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Inference: Students Don’t Know What They Don’t Know!

by Maryellen Rooney Moreau November 05, 2010 1 min read

Help them ask Who, What, When, Where & Why Using the Story Grammar Marker®

Children often “don’t know” what they “don’t know!” Using the Story Grammar Marker® manipulative, parents, teachers and specialists can give children the ability to ASK AND ANSWER “Wh” questions such as: Who, What, When, Where and Why. Development of these abilities improves children’s oral language, writing, critical thinking and comprehension. It also especially can help children in social situations and conversations.

In this video Maryellen demonstrates how the Story Grammar Marker® can be used to scaffold “Wh” questions. The Character is the “Who.” The setting is the “Where/When.” The Planned Attempts are the “What.” The Critical Thinking Triangle™ elements of the SGM® (kick-off, feeling, plan) are the “Why.”

In literature, television, movies, plays and in real life often we are left to infer the “Why:” motivations, feelings and plans of characters and people. Using the SGM® provides an organizational structure for children (and even adults) to “hang on to” while telling or listening to a story and observing or participating in a social situation. The SGM® is a tool for “inference,” thus helping children comprehend and express what they “don’t know.”

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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