comprehending :: making & repairing meaning :: passage-level ::

genre grammar

"Good readers are analytical readers - they use their knowledge of text structures to assist with comprehending." (Dorn, L. J., & Soffos, C., 2005, p. 44) 

Working Definition

Genre grammar refers to the common elements and structural units that can reasonably be expected to be found in a selection of a given genre. For example, the structure of a story, referred to by educators as "story grammar," could be expected to contain the common elements of character, setting, and conflict, and the common structure of beginning, middle, end.


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