My Preps recently recited The Gruffalo at our school assembly. They explained to the audience that they were learning expression and to make their reading sound like talking. We had read the story many times, discussed the problem, used our perspective lens to think about each creature’s feelings and enjoyed pattern and pace.
The children have been talking about and drawing the beginning, middle and end of a story. My students are learning to write their own simple narratives and deconstructing narratives helps children understand how to construct their own. Reading a story many times enables the children to develop a deep understanding of the text.