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date: 01 April 2020

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The purpose of this chapter is to review research on African American children’s acquisition and development of narration. We describe various analyses used to highlight diverse aspects of narratives told by African American children and explore the implications of such narrative for language and literacy acquisition. We compare and contrast the narratives told by diverse groups of African American children. Our working assumption is that African American children produce a variety of narratives; that is, there is no reason to assume that narratives of African American children will be homogenous. As Zora Neale Hurston documented so well, storytelling in African American culture is highly valued and distinctive.

Keywords: African American children, narrative, storytelling, acquisition and development, literacy acquisition

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