๐Ÿ‘ The Shape of Stories

Liked The Shape of Stories by Alex Quigley (The Confident Teacher)
When our students read and write they draw upon their knowledge of stories โ€“ sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously. The language and words and patterns become known and understood, matched and linked together. Over time, students develop what we can term a โ€˜mental modelโ€˜. That is to say, the more we read, the more we understand, the more we develop a โ€˜modelโ€™ of different types of stories and their respective worlds. We know that the earlier we read, and the greater the volume of our reading, the more fine grained and precise our โ€˜mental modelโ€™. For many children who join school, they are well on the way with being read to and the shape of stories โ€“ mental models โ€“ are already emerging in their minds. By secondary school, I can teach a gothic story, but most students could write a good attempt with little to no teaching. The shape of the story is already well formed in their minds.

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