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Pathways Video Link

Video is 55 minutes long, but well worth viewing, with lots of tips for teaching. Maryellen Moreau explains the Story Grammar Marker icons using Braidy the StoryBraid, along with Cindy Milner of Pathways for Parents. Clicking on the video will open another browser window to watch on YouTube.

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Analyze 5th Grade Writing

May 24, 2016

Ray’s Writing SampleRecent blogs showed Maryellen’s analysis of a third-grade written retelling of Too Many Tamales. Included in those blogs is a copy of the actual sample, a typed version of the sample, an analysis, and conferencing suggestions to use during the Writing Process. In this new blog, we look at another sample of a written retelling of Too Many Tamales; this time from a fifth-grade student, Ray. We invite you to analyze his writing and at the end of this week, Maryellen will provide her analysis and talking points for conferencing.

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The SGM® and the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)

May 23, 2016

Story Grammar Marker with CalloutsOver the weekend I noticed comments on the official SGM® Facebook page about the relationship between the SGM® and the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). Thanks to Sarah and Ellen for your input. — Maryellen

In general, The Story Grammar Marker®, now 25 years old, has its evidence in the research on narrative development in the disciplines of psychology, language and reading comprehension and is the foundation of discourse level oral language. Discourse is conversation, narration and information. Narrative discourse, or story-telling, begins long before the child enters school or is beginning to read. It has its roots in oral language development...

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