ThemeMaker® Master Class—October 19 & 26, 2022

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ThemeMaker® Master Class

Break Down Informational Text
To Build Knowledge

ThemeMaker Tool and SGM Teacher Marker imageWe are offering our popular 6-hour THEMEMAKER® WORKSHOP for Informational Text—virtually via Zoom Meeting—and it is open to the public! We have tailored and curated the “best of the best” contents and activities from the thousands of ThemeMaker® Informational Text workshops and training sessions we have presented over the past 25 years to design a distance learning experience that closely mirrors our in-person workshops.


Date: Wednesday, October 19 & Wednesday, October 26, 2022 ,4-7 pm EST (3-hour session each day)
Location: Zoom Live Virtual Meeting
Included: Extensive E-Book with Templates, Progress Monitoring Forms, Lessons, and Activities; Certificate of Completion; 0.6 ASHA CEUs (if eligible)

This Master Class is open to the public.


Add this MASTER CLASS to your shopping cart and check out. You'll receive a confirmation receipt by email prompting you to register for the Zoom classes. Then you will receive a Zoom Link by separate email. SAVE that email for joining the classes later. All registrants will have access to the RECORDED VERSION of this Master Class until November 30, 2022. If you watch the recording, you will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. You will be eligible for the 0.6 ASHA CEUs only when participating LIVE in the class (see ASHA CEU information below).


ThemeMaker Manual imageThemeMaker®’s focus is narrative development (stories). Our ThemeMaker® method centers on informational text (expository text) which is found in content area sources such as: websites, news shows, sciences, social studies, history, current events, true fact books, textbooks, podcasts, biographies, magazines, cookbooks, documentaries, product manuals, in nonfiction literature, and in everyday life!

Due to its complexity, expository text is challenging to teach. Our Master Class provides an evidence-based method for integrating informational text structure strategies and underlying oral language skills into your instruction. Since 1996, ThemeMaker® text structure strategies have helped students to think about, remember, and use the information they are learning, rather than learning isolated skills and memorizing facts. The presenters of this Master Class will share how to teach students to activate background knowledge, grow oral language for informational text, generate inferences, monitor comprehension, make connections among and within texts, find the main idea, learn new vocabulary, and write informational passages.

Using MindWing’s ThemeMaker® method, the presenters will conduct activities using selections of literature, science, and social studies with ThemeMaker® maps, hands-on and digital resources, and lessons.

ThemeMaker® is a uniquely designed approach that organizes the already familiar “icons” of the Story Grammar Marker® into concrete mental models of the 7 informational text structures.

When these text structure strategies and corresponding transition words and phrases are integrated into the instruction of informational text, students build both their higher-order thinking skills and their knowledge simultaneously.

Time-Ordered Agenda

4:00-4:30 Connection of Story Grammar Marker® Approach to Informational Text and ThemeMaker®
4:30-5:00 ThemeMaker®’s 7 Informational Text Structures with selections of expository text
5:00-5:30 Activities to explore expository text selections and to identify text structures/features
5:30-6:30 Process of Integrating ThemeMaker®’s Informational Text structure strategies
6:30-7:00 Question and Answer
4:00-5:00 Practice using informational text structure strategies with science and social studies
5:00-6:00 Domain-Specific Vocabulary, Signal Words, and Expository Features
6:00-6:30 Group Activities with nonfiction and informational literature

Question and Answer Session

Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to…

  • identify ThemeMaker®’s 7 primary informational text structures: description, sequence, list, compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution, and persuasion/argument.
  • explain how ThemeMaker®’s text structure strategies are different than the traditional method of teaching informational text.
  • facilitate the growth of students’ oral language skills in preparation for discussions of informational text.
  • integrate ThemeMaker® text structure strategies to teach describing, listing, and sequencing, as well as develop students’ higher-order thinking needed for similarities and differences, causes of problems, effects of solutions, and arguments for or against issues.
  • expand use of domain-specific vocabulary and complex sentence structure.
  • increase students’ content knowledge and literacy knowledge in both natural and social sciences.
  • teach students how to break down informational text passages in order to activate background knowledge, grow oral language, make connections, find the main idea, learn new vocabulary, generate inferences, monitor comprehension, and deepen oral and written communication.


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Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed. CCC-SLP

Maryellen is the Founder and President of MindWing Concepts. Her 50-year professional career includes school-based SLP, Assistant Professor, Diagnostician, and Coordinator of Intervention Curriculum and Professional Development. She created the Story Grammar Marker® and was awarded two U.S. patents. In 2011, Moreau received the Boise Peace Quilt Project Award for her work with children in the area of conflict resolution and social communication. In 2014, she received the Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch (MABIDA) for exemplary leadership, service, or achievement in the area of helping children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities Moreau is an internationally recognized presenter.

Linda LaFontaine head shotLinda M. Lafontaine, M.A., CAGS, CCC-SLP

Linda received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1981 from the University of Maryland. In 2014 she received her CAGS designation from American International College as a Reading Specialist. Linda has practiced in many settings, including hospitals, public and private schools. She is the former Principal of the Curtis Blake Day School of the Children’s Study Home, for students with dyslexia/LLD. Linda has presented at the Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Speech-Language-Hearing conventions. She also presented on the topic of “Narratives” at a learning disabilities conference in the United Arab Emirates. In her current role, Linda uses her 25+ years of experience with Story Grammar Marker®, ThemeMaker®, and MindWing’s other methodologies as a trainer, presenter, and co-author on new publications.

ASHA CEU Statement

Participants must be present for the entire course and provide course feedback in order to receive ASHA CEUs. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA Continuing Education Board once eligibility requirements are met. No partial credit is provided. ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures. This workshop is for .06 ASHA CEUs.

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CRA Therapy logoThank You! ASHA CEUs will be provided by Community Rehab Associates, Inc. ( We are very appreciative of our friends at Community Rehab Associates, Inc. for collaborating with us to provide our participants with ASHA CEUs.

To earn ASHA CEU credit, you will need to provide your ASHA number and related information; be present, participative, and attentive for the entire course; and complete a course survey. A Certificate of Completion will be provided. 

Statement of Learning

Braidy® in Pre-K Master Class will be provided online, LIVE by accessing a Zoom meeting link. The course will be recorded for future use by MindWing Concepts, Inc. The course content will include lectures, video(s), case study reviews, break-out group activities, group discussions, and question and answer sessions. Attendees’ microphones will be muted during the workshop. Questions may be posed by listeners by “raising their hand” (live) or using the “chat” feature on Zoom. Questions posed using the “chat” feature will be shared by the moderator with the presenter and addressed.

Assessment of Learning

These tools will be used to assess the degree to which course participants achieved the course's/session's learning outcomes:

  • Completion of a project (assignment)
  • Performance demonstrations (within break-out sessions)
  • Question-and-answer session (at end of session)



Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, has an ownership interest in MindWing Concepts and holds intellectual property rights and patents. Maryellen is employed as president of MindWing Concepts. In that capacity, she writes books, creates materials, consults, trains, and presents.


No relevant non-financial relationships exist.


Linda Lafontaine, M.A. CAGS CCC-SLP, Is a consultant and presenter at MindWingConcepts, Inc. Linda consults and presents for MindWing Concepts, Inc and receives a consulting fee.


No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist

CRA Therapy’s Policy is to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CE courses, conducting CE courses that are free from the appearance of or actual conflicts of interest (“COI”) and avoiding introduction/demonstration of bias in favor or against a product, service, or device in return for known or unknown personal and professional gain. CRA Therapy does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Accommodations: Please email human resources at CRA Therapy at and request the Professional Development Handbook, including policies: The policy on the provision of accommodations and complaints is found in the Policies for Provision of Continuing Education Speech and Language Pathology, which can be located at or by requesting a copy from CRA human resources.

    Course Cancellation Policy

    There is a fee for this course and it will be rescheduled if canceled for any reason. If for any reason, the course is canceled by MindWing Concepts (and can NOT be rescheduled), MindWing Concepts, Inc., will notify participants via email and refunds will be issued. If you are ill or there is another emergency and you are not able to attend on these dates, we will transfer your registration for the next available SGM® Master Class.

    Product Disclosure

    This presentation will focus exclusively on narrative development with the Story Grammar Marker® / Braidy® Approach and will not include information on other similar or related narrative development tools.

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