2- Elementary

Narrative Development

Many times I am told "My child can't tell a story" or "this student can tell stories."

To get good information on narrative skills, the question is: at what level?

There are specific, sequenced levels to story-telling. They boil down to this:

1. Descriptive

2. Action Sequence

3. Reactive Sequence

4. Abbreviated Episode

5. Complete Episode

5a. Multiple Episodes

6. Complex Episode

7. Embedded Episode

8. Interactive Episode

So the question is not can my child tell a story, it is: at what level, and with what kind of help?

Here is one good resource for teaching narratives using trade picture books: East Meets West: Using Children's Books as a Clinical Intervention for Language and Reading Disabilities