Mary Oliver Summary

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PART B: EXPLANATORY NOTES
Assessment Summary
Besides having good grammar, the narrative analysis revealed several indications that Oliver’s performance was below age-expectations in terms of his surface structure, cohesion and overall organization. Firstly, his surface structure was not age appropriate and lacking in certain aspects. Children age 4 or 5 generally achieve complexity in more than 20% of their utterances (Paul, 1981). With 26% of his narrative being complex sentences, it indicated that his level of sentence complexity was about 4 years below chronological age expectations, which also reduced his ability to express complex thoughts and ideas (Vasilyeva, Waterfall, & Huttenlocher, 2008). Hence, his story was significantly shorter than expected for his age. His retell also had 6 disruptions due to several instances of word finding difficulties, which could imply a possibility of an expressive language
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There was little information about Oliver’s thoughts about his own progress at school so we could conduct an ethnographic interview for 15 minutes with him The teacher was concerned about the organisation of his writing so I could also conduct an informal story generation task (i.e., write a short story based on a picture) for another 25 minutes. The Expected Response (ER) is record based on what he has written. We would work together on a completed assignment and I would record the Participant Observation (PO) on how he would approach the task. CBLAI is the best for assessing his language abilities in class because it uses all information gathered about his current performance to determine what activities and skills (Nelson, 1989) might help him acquire effective oral and written communication skills for academic

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