Activity Types: Predictable Stories


Getting "Handy" in the classroom with technology integration

What are Predictable Stories?
In the November 2000 issue of Reading Online, Maring, Boxie, & Wiseman define predictable books, or pattern books, as "texts for children that make use of repeated phrases and language patterns" and point to the importance of their use in teaching reading and writing because "children learn these patterns and then use prediction-confirmation strategies to “read” the words in the story." Predictable books created using PowerPoint add even more interaction to the prediction process for the reader.

Advantages for use in the classroom:

  • Reading PowerPoint Predictable books provides excellent practice for developing language patter
  • Predictable books can present multiple patterns for a variety of uses
  • Student can create their own predictable books

Disadvantages for use in the classroom:

  • Students must have independent time with the computer to construct presentations


Student Sample: Bob the Banana

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Candace Figg, PhD
Brock University
Faculty of Education, Teacher Education Department
500 Glenridge, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1
(905.688.5550, x5347)

Jenny Burson, EdD
University of Texas at Austin (retired)
Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction