Thursday, February 5, 2015

Predictable Texts- Part 2

Predictable texts for picture books work in several ways so the reader can anticipate what come next. Different types of predictable stories include:

Songs- like Old MacDonald had a Farm
Cumulative stories- they build on themselves with repetition like The House that Jack Built
Sequences- they include familiar sequences such as counting or the days of the week as in Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak
Pattern- a scene is repeated with a minor change as in The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Q&A Stories- A question is repeated as in Whose Footprints? by Molly Croxe
Repetition of a Phrase- a phrase is repeated almost like a refrain as in Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
Rhyme or Rhythm Repetitions-  as in Tough Boris by Mem Fox
Circular or Chain Stories- the story "comes full circle" and ends back at the beginning as in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

These story structures are fun to explore. Young children, parents and teachers all delight in them too!

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