This article describes a research study exploring the question: What influence will reading and discussing traditional literature have upon students' narrative writing? The setting for the study was a fifth grade classroom that was part of a university laboratory school. Students listened to and discussed Native American folktales and then wrote their own, self-created narrative. Results indicated that students blended elements from the folktales with elements from their own cultures.
Weih, T. G. (2005). The Genre of Traditional Literature Influences Student Writing. Reading Horizons, 46 (2). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol46/iss2/3