Faculty Publications

Title

Children's reading comprehension and narrative recall in sung and spoken story contexts

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Literacy training, Music and reading, Reading comprehension, Speech and language delay, Sung story books

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Child Language Teaching and Therapy

Volume

24

Issue

3

First Page

329

Last Page

349

Abstract

A growing number of reading professionals have advocated teaching literacy through music and song; however, little research exists supporting such practices. The purpose of this study was to determine if sung story book readings would enhance story comprehension and narrative re-tellings in children with histories of speech and language delay. Thirty kindergarten and first grade children listened to story books read in either a sung or spoken voice and were then asked to retell stories and answer story comprehension questions. Findings revealed that story re-telling and comprehension scores did not differ between conditions; however, certain advantages associated with language expression and attentional focus were indicated in both conditions. © 2008 SAGE Publications.

Original Publication Date

10-1-2008

DOI of published version

10.1177/0265659008096296

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