Narrative Functions & Relations Cards
The narrative functions, primary needs and plot category cards help students think critically as they read and view multicultural and multimedia texts (e.g., graphic novels, picturebooks, film, historical & science fiction, biographies, commercials, etc.). These symbolic cards help students draw significant relations within each text and extend literary ideas from one literary experience to the next. The narrative relations cards serve to further extend literary ideas meaningfully across the curriculum to support social and environmental (biodiversity) studies, science, character/values and health education. Further, students’ developing understandings of narrative functions and relations can be transferred to help them compose their own fiction and nonfiction texts.
Whole Class Discussion Cards (8.5” x 11”):
- 8 Narrative Functions
- 6 Primary Needs
- 6 Narrative Relations
- 6 Plot Categories
Small Group or Individual Student Cards (2.5” x 4”):
- 4 sets of 8 Narrative Functions
These narrative cards support the innovative research by Dr. Christine Portier and were developed in collaboration with K-6 educators. The symbolic artwork is original (© Tiny Woman Wordshop) and designed for the total literacy approach to language instruction.
- 26 large symbolic cards
- 4 small symbolic card sets
- Original symbols & artwork
- Plastic zipper storage case
- Supports all literacy and language programs
- For primary, junior & intermediate grades (grades 1-8)
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