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How to compose a narrative: Students approaches and pedagogical implications
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2019 (English)In: Writing & Pedagogy, ISSN 1756-5839, E-ISSN 1756-5847, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 23-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of this paper is to contribute knowledge on childrens narrative writing from a pedagogical perspective. Through analyses of nine-to ten-year-old students narrative writing, aspects that are critical to discern in order to write narratives with a well-developed plot are formulated. The theoretical framework is narratology theories and Variation Theory. Narratology provides a conceptual framework for describing narrative writing, while Variation Theory offers a pedagogical perspective. A total of 80 narratives written by students have been analyzed, and five qualitatively different approaches to writing were seen. Narrative writing can be approached as describing events, solving a problem, creating action, making jokes and composing a narrative. A comparison between these approaches revealed five aspects that are critical for children to discern in order to develop the ability to write narratives: the discernment of a reader, the function of a narrative, the narrative structure, coherence, and duration. These aspects can be discerned in a more or less powerful way. The study contributes to the field by offering teachers guidance in what aspects are critical to address when teaching narrative writing in school.

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EQUINOX PUBLISHING LTD , 2019. Vol. 11, no 1, p. 23-47
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NARRATIVE WRITING; NARRATOLOGY; VARIATION THEORY; MIDDLE SCHOOL; TEACHING WRITING
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-159017DOI: 10.1558/wap.33676ISI: 000472140300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-159017DiVA, id: diva2:1338097
Available from: 2019-07-19 Created: 2019-07-19 Last updated: 2019-08-19

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