Story Frame

 

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Focuses attention on key sequencing word clues embedded in the text.

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Students are able to use their knowledge of story structure to help predict, sample, process, giving increased recall.

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Readers read more like writers.

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Focus in on structure, sequence, meaning and use of language.

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