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Core vocabulary in written personal narratives of school-age children

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TitleCore vocabulary in written personal narratives of school-age children
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThis study aimed to describe core words of written personal narratives to inform the implementation of AAC supports for literacy instruction. Investigators analyzed lexical diversity, frequency of specific word use and types of words that made up 70% of the total words used in 211 written narrative samples from children in first grade (n¼94) and fourth grade (n¼117). Across grades, 191 different words made up 70% of the total words used in the 211 written narrative samples. The top 50 words were comprised of content words (64%) and function words (36%). Grade differences were noted in diversity and types of words, including differences in the number of words comprising the core (132 words for children in first grade and 207 for fourth grade) and a higher proportion of abstract nouns for children in fourth grade based on the 200 most frequently occurring words for each grade.
AuthorsWood, C., Appleget A., and Hart S.
Year of Publication2016
PublicationAAC
Volume32
Issue3
Pages198-207
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07434618.2016.1216596
Keywords (MeSH)child, literacy, vocabulary, writing
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