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July 29 2020 Webinar imageWhat Can I Do Monday Morning? The SGM Treatment Process Using a Trickster Tale

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Maryellen and Linda will demonstrate the Story Grammar Marker® Treatment Process for elementary/middle school students using student samples, Maps, and the selection of children’s literature, “Zomo The Rabbit” by Gerald McDermott. Their focus will be on teaching your students how to THINK ABOUT THEIR THINKING. With that, Maryellen and Linda will review the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model (Pearson & Gallagher) as well as discuss Concept Mapping, Visual Learning, Data Teams, and methods for Differentiated Instruction. Using the elements of the Story Grammar Marker® Treatment Process, they will demonstrate lessons you can use Monday morning including: • “I Can” Goals and goal setting • Background knowledge development of geography and trickster tales via images, vocabulary instruction, and concept mapping • Reading “Zomo the Rabbit, A Trickster Tale” from West Africa • Vocabulary tiers: vocabulary chart, Frayer Method, Example/Non-Example Task • Visualizing/Verbalizing® structure words integrated with SGM® icons using “Cake and Icing” approach • Student Engagement employing the JigSaw Method (Aronson) to address the Critical Thinking Triangle® in Action! Set with a focus on Mental States/Thinking Bubble • Cohesive Tie JAR-gon Set to emphasize conjunctions for sentence development (story microstructure) • Text Dependent Questions with corresponding narrative and expository maps.

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11 Elements Webinar image11 Elements of the Story Grammar Marker Treatment Process for Older Students

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Narrative Development with SGM® gives you one of the biggest bangs for your buck for teaching, tracking, documenting, and increasing progress of language and communication skills. In this 90-minute webinar, Maryellen and Linda will demonstrate the Story Grammar Marker® Treatment Process for upper elementary/middle school students using student samples and excerpts from the novel Esperanza Rising, along with history and geography of the Mexican Revolution. They will then show how to document progress after a specific treatment period using an Informal Reading Inventory. Hosted by Maryellen Rooney Moreau and Linda Lafontaine.

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June 3, 2020 WEBINAR
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Play...Pause...SGM®: Animations and Narrative for Social and Language Learning

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Animations, video clips and movies are incredibly engaging for children and adults of all ages! Using materials that “move” can be especially powerful when working with children who struggle with processing the social intentions behind movement — so important for understanding social interactions at home and in school. Being able to “press pause” to take Special YouCue Book Bundles imagetime to talk about and process narrative aspects like characters’ emotions, thoughts, and perspectives can be part of an effective technique — and is very doable in a distance learning setting as well.

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May 21, 2020 WEBINAR

Engaging Early Learners webinar imageEngaging Early Learners at Home, In Telepractice (& Back at School) with Braidy®: 6 High Impact Ways to Target Language Development and Social Learning

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The questions we get asked most often about how to use Braidy the StoryBraid® with young children involve the following 6 areas: play, problem solving, routines, learning information, emotions, and comprehension. In this 75-minute, fast-paced webinar, Maryellen demonstrates and models six (6) high impact, concrete ways to use Braidy the StoryBraid® and Story Grammar Marker® at home, in telepractice, and at school.

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MAY 13, 2020 WEBINAR

Zoom in on Documentation webinar imageDocument! Document! Document! Narratives, DocHub and Telepractice

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On April 13th, the COVID-19: ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall explained the risks and challenges revolving around telepractice service delivery and documentation in this uncertain time. We identified three areas in which Story Grammar Marker® mitigates these risks and challenges: • Documentation of progress during COVID19 shutdown • Motivation for students and their parents with proof of progress • Prevention of regression! Narrative Development gives you one of the biggest bangs for your buck for tracking and documenting progress of language and communication skills. Assessing a narrative provides information about your students’ progress in: comprehension, Wh- questions, syntax, pragmatics, main idea, sequencing, cause-effect chaining, use of cohesion words, elaborated noun phrases, perspective taking, identifying emotions, problem solving and so much more.

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April 30 Webinar imageTechnology Tools to Engage Children in Science & Social Studies During Distance Learning Sessions

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In this webinar, Maryellen Moreau will explain the application of Story Grammar Marker® icons to the 7 Expository Text Structures (ThemeMaker®) for the “purpose of modeling and thinking aloud.” Sean Sweeney will demonstrate how to engage children in “collaborative conversations” by using Apps and tech tools with expository text selections to create activity-based tele-practice sessions.

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Trauma-Sensitive Distance Learning
With Story Grammar Marker® and Braidy the StoryBraid®

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As we all cope with the multiple effects of COVID19 and quarantining, we want to support you in empowering your students, and helping them to develop communicative competence, compassion, resilience and hope. No matter the platform for Distance Learning, it is important to have a trauma-sensitive approach and to support Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Using Story Grammar Marker®’s concrete, linear design (both in hands-on tools and digital tools), Maryellen will demonstrate how to help all children to bring some order to their learning environment. PLEASE NOTE: There was a technical problem with the recording and the beginning was cut off, so we repeated it at the end. To see the whole thing in order, start watching at 1:05 (1 hour and 5 min) and then when that ends, return to the beginning to watch the rest.

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“Intersecting Story Grammar Marker® with Technology & Telepractice: Distance Learning During COVID19 Crisis and Beyond” April 1, 2020

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In this webinar, Sean Sweeney models how to use MindWing's digital resources such as our icons and story maps in the context of tech-infused and teletherapy. Simple techniques for creating materials with software you have, such as Google Apps, Word, or PowerPoint will be demonstrated. Webinar SlidesCertificate of Attendance

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“Maryellen’s Favorite Books to Use During Uncertain Times” March 23, 2020

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Maryellen’s favorite children’s books that include topics such as adversity, perseverance, conflict, big emotions, courage, kindness, need, helping, generosity and more—to use with Story Grammar Marker® and Braidy the StoryBraid® . The webinar focuses on developing perspective taking, critical thinking, inference, problem solving, “feeling words” vocabulary, and social interaction about challenging topics. Webinar HandoutCertificate of Attendance

So Now What webinar imageSo, They Can Re-Tell a Story…Now What?®

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NOTE: Fast forward to minute 13:00 to bypass webinar intro and “technical difficulties”) — Webinar HandoutCertificate of Attendance

Maryellens Books pictureMaryellen’s Favorite Books for Story Grammar Marker®

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Maryellen Rooney Moreau, creator of SGM®, will share her most valuable books to be used for narrative development. She will touch on using SGM® with children's literature selections to work on comprehension, writing, critical thinking, problem solving, social interaction, perspective taking, theory of mind, conflict resolution, expository text, argument, close reading and text complexity. — Maryellen’s Favorite Books ListEggbert Writing Helper FormEggbert Narrative DevelopmentCertificate of AttendanceSlides from WebinarNarrative and Expository Chart

Expository Text Art“It’s Not a Story Anymore!: Using Story Grammar Marker® for Expository Informational Text” — Webinar May 2017

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This FREE webinar will share how the narrative icons of Story Grammar Marker® and Braidy the StoryBraid® can be applied to Expository Text Structures shown in MindWing’s ThemeMaker® tool. In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, Maryellen Rooney Moreau will present the ThemeMaker® methodology that she first published in 1998. It is necessary now, more than ever, to teach these expository text structures in order to: prevent the “4th (and 3rd!!) grade slump,” focus on “Argument” in the curriculum as well as adhere to the CCSS. Expository or information text is found in content area text such as: science, social studies, in current events, true fact books, text books, biographies, magazines, cookbooks, and websites.

The 7 primary expository text structures are: description, list, sequence, cause/effect, problem/solution, compare/contrast, argument/opinion/persuasion. Using informational texts and other age-appropriate resources the presenter will demonstrate the use of expository text structures for comprehension, writing and thinking. Even from very young age, expository text is essential for learning. Examples are: describing a geographical place, listing supplies for an art project, sequencing a science experiment, for driving/walking directions or for a recipe, discussing cause/effect for a science-related topic, solving problems in real life situations or for understanding problems in history and current events, comparing/contrasting real life, historic or scientific information, developing an opinion and being able to argue a point. — Download Webinar Handout“My Research” Cut-and-Fold Booklet • Text Structure Flow ChartCertificate of AttendanceThemeMaker® References

Autism Awareness RibbonAutism Awareness with Story Grammar Marker® — Webinar April 2017

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In support of Autism Awareness Month, Maryellen Rooney Moreau, creator or Story Grammar Marker® will share in this webinar how the SGM® can be used with children along the Autism Spectrum who have social communication disorders. “‘Story-Based Intervention’” was cited as one of eleven established treatments for autism.” — Findings and Conclusions Report, National Standards Project, United States National Autism Center

The “narrative” (story) is the human mode of thought and is an integral part of social communication; it is how we share our ideas, plans, dreams, memories and beliefs in social interaction at school, home or work. The Story Grammar Marker® provides a concrete representation of the narrative episode. Narrative development, using the Story Grammar Marker® methodology with the Critical Thinking Triangle®, can help children with social communication, developmental or learning challenges to: tell their “story,” take perspective, develop Theory of Mind, become critical thinkers, build Central Coherence, solve problems, initiate conversation to establish relationships, recognize feelings through verbal and nonverbal cues, infer, make plans and improve writing with cohesion. Children with ASD often have trouble expressing personal event narratives as well as using feeling/thinking/planning words. — Download Webinar SlidesDownload Webinar Handout

CTT Graphic The Story Grammar Marker®: 2 Key Things That Set It Apart

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October 27, 2016—In honor of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Story Grammar Marker®, this FREE Webinar shares 2 key aspects of the SGM® tool and methodology that make it unique. These 2 aspects have always—and continue to—set SGM® apart from any other narrative development tool, graphic organizer or icon based materials. Maryellen Moreau, M.Ed. CCC-SLP, creator of the Story Grammar Marker®, takes a microscope to and explains these 2 key elements, the Critical Thinking Triangle® and the Sequence of Narrative Development Stages, both of which are integral to the SGM® methodology.

CTT In Action! Guide Cover5 Elements of the Critical Thinking Triangle® in Action!

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October 24, 2016This FREE 30-minute webinar was designed to delve deeply into the Critical Thinking Triangle®, the crux of the Story Grammar Marker®. Maryellen Rooney Moreau, creator of the SGM®, is presenting. The focus is on the 5 elements of the Critical Thinking Triangle®: kick-offs, feelings, mental states, plans and causal cohesion. Maryellen will show how the Critical Thinking Triangle® can be used with children’s literature for deepening narrative thought and improving classroom discourse, re-telling, thought process development, planning, understanding emotions and inference generation. It will showcase our new manipulative The Critical Thinking Triangle® In Action! Click here to learn more about this new tool.

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Demo Lesson for Critical Thinking Triangle® with 2nd Graders

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October 24, 2016This video contains Maryellen Rooney Moreau doing a demonstration lesson using MindWing Concepts’ NEW manipulative The Critical Thinking Triangle® In Action! and the book "Those Shoes" with three second grade boys. Thinking verbs, thought processes, kick offs, feelings and plans are all discussed. It is a companion demo lesson for the Webinar: 5 Elements of the Critical Thinking Triangle® in Action! In this demonstration lesson, Maryellen and the boys are using MindWing Concepts’ new manipulative The Critical Thinking Triangle® In Action! Click here to learn more about this new tool. — Video Handout  •  Video Wrap-Up