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Connecting Children's Stories to Children's Literature: Meeting Diversity Needs

This article reinforced the importance of using diverse cultures and life experiences to enable children to use their "natural" story telling tool to build oral language.

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Oral Language and Story

This curriculum support program guides teachers through different ways of approaching oral language with students through story telling.  It explains how important listening is to story telling which in turn enhances oral language.  It shows the building blocks that exist through different developmental ages.

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Young Children's Oral Language Development | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets

Young Children's Oral Language Development | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets | GroupC | Scoop.it

After reading this article I believe it provided a good outline of the development of oral language as well as demonstrating many strategies you could use as a teacher to help young children understand and practice the use language.  

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Taking Delight in Words: Using Oral Language To Build Young Children's Vocabularies | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets

Taking Delight in Words: Using Oral Language To Build Young Children's Vocabularies | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets | GroupC | Scoop.it

This article focused on improving oral language through vocabulary.  Its key strategy is for teachers to read to their students rather than having the students read themselves.  This strategy benefits the student because at a young age the student's listening and speaking ability is superior to their own read and writing skills.

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Article: Scaffolding oral language development through poetry for students... | AccessMyLibrary - Promoting library advocacy

Article: Scaffolding oral language development through poetry for students... | AccessMyLibrary - Promoting library advocacy | GroupC | Scoop.it

This article showed the use of poetry as a tool to teach a diverse classroom of learners.  By using poetry it puts all the students on a "level" playing field by allowing them to visualize what is being said through repeated word patterns.  They are able to pick up on the rythms and rhymes of the text.  It also enhances vocabulary and gives the students an oppurtunity to grasp the meaning of words.

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