Story Analysis: “Too Many Tamales”

Cinco de Mayo artThursday is the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, a day commemorating a military victory between Mexican and French forces in 1862, but is now a celebration of Mexican culture, food, and music. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, which celebrates the contributions of speech/language pathologists world-wide striving to enhance the communication abilities of children and adults of all ages.

Too Many Tamales Book CoverIn keeping with both of these celebrations, we decided to feature the picture book entitled, Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and Illustrated by Ed Martinez, because of the festive nature of the book as well as the fact that it is a picture book written at the highest level of narrative development. Attention to narrative development and its temporal, causal and goal-directed structures are a focus of MindWing Concepts, Inc., for use in academic and social situations. How characters respond to challenges is a focal point of the Common Core Standards in reading and in oral language. The Character’s response may be a simple Action, or as in this story, a complex group of Plans and Attempts, stemming from each other as the plot becomes complex.

We have analyzed this story according to a story grammar criteria using the icons of the Story Grammar Marker®. In this story, an Initiating Event, or Kick-Off, causes an unwanted change for the protagonist, Maria. Consequently, she experiences Feelings, Thoughts and makes a Plan that drives the rest of the story.

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Many of you are interested in narrative analysis for the purpose of deciding a path of intervention. Therefore, during May, we will provide samples from students who re-told this story as written samples. We invite you to analyze the samples and use it to decide upon a narrative stage and a goal. We will supply our analysis a few days later for you. Stay tuned!


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Maryellen Rooney Moreau
Maryellen Rooney Moreau

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Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is founder of MindWing Concepts. She earned her University of Massachusetts at Amherst Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders at University of Massachusetts at Amherst with Departmental Honors and her Master’s of Education degree in Communication Disorders at Pennsylvania State University. Her forty-year professional career includes: school-based SLP, college professor, diagnostician, and Coordinator of Intervention Curriculum and Professional Development for children with language learning disabilities. She designed the Story Grammar Marker® and has been awarded two United States Patents. She has written more than 15 publications and developed more than 40 hands-on tools based on the SGM® methodology. Maryellen was awarded the 2014 Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch.



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