Question: “What do children gain from this exposure to books which would explain the facilitation of the learning-to-read process?”
Answer: “The analysis revealed that children who have been read to prior to formal literacy instruction have abstracted identifiable lexical and syntactic expectations of written narrative.”
Comment: And the same thing is true of writing. Children who have been read to by their teachers, will use the models of narratives read to them in their own writing with their own topics. RayS.
Title: “Lexical and Syntactic Knowledge of Written Narrative Held by Well-Read-To Kindergartners and second Graders.” V Purcell-Gates. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1988), 128-160.