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Story Grammar Marker® Master Class—Dates TBA

Have you always wanted to attend an official “Story Grammar Marker® Workshop” with creator Maryellen Rooney Moreau, but it was never offered in your district or location? NOW is your chance!!
  • We are offering our popular 6-hour SGM® Workshop 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 Story Grammar Marker® workshops and training sessions Maryellen has presented over the past 29 years to design a distance learning experience that closely mirrors our in-person workshops.
  • Participants from EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE can now join Maryellen and learn directly from her as she models the SGM® Approach and shares her extensive expertise in language development and literacy.

Date: Two Days—Dates To Be Determined

Location: Zoom Live Meeting (After purchase, you will receive an email to register with Zoom)

Included: Extensive E-Book with Templates, Progress Monitoring Forms, Lessons, and Activities; Certificate of Completion; 0.6 ASHA CEUs (if eligible)

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Story Grammar Marker® Master Class: Storytelling to Improve Oral Language, Literacy and
Social-Emotional Learning

Every child has a story to tell – be the one to help them tell it!

  • This virtual workshop will teach you how to empower children to independently tell their stories, as well as to speak and write with cohesion, take perspective, comprehend, infer, think critically, have academic conversations, and solve problems.
  • Attain these language and literacy goals by using quality children’s literature and focusing on discourse (specifically narrative development) while also incorporating pragmatics, phonology, syntax, and semantics into your therapy and instruction. Large bodies of research establish that early narrative “story language” skills predict—and contribute to—later academic achievement.
  • Apply the Story Grammar Marker® approach, which has been used with millions of children for more than 29 years...
    • to simultaneously address these foundational skills and the curricular content as well as social-emotional learning
    • to master the concept of this hands-on, narrative development approach and ultimately help children develop the story language they need to think, communicate and learn.

Presenter Biography

Maryellen Moreau photoLearn directly from the expert! Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, designed the Story Grammar Marker® Narrative Development Approach in 1991 and founded MindWing Concepts, Inc. As Founder and President, she has authored 18 publications and created 45 hands-on tools and activities. She has also presented on the discourse level of language and its link to literacy, knowledge, and social-emotional learning to thousands of educators worldwide.

Maryellen’s 50-year professional career includes school-based SLP, college professor, diagnostician at the Curtis Blake Child Development Center, Coordinator of Intervention Curriculum and Professional Development at the Curtis Blake Day School for children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities. In 2011, Moreau received the Boise Peace Quilt Project Award for her work with children in the areas 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.

Learner Outcomes

Within the construct of Narrative (story) Development, after attending this presentation, learners will be able to:

  • Help each child to independently tell their story (personal narrative)
  • Target the building blocks of Narratives: Pragmatics (social communication), Phonology (letters, sound system for talking and decoding), Syntax (sentences, clauses, cohesion, and grammar), Semantics (vocabulary words, figurative language, and meanings), and Discourse (organizing sentences into conversation, stories, and information structures)
  • Build narrative discourse to improve literacy skills (speaking, listening, reading comprehension, thinking, and writing)
  • Promote social-emotional learning by talking about feelings, thoughts, and plans
  • Apply the Critical Thinking Triangle® to facilitate Perspective Taking, Critical Thinking, Theory of Mind, Inference, Problem Solving, and Academic Conversations
  • Create developmentally appropriate, activity-based lessons by analyzing and utilizing quality children’s literature
  • Explain the Strands of Oral Language and how Discourse links language to literacy
  • Describe the iconic base of the Story Grammar Marker® and how this hands-on tool addresses academic and social-emotional learning goals in a variety of ways, and track and monitor the progress of students’ narrative development.

Time-Ordered Agenda

  DAY 1
4:00-4:15 Introduction to the Story Grammar Marker® Approach
4:15-4:30 Strands of Oral Language and the Link to Literacy
4:30-4:45 Elements of Narrative MACROStructure and MicroStructure
4:45-5:15 Participation: Readers’ theater & group analysis of a Narrative Episode utilizing The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
5:15-5:45 Break Out Rooms: Practice retelling The Paper Bag Princess from the perspectives of Princess, Prince, or Dragon
5:45-6:15 Stages of Narrative Development
6:15-6:45 Elements of the Discourse, Semantics, Syntax, Phonology, and Pragmatics strands of language
6:45-7:00 Participation: Cohesive Tie Activity and Sentence Complements
  DAY 2
4:00-4:30 Perspective Taking, Inference, and Theory of Mind with The Critical Thinking Triangle®
4:30-4:45 Links to Common Core Standards
4:45-5:00 Break Out Rooms: Personal Narratives
5:00-5:30 Participation: Analyze and monitor the progress of Child’s Oral Retelling of Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5:30-6:00 Participation: Choose Children’s Literature Selections for each stage of narrative development
6:00-6:15 Participation: Connections to Expository (Information) Text
6:15-6:30 Assignment: Big Al by Andrew Clements – Complete Map and write 1 Macrostructure Goal and 1 Microstructure Goal
6:30-7:00 Question and Answer Session

ASHA CEU Information

This program is offered for a maximum of 0.6 ASHA CEUs (6 hours, Intermediate level; Professional area). No partial credit will be provided. 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.

ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

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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, and be present, participative, and attentive for the entire course, and complete a course survey. A Certificate of Completion will be provided. 

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 Professional Development Handbook, including policies: Policy on provision on 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.

Statement of Learning

The Story Grammar Marker® 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 lecture, video(s), case study review, break-out group activities, group discussion, 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)
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.



Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, has 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.

Product Disclosure

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

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