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


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



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


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


Readers read more like writers.


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

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