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by Maryellen Rooney Moreau August 10, 2012 2 min read


“At the core of the Core is really that child sitting in a classroom at Memorial School on Main Street, Anywhere, USA. We can never forget that within the clamor for more intensive instruction within and across academic disciplines and grade levels, is the small voice of a child…waiting to be heard.”
Maryellen Rooney Moreau, June 14, 2012


NEW BOOK on SGM® and Common Core State Standards Implementation

The aligning of the Common Core State Standards with MindWing’s methodology can provide effective, evidence-based interventions to help students who are “at-risk” and those with identified disabilities to develop the communicative competence necessary to meet grade level standards and be prepared for college and/or career. In light of this goal, we have a new book which we have written to:

  • Demonstrate the proven 20-year track record of Story Grammar Marker® and how it applies to the Common Core State Standards and meets today’s curricular demands
  • Encourage collaboration among professionals and parents to support all students in reaching grade-level CCSS including those who are considered at-risk, those for whom English is a second language, those with Autism and those with other identified disabilities
  • Provide concrete lessons and activities aligned to specific CCSS (in reading, writing, speaking & listening) to be used as interventions in therapy, at Centers and/or for whole class instruction

Communicative Competence: The Goal of the CCSS

An overarching goal of the CCSS is Communicative Competence; putting together words, phrases, and sentences to create conversations, speeches, email messages, articles and books. Without Discourse there is a developmental gap - there is not an efficient connection to literacy and communicative competence.


The Common Core State Standards involve:

  • Incorporating all types of text (narrative & expository)
  • Integration of the language processes of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Oral Language as the foundation: the “Core” of the Core

The Story Grammar Marker®® and related tools can help you in all three areas.

Please use the link below to download an excerpt from the NEW book The “Core” of the Core. This excerpt uses the story There’s An Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George. This book is a mentor text for writing and for the use of the Critical Thinking Triangle® for perspective taking and development of the causal relationships within a story. Information, in the form of expository text structures, is included within this story by the author in order to provide background/ world connections and to assist students in the integration of narrative and expository text. Such integration allows for opinion making and persuasive thought, the ultimate goals of the CCSS. Enjoy!

Click to download "There's an Owl in the Shower"

The “Core” of the Core Book is coming out in October – pre-order your copy today with a 20% Discount using code CCSS12 (Discount valid through October 31, 2012).

Maryellen Rooney Moreau
Maryellen Rooney Moreau

Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is the founder of MindWing Concepts. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders at University of Massachusetts at Amherst as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar, and a Masters of Education 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 60 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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