Story Grammar Marker® Master Class — Americas (Nov 17-18, 4-7 pm EST)

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!!
  • For the first time ever, 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: Tuesday November 17 and Wednesday November 18, 2020
Time: 4:00-7:00 PM EST (each day)
Location: Zoom Live Meeting
Included: Extensive E-Book with Templates, Progress Monitoring Forms, Lessons, and Activities; Certificate of Completion


This Master Class is open to the public. To register, add this class to your shopping cart and check out. You'll receive a confirmation receipt by email. A link to join this Zoom meeting will be sent to all registered participants at least two days prior to the workshop. All registrants will have access to the RECORDED VERSION of this Master Class until December 4, 2020. If you watch the recording, you will be eligible for Certificate of Completion. This virtual workshop is 6 hours of professional development—please contact Sheila Moreau with additional questions.

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 world-wide.

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, learner 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 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 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

Course Cancellation Policy

There is a fee for this course and it will be rescheduled if cancelled for any reason. If for any reason, the course is cancelled 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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