CMNS 420 ASSIGNMENT
Length: 800–900 words (3–4 pages, double-spaced, not including references page)
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your knowledge of narrative theory, competencies, and literacy with reference to course readings. Choose at least one reading each for Units 4, 5, and 6.
Apply narrative theory to explain some aspect(s) of narrative in texts written or produced for or by children. For instance, you might discuss story grammar, inference, and structure-based approaches, or assessment of narrative competencies, strategies, and behaviours that help people to process narrative across different media.
This should be addressed in at least one third to one half of your paper. Then apply the theoretical concepts that you have chosen in exploring one of the following options, which you should specify in your title or in a subtitle.
Option A: Printed Text Reading Program
Using a framework for narrative competence for children from pre-school to the age of thirteen, outline and describe a library program involving reading stories in printed text (lasting a day, a week, a month, or more). Explain the program in terms of two or three of the texts that you have chosen and explain why you chose those texts.
Do they match children’s reading interests and abilities, or do they challenge them? Which competencies do you think that the children will bring to, or develop in, the program? What cognitive and affective abilities are involved? What strategies and behaviours would you expect in narrative processing activities?
Option B: Information Book Lesson Plan
Using the criteria for judging information books outlined in the course readings, consider three information books on one topic that include visual images for children. Write a background rationale for your choice of one or two of these books as resources for a lesson plan. Comment on the complex relationship between words and pictures. How well do the books incorporate narrative to inform children?
What static visual components and narrative strategies are involved, and what methodologies would you use to analyze them? How and why would these books be suitable to use to develop narrative competencies and/or cognitive and affective abilities? What strategies and behaviours would you expect in narrative processing activities?
For all assignments, please use APA style for citations and references.
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