North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Language Development and Communication (LDC)

Subdomain: Learning to Communicate

Goal: Children describe familiar people, places, things, and events.

Skill Progression: Use of narrative skills to describe

Age: 54-60 Months

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Dictates stories in appropriate narrative sequence, with characters, unorganized plot, and dialogue

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during dramatic play and literacy activities after being given a theme to develop.

Elicitation Strategy

Let children develop a story in dramatic play. Afterwards, ask each group to dictate their story to the adult to make a storybook. Each group then performs their story for the other groups.

Behavior Observed

The child dictates his story ideas in a sequence, relating actions and dialogue.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

As children learn more plots from stories, movies, and other media, they want to combine them, to play them out with peers, and to perform them for others. Children need the time, space, and materials to develop the fantasies in their minds, both at home and at school. Encourage parents to arrange play dates and give children the freedom to create.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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