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Why Narrative Structure Accelerates Your Child’s Writing

Why Narrative Structure Accelerates Your Child’s Writing



We use the words engaging, efficient and effective a lot at Mrs Wordsmith. Why?

Because too many products out there fail to deliver by neglecting one or all of these three important factors.

One of the key ways our learning module ensures engagement, efficiency and effectivity is through this principle:

The foundation of how we teach literacy is based on a child’s ability to understand how stories are shaped.


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What this means is that your child has a better chance of succeeding across the national curriculum if she or he has a strong command of narrative vocabulary.

The national curriculum for KS2 (ages 7-11) states that “effective composition requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.”  

For example, primary school English emphasises on fiction and creative writing through of children’s literature. Escaping to fantasy lands and adventures develops imagination and creativity, engaging them to read and learn new words through storytelling.

But as vocabulary increases, teachers need to show students how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language.



This is a tall order for most if not all children. Although previous research shows that consistent and varied reading is critical, it is still not enough.

While there are students that are already used to reading challenging texts and have a high awareness of language and narrative structure, the vast majority still relies on methods of teaching that are 'caught' and not 'taught'.

In other words, unless they quickly grasp a complex word in a fast-paced classroom or in reading, they’re unlikely to master it.

Most children need more practice and confidence to understand how to use words effectively, capture meaning from complex texts, and craft compelling stories.

And the best way to begin to do this is to ensure that students have a strong command of narrative structure and vocabulary.


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Mrs Wordsmith includes this in our learning roadmap by exposing your child to 1500 narrative words in the first six months.

We designed our module using storytelling themes that cover the building blocks of narrative structure — such as character, emotions, senses and actions.  

And we’ve identified the most comprehensive list of age-appropriate narrative words, curated in one source, that you can find.  

This, combined with our visual tools and ‘little and often’ self-learning method, makes Mrs Wordsmith an engaging, efficient and effective vocabulary program.


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Have you started your child’s 10,000 Word Journey towards academic success?


Find out more about Mrs Wordsmith, and how our program can accelerate your child’s reading, writing and storytelling skills in just minutes a day.