Observe the child in classroom activities, including a group discussion during circle or small group time, in the dramatic play area, and during free play on the playground.
No elicitation needed.
When describing an event that several experienced (e.g., seeing the same movie), the child adds to the comments of the previous person (e.g., Child one: “I like Elsa in Frozen.” Child two adds, “I liked the song she sang.”) through at least four turns.
Early childhood educators need to lead small group discussions to allow children to learn how to listen to others and contribute in turn. Allow small groups of children to dictate narratives about events in the classroom and on field trips, as well as dictating stories they create. Incorporate opportunities for discussion of topics related to classroom themes into the day.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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