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Describe strategies to develop activities that facilitate comprehension of narrative, expository, and poetic texts.

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The comprehension of narrative, expository and poetic texts are examined.

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Each of these three types of writing (narrative, expository, and poetic) are different. The strategies that you use to teach students HOW to write each type are certainly differently. This writing prompt now asks you to consider strategies to help student actually comprehend an assigned text. I suppose the best way to approach this is to actually cover narrative and expository text together first. There is an activity and strategy I can describe that helps students learn the differences between the two. Next, I will provide some notes on comprehending poetry.

1) Narrative and Expository Texts ? Such texts tell a story, usually in chronological order. These can be fictional accounts, or real life stories (non-fiction), but you want to make sure not to include in this category. Explain this to your students. Then, explain that expository texts actually tell a factual story. The reading of a narrative text requires a different approach than that of the expository text, but both are designed to be fun and enjoyable. As such, readers typically move towards choosing books/stories about topics that they like. One possible activity to help students understand the differences between the two types of texts is to first read them an example of each. Begin by reading an example of a short story. I think I mentioned before, but I think Aesop?s fable works well here. The fables are a great way to demonstrate the organization, structure, and style of the narrative. After you have done that, read an example of an expository text. Perhaps the best way to demonstrate this ...

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